Dollar Tree Valentines for Gifts, Party Favors and BFF’s

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Whether you need Valentine’s day gifts for someone special or affordable favors for your Valentine’s day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care, And you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these dollar store valentines are easy to create and customize. Keep reading to learn how to craft your own Dollar Tree valentines two ways in 5-minutes or less.

Dollar Tree valentines. How to craft DIY Dollar Tree valentines two ways in just 5-minutes or less using nothing Dollar Store items for easy, inexpensive DIY Valentine's day gifts that also double as cute Valentine's party favors or DIY wedding favors. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines also make easy Valentine's Day Dollar Store crafts for make and takes. #diyvalentines #dollarstorecrafts #valentine

To be frank, Valentine’s day is not my favorite holiday. My son is grown and off in grad school, and I’m an empty nester. So there’s no excitement in decorating a Valentine’s day box for cards, or picking out the perfect valentines for his classmates. And when you’re dating, especially in your forties, yet another holiday (how many of these things are there?) often evokes a WTF moment in which your brain teeters on shutting down completely. (Or at the least throwing up from the trepidation.)

That’s not to say there’s no love in my life. I have some pretty amazing friends. That my friends are the true blue forever kind of friends always gives me a warm and cozy feeling. It feels good to know that if I’m ever truly in need, they’re there.

These women are the kind of friends that, even if you drop off the face of the planet for a while, they’re still around to help you climb back into their universe when you’re ready. The people who you’d do anything for and they’d do anything for you in return. Including standing up for you when you aren’t around. So while Valentine’s day may not be the same gross happy couple ooey gooey holiday for me as it is for everyone else, I feel really good about celebrating Galentine’s day instead. 

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Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentines

Regardless of who’s your gift recipient, these super cute Dollar Tree valentines are perfect for kids and coworkers as well as friends and family. They’re both affordable and easy to make. Gift them to your valentine solo, or pair them with one my free printable valentines cards for an extra special, DIY Valentine’s Day gift.

I made these Dollar Tree Valentines using mini metal buckets intended for wedding favors. They’re perfectly sized for Valentine’s day party favors or mini gifts. And I love that there are a number of ways to use them. Whether if it’s as a candy bucket for Valentine’s day treats or a mini Valentine’s day bouquet complete with a heart shaped lollipop flower.

They even come with tiny white ribbons. However, I chose to use Valentine’s day themed ribbon I picked up from the floral section at my local Dollar Tree and saved the smaller ribbon for a later project down the road.

Conversation heart crafts. Easy Valentine's day gifts for crafting Valentine's day party favors filled with conversation hearts. Make these Dollar Store valentines for your Valentine's day party or to give as inexpensive valentines to friends, family or coworkers to show your love! Conversation hearts are a Valentine’s day classic. It’s always so much fun reading the little sayings stamped onto each heart shaped candy. Discover more Dollar Tree valentines now at Soap Deli News blog. #valentines

DIY Dollar Tree Valentines with Candy Hearts

Conversation hearts are a Valentine’s day classic. It’s always so much fun reading the little sayings stamped onto each heart shaped candy. (If you’ll notice on this photo, the green one front and center says “Gal Pal.” And no, that wasn’t planned. It just happened.)

However, you don’t have to fill your buckets with little messages. Any small candy, such as jelly beans, also work great for this Valentine’s day gift idea.

What You Need:

Dollar Tree valentines with candy hearts. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care without spending a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these valentines are easy to create and customize. Learn how to craft your own Dollar Tree valentines two ways. Conversation hearts are a Valentine's day classic. #valentines #dollarstorecrafts

What To Do:

First, fill a zipper seal bag for each Valentine’s day candy bucket you’d like to make. Place the zipper bag inside the bucket to fill to the correct height. Then, cut off the zipper top on the bag.

Next, use scissors to cut the ribbon to length. Then tie the ribbon tightly into a bow around the top of the bag. Place the bag of candy hearts inside the mini metal bucket.

Then, adhere foam hearts to the front of each pail using either glue dots or glue. Alternately, you can also use heart shaped stickers for this step.

Dollar Tree valentines with candy hearts. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care without spending a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these valentines are easy to create and customize. Learn how to craft your own Dollar Tree valentines two ways. Conversation hearts are a Valentine's day classic. #valentines #dollarstorecrafts

Your Dollar Tree valentines with candy hearts are now complete and ready for gifting! Simply repeat this process until you have the amount of Valentine’s day gifts you need for your party, event or gifts.

Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentine

DIY Dollar Tree Valentine’s Day Bucket Bouquet

I love these little Valentine’s Day bucket bouquets. Not only is the “flower” in these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy lollipop is gone, the floral arrangement can be used throughout the month of February to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there’s not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. 

What You’ll Need:

Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentine

What To Do:

Using a knife, cut the floral foam into small sections that fit inside the mini metal buckets.

Dollar Tree Valentine Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentines

Then, center the heart shaped lollipop into the center of the foam block and push it down to the bottom of the foam. Now place the foam block inside the bucket.

Dollar Tree Valentine Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentines

Using scissors, cut down the the floral stems into smaller sections and arrange them inside the foam around the lollipop.

Keep working until your mini Dollar Tree valentine bucket bouquet looks full and lush, and the foam block is no longer visible.

Dollar Tree Valentine's Day Bouquet. Easy DIY Dollar Tree Valentine's Day gifts in 5-minutes or less. I love these little bucket bouquets for Valentine's day. Not only are these Dollar Tree valentines edible, but once the candy is gone the floral arrangement can be used through the month to decorate a small space, sided table or a work desk. And, unlike real flowers, there's not need to swap out the water or worry about them dying. Dollar Store crafts for simple Valentine's Day gifts. #valentine

If desired, you can tie a decorative ribbon around the bucket and tie it into a bow. That’s it!

