DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him with Printable Valentines (for Men Who Love to Cook)

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Coming up with DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him can be hard. This easy food inspired gift, however, is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other. Or give these spice mixes as homemade gifts for friends who love to cook. Simply fill food safe test tubes with organic spice blends, then attach the free printable valentines for a quick and easy gift! It’s a fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for Him with Printable Valentines (for Men Who Love to Cook) Coming up with DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him can be hard. This easy food inspired gift, however, is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other. Or give these spice mixes as homemade gifts for friends who love to cook. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

Crafting the Perfect DIY Valentine’s Day Gift for Him

This DIY Valentine’s Day gift idea for him was created with cooking in mind. I used three organic spice blends from Mountain Rose Herbs for this project, each chosen for foods that men love to cook like grilled steaks, tacos and even dill pickles for sandwiches and burgers. These deliciously handcrafted organic spice blends are always made with the freshest and most flavorful organic spices from around the world. They are certified organic as well as kosher certified.

Organic spice blends for your favorite recipes. These organic spice blends from Mountain Rose Herbs for this project, each chosen for foods that men love to cook like grilled steaks, tacos and even dill pickles for sandwiches and burgers. These deliciously handcrafted organic spice blends are always made with the freshest and most flavorful organic spices from around the world. They are certified organic as well as kosher certified. Use them to prepare your favorite homemade dishes for dinner.

Organic Spice Blends (with Men in Mind)

For my foodie inspired, DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him, I used the following organic spice blends:

Mountain Rose Herbs Grilling Herbs

The grilling herbs spice blend packs a punch with its bold flavor and penetrating aroma which holds itself well against high heat and direct flame. It’s a popular all purpose flavor enhancer for any food dish you typically grill or barbeque where most seasoning will burn off or dissipate.

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Mountain Rose Herbs Mexican Seasoning

The Mexican seasoning blend from Mountain Rose Herbs is a fiesta for your taste buds! This organic blend of spices is truly an invigorating addition to Mexican dishes including tacos, grilled meats and sauces.

Mountain Rose Herbs Pickling Spice

Perfect for quick refrigerator pickles, this sweet and savory pickling spice blend is a must have for homemade picklers! It’s made with over ten cut spices, whole berries and seeds that are perfectly combined to complement any refrigerator or canned pickled fruit or vegetable recipe.

Organic spice blends for your favorite recipes. These organic spice blends from Mountain Rose Herbs for this project, each chosen for foods that men love to cook like grilled steaks, tacos and even dill pickles for sandwiches and burgers. These deliciously handcrafted organic spice blends are always made with the freshest and most flavorful organic spices from around the world. They are certified organic as well as kosher certified. Use them to prepare your favorite homemade dishes for dinner.

All of these organic spice and seasoning blends are available in spice bottles as well as in bulk. Both 8 oz. and 1 lb. refills are available. So it’s easy to create up to three sets of spice mixes for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him using one of each of the spice jars. You can also make multiple gifts to sell or to gift as party or wedding favors by purchasing these spice blends in bulk.

Don’t forget to buy extras, however. You’ll definitely want to have these spices on hand for your own delicious recipes as well!

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Spice Mix DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts with Printable Valentines

Now that you’ve got the skinny on the amazing spices I used for these DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him, it’s time to pull your gift together. Any man — or woman — that loves to cook will get a kick out of this homemade Valentine’s Day gift.

Materials for making spice mix valentines day gifts

Tools & Materials:

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own homemade gifts with free printable Valentines gift tags.

  • Mountain Rose Herbs organic spice blends
  • Food safe plastic spice tubes
  • Cardstock
  • Bakers twine or ribbon
  • Free printable “You Spice Up My Life” Valentines
  • Gift bags, optional
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Printer

I got my spice tubes from SKS Bottle & Packaging. However, you can find similar food safe spice tubes on Amazon here. Be sure to only use spice tubes/test tubes that are approved for food use. Not all craft test tubes are food safe.

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Instructions:

Fill the plastic spices tubes with the organic spice blends of your choice. You can use a small funnel to make this process easier. Once filled, screw on the caps.

