DIY Christmas Gifts

First of all, I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. We had fun visiting with family, eating good food, and indulging in too many sweets. It was nice to spend the day of Christmas at home, just the 3 of us, opening gifts slowly and lounging around in our pajamas.

Now that Christmas has passed and gifts have been opened, I thought I would share some of the things I made for people. Everyone got a tin of cookies which included molasses ginger cookies, Christmas blondies, and peanut butter blossoms. I also added some mini Reeses and peppermints.

I decided to be brave and attempt some new projects. I think I was fairly successful in making sriracha salt(http://dearhandmadelife.com/make-sriracha-salt/), lemon rosemary salt(http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2012/08/lemon-rosemary-sea-salt/), and sugar scrubs. However, I did fail to get my homemade body butter to the right consistency. I’m wondering if I bought the wrong kind of coconut oil or cocoa butter. I’m happy with what I did accomplish though!

For Jack, who is now 2 years old, I made two presents. The first is a book with pictures and the names of everyone in our family. Even though Jack cannot read yet, I thought he would enjoy looking at everyone’s faces. I made sure to laminate it because he is still rough with non-board books. 

It was fairly simple to do. I had pictures printed, then adhered them to colored paper with scrapbook tape. I used stamps to label each person with their name. The local copy place was able to laminate the pages, which I then hole-punched and used two binder rings to bind.

The other gift that I made for Jack is a matching game. This only required wooden square tiles, colorful paper, and modge podge. I bought a small drawstring bag to keep it in. I did 6 pairs: red hearts, orange bears, yellow stars, green turtles, blue trucks, and purple flowers. Even if he can’t match them right away, I figured we could still name the shapes and colors. Here it is completed:

One thing I would do differently about this project is: make sure to erase any pencil marks from drawing out the shapes. I noticed with especially the lighter paper, the pencil marks on the back showed through once I got it wet with the modge podge.
I had a spare wooden tile and used it to make an ornament for my work’s secret Santa ornament exchange. I again used modge podge and colored paper. I added a ribbon to hang it with some glue. My coworker loved it!

Anyway, I hope everyone has a happy New Years!

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