Dollar Tree valentines. Easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines two ways in 5-minutes or less. Dollar Store crafts for Valentine's day to give as candy filled Valentine's Day gifts. Whether you need valentines or gift ideas for someone special or a Valentine's day party, these easy DIY Dollar Tree valentines are the perfect way to show you care without spending a lot of money. Crafted entirely using products from the Dollar Store, these valentines are easy to create and customize. #valentines #diy

Love my DIY Dollar Store valentines, but don’t have time to make them right away? Then be sure to pin this project to Pinterest now, so you can easily find it again when you have more free time.

More Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

If you enjoyed my ideas for easy, DIY Dollar Tree valentines, then you may also like some of my other Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

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Bath Bomb Ornaments: Easy Homemade Gift Idea for the Holidays

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DIY bath bomb ornaments are the perfect holiday gifts. Not only are these fun Christmas ornaments easy to make, they allow you to gift someone special an extra opportunity for self care. What better gift to give for the holidays, than a relaxing bath time staycation? Learn how to make your own homemade bath bomb ornaments for your friends and family with this simple tutorial from guest blogger, Melanie Sugalski, of Nature’s Oil.

DIY bath bomb ornaments are the perfect holiday gifts. Not only are these fun DIY Christmas ornaments easy to make, they allow you to gift someone special an extra opportunity for self care. What better handmade Christmas gift to give for the holidays, than a relaxing bath time staycation? Learn how to make your own homemade bath bomb ornaments for your friends and family with this simple tutorial for making homemade holiday gifts for Christmas.

Holiday Bath Bomb Ornaments: Two Ways

As the temperature plummets and snow starts flying, you realize it’s mid December and there’s still a few people on your gift list. Before you drive to the mall in a panic and fight the crowds, we have a last-minute, homemade holiday gift idea that’s both festive and functional. DIY bath bomb ornaments are the perfect holiday gifts, allowing that special someone the chance to be relieved of stress and enjoy the magic of the holidays.

There are two different ways to make DIY bath bomb ornaments depending on your schedule and how involved you would like to get. One iteration offers the chance to make bath bomb crumbles from scratch. For those with a tighter schedule, there’s an alternative recipe using ready-made bath bombs to save time.

DIY bath bomb Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday gifts. Not only are these fun DIY Christmas ornaments easy to make, they allow you to gift someone special an extra opportunity for self care. What better handmade holiday gift to give for the holidays, than a relaxing bath time staycation? Learn how to make your own homemade bath bomb Christmas ornaments for your friends and family with this simple tutorial for making homemade Christmas gifts for the holidays.

Option #1 – Bath Bomb Scrumbles from Scratch

Ingredients:

2 lb. Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
1 lb. Citric Acid
10 – 30 drops Skin Safe Fragrance or Essential Oil
Colorant
1 tsp. Decorative Botanicals, if desired

Supplies:

Large Spoon or Whisk
4 Clear Plastic Ornaments
Funnel
Wax Paper
Baking Sheet
Bowl

Instructions:

Add citric acid and sodium bicarbonate in a bowl followed by 10 to 30 drops of your favorite fragrance oil or essential oil. The more drops added, the stronger the fragrance will become. Slowly mix the ingredients until they are well blended.

For a pop of color, mix in different colorants. We recommend skin safe colorants that won’t irritate or dye your skin such as charcoal or dash of red and green clay. Glitter also adds a sparkle to let your present shine. Don’t feel obligated to color your bath bomb ornament, white mixtures can make the perfect snowball or snowman.

Remove the top of the ornament and use a funnel to pour the bath bomb mixture into the ornament. Add finishing touches like decorative botanicals in the bulb before securely closing the top.

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Option #2 – Using Ready-Made Bath Bombs

Ingredients:

3 Bath Bombs (find another great holiday bath bomb recipe here)

Supplies:

Resealable Plastic Bag
Rolling Pin
4 Clear Plastic Ornaments
Funnel

Instructions:

Place one bath bomb into a resealable plastic bag, press out the air, and seal it shut. Using a rolling pin or another hard object, carefully crush the bath bomb on a hard surface. Continue to break down the bath bomb until there are no large chunks left.

Remove the top of the plastic ornament and pour in the crushed bath bomb using the funnel. Another option is cutting a bottom corner of the resealable plastic bag containing the bath bomb mixture and pouring it directly into the ornament. Alternate layers between different bath bombs for a colorful design. Once the ornament is filled, replace and secure the top.

DIY Bath Bomb Ornaments for last minute Christmas gifts this holiday season. As the temperature plummets and snow starts flying, you realize it’s mid-December and there’s still a few people on your gift list. Before you drive to the mall in a panic and fight the crowds, try thus last-minute Christmas gift idea that’s festive and functional. Bath Bomb Ornaments are the perfect holiday gifts, allowing that special someone the chance to be relieved of stress and enjoy the magic of the holidays.

Ideas for Decorating Your Bath Bomb Ornaments

For more festive fun, add small decorations like ribbons or a personal touch to your bath bomb ornaments using metallic paint pens. Or glue a mini wreath ornament (just cut off the string) onto the front of your Christmas ornaments for another fun decorating idea.

Once you’ve decorated your bath bomb ornaments, all that’s left is to present this homemade holiday gift to family and friends. These ornaments are perfect to hang on the tree until you’re ready for a relaxing bath.

How to Use This Holiday Gift Idea

To use these holiday bath bomb ornaments, just remove the top and sprinkle the contents into a nice warm tub. Slowly sink in and let the hustle and bustle of the holidays slip away.

Easy last minute Christmas gift ideas. Make these DIY bath bomb ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree or to give as homemade Christmas gifts for the holidays. These easy DIY Christmas ornaments can be made with pre-made bath bombs or using easy to find ingredients from the grocery store. Learn how to craft unique, custom self care beauty gifts for the holiday season with two ways to make DIY bath bomb Christmas ornaments for a merry Christmas!

If you like these DIY bath bomb Christmas ornaments, don’t forget to pin this post for later. You can also discover more ways to make bath bomb along with numerous bath bomb recipes for year round gifting here. Or learn tips and tricks for making the perfect bath bombs on your first try. 

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Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives)

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Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you’ve made heart health a priority!

