Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Easy, fun Christmas gifts (and crafts)

Hi peeps...Just wanted to share some fun Christmas things we have been making/doing here at my house (even though I haven't been playing with paint lately :(  ) I really wanted to focus on making some things with my girls this year, putting some thought and time into it...instead of just grabbing items at the store just to give "something." There's 4 dance, teachers, regular teachers, soccer coach, mailman, trash guys, etc. I never know what to get these people, I mean, you can only get so many Starbucks gift are a few easy, fun gifts to make and fun crafts to do with your little ones.

First up is the simple but genius "cookies in a jar"which I got from here (I just used choc chips). I had enough ingredients on hand to make 4 of these...and they are too cute!

Next I wanted to make a hot chocolate treat for the girl's class.  I made these last year also but didn't have a blog then.  Wilton decorator bags, hot cocoa mix, sprinkles, marshmallows.  Easy. Cute.

Yesterday I made Candy Cane Sugar scrub.  I got the idea from here. Here are the ingredients you will need:

For a smallish pintish size jar you will need (ignore the big jar in the pic):
2 Cups of white sugar
some coconut oil
some olive oil (perhaps)
red food coloring
peppermint essential oil

First batch I mixed up the sugar with about 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of olive oil until I achieved the texture I can always add more sugar or more oil! Then I divided the mix, dyed one half red and added the peppermint to that half.  Then you layer the white and red in a clean jar, packing it down as you go...
sorry about my finger in the pic
 The second batch I made, I realized that the olive oil was turning my sugar yellowish and that just the coconut oil would work fine because it smells sooooo good.  So I just used that.

I'm not going to say "easy peasy" because I hate that saying...but it is! Speaking of little trees...

I am obsessed with little trees this year....I saw a bunch of different colored ones on Pinterest and knew I had to get some and color them! These are the good ones to get if you are going to do this.  I got them at Michaels with a 50% off coupon so they cost about $10 for the big bag of different sizes.  The dollar store ones did NOT bleach out for me, even after hours, days in the bleach.
After a short while...few hours maybe for all of them...this is what they looked like...
See the dollar store one in the back? Grrrrrr....
So I decided to color them up using my different ink sprays from all different companies (yes I have many) and it was SO fun.  I was supposed to wait for my daughter's to get home to do this but I couldn't stop.  I think I left them 4.  Well, we can always get more! Here are some pics....

Now I am not sure what to do with them but I think glitter may be involved....
I think this post has gone on too long so I will continue tomorrow. Have a great day!


  1. These are all great ideas, I especially love your colourful Christmas trees! x

  2. Hi Sarah, first of all I want to thank you for your kind comment on my blog - I´m always thrilled by getting a new follower (:o)
    I scolled a little bit through your blog - really beautiful what are you doing!
    I wish you a happy new year!