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Now print about the “You Spice Up My Life!” free printable valentines onto cardstock. (You can download these printable gift tags here.)

Valentine's Day Gifts for Him. DIY Valentines with Free Printable Valentines for Boyfriend. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. A fun way to let that special guy in your life know that he really spices things up!

Use scissors to cut out the printable valentines you’d like to use. Then, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the end of each gift tag.

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Finally use baker’s twine to add your gift tags to a gift bag with three sets of organic spice blends.

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Or tie a different gift tag individually onto each vial to gift as single, smaller Valentine’s Day gifts for him.

Free printable Valentines Day cards for him. You spice up my life printable Valentines and DIY Valentine's Day gift ideas for him. The perfect DIY Valentine's Day gift for men who love to cook. This easy food inspired gift is a fun and simple way to get creative for Valentine’s Day - and spice things up. Make unique DIY Valentine’s day gifts for your boyfriend, husband or significant other with three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind. #printablevalentines #valentinesdaygifts #diy

I hope you love my idea for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for men who love to cook. It’s such a fun way to spice things up by encouraging you both to cook together! If you choose not to use the three organic spice mixes curated with men in mind, you can also substitute them with your own favorite organic spice blends. The free printable valentines work great with just about any seasoning combination. So be sure to pin this project and the free printable valentines to Pinterest for later.

More DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Need more ideas for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts? Check out these other fun DIY ideas!

I also have free printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap!

You can discover more DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for him on my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board. And don’t forget to follow Soap Deli News on social media for more great DIY ideas. You can find me on facebooktwitter and instagram. Or sign up to receive an email whenever I share a new post!

Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe: Make This Easy Spice Mix for DIY Holiday Gifts

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Whether you enjoy the delicious flavor of a vanilla chai tea latte or need ideas for DIY holiday gifts, this vanilla chai tea mix is the perfect recipe to spice things up this winter. Keep reading to learn how to make your own easy vanilla chai tea mix for lattes for a cozy winter treat or to package as budget friendly DIY Christmas for friends, family and coworkers. 

Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe: Make This Easy Spice Mix for DIY Holiday Gifts. Whether you enjoy the delicious flavor of a vanilla chai tea latte or need ideas for DIY holiday gifts, this vanilla chai tea mix is the perfect recipe to spice things up this winter. Learn how to make your own easy vanilla chai tea mix for lattes for a cozy winter treat or to package as budget friendly DIY Christmas for friends, family and coworkers.

DIY Holiday Gifts: Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

I first discovered loose leaf tea during my first marriage. Once I’d tried tea this way, it was over. There was no looking back. I soon had an entire shelf in my pantry that was nothing but flavored loose leaf teas. Once I tried my first chai tea, well. That was the ultimate luxury. And truth be told, I wasn’t even a coffee drinker at this point. That came years later.

While my vanilla chai tea mix is a powdered mix, not a loose leaf tea, it’s still as yummy as the real deal. The advantage of the powdered mix however is that it travels well, it’s super quick, there’s less waste and it’s easy to gift. Simply package your chai tea mix in a mason jar to give as holiday food gifts or for easy storage in your pantry.

While I prefer to brew fresh assam tea for my chai latte recipe, an easy alternative is to mix an instant tea into vanilla chai latte spice mix. (I give directions for both ways.)

Want to know why you should drink chai tea? Learn about the natural health benefits of chai tea here.

Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Recipe for Lattes: Make this easy DIY chai tea spice mix recipe for DIY holiday gifts. Spice things up this winter with a delicious vanilla chai latte recipe for a cozy winter treat. Or make an easy DIY vanilla chai tea mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas. Learn how to make DIY holiday food gifts now at Soap Deli News blog.

Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons cardamom powder
1 Tablespoon  plus 1 teaspoon allspice powder
1 Tablespoon nutmeg powder
3 Tablespoons ginger root powder
2 teaspoons clove powder
2 teaspoons sweet cinnamon powder
1 whole vanilla bean pod (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened black instant tea, optional (see below)

Vanilla Chai Latte Recipe: Make this easy DIY vanilla chai latte spice mix recipe for a cozy winter drink idea for the holidays. It’s easy to spice things up this winter. You won’t be able to resist this delicious vanilla chai latte recipe when sitting by the fire watching your favorite holiday Christmas movies Also make this DIY vanilla chai spice mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas for anyone who loves receiving food gifts for the holiday season.