Winter Dinner Ideas: Mushroom and Bacon Risotto Recipe (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

I’ve really been trying to eat healthier the past few months. My dad somehow miraculously avoid a heart attack at 72. However, he also had three heart surgeries over the course of a year. He’d been tired a lot and had been falling asleep when he’d sit down. Not being one to talk the doctor about his concerns, on top of having a super shitty primary care doctor, when he finally addressed what was going on, it wasn’t good. Tests revealed that one artery was completely blocked and another wasn’t far behind. When clearing out his arteries roto-rooter style at UVA didn’t fix the issues, he went back for stints. My parents didn’t even tell me about the third surgery. (My mom somehow thinks I’m fragile.) I heard about it, much later, through an off handed comment my brother made.

My family, on both sides, have a history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So it’s a real concern for me, especially as I’m headed through my mid-forties. Luckily, I’m doing okay on both counts. However, I’ve tried to eat healthy and take care of myself. Unfortunately, the past two years were rather tumultuous for me emotionally. Like most things, this affected not just my emotional health, but my physical health as well. My energy levels and my weight both took a hit. 

Not only did I change the situation I was in (and more than once) I also changed my eating habits. I stopped drinking gin and (high fructose corn syrup) tonic on the reg (to deal with chronic pain) and found a supplement regimen that worked for my fibromyalgia. I gave up the muscle relaxers I’ve used for years to cope after going cold turkey off pain killers and started taking valerian instead. Then I started eating better. I moved toward (or rather closer than I’ve ever been) a more vegetarian diet with fish, seafood and eggs – with meat only occasionally and very much in moderation. I started doing push ups and going dancing again. Basically I started living with intent rather than just existing. 

Since doing these things, I’ve gone down 16 lbs. I look great and I feel better. My emotional state is much improved and my focus, though still wildly ADHD a few days a week, is better.

Sauteed onions with mushrooms, olive oil and thyme for risotto

And yet, here I am, sharing a freaking mushroom risotto recipe – with bacon. 

Bacon is delicious. Healthwise I’m totally okay with indulging every now and then. Friends and family make that practically a must on special occasions, holidays and dinner dates they host. Intellectually, I realize that pigs are pretty smart animals. As someone with a dog who I consider family, it does bother me that I enjoy pork as much as I do. So I try not to think about it for too long. But then, I remember that pigs can eat people and leave zero trace behind. That helps ease the guilt. 

In the end, I’ve found there are more reasons not to eat pork than there are to gorge myself on a plate of baby back ribs. However, food, like most things in our lives, is a personal choice. Therefore, because I enjoy treating myself from time to time, this recipe has bacon. If, however, you’d like a healthier approach to my mushroom bacon risotto recipe, feel free to substitute the bacon for a healthier alternative. 

Heart healthy alternatives to bacon in mushroom bacon risotto. Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you've given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it's impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Try my warming winter dinner idea for mushroom bacon risotto now.

Healthy Alternatives to Bacon for Mushroom Bacon Risotto

Bacon is delicious. Like all things, however, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Especially where heart health is concerned. So if you’ve given up beef and pork, have gone totally vegetarian, or are simply taking a break from bacon because it’s impossible not to overindulge, here are a few healthy alternatives for the bacon in my mushroom bacon risotto recipe.

Tempeh Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tempeh bacon is a vegetarian alternative to bacon. It contains less fat and has zero cholesterol. While traditionally made from slightly fermented soybeans, tempeh bacon can be made using any type of bean including black-eyed peas, black beans and chickpeas. Not only is tempeh bacon a good source of fiber, it’s also high in both vitamin B6 and magnesium. To prepare, simply slice then cook in oil over medium-high heat about four minutes each side.

Turkey Bacon for Healthier Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Turkey bacon is most definitely not bacon, but it’s not a bad substitute if you’re still eating meat. While still not totally healthy – I mean it IS still processed meat – it’s white meat rather than red meat. It also has HALF the amount of saturated fat as the real deal.

A similar alternative to turkey bacon is duck bacon. Just be aware that duck bacon doesn’t get quite as crispy as the real deal.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe: A Warming Winter Dinner Idea (Plus Heart Healthy Bacon Alternatives) Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Vegetable Bacon for Heart Healthy Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Eggplant, and other veggies properly seasoned, can take on that smokey flavor you get from bacon. Simply add some smoked paprika, dried Chipotle chili peppers or a savory sweet sauce to your vegetable of choice then grill, smoke or roast. Additions such as fresh, grated parmesan cheese as garnish once the dish is plated can make up for the loss of the “beefier” bacon texture. To prepare a healthy alternative to bacon using eggplant, simply slice the eggplant then roast at 225°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until crispy.

Tofu Bacon for Vegetarian Bacon Mushroom Risotto

Tofu bacon is another healthy alternative to bacon. It’s processed a bit more than tempeh bacon, however it’s high in protein. In addition, tofu bacon also contains all eight essential amino acids, and a notable amount of both calcium and iron.

To make it, you’ll need to start with really thin slices of tofu. (Otherwise you won’t get that bacon-like crunch.) Then marinate the tofu in a blend of 1 cup soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons tomato paste (you can freeze the rest in Tablespoon portions in an ice cube tray), 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (Annie’s makes a vegan alternative), 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, 2 Tablespoons liquid smoke and 2 cups water. Mix to combine than marinate thinly sliced tofu at least four hours to overnight.

Once you’re ready to cook your bacon tofu, simply strain the tofu slices from the marinade. Then fry the tofu in a skillet over medium high heat until crispy. If desired, you can reserve the marinade for another veggie dish later.

Now that you know you can make substitutions for the bacon if desired, here’s my mushroom bacon risotto recipe. I hope you enjoy it in your very favorite way as an easy, warming winter dinner idea.

Mushroom bacon risotto recipe. Need a warming winter dinner idea? This easy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is perfect for weeknight dinners with family or a weekend dinner with friends. Plus easy and healthy alternatives to using bacon if you've made heart health a priority! This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by omitting the bacon or by substituting it a bacon alternative.

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme. You can make this winter dinner idea healthier by either omitting the bacon called for in the recipe or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon, mentioned above.

