Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas Shopping

I shop all year round for Christmas gifts. I bought items at the end of last December for my little one for this Christmas.

I also try to make gifts for Christmas. Here are a couple easy and cheap gifts I've done in the past.

Marbelous Ornaments
These were really fun to make because no two are alike and they look really interesting. Original directions found here.

Round clear glass ornaments (any size)
Acrylic paint (any combo of colors)

1. Take hanger and cap off ornament. Clean out with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
2. Wait for them to be dry. You can use a hairdryer to speed this up.
3. Drop a little paint inside and swirl it around.
4. Drop another color of paint inside and swirl it around. Add another color if. you would like and swirl.
5. Place ornament on its side to dry.
6. Rotate ornament every 5 to 10 minutes or so for about an hour. Pour out excess paint.
7. Rotate every hour or so to keep the paint swirling or until you reach the look you want.
8. It takes about a couple days to dry, so make sure you have an area to let them sit.
9. Decorate with ribbon or other embellishments.

Any combination of colors works. Some combinations I used are:
gold and purple
green, silver, and blue
red and gold
gold and silver
purple and silver

**You can get clear ornaments cheap at craft stores. If you wait until after the season they are really cheap.**
Hot Chocolate
You can buy cheap jars at Walmart that are air tight that are seasonal. I put a recipe card with the jar full of hot chocolate mix. My friend said this recipe tastes like a candy bar. Recipe found here .

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Hot water or warm milk

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
2. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water or fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water.
3. Stir to combine.
**This makes enough to fill several jars, depending on the size.**

I've thought about doing this with my chai tea recipe, too.


Melissa said...

I LOVE the ornament idea! I am going to have the daycare kids make them for parents this year. I am always looking for new ideas!

MamaEarthling said...

Wow, what I great idea! I think I'll do the ornaments with the kids this weekend. Thanks for the tip! One thing--where can you buy clear ornaments? Thanks!

Mel said...

I'm glad there is interest in making these ornaments. Have fun with it! I bought my clear ornaments at Michael's. I would guess JoAnn Fabric, Hobby Lobby or another type of craft store would carry them. Or maybe even WalMart?


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