The holiday season is upon us and this year we’re going handmade! The little gifts you make by yourself always mean the most to the people you love, and often cost the least! Panoramic Properties wants to share some simple handmade holiday gifts we love. They’re so easy to make that even if you’ve never made anything before, we hope you’ll give making one of these gifts at try at home in Sudbury this season.
Marble Dip Mugs
These Marble Dip Mugs make a quick, easy and elegant gift. All you’ll need are white mugs, some nail polish, an old container, and some toothpicks and paper towel. Pour a few drops of nail polish into warm water and swirl it around with a toothpick. Dip the bottom half of the mug into the swirl (you may want to practice on a plastic cup first to get the hang of it). Dip just once. Allow the marble swirling pattern to dry before re-dipping. Scoop out any remaining nail polish from the container with a paper towel before discarding the water.
Giving a living, growing, handmade gift is a great idea. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, and everytime they look at it, they’ll think of you. Creating a DIY Succulent Planter means the plants will also be easy to care for, even during a long Canadian winter. To ensure they make it, just follow these growing tips for succulents. You’ll also need clear drinking glasses, white ceramic bowls, some gravel and some optional stones or river rocks to complete the look.
Peppermint Bath Salts
You can create a Peppermint Bath Salts jar with only 4 ingredients by following 4 simple steps. You’ll need Epsom salts, sea salt, baking soda and peppermint oil. Red food colouring is optional. Combine the 3 dry ingredients in a bowl, add in peppermint oil and stir until evenly mixed. Place half the mixture in a separate bowl and add 4 to 6 drops of red food colouring. Layer the two colours of salts into jars to create the peppermint stripe effect.
Holiday Spice Jar
These Holiday Spice Jars are pretty little arrangements of spices that can be used by the recipient to mull cider or wine. You’ll need: cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, star anise, whole cloves, cardamom pods and dried orange or clementine slices. Placing the orange slices on parchment paper in the oven overnight with only the oven light on (no heat) should be enough to dehydrate them. Attach a directions tag on the gift jar for how to mull. The card should say: “Place 1/3 of the spices in the center of the cheesecloth, and tie up with twine. Simmer in cider or wine.” You may want to include the cheesecloth and twine in your gift jar.