Ingredients:

1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
1 large onion, finely chopped
2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons quality salt
Fresh sage
Fresh thyme
5 pieces of very crispy (but not burnt) bacon (or bacon alternative)
2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
Fresh ground black peppercorns

Ingredients for making mushroom bacon risotto

Instructions:

Begin by warming the chicken or vegetable broth in a medium sized pot. While the broth is warming, you’ll start a second pot on the stove. 

In a separate medium-large pot, heat one tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat. Then sauté the onions in the oil until fragrant. (Alternately you can also Continue to cook until the onions have browned.

Next, add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot with the sautéed onions. Then stir the rice into the pot of sautéd onions and oil.

Cooking Risotto Rice in Broth

Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. (It will seem like a lot of oil to start, but it will help the rice cook.) After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.

While the rice cooks, stir often. The more you stir the risotto, the creamier the final version of the mushroom bacon risotto dish you serve will end up being.

Once the rice shows signs of having absorbed the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture, as in the previous step.

Sauteed mushrooms with thyme

As the risotto is cooking, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Once sautéed, set aside.

Continue adding more broth to the rice, stirring often. Partway through stir in the salt and add some fresh sage to the pot. I used one small sprig of fresh sage with about eight leaves on it.

Creamy cooked risotto rice.

The risotto is done cooking when the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through. At this point you no longer need to add additional broth. Instead, stir in most of the freshly grated parmesan cheese, while reserving the rest for plating.

Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto into bowls or plates for serving. The top the risotto with the crispy bacon or bacon alternative, sautéd mushrooms and additional parmesan cheese. Serve immediately, while stir warm.

If desired, you can serve this warming winter dish of mushroom bacon risotto with a light bodied glass of pinot noir. Enjoy!

Yield: Serves 5-6

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

Mushroom Bacon Risotto Recipe

This creamy mushroom bacon risotto recipe is the perfect warming, winter dinner idea. Accented with the flavor of grated parmesan and fresh thyme, you can make risotto dinner recipe hearty healthy by either omitting the bacon or by substituting it with one of the healthy alternatives to bacon.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅔ cup arborio rice
  • 7 cups of warmed chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 Tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil, divided
  • ½ to ¾ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1.5 cups freshly chopped mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons quality salt
  • Fresh sage
  • Fresh thyme
  • 5 pieces of crispy bacon (or bacon alternative)
  • 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat to cook the mushrooms (or heart healthy olive oil)
  • Fresh ground black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Warm your broth of choice in a medium sized pot on the stove. Set aside.
  2. Heat one Tablespoon of either avocado or olive oil over medium heat in a medium-large pot. Sauté the chopped onions in the oil until fragrant, then continue to cook until the onions have browned.
  3. Add two additional Tablespoons of oil to the pot of sautéed onions. Then stir in the rice.
  4. Stir the rice for about a minute in the oil. After a minute, ladle in one cup of warm broth.
  5. Stir the rice often to ensure a creamy risotto.
  6. Once the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, add a second cup of broth. Continue stirring the onion and risotto mixture occasionally.
  7. While the rice cooks, sauté the mushrooms in a nonstick pan with either bacon fat or olive oil and a couple sprigs of thyme. Then set aside.
  8. Continue adding more broth to the rice as it cooks. Partway through stir in the salt and about eight leaves of fresh sage.
  9. Once the rice grains are plump, creamy and completely cooked through it's ready. Stir in the bulk of the freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  10. Spoon the mushroom bacon risotto onto plates or into bowls for serving. Top with the crispy bacon, sautéd mushrooms and remaining parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 650Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1210mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 45g

Warming winter dinner ideas.

More Warming Winter Dinner Ideas

If you enjoyed my mushroom bacon risotto recipe, then you may also like these other warming winter dinner ideas.

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Snowman Mason Jar Craft for Easy DIY Christmas Gifts with Printable Gift Tags

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Celebrate winter with this easy DIY snowman mason jar craft. It’s perfect for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Simply fill the completed snowman mason jars with white chocolate covered pretzels -recipe included! – peppermint bark, chai tea mix or your favorite small seasonal toys or gifts. Then print out the free printable labels for an easy, affordable DIY holiday gift idea for Christmas!

Snowman mason jar gift DIY with free printable Christmas gift tags. If you love snow as much as I do, or maybe you just need a winter craft to keep you from going stir crazy, this snowman mason jar craft is the perfect fit. It’s absolutely wonderful for DIY Christmas gifts for teachers, friends, neighbors – pretty much anyone. (I tell you how to make easy white chocolate covered pretzels to stash inside.) Plus, I’ve also included free printable labels to make gifting even easier.

A Celebration of Winter Snow

I love snow. And really, snow is probably the only thing I actually like about winter. Fashion choices aside, of course. Granted, I do live on the line between what’s considered the North and the South. So it’s not often we get snow, much less get buried underneath of it. Which means, the threat of snow, brings with it the joy and excitement of a possible snow day. One that hasn’t diminished at all even after completing school and sending a child out the nest and into the world. 

I remember one year we somehow magically got three feet of snow. It was my first year of college (so well over twenty years ago if you’re counting.) The city was not equipped to handle it. And unlike many of your snowfalls, there was no warming period afterwards. The city literally shut down for ten days. Everything was closed. On day five you could walk to the post office and pick up your mail. I took the two mile walk to help curb the boredom. The only person I saw was a man riding down the street on a snowmobile. It was the most bizarre thing I’ve probably seen in this town. And almost apocalyptic. (Except there were no zombies obviously. I’m sure you would have heard about that one.)

Creative DIY mason jar gifts for Christmas. How to make a cute DIY snowman mason jar gift filled with white chocolate covered pretzels or other winter holiday food treats to gift to friends, family, teachers and neighbors this holiday season. These easy DIY Christmas gifts also include free printable Merry Christmas gift tags for your handmade Christmas gifts for the finishing touch.

The entire family got creative with snow as a medium that year. I dug an igloo (that was mighty warm inside) out the snow my dad had shoveled off of the driveway. While my dad and brother built a snow woman holding a baby and a lowrider truck that you could actually sit in.

