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Weekend DIY: Homemade Gifts

What’s more heartfelt than a homemade gift?

And it’s not bad on the wallet, either.

Here I have three gift ideas that can be made from some simple items that you probably have lying around your house, for three different kinds of people in your life.

For the kid in your life: Mason Jar Snow Globe

What you need: An empty glass jar, hot glue, glycerin or mineral water, glitter, any kind of figurine or small plastic decoration.

Glue the figurines and decorations you’re using to the inside of the jar lid. Make sure not to get any glue on the screw part!

Fill the jar almost all the way with water. Add a drop or two of glycerin or mineral water (so the glitter does not fall too fast), and a pinch of glitter. Screw the top on carefully, so you don’t hurt your decoration!

Screw tight, and flip!

For a foodie friend: Decoupage Recipe Box

What you need: different colors/patterns of tissue paper and other thin decorative paper, Elmer’s glue, paint brush or paint sponge, an empty cardboard or wooden box, and other decoratives (I used feathers and glitter!)

For decoupage, just brush on glue, attach paper in layers, and paint another layer of glue over. Decorate the rest however you would like… here’s what I did:

There ya go!

And finally, the crowd pleaser: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

You will need: 8 oz. glass jar, notecard, ribbon, plus the following:

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup white sugar

1/8 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 heaping tbsp)

1/8 cup crushed candy canes (2 heaping tbsp)

2 jumbo marshmallows

Layer the food ingredients in the jar and fasten shut. Write a personalized note on the index card with the instructions to heat the ingredients gently on the stovetop in 3 cups milk (makes 2 large servings). Secure the notecard with a ribbon.

Happy giving!

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