Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

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Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

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A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie! No sugar for you!

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Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

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Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

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Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

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The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

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If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

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For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

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This cranberry fig bath truffles recipe makes a lovely seasonal, homemade gift idea that’s sure to give you a new appreciation for this tiny tart fruit! Keep reading to learn how to make these giftable fragrant, fizzing bath truffles and discover some of my favorite food recipes for cranberries as well!

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I grew up with cranberry sauce (from a can) always being served at family holiday dinners. Not understanding at that point in my life how something that resembled Jello could come out of said can, I was never tempted to try it. And to date, I still have not. However, dried cranberries in salads or sweetened in desserts I do find appetizing. And of course cranberries immersed in cakes and breads make for a wonderful seasonal fresh baked fragrance that’s both tart, fruity and sweet.

Now that I’m a third way through my life (I plan to live forever though!) I have a better appreciation of many foods that I did not have in my teens and twenties. And, while I still won’t eat cranberry sauce out of a can, classic homemade cranberry sauce and even cranberry chutney can garner a thumbs up when paired with favorites like pork or scallops.

For the Love of Cranberry!

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Some of my favorite cranberry recipes include this cranberry orange margarita recipe from Half Baked Harvest (one of my all time favorite food blogs!) along with some simply stunning cranberry wreath gingerbread cupcakes from Lauren Conrad, a dark chocolate cranberry bundt cake recipe from My Baking Addiction, and eggnog panna cotta with spiked cranberry sauce from Sprinkle Bakes.

However, before you start checking your pantry for the ingredients to one (or all) of these lustful cranberry concoctions, I want to first share an awesome recipe for making cranberry fig bath truffles! Similar to bath bombs (or bath fizzies) these homemade bath truffles are easy to make and work nicely with silicone molds. They also smell AMAZING! So much in fact that after I made these my house smelled like a blend of tart cranberries, sweet fig and subtle wood for days.

Additionally, my cranberry fig bath truffles are also great for gifting throughout the holiday season whether for a housewarming or hostess gift or even Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for family and friends. Following is the recipe.

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Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

5 oz. citric acid
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. SLSA
2 oz. deodorized cocoa butter
1 oz. pink kaolin (or blush) clay
.4 oz. polysorbate 80 (optional)
.6 oz. cranberry fig fragrance oil
2 teaspoons sparkle pink mica

Instructions:

You will need a digital scale for my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe in order to weigh the ingredients. (I recommend this Baker’s Math Scale if you plan to make a lot of bath, body or soap recipes.) You will also need two Wilton Silicone Brownie Pop Molds which can be found both online as well as in most craft stores.

Begin by weighing out the cocoa butter in either a double boiler or a heat safe glass container such as a glass Pyrex measuring bowl. Heat the cocoa butter in your double boiler or in your container in the microwave at 40% power until melted.

Set aside to cool slightly.

Now weigh out the citric acid, baking soda, kaolin clay, and SLSA and combine in a large glass bowl. (I highly recommend wearing a dust mask for this step. Both the SLSA and the citric acid are finer particles that can be inhaled into the lungs and cause coughing as they are released into the air.)

Using a teaspoon measure, measure out the sparkle pink mica and add to the other dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly to combine.

Next, weigh out the fragrance oil (I used the cranberry fig fragrance oil from Symphony Scents) and polysorbate 80 and stir into the melted cocoa butter. (While the polysorbate 80 is optional, it is included to keep the oils in my cranberry fig bath truffles recipe from floating on top of your bath water as well as to prevent the mica from potentially staining your tub. If you choose not to use polysorbate 80, you can easily substitute it with your favorite carrier oil.)

Combine the dry ingredients with the scented cocoa butter and mix well.

You can now begin filling the cavities of your brownie pop molds. To do this, I recommend filling one cavity at a time.

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Loosely add the cranberry fig bath truffles mix to fill one cavity. Then pile more on top to form a mountain.

Next, firmly press the ingredients into the mold cavity. Resist pushing so hard that the cavity bows out on the sides, but enough that the mixture is firmly packed.

Proceed with filling all of the additional cavities of your molds until you have used all of the bath truffle mix. (You should get approximately 9-10 bath truffles from this recipe.)

Once you’ve filled the mold, set it aside in a safe, dry location.

