Alcohol Ink Ornaments DIY (Video Tutorial for the Holidays)

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Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they’re also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Alcohol ink ornaments are so beautiful. So I assumed they would be a challenge to make. I was SO wrong. Truth be told, you can actually make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments from start to finish in just 10-minutes or less. So if you block out just an hour or two over the weekend, you can create a dozen of your own unique alcohol ink ornaments for your Christmas tree or winter holiday wreath.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Not only will these handmade ornaments make your Christmas tree pop, they are also perfect to give as last minute holiday gifts. Simply customize them with the year or a family name using a paint pen for an easy keepsake ornament that can be treasured for years to come.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

My friend Hillary locally teaches a once monthly class dubbed Wine & Art Wednesdays. She’s been teaching these classes for some time now. Her latest class, however, was the most popular ever!

For this class she taught a sold out crowd how to make alcohol ink ornaments. Hillary was kind enough to allow me to video the process for my readers so you can also join in the fun! Keep reading for written instructions on how to make DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Then be sure to watch Hillary’s video tutorial (from her class) on how to make alcohol ink ornaments at the end of this post.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

How to Make DIY Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Supplies & Materials:

Alcohol Ink, In Colors of Choice
Clear Glass Ball Ornaments
Compressed Air Duster
Ribbon, Beads & Hooks, optional

Tips & Tricks:

You do need non-porous ornaments for this project. That means no plastic. Therefore, clear glass ornaments, like those found in craft stores, are perfect for making alcohol ink ornaments.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

If desired, you may want to create color cheat sheets for your alcohol inks. Simply add a drop of each of your colors to a strip a paper. Then label the colors used. This helps you know exactly what the colors are going to look like out of the bottle as so many colors appear much darker while bottled.

Additionally, it’s important to know that unlike paint, alcohol inks do not blend with one another. So mixing two colors together inside of your ornament will actually cause the colors to push away from one another rather than combine.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Also keep in mind that less is more. You really only need a small amount of alcohol ink to coat the inside of your alcohol ink ornaments. However, there is a fix should disaster strike.

One of Hillary’s students ended with a small pool of ink in her ornament once she’d achieved a design she liked. To remove the excess ink, she thinly rolled up a small section from a paper towel. She then dipped the paper towel into the ornament to soak up and remove the excess ink from the bottom of her ornament.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Instructions:

Cover your workspace with a plastic tablecloth or paper to protect your work surface. If desired, you may also want to wear gloves and a craft apron to prevent staining clothing and skin. If desired, do as we did and pour yourself a glass of wine. And grab a friend too! They always make everything more fun.

Once you’ve gathered all your materials, you’ll begin by simply diving in! Take a sip of wine, cock a grin at your BFF, then ready your gun – er, compressed air. (Just don’t shake the can!)

Remove the top from a glass ornament. Now add a small amount of alcohol ink to the inside of your ornament. Using the compressed air, you’ll then spray air into the ornament in short bursts. You can direct where the ink goes by simply aiming the air in different directions.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Now add your second color and repeat the process. (Keep in mind, however, that the ink for alcohol ink ornaments dries very quickly.) Continue adding ink and air until you get the look you’re after. As there really are no rules, feel free to experiment your heart out!

Discover design ideas for your DIY alcohol ink ornaments here.

Place your finished alcohol ink ornaments back inside the carton they came in, or in another safe location, so they don’t accidentally roll off the table and break. (Wait.. did I suggest drinking wine and playing with glass at the same time? Whatever. You’re a grown ass woman. You’ll be fine.)

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Once your DIY alcohol ornaments have dried completely, reinsert the tops. You can then add hooks to your ornaments and decorate them with beads or ribbon as desired.

DIY alcohol ink ornaments! Alcohol ink ornaments are not only a beautiful way to decorate your Christmas tree or winter wreath, they're also incredibly quick and easy to make. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY alcohol ink ornaments. Plus a fun video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments from my fellow friend, artist and teacher, Hillary Hardison, and start crafting your own DIY Christmas decorations for the holidays.

Now, without further ado, Hillary’s awesome (and unedited) video tutorial on how to make alcohol ink ornaments! (I love this woman!)

To learn more about Hillary and her work you can find her on Facebook and via her website. Or, if you’re local or plan to visit the Roanoke Valley, you can find a schedule of events at the Aurora Artisans Studio & Frameshop here.

For more winter holiday ideas & crafts, be sure to check out this Pinterest board. Or discover more holiday DIY’s on the blog here. Also, don’t forget. If you’ve made a project from a tutorial or recipe on Soap Deli News, I want to see it! Simply tag your photos with #soapdelishowoff on instagram.

Homemade Winter Gifts for Your Seasonal Holiday Gift List

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Not all handmade gifts are created equal. So it can be hard hunting for homemade gift ideas that you know will truly be appreciated. To take some of the guesswork out your holiday gift list, I’ve put together a gift guide filled with homemade winter gifts.

