Beautiful DIY Gift Wrap – Homemade Wrapping Paper for Valentine’s Day

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DIY Gift Wrap - Homemade Wrapping Paper for Valentine's Day - Easy to Make, Beautiful to Gift
Looking for a simple way to create beautiful, handmade wrapping paper without a lot of fuss? Then check out ecosalon’s diy tutorial for printmaking with rolling pins! All you need is a classic wood rolling pin,craft foam,spray adhesive, scissors, masking tape, rubber bands, a piece of acrylic and some printing ink or acrylic paints. Then just cut your foam into the shapes of your choosing – think hearts for Valentine’s Day! – and adhere to the rolling pin and you’ll be on your way to rolling out hand printed gift wrap and cards! This is a great way to dress up plain paper that lacks pizazz or even upcycling the back side of printer paper, newpaper, even old Christmas wrapping paper that you thought you couldn’t use until the end of the year! View the step by step tutorial here.
Do you give gifts for Valentine’s Day, go out for dinner, have a lovely evening in, or just skip this holiday all together?

Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas for Wrapping Last Minute Holiday Gifts

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Wrapping those Christmas gifts at the last minute but don’t want them to look like they were rushed? Here are a few stylish and pretty Christmas gift wrap ideas that will keep you at home and away from the malls on Christmas Eve! Plus links to free printable Christmas gifts wrap ideas for seasonal holiday gift tags and wrap!

DIY Last Minute Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tag

Easy DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

This first Christmas gift wrap idea is my own. I keep seeing tutorials for DIY upcycled cereal box and washi tape gift tags. The problem with that is the backs of the cereal boxes with are difficult to cover with washi tape. So I used a tissue box instead. (I certainly had plenty of empty ones with all the colds and sinus infections going around this year.)

DIY Handmade Gift Tags - Upcycled Tissue Box and Washi Tape Gift Tags

Tissue boxes already have pretty designs (pictured above) so the back of the tag is already perfect! Just add washi tape to the front! Then simply add a strip of washi tape around some plain wrapping paper and tie the gift tag on with baker’s twine for simple but elegant gift wrap.

Here are just a few other fun, DIY Christmas gift wrap ideas from around the blogosphere.

Pretty Handmade DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Free Printables

More Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas to Try

1. Pretty Printable Tea Boxes for Individual Pyramid Tea Bags from My Little Fabric / 2. Printable Paper Reindeer Tag from Eat Drink Chic / 3. Festive Red & White Gift Wrapping Ideas from Better Homes & Gardens / 4. Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Sweet Living / 5. How to Gift Wrap with a Chalkboard Look from Nashville Wraps / 6. DIY Christmas Tree Present Topper from ‘a casarella / 7. DIY Stitched Gift Tags from Shimtokk / 8. Pretty Printable Holiday Gift Tags from Bubby & Bean

DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas and Holiday Printable Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper

1. DIY Balsa Wood Gift Tags from Design Mom / 2. Christmas Envelope DIY from Lanalou Style / 3. Dark Colored Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Funkytime / 4. DIY Forage Gift Toppers from Stephmodo / 5. Creative Layers Stamping Gift Wrap from Ranger Ink / 6. Printable Chalk Board Gift Tags and Wrapping Paper from Hey Look / 7. DIY Polymer Clay Gift Tags from Poppytalk / 8. Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Kelli Murray

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DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays: The Prettiest Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas to Make & Print

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Learn how to create the prettiest DIY gift wrap for your handmade holiday gifts this Christmas. Beautiful DIY Christmas gift toppers, ribbons and gift wrap along with DIY ideas for handmade holiday gift tags, Christmas gift wrap and printable wrapping paper and gift tags. You and your gift recipients will love these pretty packaging ideas for all of your holiday gifts this Christmas.