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After one to two days, carefully unmold your cranberry fig bath truffles.

If desired, you can now add melt and pour soap “icing.”

To do this simply heat a small amount of white or clear melt and pour soap base of your choice in a small Pyrex measuring cup or glass scientific beaker until melted.

Mix in a small amount of unsweetened cocoa powder to suit for chocolate icing. Or use plain white melt and pour soap for white icing. Allow the soap to cool slightly.

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Once a thin film starts to appear on top of the soap, remix the soap then pour across the tops of your cranberry fig bath truffles. If desired, you can also sprinkle the tops of your bath truffles with a biodegradable cosmetic glitter of your choice before the soap fully cools and hardens.

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Once the soap has solidified, gently use a thin knife or utensil to remove your bath truffles from your work surface. Then package your bath truffles as desired for personal use or gifting.

To use, simply add to warm, running bath water and enjoy the bubbles and fizz!

Paint Your Cranberry Fig Bath Truffles Instead!

Alternately, you can also paint your cranberry fig bath truffles. To do this simply combine a small amount of colored mica with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and mix well until there are no longer any clumps. (You may have to play with it a bit to reach the desired consistency.)

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Then, using a small craft paint brush, paint your bath truffles as desired in blocks of color or with designs of your own creation.

What If I Want to Sell My Bath Truffles?

If you plan to sell your cranberry fig bath truffles, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. Because of this labeling your bath truffles requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information already required for cosmetic labeling. You can find more information on this at the FDA website here.

For more great homemade gift ideas, be sure to check out my post on DIY holiday gifts that look store bought at Soap Deli News blog here. Additionally, you can also discover more homemade gift ideas and recipes via my boards on Pinterest.

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DIY Holiday Gifts That Look Store Bought

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Do want to give handmade gifts for the holidays this year but have concerns that your gift won’t be appreciated? Not to worry! Making your handmade holiday gifts is a snap with this gorgeous collection of DIY holiday gifts that anyone is sure love.

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While many of these holiday gifts look as if they could be store bought, they are instead lovingly handmade. And each gift idea comes with an easy to replicate recipe or tutorial. What will you make as gifts for the holidays this year?

DIY Holiday Gifts

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DIY Holiday Gifts! Craft these DIY Primrose Crochet Dolls for your daughter or niece for the holidays via All About Ami!

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Peppermint Foaming Sugar Scrub Recipe via The Nourished Life

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! Make this crocheted DIY winter tempest blanket via Hopeful Honey for a handmade holiday gift that's sure to be treasured.

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These DIY Aloe Vera Bath Melts for Dry Skin make great DIY holiday gifts for anyone who loves bath and beauty products!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! Make this easy 3-ingredient peppermint soap via A Pumpkin & A Princess to gift to friends and loved ones this holiday season!

DIY Peppermint Soap via A Pumpkin & A Princess

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holders has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! These handmade odor neutralizing candles smell great and really neutralize odors! Such a great handmade holiday gift idea!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! This delightful Cocoa and Coffee Soap recipe is fun and easy to make, smells like delicious spiced chocolate and coffee, and it would make a wonderful gift for your loved ones!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! This DIY lavender body butter with neem oil not only offers amazing skin protection and moisture, but it also helps to soothe shingles pain - phantom or otherwise - as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Learn more about this amazing homemade body butter made with lavender and neem oil, both of which are prized for their antiviral and analgesic properties, by visiting Soap Deli News blog for the recipe. And be sure to make extras to give as handmade gifts for Christmas or throughout the year! #diy #bodybutter #recipe #gift #lavender #neemoil #christmas #crafts #handmade #skincare #beauty

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This party perfect, golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! This homemade body butter is a must have for seasonal holiday parties. Not only does it smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also moisturizes skin and makes it pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! Make these lovely DIY lavender rosemary candles via Live Simply to gift to friends and coworkers this holiday season!

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DIY Glitter Perfume for Your Inner Rockstar! True glitter fans continue to discover glitter EVERYWHERE - even after an OCD house cleaning. If you're a fan of glitter (and you totally know what I mean!) then you simply cannot pass up this tutorial for making your own awesome DIY glitter perfume!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! This Peppermint Orange Body Butter Recipe is all natural and makes a lovely handmade holiday gift idea!

