Soooo as you may have noticed we are amazing curators, but creators?... Not so much. We can put together an amazing spread for a party, make that party look tip top, throw on a great outfit or style a room to the nines...but one thing we aren't the best at are DIY crafts. We are not the Pinterest worthy mamas where every moment is good enough for Instagram, where every room in our house is dialed in and clean with a hand made pillow or DIY floating shelf, where every day off is filled with crafts and art to inspire the masses and where our cookies look like works of art. But that is not to say we don't love a good DIY gift!
Every holiday season for the last few years my kids and I have made small (simple) gifts for family and friends to help bring back the spirit of gift giving. I got nervous of it becoming a competition and over spending simply to impress. I felt like the holidays were losing their magic. I wanted my kids to see the value of gift giving. That is really IS the thought that counts. One year we made snow globes from mini mason jars, the next we did animal tassel key chains and then home made spiced cashew milk. All very simple for little and big hands to make, hard to mess up and filled with love. So this year got us thinking... whats next?
Here are a couple of our big hits and possibly this years gift:
1. Hazelnut spread- I think this is the one this year...mainly because we can "taste test the heck out of it"
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts.
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup.
- 1/4 cup cacao powder.
- 1/4 cup filtered water.
- 2 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil.
- 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract.
- Pinch of Celtic sea salt.
- Throw all into a blender and you are as good as gold. Hint* Make an extra batch for yourself.
- Put into individual mason jars (try not to eat it all)
2. Animal key chains- The big hit. We made gold with tassels for family/friends and pink for teachers.
Place your animals on a ton of old mail, newspaper outside. Spray completely on side front and back of the animals. When dry (a few hours if the air is dry) flip and spray the other side front and back. Let dry overnight. Screw the eye hook into the middle of the back of the animal until tight. Thread keychain ring through eye hook and voila!
3. Snow Globes- Not the most useful gift but really fun to make and give
Here's what you need-
- Glycerine- This helps the glitter sprinkle down
- Distilled water- Buy a jug at Target or your local store. Tap water will cause the globe to rot
- Small figures, trees, anything you want in your globes (we used sea animals)
- Glitter- Regular size. The fine glitter will not work
- Epoxy- This will secure your figure and lid permanently
- Wipe inside of lid with alcohol and let dry
- Put epoxy on inside of lid and bottom of figure and press together. Let dry (follow glue directions for dry time)
- When lid is dry (could be over night) fill the jar to the rim with distilled water and some sprinkles of glitter.
- Add 4-5 drops of glycerine
- Screw lid on tight and watch your globe sparkle
If you choose to give or not, do it all with love. Do it all with intention. Let's make this season filled with heart and warmth again. We would love to get more ideas! What else can we make?