35 Homemade Winter Gifts for Your Holiday Gift List. Not all handmade gifts are created equal. So it can be hard hunting for homemade gift ideas that you know will truly be appreciated. To take some of the guesswork out your holiday gift list, I've put together a gift guide filled with homemade winter gifts. So whether you're crafting handmade gifts for a winter holiday, or making birthday or hostess gifts this collection of homemade winter gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list!

So whether you’re crafting handmade gifts for a winter holiday, or making birthday or hostess gifts, this collection of homemade winter gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list!

Homemade Winter Gifts & Ideas

Homemade winter gifts for everyone on your list. These DIY hot chocolate lotion bars from Eco Living Mama make lovely seasonal stocking stuffers and handmade holiday gift ideas. Not only do they smell amazing, they made with all natural, good-for-your-skin ingredients.

1. Hot Chocolate Lotion Bars

These DIY hot chocolate lotion bars from Eco Living Mama (pictured) make lovely seasonal stocking stuffers and handmade holiday gift ideas. Not only do they smell amazing, they made with all natural, good-for-your-skin ingredients. Make it.

2. Hot Chocolate Milk Bath Salts

Another chocolate inspired homemade gift idea, these hot chocolate milk bath salts from Everything Pretty are the perfect homemade winter gift. Not only do these bath salts soothe seasonally dry skin, they’re the perfect way to relax amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Make it.

3. Sugar Plum Body Butter Bars

These silky, lightweight body butter bars from Humblebee & Me are made with plum oil for its moisturizing properties and rich, seasonal scent. They can be tinted with mica, if desired, and are perfectly sized for stocking stuffers for simple homemade winter gifts for friends and coworkers. Make it.

4. Homemade Mulling Spices

These fragrant, homemade mulling spices from Hello Glow make wonderful homemade winter gifts for wine lovers. (Trust me, I know!)  However, this recipe works beautifully with bourbon as well. Included with the printable recipe are easy instructions for making citrus ginger mulled wine to include with your gift. Make it.

5. Peppermint Orange Body Butter

A recipe from one of my guest posts on The Nourished Life, this peppermint orange body butter recipe helps to nourish and protect dry, winter skin. It’s a super easy homemade holiday gift to make while the fresh citrus mint fragrance is perfect for the season. Make it.

DIY Christmas tree bath bombs. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, these Christmas tree bath bombs from Onion Rings and Things are a winter delight when taking time out for self care. Scent them with essential oils for natural homemade winter gifts for your friends. They're perfect for helping ease the pressures of the holiday season and forcing that much needed time off from the stress of daily life.

6. Christmas Tree Bath Bombs

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, these Christmas tree bath bombs from Onion Rings and Things (pictured) are a winter delight when taking time out for self care. Scent them with essential oils for natural homemade winter gifts for your friends. They’re perfect for helping ease the pressures of the holiday season and forcing that much needed time off from the stress of daily life. Make it.

(While this bath bomb recipe calls for food coloring, I recommend using a bath bomb colorant or lake dye instead for a colorful bath that won’t stain your tub.)

7. Skin Softening Hand Scrub

Winter is rough on dry skin. However, it can be even more brutal on dry hands. Help your friends, family and even teachers (who are always washing their hands) keep their hands soft and moisturized this winter with this easy skin softening hand scrub recipe from Soap Deli News. Make it.

8. Holiday Gifts in a Jar

Sugar scrubs are so easy to make. Why not make a trio of three mason jar sugar scrubs for your homemade winter gifts? No Compass Necessary shares their natural sugar scrub recipes for peppermint, vanilla spice and frankincense sugar scrubs. Plus there are free printable labels to make gift giving even easier! Make it.

9. Fizzy Bath Salt Recipe with Essential Oils

It’s hard to avoid a cold during the holiday season. So why not give a gift that tackles all of one’s holiday woes – winter sniffles included? This fizzy bath salt recipe from Soap Deli News fizzes like a bath bomb but is SO much easier to craft. While taking a time out to relax in the tub, the combination of Epsom salt and essential oils help to clear nasal passages and ease sore muscles. Make it.

10. Hot Cocoa Bath Bombs

If you’ve mastered the art of bath bombs then this DIY from A Cultivated Nest is a must for your homemade winter gifts. These cute homemade hot chocolate bath fizzies look like something you could eat, complete with “icing” on top so you can wow your friends and coworkers with your mad crafting skills. Make it.

Homemade winter gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season. This best homemade holiday gift idea for a DIY dry oil body spray is a Pinterest favorite and makes lovely stocking stuffers or homemade winter gifts for friends and family.

11. Scented Dry Oil Body Spray

This best homemade holiday gift idea for a DIY dry oil body spray from Soap Deli News (pictured) is a long time Pinterest favorite. It makes lovely stocking stuffers or homemade winter gifts for friends and family. Make it.