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DIY Cream Eyeshadows! If you love makeup as much as I do, then you're going to want to check out these DIY cream eyeshadows! Not only are they super pigmented, but they also contain eco-friendly glitter! So not only will you feel great about wearing a product you've made yourself, but you can rock out the sparkle too!

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This sea salt face and body scrub recipe is loosely inspired by Lush's Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub. Made using fine dead sea salt, this emulsified sea salt face and body scrub recipe has a creamy texture and is gentle enough for even sensitive skin. Ingredients like mango butter, fractionated coconut oil and lanolin help to condition and protect skin while dead sea salt lends its natural healing properties.

Sea Salt Face & Body Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

Pedi Foot Scrub Recipe with Coconut Oil! This super exfoliating pedi foot scrub recipe with coconut oil will leave your feet feeling like you just had a professional spa pedicure! Made with all natural ingredients, this pedi foot scrub exfoliates with fine sea salt and pumice. It then hydrates skin with shea butter and coconut oil for softer, smoother feet with every use!

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DIY Holiday Gifts! Craft this luxe DIY Cocoa Butter Cashmere Body Mousse via Soap Queen for handmade holiday gifts this year!

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This natural neem oil body butter recipe is handmade with arnica infused coconut oil and neem oil to help ease the main of minor wounds, help to minimize the appearance of scarring and promote healing. Made with only the finest natural ingredients, this neem oil body butter is sure to become a staple in your bathroom medicine cabinet.

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This palmarosa lime natural body balm recipe helps to protect, soothe and replenish dry chapped skin with natural ingredients like oat butter, hemp seed oil and lanolin.

Palmarosa Lime Natural Body Balm Recipe via Soap Deli News

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This homemade coffee scrub recipe without coconut oil is inspired by the Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub. Scented with a fresh blend of orange, coconut and cardamom, my coffee scrub recipe contains naturally emollient sweet almond oil, mineral rich pink Himalayan salt, anti-inflammatory blood orange essential oil, brown sugar, and ground coffee to exfoliate, smooth and brighten dull, aging or acne prone skin. Plus there are free printable labels for gifting!

Orange Coconut Coffee Scrub Recipe via Soap Deli News

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade gift!

Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe with Tea Seed Oil via Soap Deli News

This homemade salve recipe for eczema is made using all natural ingredients including honeybush tea infused pumpkin seed oil. Prized in skin care for it's ability to soothe skin irritation, honeybush tea is a wonderful pantry staple for whole body health both inside and out! Visit Soap Deli News blog now for the recipe and to learn more about the benefits of honeybush tea and pumpkin seed oil that are incorporated into this valuable DIY.

Homemade Eczema Salve with Honeybush Tea via Soap Deli News

This starry DIY snow globe ring makes a fun and unique homemade Christmas gift!

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DIY Unicorn Glitter Butter via Soap Deli News

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 Foaming Holiday Hand Soap via Soap Deli News

DIY Holiday Gifts! Everyone will love this homemade vanilla spice whipped body butter via Humblebee & Me for their gifts this year!

Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter via Humblebee & Me

DIY Holiday Gifts for Him! This DIY Cedarwood Beard Balm via Fireflies & Mud Pies makes a great homemade holiday gift for men!

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Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe via Soap Deli News

For more DIY holiday gifts to make, be sure to visit my collections of DIY ideas and recipes on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me via your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts with Personalized Sticker Labels

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Save money and personalize your holiday gift giving this year with these easy homemade holiday gifts with personalized sticker labels from StickerYou! (And a big thanks to StickerYou for sponsoring this post!)

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If you’ve ever felt like you and your family are just swapping gift cards back and forth during the holidays, then maybe it’s time to mix it up bit. This collection of easy homemade holiday gifts are not only appreciated, but they are also easy to customize with personalized sticker labels from StickerYou! Not only will you not have to worry about fussing with gift wrap, but you’ll actually save money in the long run when making these easy homemade holiday gifts in bulk.

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StickerYou makes it so easy to create your own sticker labels! Whether you want all your labels to look the same or prefer a variety of stickers on each page, their sticker editor makes it easy to create your own custom designs. Simply choose from their collection of clipart, or upload your own, then add additional elements and text as desired!