It’s been a few years since we’ve had a decent snow – meaning one to two feet. However, they’re predicting that Southwestern Virginia is in for a very wet and snowy winter this year. And while being cold is not my thing, I figure if it’s going to be cold, then it might as well snow.

Snowman mason jar craft with printable Merry Christmas gift tags for easy DIY Christmas gifts for the holidays. Plus a simple white chocolate covered pretzels recipe to fill your snowman mason jars for gift giving. Celebrate winter with this easy DIY snowman mason jar craft. It's perfect for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Simply fill the completed snowman mason jars with white chocolate covered pretzels -recipe included! - peppermint bark, chai tea mix or your favorite small seasonal toys or gifts.

Easy DIY Christmas Gifts: Snowman Mason Jar Craft (with Chocolate Covered Pretzels)

If you love snow as much as I do, or maybe you just need a winter craft to keep you from going stir crazy, this snowman mason jar craft is the perfect fit. It’s absolutely wonderful for DIY Christmas gifts for teachers, friends, neighbors – pretty much anyone. (I tell you how to make easy white chocolate covered pretzels to stash inside.) Plus, I’ve also included free printable “Merry Christmas” gift tags to make gifting even easier. However, don’t feel boxed in by the whole idea of chocolate covered pretzels. You could also put homemade marshmallows, peppermint bark, a chai tea mix or pretty much any type of treat inside. Or skip the food idea all together and fill this snowman mason jar craft with small toys or other seasonal surprises.

Ready to get started on this easy snowman mason jar gift for your DIY Christmas gifts this holiday season? Keep reading for the tutorial, my easy white chocolate covered pretzels recipe and the free printable labels!

Creative DIY mason jar gifts for Christmas. How to make a cute DIY snowman mason jar gift filled with white chocolate covered pretzels or other winter holiday food treats to gift to friends, family, teachers and neighbors this holiday season. These easy DIY Christmas gifts also include free printable Merry Christmas gift tags for your handmade Christmas gifts for the finishing touch.

Snowman Mason Jar Craft Tutorial

Supplies & Materials:

Mason jar
Large round red buttons
Black & white plaid ribbon
White cardstock
Black craft paint
Craft glue
Twine

Tools:

Hot glue gun
Hole punch
Paint brush
Scissors

DIY Snowman Mason Jar Gift Idea for Christmas Decor & DIY GIfts. This easy mason jar project makes a cute craft for gifting food gifts this Christmas. Learn how to make this winter DIY snowman mason jar gift for friends, family and teachers this holiday season. Then reuse the jar later for DIY holiday home decor throughout winter. Simply fill it with mini Christmas ornaments, small pinecones or turn it into a terrarium.

Instructions:

Start by painting the lid of the mason jar with the black paint. Set aside to dry.

Snowman mason jar gift DIY with free printable Christmas gift tags. If you love snow as much as I do, or maybe you just need a winter craft to keep you from going stir crazy, this snowman mason jar craft is the perfect fit. It’s absolutely wonderful for DIY Christmas gifts for teachers, friends, neighbors – pretty much anyone. (I tell you how to make easy white chocolate covered pretzels to stash inside.) Plus, I’ve also included free printable labels to make gifting even easier.

While the mason jar lid for your snowman mason jar craft dries, glue the three red buttons in a vertical row on the front of the mason jar.

Once the paint and glue have both dried, fill the mason jar with white chocolate covered pretzels (see recipe below) or other DIY Christmas gifts of choice.

Screw the lid onto the mason jar. 

Snowman mason jar craft with printable Merry Christmas gift tags for easy DIY Christmas gifts for the holidays. Plus a simple white chocolate covered pretzels recipe to fill your snowman mason jars for gift giving. Celebrate winter with this easy DIY snowman mason jar craft. It's perfect for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Simply fill the completed snowman mason jars with white chocolate covered pretzels -recipe included! - peppermint bark, chai tea mix or your favorite small seasonal toys or gifts.

Then, tie the black and white plaid ribbon into a bow onto the top of the mason jar. You can use a dab of glue to secure the ribbon in place.

Next, print out the printable gift tags here onto cardstock. Use scissors to cut out the gift tags. Then, use a hole punch to punch a whole into the top of each gift tag.

Snowman mason jar craft ideas for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Celebrate winter with this easy DIY snowman mason jar craft. It’s perfect for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Simply fill the completed snowman mason jars with white chocolate covered pretzels -recipe included! – peppermint bark, chai tea mix or your favorite small seasonal toys or gifts. Then print out the free printable labels for an easy, affordable DIY holiday gift idea for Christmas!

Run a piece of twine through the hole in the gift tag and cut to desired length.

Tie the gift tag to the mason jar using the twine.

Your DIY snowman mason jar craft is now ready to gift. Make as many snowman mason jars as needed for easy DIY Christmas gifts. These are perfect to gift to teachers, friends, family, coworkers and even neighbors throughout the holiday season.

Yield: 1 Snowman Mason Jar

Snowman Mason Jar Craft for Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Snowman Mason Jar Craft for Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

Celebrate winter with this easy DIY snowman mason jar craft. It’s perfect for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Simply fill the completed snowman mason jars with seasonal food gifts. Then print out the free printable labels for an easy, affordable DIY holiday gift idea for Christmas!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Mason jar
  • Large round red buttons
  • Black & white plaid ribbon
  • White cardstock
  • Black craft paint
  • Craft glue
  • Twine

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hole punch
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Paint the lid of the mason jar with black paint. Set aside to dry.
  2. Glue the three red buttons in a vertical row on the front of the mason jar while the paint on the mason jar lid dries.
  3. Once the paint and glue have dried, fill the mason jar with white chocolate covered pretzels or other holiday food gift of choice.
  4. Screw the lid onto the mason jar. 
  5. Tie the ribbon into a bow onto the top of the mason jar. You can use a dab of glue to secure the ribbon in place.
  6. Print out the gift tags here onto cardstock. Use scissors to cut out the gift tags.
  7. Now use a hole punch to punch a whole into the top of each gift tag.
  8. Run a piece of twine through the hole in the gift tag and cut to desired length.
  9. Tie the gift tag to the mason jar using the twine.
White chocolate covered pretzels recipe for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Food gifts you can make for friends, family and teachers for the holidays. These easy chocolate covered pretzels look beautiful inside a DIY snowman mason jar tied off with a ribbon and a Merry Christmas gift tag.