12. Homemade Massage Candles

Candles are another amazing way to enjoy your favorite scents. However, these homemade massage candles aren’t just great for making the room smell great. They can also be massaged onto skin once the wick is blown out. Then simply massage onto skin to condition dry patches and add a wonderful holiday scent. Make it.

13. Simple Solid Perfumes

Solid perfumes make wonderful homemade winter gifts for friends. This easy DIY perfume trio from Hello Glow using natural essential oils to create three lovely fragrance blends – energizing, calming and joyful. If aromatherapy isn’t quite your thing, swap them out with fragrance oils in your favorite seasonal scents. Make it.

14. Hand Poured Herbal Candles

Candles always make lovely homemade winter gifts for just about anyone. I especially love gifting candles as handmade hostess gifts throughout the year. These DIY hand poured herbal candles from The Herbal Academy are especially perfect for the winter season. Naturally scented with simple essential oil blends and botanicals, these candles are made with toxin free soy wax. Make it.

15. Essential Oil Room Sprays

This trio of essential oil room sprays from A life Adjacent are another wonderful gift for the hostess this winter at holiday gatherings. Crafted using only distilled water, vodka and essential oils, you can make room sprays scented in cola, mulled orange cider, vanilla latte and hot cocoa for natural home scents throughout the season. Make it.

Best homemade winter gifts for dry winter skin. We all suffer from skin that feels dry and tight in the winter. Our hand, especially, tend to suffer from hand washing and other daily activities. Help your friends and loved ones pamper their hands with this homemade winter hand scrub from Lemon Peony!

16. Homemade Winter Hand Scrub

We all suffer from skin that feels dry and tight in the winter. Our hand, especially, tend to suffer from hand washing and other daily activities. Help your friends and loved ones pamper their hands with this homemade winter hand scrub from Lemon Peony (pictured!) Make it.

17. Shimmering Body Butter

This cardamom scented shimmering body butter from Wild for Nature is non-greasy. So moisturizing dry hands this winter won’t leave behind those messy oily fingerprints. It’s warm spiced fragrance is perfect for winter weather, while the addition of bronze mica makes it holiday party perfect! Make it.

18. Eggnog Soy Wax Candle

This delightful candle tutorial from Jojotastic is crafted with soy wax and natural essential oils for a fun spin off the popular holiday drink. Infused with with nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla essential oils, this soy wax candle looks and smells just like eggnog! Make it.

19. Handmade Rosemary Mint Soap

Everyone uses soap, which is part of why it makes such a great handmade gift ideas. These rosemary mint soap bars from The Turquoise Home are made using a natural melt and pour soap base in addition to honey to nourish dry winter skin. Rosemary and peppermint essential oil then add a delightful seasonal scent. Make it.

(Prefer to make cold process soaps for your homemade winter gifts? Try this rosemary mint cold process soap recipe! And don’t forget to check out these pretty gift wrap ideas for your homemade holiday soaps.)

20. Stovetop Potpourri

This beautiful jars of stovetop potpourri from Tidbits will not only make your own home smell like the holidays, they’re also shelf stable. So they’re perfect for homemade winter gifts for neighbors, teachers and coworkers – all the people you’re not quite sure what to give for gifts. Choose from three delightful home fragrance blends with this cost effective homemade gift DIY that also comes with free printable labels. Make it.

Gingerbread is always at the top of my list for homemade winter gifts. There's just something about those warm spices and the fragrant scent that make the season feel comforting and inviting. These gingerbread bath bombs from Beauty Crafter are no exception and are perfect for stocking stuffers and other seasonal winter gifts.

21. Gingerbread Bath Bombs

Gingerbread is always at the top of my list for homemade winter gifts. There’s just something about those warm spices and the fragrant scent that make the season feel comforting and inviting. These gingerbread bath bombs from Beauty Crafter (pictured) are no exception and are perfect for stocking stuffers and other seasonal winter gifts. Make it.

22. Gingerbread Men Soap Bars

There are so many wonderful ways to gift gingerbread for the holidays, I couldn’t stop with just one DIY ideas. These super easy, glittering gingerbread soaps from Soap Deli News are made with just three ingredients and are perfect for last minute homemade winter gifts for friends and family. Make it.

23. Gingerbread Man Soaps

If glitter isn’t your preference, not to worry. These 15-minute DIY gingerbread man soaps from Happiness Is Homemade offer a more traditional take on gingerbread. Simply add a bit of soap paint to your finished gingerbread soaps for the cutest stocking stuffers ever. Make it.

24. Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Snow globes are always a favorite during winter. This creative homemade soap tutorial from Soap Deli News shows you step-by-step how to make your own DIY snow globe soaps with little gingerbread men hidden inside. They’re not only super cute, but they’re also a favorite among both kids and adults alike! Make it.

25. Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies always make delightful homemade winter gifts. The warm seasonal spices are definitely my favorite this time of year! This gingerbread cookies recipe from Evermine, however, offer a unique twist on traditional gingerbread cookies. Each gingerbread man cookies is designed to hold a candy cane inside it’s grasp!  Make it.

DIY Christmas gifts for men. Gifts for guys can be hard. However, this DIY for wood infused liquor from Man Made DIY is perfect for homemade winter gifts for him. Simply infuse a piece of grilling wood - along with dried fruits and spices if desired - to create unique holiday alcohol blends that can be enjoyed throughout the winter holiday season.

26. Boozy Wood Infused Bourbon

Gifts for guys can be hard. However, this DIY for wood infused liquor from Man Made DIY (pictured) is perfect for homemade winter gifts for him. Simply infuse a piece of grilling wood – along with dried fruits and spices if desired – to create unique holiday alcohol blends that can be enjoyed throughout the winter holiday season. Make it.

(Not sure about making your own infused alcohol without a little extra guidance? Try one of the DIY liquor infusion kits from Vena’s Fizz House for all your favorite liquors.)

27. Needle Felted Wine Bags

Don’t just gift a bottle of wine this holiday season. Gift it with your own handcrafted needle felted wine bag! Not only are these wine bags WAY easier to make than you might think, they are also reusable and regiftable making them perfect homemade winter gifts for the eco-conscious. Make it.

28. Wood Burned Rolling Pin

This DIY allows you to explore your own creativity even if you’re short on time. The perfect gift for bakers and foodies alike, these easy wood burned rolling pins from Delia Creates can be customized in minutes with just a simple, inexpensive wood burning kitMake it.

29. Marzipan Pinecone Treats

The fact that these marzipan pinecone treats from Country Hill Cottage look just like pinecones delight me to no end. A simple no bake holiday gift, these pinecones are made using marzipan, almond slices, cocoa, and spices for unique homemade winter gifts.  Make it.

30. Gourmet Vanilla Extract

If you have an instant pot then you’re going to love this homemade holiday gift idea. Tidbits teaches you how to make your own gourmet vanilla extracts for your favorite foodies in three gourmet flavors – chocolate vanilla, cinnamon vanilla and coconut vanilla – in your instant pot. Plus there are free printable labels to make your gift look perfect! Make it.

Best homemade winter gifts for Christmas. These simple, natural beeswax candles from Hello Nest only take five minutes to create. Perfect for any minimalist in your life, this gift also makes a lovely addition to anyone's home decor. Even better, you can buy beeswax sheets with Prime shipping for the perfect last minute holiday gift idea.

31. Simple Beeswax Candles

These simple, natural beeswax candles from Hello Nest only take five minutes to create. Perfect for any minimalist in your life, this gift also makes a lovely addition to anyone’s home decor. Even better, you can buy beeswax sheets with Prime shipping for the perfect last minute holiday gift idea. Make it.

32. Cookie Cutter Fudge

This homemade cookie cutter fudge recipe from Crafty Morning is perfect for the baker in your life. Not only are your friends and family gifted with homemade fudge – yum! – but your gift comes wrapped inside a cookie cutter that can be added to their collection. Make it.

33. Peppermint Patties

Peppermint patties are one of my all time favorite candies. These homemade peppermint patties, however, are the most amazing thing ever! Learn how to make your own at The Gunny Sack. Then top your handmade treats with crushed peppermint for delish homemade winter gifts everyone will love. Make it.

34. Peppermint Mocha Salt Scrub

Coffee scrubs are touted for anti-aging skin care benefits. But when you combo a coffee scrub with mocha, you’ve got the perfect homemade holiday gift for the coffee lovers in you life. Learn to make a salt scrub with a caffeine punch at Everything Pretty. Make it.

35. Christmas Tree Body Wash

This fragrant, bubbly Christmas tree body wash recipe from Humblebee & Me makes great homemade winter gifts for those surprise guests. Or slip them inside your family’s stockings for homemade skin care they’ll love bathing in all winter long. Make it.

35 Homemade Winter Gifts for Your Holiday Gift List. Not all handmade gifts are created equal. So it can be hard hunting for homemade gift ideas that you know will truly be appreciated. To take some of the guesswork out your holiday gift list, I've put together a gift guide filled with homemade winter gifts. So whether you're crafting handmade gifts for a winter holiday, or making birthday or hostess gifts this collection of homemade winter gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list!

More Homemade Winter Gifts & Ideas

Didn’t quite find the perfect homemade winter gifts for your holiday gift list? Take a peek at these DIY Christmas gift ideas. Or shop from my handmade holiday gift guides below.

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Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

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This post is sponsored by Sticker You. All opinions are my own.

I have to admit I’m a Pinterest addict. I’m always scouring their site for new homemade holiday gifts and ideas I can create. Whether I’m gifting baked goods for the holiday season or homemade soaps, StickerYou always makes it so easy to customize my homemade holiday gifts.