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I used 2.75″ round labels for all of my easy homemade holiday gifts to illustrate the many great ways you can use a single label across different gift containers. This sticker size is perfect for everything foaming soap pumps to mason jars and is also well suited for a family monogram!

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Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts

Following you’ll find four great recipes for easy homemade holiday gifts. And, because I know not everyone owns a kitchen scale, I’ve shared both the measurement and the weight for each of the ingredients called for in these recipes.

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Lavender Bath Salts Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup (4.35 oz.) Epsom salt
1/2 Cup (4.85 oz.) Himalayan pink salt
1/2 Cup (3.9 oz.) Dead Sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons (.3 oz.) vegetable glycerin
3/4 teaspoon (.15 oz.) lavender essential oil
2 Tablespoons dried lavender or cornflowers, optional

Instructions:

Measure or weigh out the salts and combine in a large glass bowl. Mix well to combine, then stir in the vegetable glycerin and lavender essential oil.

Once the salts are evenly coated, stir in the dried flowers then package in a 16 oz. mason jar.

Now simply apply your custom 2.75″ sticker to the lid of the mason jar and it’s all set for gifting!

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Ginger Orange Salt Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Cup (8.24 oz.) Dead Sea salt
1 Tablespoon (.4 oz.) refined shea butter
5 cocoa butter wafers (.35 oz.)
3 Tablespoons (1.15 oz.) sweet almond oil
1/2 teaspoon (.1 oz.) fresh ginger essential oil
3/4 teaspoon (.15 oz.) 5-fold orange essential oil

Instructions:

Measure or weigh out the shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted.

Now measure out the essential oils and stir into the liquid ingredients. Set aside.

In a separate container, measure or weigh out the Dead Sea salt. Then pour the Dead Sea salt into the liquid ingredients.

Mix well to combine then package in a 9 oz. jar with a metal lug cap. Finish with a personalized 2.75″ label on the lid and a colorful ribbon tied around the neck of the jar.

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Foaming Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup (5.6 oz.) white granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons (.8 oz.) refined shea butter
1 Tablespoon (.4 oz.) Castile liquid soap paste
2 Tablespoons (.9 oz.) safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon green jojoba beads, optional
1/2 teaspoon (.1 oz.) peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Measure or weigh out the shea butter, Castile liquid soap paste and safflower oil. Combine in a double boiler and heat until melted.

Now measure out the peppermint essential oil and stir into the liquid ingredients. Set aside.

In a separate container, measure or weigh out the sugar. Combine with the green jojoba beads and mix thoroughly until the beads are incorporated evenly throughout the sugar.

Pour the sugar into the liquid sugar scrub base and stir or whisk with a fork until the wet and dry ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Then spoon the the sugar scrub into an 8 oz. PET heavy wall plastic jar with a black lid. Finish with your customized 2.75″ sticker on the lid.

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Peppermint Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

Ingredients:

Distilled water
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Liquid Castile Soap

Instructions:

Fill an empty 250 mL plastic PET bottle (with a white foamer pump) about two thirds of the way full with water. Then fill the remainder of the bottle three fourths of the way full (so there’s room for the foamer pump) with peppermint liquid Castile soap.

Screw on the foamer pump, then gently turn the bottle to mix the soap and water.

Finish with a 2.75″ round label on the front of your foaming hand soap bottle.

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For more ideas for easy homemade holiday gifts, be sure to check out my other recipes for making a whipped body butter soufflé and exfoliating whipped sugar scrub! You can find both of these homemade skin care recipes here along with more great ideas for labeling your easy homemade holiday gifts.

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DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall That Will Wow Your Neighbors

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Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O’ Lanterns that don’t last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Hosting your own pumpkin paint night is a snap. I simply provided boxed wines, snacks, paints and craft supplies while my guests brought their own paper mache pumpkins. If you don’t already have an arsenal of craft supplies on hand, you could also request that each guest bring a small container of paint and/or their own brushes in addition to the pumpkin of their choice. A pumpkin paint night is also a great idea as an alternate adult or teen Halloween party!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Following are some of the highlights from my pumpkin paint night I hosted last week when my friends and I created our own DIY painted pumpkins. But don’t forget to read to the end to see how you can recreate my sparkle painted pumpkin – plus more fall craft ideas!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Everyone that attended had their own fantastic ideas for how to paint their pumpkins.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Whitney added orange and black stripes to her pumpkin while Allison created a bright and cheery teal and white pumpkin with pink glitter swirls and yellow accents. (Allison’s husband was in attendance too, however he worked on painting a t-shirt as a part of his Halloween costume.)