Pretty Package and Gift Toppers, Ribbons and Wrap DIY's - DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas for the Holidays

1. DIY Molded Clay Glitter Antlers Gift Topper from A Subtle Revelry / 2. DIY Embellished Animal Figurine Gift Toppers or Ornaments from Bldg. 25 / 3. DIY Cinnamon Gift Tag and Ornament from Big City Little Joys / 4. Twig and Pom Pom Gift Embellishments + a Paper Bow Tutorial from WhipperBerry / 5. DIY Twig and Thread Christmas Tree Gift Toppers from Fellow Fellow / 6. DIY Cereal Box Gift Tags from Offbeat & Inspired / 7. DIY Washi Tape & Twine Pennant Gift Wrap Ribbon from Annixen / 8. DIY Glitter Bulbs Gift Topper and Ornaments from Sweet Paul

Pretty DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

1. DIY Origami Holiday Gift Boxes from Scissors and Spoons / 2. 5 Minute Gift Tag DIY from Poppytalk / 3. DIY Clay Gift Tags and Ornaments from A Beautiful Mess / 4 . DIY Fringed Paper Tree Gift Topper from Warm Hot Chocolate / 5. DIY Christmas Milk Carton and Gift Tag Templates from Next to Nicx / 6. DIY Printable Bon Bon Candy Favor Box from Eat Drink Chic / 7. DIY Grey & White Christmas Wrap Inspiration from Scandi Home / 8. DIY Easy Embossed Gift Tags from Crafts Unleashed

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Handmade Holiday Gifts to Make, Bake & Decorate

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Need more handmade ideas for great holiday gifts? Give your Christmas heart with these diy homemade Christmas gifts you can make and bake and diy gift wrap suggestions for the prettiest holiday packages ever.

Homemade Gifts to Bake

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas - Handmade Gifts to Bake and Make

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Pretty Packaging Gift Wrap DIY and Printable Gift Tags
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Chai Tea Mix Recipe: Easy Winter DIY Holiday Gifts

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Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don’t forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you’ll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag – for personalized gifting and storage. Keep reading to learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

How to Make Chai Tea Mix

I absolutely love loose leaf tea. And chai tea has long been one of my favorite teas by far. So I decided that for Christmas this year, I would make my own hand blended chai tea mix using organic spices! Making your own homemade chai tea mix is incredibly easy to do. Plus it’s fabulous for DIY holiday gifts!

Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

I made my chai tea mix recipe using certified organic, fair trade spice and tea ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. Here’s my recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or a bag that you can make for yourself as well as DIY holiday gifts.

Organic chai tea spices for making homemade chai tea from scratch.

Health Benefits of Chai Tea

Chai tea doesn’t just taste amazing, it also has a number of health benefits. According to Healthline, masala chai tea (or rather spicy Indian chai tea) can help improve your health by providing benefits for heart health, digestion and blood sugar level control.

How Chai tea supports a healthy heart.

By consuming as little as 120 mg of cinnamon a day, you can help lower your bad cholesterol. In addition, the black tea used to make my chai tea mix can also aid in lower cholesterol levels. While increasing consumption of black tea to three or more cups a day may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Drink Chai to help control blood sugar.

The cinnamon in chai tea does more than lower bad cholesterol though. When combined with ginger it’s possible that it may reduce insulin resistance as well as fasting blood sugar levels. In fact, just a few grams of each everyday can help lower blood sugar levels even in those with type 2 diabetes. Just be sure to skip the sweetner. (I promise, chai tea is still fantastic black!)

Chai tea supports health and wellness.

As every chai tea mix is made with ginger, it naturally helps to ease symptoms of nausea. Additionally, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and even black pepper have antibacterial properties. What this means for you is that drinking chai may support healthy immunity and give your body a boost when fighting seasonal winter colds or the flu.

Ready to enjoy the benefits of sipping this warm and spicy tea this winter? Here’s the recipe to make your own homemade chai tea mix!

Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

Hand Blended Loose Leaf Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

48 Organic Cardamom Pods or Star Anise
2 teaspoons Organic Whole Black Peppercorns
4 Tablespoons Organic Fennel Seeds
2 teaspoons Organic Coriander Seeds
2 teaspoons Organic Whole Cloves
4 sticks of Organic Sweet (True Cinnamon) Cinnamon Sticks
1 Jar Crystalized Ginger
2 Cups Organic Loose Leaf Darjeeling Tea or Assam Tea

Certified Organic Fair Trade Whole Anise Star Pods from Mountain Rose Herbs

Directions:

To craft your chai tea mix, begin by breaking the anise star pods, if using, in half. Then crumble the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces. (You can also buy the cinnamon sticks already broken into pieces.)