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

Homemade Holiday Gifts & Ideas for Winter

Designing my own labels for the homemade holiday gifts I create for friends and family is so much more rewarding than simply picking up gift tags at the local big box store. It’s nice to be able to customize my labels so the gifts I give feel more personal. That’s why StickerYou is my go to for custom stickers and labels. They offer fair pricing and exceptional quality without me having to sacrifice the creativity I’ve invested in my designs.

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

I’m super excited about the labels I received from StickerYou for my gifts this year. And, as always, I’m equally excited about sharing new ideas for making your own homemade holiday gifts!

This year I created two super simple recipes. One for making melt and pour gingerbread man soaps. And another for a fizzy bath salt recipe for cold weather aches & pains or those winter sniffles. What really makes these recipes extra nice, however, is that you can make them both in 30-minutes or less. So order those supplies, schedule a weekend to get together with your family or friends and check off your holiday gift list!

Homemade holiday gifts and holiday gift wrapping ideas! Learn how to craft these easy homemade melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe for homemade holiday gifts and seasonal DIY stocking stuffers.

Easy Melt & Pour Gingerbread Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

16 oz. SLS free honey melt & pour soap base
.25 oz. gingerbread fragrance oil
1/4 – 1/2 of one square of Crafter’s Choice brown sparkle color bar for melt & pour soap

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out the melt and pour soap. Cut into chunks then place inside a large, heat safe glass measuring cup such as Pyrex.

Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments until all of the soap has melted. Then carefully remove the soap from the microwave. (The glass may be hot so I recommend using a tea towel to help out with the task.)

Now cut your color bar in half or into quarters. Stir up to half of one soap color bar into the melted soap base.

Once the color bar has melted completely, weigh out and stir in the fragrance oil.

Place your soap mold onto a small cutting board. Now pour the melted soap base into all six cavities of a silicone gingerbread man mold.

Should you have air bubbles on the soap after pouring, you can spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to pop the bubbles.

Homemade holiday gifts and holiday gift wrapping ideas! Learn how to craft these easy homemade melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe for homemade holiday gifts and seasonal DIY stocking stuffers.

Carefully transport your mold with the gingerbread soaps to the refrigerator to cool.

Once your soap bars have fully solidified, remove from the refrigerator and unmold.

Now all that’s left is to package your homemade gingerbread man soaps as desired to give as homemade holiday gifts.

I packaged mine in white boxes with ribbon, then labeled them with 2″ round custom stickers from StickerYou.

Essential oil fizzy bath salt recipe for winter aches & pains or seasonal sniffles. Learn how to make this super easy bath salt recipe for your homemade holiday gifts this Christmas. Plus check out some creative packaging & gift wrap ideas with custom labels from Sticker You.

Fizzy Bath Salt Recipe with Essential Oils

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sea salt (or Epsom salt for sore muscles)
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 Tablespoon green jojoba beads
1/2 Tablespoon carrier oil or vegetable glycerin
20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil (or peppermint essential oil for sore muscles)

Instructions:

Measure out the salt, baking soda, citric acid and jojoba beads. Combine in a medium glass bowl and mix well to ensure all of the dry ingredients are evenly incorporated.

In a separate medium glass bowl, add the carrier oil (or glycerin) along with the essential oils. Mix to combine.

Now pour the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients. Use a whisk or a fork to combine the liquid ingredients throughout the dry ingredients until there are no clumps remaining.

Finally, spoon your fizzy bath salts into airtight containers of your choice.

I used a glass jar I picked up at my local craft store. However, low profile PET jars work well too!

Now simply decorate your containers as you like to give as homemade holiday gifts.

I used my custom stickers on the wooden lid of my glass jar and carefully trimmed off the excess with scrapbooking scissors. I then hid the edge with some colored pom pom ribbon. Although you could also use a gold or silver paint pen along the edge of the lid as well.

For my low profile amber jars, I wrapped a ribbon around the container. I then placed the stickers I designed onto the tops of the jars to hold the ribbon in place.

I really love how versatile the custom 2″ stickers from StickerYou are. They offered a lot of different ways to customize my gift wrap for my homemade holiday gifts. It’s also easy to apply these stickers to regular gift wrap on your holiday gifts in lieu of traditional “to and from” gift tags.

If you aren’t big on round stickers, you can honestly get any size or shape of stickers your heart desires – all to your exact specifications. Sticker You even offers tools that make it easy to customize your stickers or labels for your homemade holiday gifts. So be sure to check them out!