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

My friend Cathy created a multi-face painted pumpkin.

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So as the pumpkin was turned you were presented with a new face! How cool is that?! (Be sure to hit play to see all of the painted pumpkin faces!

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

She also painted a wooden “poison” Halloween sign.

And I, of course, painted a sparkly glitter themed pumpkin! Here’s how it was done.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

DIY Painted Pumpkins with Glitter

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Materials & Supplies:

Paper mache pumpkin
Teal & lime green paint
Matte Mod Podge
Foam brushes
Krylon Glitter Shimmer Spray
Strong craft paint
Glitters
Ribbons

Instructions:

Cover your work surface with newspaper or a paper towel to protect it from paint. Then, using a foam brush, apply teal paint to the entire body of the pumpkin minus the stem. Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely then apply a second coat.

Once dried, use a foam brush to randomly apply Mod Podge to a front section of the pumpkin. Then sprinkle blue and green glitter onto the wet Mod Podge.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Once the Mod Podge dries, use a strong craft glue – I used E6000 craft adhesive – to glue a scrapbook chipboard phrase of your choice onto and across the front of the pumpkin.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Next, paint the stem of your pumpkin green. Then, while the paint is still wet, gently blow blue glitter into the wet paint on the pumpkin stem. Once dry, finish your pumpkin with 2-3 coats as desired of perfectly pink Krylon glitter shimmer spray.

DIY Painted Pumpkins for Fall! Rather than fuss with the mess of carving Jack O' Lanterns that don't last past Halloween, this year I decided to create my own DIY painted pumpkins! I even hosted a pumpkin paint night for me and my friends. I thought everyone came up with some really fantastic ideas for painting their pumpkins. And not only are these DIY painted pumpkins perfect for Halloween, but they can also be brought indoors for a seasonal fall table centerpiece! #pumpkins #diy #fall #halloween

Finally tie teal and green ribbons onto your painted pumpkin’s stem. I used long pieces of ribbon and tied the two ribbons together into a bow twice. Then I tied the leftover long ribbon ends into a bow again but this time I tied the teal and green ribbons into bows separately.

DIY Halloween Tombstones from Upcycled Cereal Boxes! Learn how to craft your own DIY Halloween Tombstones using upcycled cereal boxes and add a faux graveyard to your outdoor Halloween decorations! Making your own DIY Halloween tombstones is both easy and fun. And because this project doesn't require any technical skill, the whole family can join in on the fun!

If you like our ideas for DIY painted pumpkins, then also be sure to check out these other no carve fall pumpkins. You may also enjoy my project for making DIY Halloween tombstones from upcycled cereal boxes. You can find that Halloween DIY here. Or gather even more fall inspiration from these non-food bath and body Halloween treats including anatomically correct heart bath bombs and bloody brains on foam deli meat trays.

DIY Cream Eyeshadows! If you love makeup as much as I do, then you're going to want to check out these DIY cream eyeshadows! Not only are they super pigmented, but they also contain eco-friendly glitter! So not only will you feel great about wearing a product you've made yourself, but you can rock out the sparkle too!

If Halloween makeup is more up your alley, then you must check out my color customizable, bold DIY cream eyeshadows. They also have glitter. Or alternately, you may prefer my recipes for making your own DIY Halloween grease makeup paints. You can find that DIY via my guest post at The Nourished Life blog.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages!

Prefer seasonal fall projects to Halloween? Take a peek at these amazing artisan fall soaps for inspiration or learn how to make my 3-D moldable pumpkin spice soap. You can also learn how to make your own natural pumpkin spice roll-on perfume (also via a guest post) or check out this fantastic collection of twelve fab fall skin care recipes you simply won’t be able to resist.

Also be sure to follow my Halloween DIY Projects & Ideas Pinterest board for even more great fall crafts ideas along with my Jonesing for Crafts and DIY Bath & Body boards. In addition, you can find and follow me on Instagram as well as G+TumblrFacebookTwitterPinterest and Blog Lovin’. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.