Do you have someone special in your life that is hard to shop for? Sometimes we find ourselves struggling to find the perfect gift for the people we love. The solution to this problem is a homemade gift!
The act of making a gift yourself will show your loved ones that they are valued. We have found the perfect DIY gifts for you to try out this holiday season!
1. Glass Ornaments
This gift requires buying glass ornaments from the craft store and your decorations of choice. Unscrew the top of the glass ornaments and fill them with glitter, paint, or feathers! This is an easy and beautiful gift to create!
We love this idea as it helps to freeze a memory in time. This means friends and family can continue to hang their ornament year after year and remember the love that was put into its creation.
2. Chocolate Nut Bark
Cooking something sweet or savory for someone special is a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer. This is absolutely delicious and can be wrapped up in a little bag or added into a holiday tin for the perfect final touch!
• 12 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate
• 2½ cups mixed nuts
1.) Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (but not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water, stirring occasionally.
2.) Spread the chocolate evenly on a parchment-lined 9-by-13-inch baking pan and sprinkle with the nuts. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
3.) Break the bark into pieces. Keep at room temperature for up to 1 week.
3. Tea Cup Candles
This is such a sweet gift and will allow friends or family to think of you each time they burn this candle during the holiday season and into the new year. One of the best parts it picking out the perfect cups for the special individuals in your life.
• Tea Cups (I see cute ones at thrift stores all the time)
• Candle Wax
• Candle Wicks
Step 1: Use a bit of hot glue to secure the metal circle on the wick to the bottom center of the tea cup. Wrap the top of the wick around a pencil to keep it centered.
Step 2: Melt wax in a cooking pan over medium heat, until the wax is no longer opaque. The bag of wax will have specific instructions depending on the type of wax.
Step 3: An easy and inexpensive way to color wax is to add an old chunk of colored crayon when melting. If you have kids at home, chances are you probably have some stubby old crayons around somewhere. You can also buy wax dyes.
Step 4: Remove wax from heat, then add scent, if desired. This is also available in the candle-making section at the craft store.
Step 5: Let the wax cool just a bit, then carefully pour it into each tea cup. You want to let the wax cool a little so that it doesn’t “undo” the hot glue that’s holding your wick in place. I used a funnel to pour the wax in so that I didn’t splash it all over and make a mess.
Step 6: Let the wax harden completely, then trim the wick.
If you try any of these lovely gifts out in the next few weeks, make sure to email us picture at email@example.com. We love seeing how these ideas work out for our customers. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays!
Chocolate Bark Recipe By Real Simple
Tea Cup Candles By The Craft Patch