Homemade holiday gifts & ideas for winter. Learn how to craft a simple melt and pour gingerbread soap recipe and fizzy bath salt recipe for winter sniffles for last minute handmade holiday gifts in 30 minutes or less! Then customize your DIY holiday gifts with personalized labels from Sticker You for the best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest! #holidays #soapmaking #christmasgifts #stockingstuffers #handmadegifts #diygifts

More Homemade Holiday Gifts

Looking for more homemade holiday gift ideas? Check out some of these other homemade holiday gifts and custom label ideas I created using labels from StickerYou!

How do you plan to wrap your homemade holiday gifts this year? Be sure to share your ideas in the comments and have a wonderful holiday season!

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How to Deal with Holiday Stress Even If Your Family Is Insane

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Let’s face it. The holidays can be tough. Not only is there more to take on during the holiday season, but family can make the holidays even more stressful. There are ways, however, to lighten that emotional load. Keep reading for my tips on how to deal with holiday stress. So maybe this year you can start enjoying the holidays again.

Tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

The day before Thanksgiving I actually broke out in hives. So I understand how stressful the holidays can be. Thus illustrating not just the emotional, but also the physical toll, that the holidays can have on our health. Because I have fibromyalgia, stress – especially the kind of stress that the holidays bring – also affects my pain level. So doing activities that I actually do enjoy – like our local star drop in market square – brings with it some challenges. Specifically when it comes to footwear.

I want to be like everyone else and wear my pretty holiday party dress with the super cute shoes to match. What I don’t want to have to worry about however, is my feet hurting a half hour in and not being able to walk the rest of the night. Luckily, I scored a pair of Wiivv’s 3/4 Length Custom Fit Insoles a few months ago. Their not only custom designed to fit my feet, they also fit into every single pair of shoes I own. Even those cute party shoes. And, while they may not help me to deal with the stress of the holiday season, there’s a good chance I’ll be doing a lot of dancing into the New Year.

I really love that my Wiivv insoles allow me to feel physically feel better, not just at holiday parties, but in my day to day activities. This in turn takes some of that extra stress off my mind, so I can enjoy doing things more. Let’s face it though. Dealing with the stress of family obligations and events throughout the holiday season isn’t tackled by great footwear alone. Sometimes you have to take the time out to consider what’s more important to you – your sense of duty or your emotional health?

To help you make the holidays season a little easier to deal with, I’ve been together a few tips on how to deal with holiday stress.

Tips on How to Deal with Holiday Stress

1. Say “no.”

There’s nothing saying that you MUST attend family events during the holiday season. Maybe you have an emotionally abusive mother or a racist uncle that puts you on edge. Or perhaps it’s just overwhelming trying to find the time to attend every event, clean your house and shop for gifts all on top of work, kids and personal relationships. If you need a break, for whatever reason, it’s okay to say “no.” Stay home instead and indulge in some self care. You shouldn’t feel guilty for taking care of yourself. And believe me, I’ve skipped my own fair share of events.

“Sorry, I won’t be able to attend this year. Aunt Margaret will be there and if I have to even look at her face after the things she’s done… Well, I will not hold back. And no one wants that at a holiday party.”

2. Self medicate.

Yeah. I know. This sounds bad. But as someone who’s dealt with agoraphobia, I understand anxiety. And sometimes you just need a little help. I’m not suggesting drinking yourself into oblivion or anything. However, if there are events that will turn out worse for you if you don’t attend them, then go prepared. Cbd oil works wonders for anxiety when you can’t avoid those extra challenging family events. (It can also help with the inflammation from all those carbs!) However, if CBD oil isn’t an option for you, you can try other herbal remedies such as valerian and skullcap root to ease anxiety and reduce stress.

“Hey, Carla! Your dress is awesome. Hopefully your attitude will reflect your look this year. But if not, I’ll just be chillaxing over in the corner tonight with my phone on video… I can’t wait to replay your antics for all my friends! They all loved Don’t Trust The B- In Apartment 23!”

3. Avoid politics.

At all costs, do not discuss politics at family gatherings. If your family is like mine, then everyone has a different opinion on the state of our country. Don’t make a relatively agreeable holiday gathering into an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While your brother may act like a demon, it’s best not to call him out on it. Your therapist may refer to this as setting aside your differences. I also suggest making it very clear there are to be no political discussions during holiday events. Threaten to never attend an event again – I did! – and someone is guaranteed to have your back.

4. Take a breather.

Overwhelmed? Sneak outside and take a break. One of my best memories of Christmas was not only family free (I was going through a divorce) but it was spent with a friend skating on the ice in Market Square in our tennis shoes. Alternately, mediation is supposed to help as well. Unfortunately, my brain stays on overdrive and that is something I definitely struggle with.

5. Get some rest.

Staying up late to try to tackle your entire to do list will just make the next day more trying. You are not a Stepford wife. (Thank goodness.) You’re a grown ass woman. So if you want ice cream for breakfast and a midday nap, just go for it. If anyone is judging you, it’s simply to make up for their own shortcomings.