Certified Organic Fair Trade Chai Tea Spices for Homemade Chai Tea Mix for DIY Holiday Gifts

Next, place the anise star pods (or cardamom) and cinnamon into a large dish with the black peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cloves. In a preheated 350 degree oven, heat your spices for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Then remove the warm chai tea spices from the oven. Allow to cool. 

Then crush the spices as much as possible using the bottom of a glass or cup.

How to Make Organic Chai Tea by hand blending masala chai tea spices after heating then crushing.

In a large bowl, combine the tea, candied ginger and spices. Then mix well with your hands until ingredients are evenly dispersed. You can find spice sized jars of crystalized ginger at most grocery stores. Alternately you can substitute a smaller amount of Organic Ginger Powder.

Packaging homemade chai tea mix for DIY holiday gifts.

Now fill two Eco-friendly Kraft Poly-Lined Bags with tea. I used a scale to fill my bags equally. This homemade chai tea mix recipe yields approximately two 6.75 oz. bags. Alternately, you can fill individual Empty Press ‘N Brew Tea Bags with one Tablespoon of tea. Or combine the ingredients in mason jars.

Labeled bags of chai tea mix for DIY holiday gifts.

Finally label your containers of the chai tea mix with ingredients and brewing instructions for giving as DIY holiday gifts.

I used a word program to create my own simple labels and used a custom font with my handwriting.

Now all that’s left is to decorate your package for gift giving! I used a free printable label from Hey Look  and washi tape to decorate mine. How would you dress up yours?

Chai Tea Brewing instructions:

To brew a cup of spicy, delicious chai tea, bring one cup of water to a boil. Then pour over one Tablespoon of Chai Tea.

Allow to steep for five minutes, strain, then add milk (or a dairy free substitute) and sugar to taste.

Yield: 26 cups of tea

Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Each container yields about 13 servings of tea.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 48 Organic Cardamom Pods or Star Anise
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Fennel Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Coriander Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Organic Whole Cloves
  • 4 sticks of Organic Sweet (True Cinnamon) Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Jar Crystalized Ginger
  • 2 Cups Organic Loose Leaf Darjeeling Tea or Assam Tea

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Break the anise star pods, if using in lieu of the cardamom, in half. Then crumble the cinnamon sticks into smaller pieces.

Next, place the anise star pods (or cardamom) and cinnamon into a large dish with the black peppercorns, fennel seeds, coriander seeds and cloves.

Heat your spices in the oven for about 5 minutes until fragrant. Then remove the warm chai tea spices from the oven. Allow to cool. 

Crush the cooled spices as much as possible using the bottom of a glass or cup.

In a large bowl, combine the tea, candied ginger and spices. Mix well.

Fill two 6.75 oz. bags or mason jars with the tea, then label with brewing instructions.

Notes

To brew, bring one cup of water to a boil. Then pour over one Tablespoon of Chai Tea.

Allow to steep for five minutes, strain, then add milk (or a dairy free substitute) and sugar to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Chai tea mix recipe: Easy winter DIY holiday gifts. Learn how to make an organic chai tea mix to give as DIY holiday gifts this winter. Don't forget to make extras though! This easy DIY chai tea mix recipe is so delicious, you'll want to keep a few extra bags of this spicy, homemade chai tea mix for yourself. Package this recipe for chai tea mix in a jar or in a bag - for personalized gifting and storage. Learn how to make your own chai tea spice mix with organic spices.

If you love this recipe, then be sure to pin it for later. You can also find more DIY holiday food gifts by following my boards on Pinterest. Or check out some of my other holiday inspired food recipes below.

More DIY Holiday Food Gifts

Love homemade food gifts? Make one or more of these yummy recipes for your DIY holiday gifts this winter.

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