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DIY Chirstmas Gift Ideas

Homemade Irish Creme Liqueur

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup Irish or Canadian whiskey
1 tin of condensed milk
1 ½ tsp instant coffee (diluted in water)
1 ½ tsp chocolate syrup
500ml whipping cream 35% (or light cream 18%)

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients in a large bowl with a pouring lip. Mix with a stand or hand mixer until well blended. Blend it for about 10 seconds at a time, usually doesn't require more than 20 sec. Pour into well-sealed decorative bottles and keep in the fridge. Shake well before using. Will keep in fridge up until your whipping cream expires, but it will be gone long before that! Add a cute tag that says “Shake well”. Don’t forget to add the best before date.

The Modern Bath Bomb

Bath bombs make a great gift for your friends, family or the hostest with the mostest!

Using silicone ice-cube trays are the perfect mold to give your bath bombs their modern, square shape. And because the silicone is flexible, the cubes pop out smoothly without breaking.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup citric acid (avail at bulk food stores, health food stores and some wine making stores)
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup Epsom salts
About 6 drops food coloring (optional)
10 to 15 drops essential oil (optional)
spray bottle (filled with water)
silicone ice-cube trays
decorative bottles
disposable plastic gloves

Directions:

Stir together citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salts and cornstarch in glass bowl with a metal spoon. Fill spray bottle with water and add food coloring (if desired). Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) while mixing quickly with the other hand. (OPTIONAL) Add essential oil, a few drops at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Mix ingredients until you can pack the mixture with your gloved hand. (It should pack together like dough when you squeeze it in your hand.) Spoon into ice-cube trays, packing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently. Put into decorative glass or plastic jars and decorate as desired.

Stamping

Start with a white cotton onesie or t-shirt. Buy (or make! You can google how to do this) a rubber stamp and a fabric ink pad at a craft store. Put a piece of clean cardboard (or magazine) inside the onesie (to keep the ink from soaking through). Work on a hard, flat surface. Stamp using steady pressure. Be sure to re-ink your stamp after every use. Let the ink dry for 10 to 15 minutes, then press with a hot iron to set the ink.

  • Baby onesie or a t-shirt
  • stamp(s)
  • fabric ink pad
  • cardboard (or magazine)
  • iron

A Green Gift

Succulents are low-maintenance which makes them a great gift for anyone – even those with a black thumb!

  • Planter with drainage hole
  • Succulent
  • Succulent soil (cactus soil)
  • Small decorative white rocks
  • Landscaping fabric (optional)

Put a small piece of landscaping fabric down to cover the hole in the bottom of the planter. This will prevent soil from seeping out. Put down a layer of small rocks to help with drainage. Remove the succulent from its plastic pot and place into the planter. Fill the empty space in the planter with soil using a trowel. Top the soil with small white decorative rocks. Attach a gift tag with instructions on how to care for it and you’re done!

Care Instructions:

In winter: Let soil thoroughly dry out. Water once every one to two months depending on the climate you live in.

In summer: Water generously every week, but let soil dry out between waterings.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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