With that said, I hope everyone has a happy holiday season. Even if it means taking a pass. And, if you have tips for how to deal with holiday stress, I’d love for you to share your success stories in the comments. Also don’t forget that those custom Wiivv insoles in case you need to make a mad dash for the hills without breaking a leg. Your family likely won’t thank you, but your feet definitely will. However, learning how to deal with holiday stress can help you have a happier holiday. So if you’re up for it, then give it your best! (Or at least find a way to make it entertaining.)

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends This Holiday Season

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I love giving the gift of handmade. If you want to give meaningful holiday gifts this year, then this collection of 40 DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends is a must! Keep reading to discover the best Christmas gift ideas to craft and gift this winter.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers this holiday season. I love giving the gift of handmade. If you want to give meaningful holiday gifts this year, then this collection of 40 DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers is a must! Visit Soap Deli News blog now to discover the best DIY Christmas gift ideas to craft and gift this winter.

If you’re like me, you adore your friends. They are true blue to the end. So it seems only fitting to give them a holiday gift this season. Unfortunately, if you’re on a tight budget, there’s not always enough money in your bank account to buy something for everyone. So why not make your own Christmas gifts this year instead?

This collection of my favorite DIY Christmas gift ideas are easy to make using bulk ingredients and materials. You’ll not only be able to tackle everyone’s handmade holiday gift at the same time, but you’re also likely to save money in the process. I hope you enjoy this year’s collection of lovely DIY Christmas gift ideas.

DIY Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends

Country Hill Cottage is one of my favorite blogs for DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. Not only do they have an amazing collection of 50 homemade food gifts, but many of their recipes and beauty DIY’s also have free printable labels. This, as I’m sure you know, can make your DIY Christmas gifts look even better!

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. These easy holiday truffles from Country Hill Cottage make amazing DIY Christmas gifts. If your family is a fan of bourbon balls, then you'll love their cinnamon rum truffles recipe! Made with chocolate, cream, cocoa butter, cinnamon and rum, these truffles are a true holiday indulgence.

My favorite food gift idea from Country Hill Cottage is for their easy holiday truffles! If your family is a fan of bourbon balls, then you’ll love their cinnamon rum truffles recipe! Made with chocolate, cream, cocoa butter, cinnamon and rum, these truffles are a true holiday indulgence. Learn to make them here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. These snowflake shaped cold process soaps are a wonderful treat for dry winter skin and are the perfect size for handmade holiday stocking stuffers. Handmade holiday gifts and ideas to craft at home for the best DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

You can also find one of my original winter holiday soap recipes at Country Hill Cottage. These snowflake shaped cold process soaps are a wonderful treat for dry winter skin and are the perfect size for handmade holiday stocking stuffers. Discover this soapmaking tutorial here.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends and family. Decadent peppermint hot chocolate body butter recipe with essential oil for natural skin health this winter. This super luxe skin care recipe is handmade with peppermint essential oil and cacao absolute. It also contains bacuri butter - one of my personal favorite new ingredients. Handmade holiday gifts and ideas. Favorite DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

If you love peppermint and chocolate combos as much as I do, then you’ve got to try the decadent peppermint hot cocoa body butter recipe from A Life Adjacent. After all, just because you’re making these as DIY Christmas gift ideas doesn’t mean you can’t keep some for yourself! I mean, we can all use some extra self care during the holiday season. Am I right?

This super luxe skin care recipe is handmade with peppermint essential oil and cacao absolute. It also contains bacuri butter – one of my personal favorite new ingredients. Learn to make it here.

Best DIY Christmas gifts and ideas on Pinterest. Crafted with just four simple carrier oils, this lush homemade soap recipe is super moisturizing. The addition of a few simple soap embeds really make this soap pop. Handmade holiday gifts on Pinterest. How to make homemade soap gifts for the holiday. Easy stocking stuffer and DIY Christmas gift ideas.

You can also learn how to make a simple holiday inspired soap recipe via my recent guest post at A Life Adjacent. Crafted with just four simple carrier oils, this lush homemade soap recipe is super moisturizing. The addition of a few simple soap embeds really make this soap pop. Even if you don’t make this soap this holiday as a DIY Christmas gift idea, I highly recommend adding this soap recipe to your “to do” list for the New Year. Get the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. This natural peppermint cloud body butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a must for any natural beauty lover. Reminiscent of mint ice cream, this natural body butter feels velvety smooth. Your friends will delight in receiving this seasonal butter. Discover the recipe for the peppermint cloud body butter along with nine other herb inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas - including matcha cookies! - at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Body butters are such wonderful moisturizers for winter that I couldn’t share just one! This natural peppermint cloud body butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a must for any natural beauty lover. Reminiscent of mint ice cream, this natural body butter feels velvety smooth. Your friends will delight in receiving this seasonal butter.