White Chocolate Covered Pretzels Recipe

Ingredients:

Package of white melting chocolate
Package of pretzels

Tools & Materials:

Double boiler
Utensils for stirring
Wax or parchment paper

White chocolate covered pretzels recipe for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Food gifts you can make for friends, family and teachers for the holidays. These easy chocolate covered pretzels look beautiful inside a DIY snowman mason jar tied off with a ribbon and a Merry Christmas gift tag.

Instructions:

Melt the white chocolate according to package directions.

Dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate one at a time, placing them onto the wax or parchment paper after dipping. 

Allow the chocolate to cool completely. Once cooled, fill your snowman mason jar craft with pretzels for easy DIY Christmas gifts. 

Snowman mason jar craft ideas for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Celebrate winter with this easy DIY snowman mason jar craft. It’s perfect for easy DIY Christmas gifts. Simply fill the completed snowman mason jars with white chocolate covered pretzels -recipe included! – peppermint bark, chai tea mix or your favorite small seasonal toys or gifts. Then print out the free printable labels for an easy, affordable DIY holiday gift idea for Christmas!

Printable Snowman Mason Jar Craft Gift Tags

The free printable gift tags for your snowman mason jar craft make gift giving even easier. These printable gift tags say “Merry Christmas” and print four to a sheet for easy DIY Christmas gifts.

Creative snowman mason jar ideas for DIY food gifts for the holidays. Craft a DIY snowman mason jar filled with white chocolate covered pretzels for easy DIY Christmas gifts for teachers, friends, family, neighbors and coworkers throughout the holidays. Plus there are also free printable "Merry Christmas" gift tags to make gifting even easier. Get this easy snowman mason jar craft tutorial and chocolate covered pretzels recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

They come in two colors, red and green. You can use these Christmas gift tags for your snowman mason jar gifts as well as other handmade gifts for the holidays. You can download and print these free printable Christmas gift tags here.

Creative snowman mason jar ideas for DIY food gifts for the holidays. Craft a DIY snowman mason jar filled with white chocolate covered pretzels for easy DIY Christmas gifts for teachers, friends, family, neighbors and coworkers throughout the holidays. Plus there are also free printable "Merry Christmas" gift tags to make gifting even easier. Get this easy snowman mason jar craft tutorial and chocolate covered pretzels recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

If you love my DIY snowman mason jar craft for making easy DIY Christmas gifts for the holidays, then be sure to pin this project to Pinterest for later. (You can also follow me on Pinterest here.) Also be sure to check out these other DIY food gifts and DIY mason jar gifts for Christmas on my DIY gifts for the holidays Pinterest board.

Easy DIY Christmas gifts. How to make creative DIY mason jar gifts for the holidays as well as homemade food gifts for Christmas. The best DIY Christmas gift ideas for the holidays on a budget.

More Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

For more easy DIY Christmas gifts and ideas, be sure to try one of my other holiday themed projects.

This solid sugar scrub recipe for making sparkling snowball shaped sugar scrubs is not only a fun way to pamper yourself this winter, but these snowball solid sugar scrubs also make unique DIY Christmas gift ideas for any bath and body lover!

You can also learn how to make easy DIY washi tape mason jar gift tags here. These simple gift tags fit right onto the tops of the mason jar lids of your food gifts for Christmas. 

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Essential Oil Ornaments: DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments for the Holidays

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Learn how to make these DIY essential oil ornaments in about 30-minutes to add a natural fragrance to your tree this holiday season. These quick & easy ornaments can be scented with your favorite holiday essential oil blend and make lovely DIY holiday gifts too! Keep reading to learn how to make your own easy essential oil ornaments. Plus discover my favorite holiday essential oils blends and recipes!

Essential Oil Ornaments: DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments for the Holidays. Learn how to make these DIY essential oil ornaments in about 30-minutes to add a natural fragrance to your tree this holiday season. These quick & easy ornaments can be scented with your favorite holiday essential oil blend and make lovely DIY holiday gifts too! Learn how to make your own easy essential oil ornaments. Plus discover my favorite holiday essential oils blends and recipes!

Making Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Handmade ornaments were a family tradition when I was growing up. Every year my brother and I would would make a new Christmas ornament to put on the tree. And every year my mother would safely tuck the new additions away to go onto the tree yet again the following year. So by the time we were both married and out of the house, she had a full box and was already collecting new handmade Christmas ornaments from my son, and then later, my niece.

Every year, even if it’s on Christmas Eve, she puts up her artificial Christmas tree and trims it with those same ornaments. These days, there’s also a Christmas pickle hiding somewhere in the mix – I still haven’t figured out what the “prize” is if you find it first – but my brother always seems to win. Still, all the handmade Christmas ornaments, from two generations, are always on display. Even with that crazy Christmas pickle hidden among them.

This year was the first year in a quite a while I made a handmade Christmas ornament for my mother’s tree. I’m in my mid-forties now and she in her seventies. So if it was going to happen again, now was as good a time as any! She actually came home from volunteering the day I made these DIY essential oil ornaments and exclaimed how beautiful they were. Then she asked if she could have them for her tree. “Of course!” I exclaimed. “Who else would they be for?”

Essential Oil Ornaments: DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments for the Holidays. Learn how to make these DIY essential oil ornaments in about 30-minutes to add a natural fragrance to your tree this holiday season. These quick & easy ornaments can be scented with your favorite holiday essential oil blend and make lovely DIY holiday gifts too! Learn how to make your own easy essential oil ornaments. Plus discover my favorite holiday essential oils blends and recipes!

