SUPER Easy Christmas Gifts
With Christmas just one week away, I'd like to share with you some gifts we've made for our loved ones. You can make these gifts in time for Christmas day. They're easy and lots of fun to make!
But, before we go any further, here is my disclaimer (LOL!):
#1 Christmas Tree Ornaments
Homemade ornaments are as old as time, but they are always cherished and were very easy to make. My kids and I made our ornaments from homemade clay using:
1C baking soda
Dump all the ingredients in a medium pot. Put the pot on the stove on medium-low, stirring frequently. Once a clay ball is formed, remove from heat. Allow the clay to cool in a bowl, covered with a damp cloth. Once it's cool, roll it out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Use a straw for the hole to hang with string or ribbon. Bake in a 175 degree oven for 1hour, turning halfway through.
These can be painted or left white, which reminds me of the snow. We sprinkled glitter on our clay before we cut out the shapes. We personalized them, including the date, once they were dry.
|Mug with Christmas tree|
*Note: If you use a yellow Sharpie, just know that it will come out darker, like a golden, honey color.*
|Blue and red homemade "Play-Doh"|
This is a tried and true gift idea for children. Kids love the stuff and it sparks imaginative play, which is great. (Playing with Play-Doh is my son's "go-to" free time activity during school!) We made this Play-Doh for the cousins for Christmas, but it's a nice gift idea for any occasion. My children don't know that later, I'm going to make more as Christmas presents for them!!! Anyway this recipe uses:
2tsp. cream of tartar
1Tbs. vegetable oil
Dump it all in a pot and stir continuously on medium heat until a dough ball forms. Remove from heat and let it cool on wax paper. (Or, if you're impatient like me, put it in the freezer for a bit!) Once it's cool, knead it until it's nice and soft, then store it.
*Notes: I purchased the my storage containers on clearance at Big Lots--they were 3 for $1.80. (I think the original source reused left over applesauce cups!) Also, if you want a more vibrant color, use lots of food coloring, but keep in mind the color will become richer as the dough is heated.*
So, there you have it--3 easy to make, inexpensive, homemade, heartfelt gifts! Have a Merry Christmas!