Discover the recipe for their peppermint cloud body butter along with nine other herb inspired DIY Christmas gift ideas – including matcha cookies and beeswax candles! – at Mountain Rose Herbs here.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. No list of DIY Christmas gift ideas would be complete without some gingerbread in the mix! This whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub from Everything Pretty makes a great handmade holiday gift. Scented with only natural essential oils, this whipped scrub is a delight for dry skin as well. Plus it exfoliates and moisturizes skin in just one step! Handmade holiday gifts on Pinterest.

No list of DIY Christmas gift ideas would be complete without some gingerbread in the mix! This whipped gingerbread emulsified sugar scrub from Everything Pretty makes a great handmade holiday gift. Scented with only natural essential oils, this whipped scrub is a delight for dry skin as well. Plus it exfoliates and moisturizes skin in just one step! Learn to make it now.

Best DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends. Give these gingerbread shaped cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs from Soap Deli News a whirl for your handmade holiday gifts! Crafted using ground coffee, nourishing butters and a blend of seasonal spices, these homemade scrubs not only smell delightful, but they help promote glowing skin.

Or give these gingerbread shaped cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrubs from Soap Deli News a whirl! Crafted using ground coffee, nourishing butters and a blend of seasonal spices, these homemade scrubs not only smell delightful, but they help promote glowing skin. Grab the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers. If someone you know has eczema prone skin then this homemade triple butter soap recipe is a must have handmade holiday gift! It's so rich and creamy and is specifically formulated to condition and nourish problem skin. This natural soap is left unscented so it's suited for even sensitive skin. However, you can also add your favorite blend of organic essential oils if desired. These bars are perfect for friends, family and even coworkers.

If someone you know has eczema prone skin then this homemade triple butter soap recipe is a must have handmade holiday gift! It’s so rich and creamy and is specifically formulated to condition and nourish problem skin. This natural soap is left unscented so it’s suited for even sensitive skin. However, you can also add your favorite blend of organic essential oils if desired. These bars are perfect for friends, family and even coworkers. Find the recipe here.

DIY Christmas gift ideas for soap lovers. The best bath and body gift for fans of glitter! These DIY glitter snowflake soaps are perfect for seasonal winter holiday gift giving this Christmas season. Find this easy beginner melt and pour glitter snowflake soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog along with even more of the best DIY Christmas gift ideas on Pinterest.

Love the soap DIY Christmas gift ideas but not ready to diving into cold process soapmaking? Then try these easy DIY glitter snowflake soaps for your handmade Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Naturally scented with peppermint essential oil, these easy melt and pour soaps are also made using biodegradable glitter for a DIY Christmas gift that’s not only fun, but eco-friendly too! Read the tutorial now.

Handmade herbal Christmas gift ideas for seasonally inspired stocking stuffers. If you aren't looking forward to shopping around for ingredients for your DIY Christmas gift ideas, then consider the deluxe herbal starter kit from The Herbal Academy. It contains virtually all the packaging, ingredients and labels you need to create 22 herbal recipes that are perfect for your homemade holiday stocking stuffers. Learn how to make your own digestive bitters, winter salves, herbal teas and so much more!

If you aren’t looking forward to shopping around for ingredients for your DIY Christmas gift ideas, then consider the deluxe herbal starter kit from The Herbal Academy. It contains virtually all the packaging, ingredients and labels you need to create 22 herbal recipes that are perfect for your homemade holiday stocking stuffers.

Learn how to make your own digestive bitters, winter salves, herbal teas and so much more! While their essential herbal kit is sold out, the deluxe herbal kit is still available for a short time. Learn more here.

Best DIY Christmas gifts on Pinterest. Learn how to make wonderful handmade gifts for the holiday season with this DIY holiday gift guide from Soap Deli News.

More DIY Christmas Gift Ideas to Craft & Gift

DIY Christmas gift ideas for teachers. Peppermint essential oil foaming soap recipe & decorative winter soap pump tutorial. This holiday foaming hand soap DIY lends a festive touch to your existing soap pumps. Or make your own peppermint scented foaming hand soap with just three simple ingredients! These make great homemade teacher gifts too!

DIY Christmas gift ideas for friends, family and coworkers. Learn how to craft this simple plantain salve recipe for dry skin for seasonal holiday Christmas stocking stuffers to craft and gifts. DIY holiday gifts on Pinterest.

DIY Christmas gift ideas and more for the holiday season. Learn how to craft your own handmade holiday gifts for Christmas. Plus creative ways to package your homemade soaps for seasonal DIY holiday gifts. Best handmade Christmas gifts for friends, family and coworkers on Pinterest.

More Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Need creative ways to package your handmade soaps for the holidays? Be sure to check out this post filled with holiday gift wrap and pretty packaging ideas! You can also discover my collection of easy ways to wrap your other DIY Christmas gifts here. Or, if you don’t have the time to make your own DIY Christmas gifts this year, be sure to check out my handmade Etsy holiday gift guide.

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