DIY Essential Oil Ornaments

My DIY essential oil ornaments will not only look amazing on your Christmas tree this year, they also make beautiful handmade gifts. What’s most surprising however, is how incredibly easy these Christmas ornaments are to make. Plus they’re ready to use in about a half an hour from start to finish!

So just what makes my essential oil ornaments so quick and easy to make? Unlike other craft tutorials for essential oil ornaments, I use plaster rather than clay. Plaster is not only cheaper, it also dries a lot faster! And, because plaster starts out fluid, you can not only customize the colors of your essential oil ornaments, you can also use molds, instead of cookie cutters, to get detailed shapes. So in reality, the possibilities are endless. Even if you have zero artistic talent. (But come on. EVERYONE has some creativity hiding inside. You just have to find it!)

Following is my tutorial for crafting your own homemade plaster essential oil ornaments. Learn where to get everything you need to make these delightful Christmas ornaments. You’ll also discover some tips and tricks that I learned along the way while making my own! (Plus don’t forget to check out my favorite holiday essential oil blends to make for your holiday ornaments after the project.)

DIY Christmas ornaments for diffusing essential oils on your Christmas tree this holiday season. Made using tinted plaster, these quick & easy ornaments are ready to hang or gift in about 30 minutes.

Materials & Tools Needed:

Plaster of Paris
Christmas Ornament Silicone Molds, two sets
Mixing Bowl
Utensils for Stirring
Mica Powder or Other Powder Colorant
Craft Glitter, optional
Bakers Twine or Ribbon
Essential Oils

Tips & Tricks for Making DIY Christmas ornaments for diffusing essential oils on your Christmas tree this holiday season. Made using tinted plaster, these quick & easy ornaments are ready to hang or gift in about 30 minutes. An easy DIY holiday home decor idea that also doubles as DIY Christmas gifts for Mom!

Tips & Tricks for Making Your Essential Oil Ornaments:

  • Plaster starts to harden in 3-4 minutes, so you’ll want to mix your colorant and glitter in with the plaster before adding the water.
  • If you want to save money, you can use unwanted eyeshadow colors from your eyeshadow palettes instead of using mica powders or other colorants such as oxides or ultramarines.
  • Unlike soap making, less is not more. As plaster is white, you’ll want to add more colorant for a darker colored ornament as the plaster makes the colors pastel.
  • While you can use glitter inside your Christmas ornaments, they don’t show through all that well. To save glitter and get more sparkle, dust the inside of your silicone molds before pouring the plaster. Or dust glitter on the backs of your ornaments as soon as they’re poured.
  • Be sure to scrape off any excess plaster from the molds after pouring. Your ornaments will come out of the mold more easily, and there’s less “excess” to remove once unmolded.
  • Try other ornament silicone molds for your Christmas ornaments for more designs. But be sure to avoid molds with thin sections as they’ll break coming out of the mold. If there’s no hole for the ribbon on your other molds, simply use a pencil or chopstick to make one once the plaster starts to harden.
  • You can easily resize your recipe for these essential oil ornaments to make the exact amount you need. Simply mix four parts plaster with three parts water.

Step one in making DIY plaster Christmas ornaments for diffusing essential oils. Mix the dry plaster together with the pigment of your choice and glitter if desired.

Holiday Ornament Instructions:

In a large glass or ceramic bowl, combine four Tablespoons of plaster with a teaspoon or more of mica or pigment powder and glitter, to suit, if desired. Mix with a fork to fully incorporate the dry ingredients together.

Plaster essential oil ornaments for your Christmas tree colored with natural indigo powder to give the look of concrete. Pair these easy handmade Christmas ornaments with a bottle of a holiday essential oil blend for DIY holiday gifts for friends, family & coworkers this holiday season.

I used a small amount of indigo powder to color this plaster essential oil Christmas ornament. It made the ornament look about the same color as concrete, but with tiny blue flecks of color inside.

Combine plaster with pigment, glitter and water to make easy essential oil diffuser ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree for the winter holiday season. These DIY Christmas ornaments are quick & easy to make and also double as beautiful DIY holiday gifts when paired with a holiday essential oil blend.

Then add three Tablespoons of water. Mix well.

Working quickly, pour the plaster mixture into three of the silicone molds. You’ll want to use the Christmas tree shape mold and the ornament shape mold. Use a fork or a chopstick to make sure the plaster is evenly distributed throughout the mold and there are no air bubbles. 

Plaster Christmas ornaments can't be made using intricate molds or Christmas ornament silicone molds with skinny lines as they break when removed.

Side note: The snowflake mold that comes with this set is too delicate to get the plaster out in one piece. I tried twice. The second time, the snowflake Christmas ornament broke worse than the first. However, you can use it for other holiday projects to make resin Christmas ornaments.

How to make DIY essential oil Christmas ornaments for easy DIY holiday gifts for mom. This Christmas crafts project is so easy, even the kids can make these handmade Christmas ornaments themselves! Then give them with a bottle of mom's favorite essential oil so they can be used as an essential oil diffuser on the tree or a holiday essential oil air freshener.

If desired, you can dust the back of your DIY essential oil ornaments with glitter or decorative confetti.

Unmolding plaster Christmas ornaments from silicone ornament shaped molds.

After 30-minutes have passed, carefully unmold your essential oil ornaments from the silicone molds.

Then tie thin ribbon or baker’s twine through the hole in the top. 

Beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments you can craft with the kids in about 30-minutes to create a new holiday tradition for Christmas of making a new DIY Christmas tree ornament each year.

You’re now ready to gift your handmade Christmas essential oil ornaments. Simply pair the ornaments with a bottle of essential oil or a holiday essential oil blend.

Or add your own favorite holiday essential oil blend to your ornament and hang on your tree. You can also use this ornament in your car or another room in your home as an air freshener. They look great in a sunny window! (You can discover my favorite recipes for holiday essential oil blends below.)

Yield: 3 Christmas Ornaments

Essential Oil Ornaments

Essential Oil Ornaments

Learn how to make these DIY essential oil ornaments in about 30-minutes to add a natural fragrance to your tree this holiday season. These quick & easy ornaments can be scented with your favorite holiday essential oil blend and make lovely DIY holiday gifts too!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Mica Powder or Other Powder Colorant
  • Craft Glitter, optional
  • Essential Oils

Tools

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Utensils for Stirring
  • Bakers Twine or Ribbon
  • Christmas Ornament Silicone Molds, two sets

Instructions

  1. In a large glass or ceramic bowl, combine four Tablespoons of plaster with a teaspoon or more of mica or pigment powder and glitter, to suit, if desired. Mix with a fork to fully incorporate the dry ingredients together.
  2. Then add three Tablespoons of water. Mix well.
  3. Working quickly, pour the plaster mixture into three of the silicone molds. You’ll want to use the Christmas tree shape mold and the ornament shape mold.
  4. After 30-minutes have passed, carefully unmold your essential oil ornaments from the silicone molds.
  5. Then tie thin ribbon or baker’s twine through the hole in the top. 
Discover recipes for holiday essential oil blends to use with Christmas ornament essential oil diffusers this holiday season. Plus how to craft your own unique DIY Christmas ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree or to give as DIY holiday gifts.

Holiday Essential Oil Blends

If you already have a collection of essential oils at your disposal, you may want to create your own custom holiday essential oil blends, rather than buying them ready made. Here are some of my favorite recipes for holiday essential oil blends you can use with your essential oil ornaments.

Spiced Chai Holiday Essential Oil Blend

3 drops cardamom essential oil
2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
2 drops clove bud essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil

Gingerbread Holiday Essential Oil Blend

5 drops ginger essential oil
4 drops clove bud essential oil
2 drops nutmeg essential oil
2 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

Holiday Christmas Tree Essential Oil Blend

6 drops fir needle essential oil
3 drops cypress essential oil
2 drops nutmeg essential oil
1 drop bitter orange essential oil

Holiday Spiced Cider Essential Oil Blend

5 drops ginger essential oil
4 drops sweet orange essential oil
1 drop cinnamon leaf essential oil

Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend

4 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil
4 drops ginger essential oil
4 drops nutmeg essential oil
3 drops clove bud essential oil
1 drops cardamom essential oil

Holiday Eggnog Essential Oil Blend

8 drops nutmeg essential oil
2 drops vanilla absolute
1 drop cinnamon leaf essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil

Mulled Wine Essential Oil Blend

3 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drops mandarin essential oil
3 drops clove bud essential oil
1 drop cinnamon leaf essential oil

Mint Hot Chocolate Essential Oil Blend

6 drops cocao absolute
2 drops peppermint essential oil

Essential Oil Ornaments: DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments for the Holidays. Learn how to make these DIY essential oil ornaments in about 30-minutes to add a natural fragrance to your tree this holiday season. These quick & easy ornaments can be scented with your favorite holiday essential oil blend and make lovely DIY holiday gifts too! Learn how to make your own easy essential oil ornaments. Plus discover my favorite holiday essential oils blends and recipes!

If you love my project for making DIY essential oil ornaments, then don’t forget to pin this tutorial to Pinterest to save for later. You may also want to check out my tutorial for making DIY alcohol ink ornaments. It’s another fun and easy holiday project the kids can join in on. And I’ve even shared the video tutorial from the craft class I took when I learned how to make alcohol ink ornaments for the first time!

Scented DIY Holiday gifts. Make fragrant DIY Christmas gifts for friends & family this holiday season with this collection of 8 DIY holiday gift ideas from top bloggers. DIY simmering potpourri, essential oil ornaments, mint chocolate soap cupcakes, Christmas ornament bath bombs, holiday air fresheners & room sprays and honey & goat milk soap! Learn how to craft handmade holiday gifts with these essential oil scented recipes now!

More Scented DIY Holiday Gifts

For more fragrant, scented holiday crafts and skin care recipes, be sure to check out these other amazing projects!

DIY Air Freshener with Essential Oils

Learn how to make DIY air fresheners with essential oils, beeswax and soy wax at Everything Pretty. These easy homemade essential oil air fresheners are perfect for closets, drawers, or anywhere that needs a little freshening up.

Honey and Goat Milk Soap Recipe

This honey and goat milk soap recipe from Life-n-Reflection is one of the simplest melt and pour soap recipes you’ll ever make! Not only does it make easy DIY holiday gifts for friends and family, but the rich lather and sweet scent make them irresistible not to keep one for yourself. The finished soaps have a classic bumblebee and honeycomb shape that makes each look expensive and elegant. Make these simple honey and goat milk soaps for DIY holiday gifts today!

DIY Christmas Ornament Bath Bombs

Handmade bath bombs always make for a fun gift, but turning them into DIY bath bomb ornaments make them the perfect holiday gift. Scented with the smells of the season and made festive with red and green sprinkles, these Christmas ornament bath bombs from Lydi Out Loud not only make a perfect holiday gift, but a full sensory experience.

8 Holiday Room Spray Recipes

Essential oil rooms sprays are so easy to make, smell amazing, and have aromatherapy benefits for you. During the holidays, it’s fun to switch the sprays out for a more festive scent. Check out these 8-holiday room spray recipes from Our Oily House to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

DIY Holiday Cupcake Bath Bombs

Get into the holiday spirit with this festive holiday bath bomb cupcake DIY from Tweak and Tinker. With two designs to choose from – one candy cane peppermint and one Christmas tree – this easy holiday skin care recipe contains nourishing oil, clay and essential oils and makes for a pretty DIY holiday gift.

Mocha Mint Cupcake Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

This mint chocolate cupcake soap recipe from Total Wellness Choice is easy to make with melt and pour soap. These soap cupcakes are adorable and are scented with a natural mocha mint fragrance oil. The unique soap mold makes the process easy. They make a great DIY holiday gift for friends, teachers or anyone who loves fun soaps.

Holiday Stovetop Potpourri Gift Ideas

See how to make a DIY stovetop potpourri gift with Country Hill Cottage! These simmering potpourri recipes make your house smell like Christmas and are wonderful DIY holiday gift ideas. The tutorial comes with free printable labels and gift tags for packaging and gifting.

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