Directions for A Making Vanilla Chai Tea Mix:

To make this vanilla chai tea mix, begin by scraping the vanilla beans out of the vanilla bean pod, if using. Then measure out the remaining spices, and instant tea if using, into a glass bowl. Mix well.

Evenly divide the vanilla chai mix between three 4 oz. mason jars for gifts. Alternately you also use a large jar for your own personal storage. 

Vanilla Chai Latte Recipe: Make this easy DIY vanilla chai latte spice mix recipe for a cozy winter drink idea for the holidays. It’s easy to spice things up this winter. You won’t be able to resist this delicious vanilla chai latte recipe when sitting by the fire watching your favorite holiday Christmas movies Also make this DIY vanilla chai spice mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas for anyone who loves receiving food gifts for the holiday season.

Alternate directions for DIY Vanilla Chai Tea Mix:

If you prefer to brew fresh assam tea for your vanilla chai lattes, then omit the instant tea. Instead, increase amounts of the spices to fit inside mason jars in your choice of size. Then gift the mix with a box of Assam tea bags. Alternately you can also gift your chai tea mix with loose leaf Assam tea or vanilla black assam tea (and omit the vanilla from the spice mix recipe.) Just be sure to include a tea strainer or disposable tea bags with your gift if you opt for gifting loose leaf tea.

(You can store your vanilla chai latte mix in an airtight container for up to a month.)

Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Recipe for Lattes: Make this easy DIY chai tea spice mix recipe for DIY holiday gifts. Spice things up this winter with a delicious vanilla chai latte recipe for a cozy winter treat. Or make an easy DIY vanilla chai tea mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas. Learn how to make DIY holiday food gifts now at Soap Deli News blog.

Don’t forget to include instructions with your DIY holiday gifts on how to use the vanilla chai tea spice mix to make the lattes! You can find the directions for brewing a latte (with dairy or non-dairy milk) using my spiced tea mix below.

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Recipe: Make this easy DIY vanilla chai tea spice mix recipe for a cozy winter drink idea for the holidays. It’s easy to spice things up this winter. You won’t be able to resist this delicious vanilla chai latte recipe when sitting by the fire watching your favorite holiday Christmas movies Also make this DIY vanilla chai tea mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas.

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup milk (or dairy free coconut milk or almond milk)
organic sugar, coconut sugar or maple syrup, to taste
2 1/2 Tablespoons vanilla chai tea mix (or 1 Tablespoon if you omitted the instant tea)
2 Assam tea bags or 2 teaspoons loose leaf assam tea, optional (dependent on mix)

Vanilla Chai Latte Recipe: Make this easy DIY vanilla chai latte spice mix recipe for a cozy winter drink idea for the holidays. It’s easy to spice things up this winter. You won’t be able to resist this delicious vanilla chai latte recipe when sitting by the fire watching your favorite holiday Christmas movies Also make this DIY vanilla chai spice mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas for anyone who loves receiving food gifts for the holiday season.

Directions with instant tea:

If you included instant black tea in your vanilla chai latte mix recipe, you’ll need to follow these directions for making your latte.

Mix 2 1/2 Tablespoons of the chai latte mix with two cups (or 8 oz.) of warm milk or a dairy free alternative.

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Recipe: Make this easy DIY vanilla chai tea spice mix recipe for a cozy winter drink idea for the holidays. It’s easy to spice things up this winter. You won’t be able to resist this delicious vanilla chai latte recipe when sitting by the fire watching your favorite holiday Christmas movies Also make this DIY vanilla chai tea mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas.

Mix well with an immersion blender, then sweeten to taste.

Directions with loose leaf tea:

Add the milk or milk alternative to a double boiler or small saucepan. Then add one Tablespoon vanilla chai tea mix. Mix with an immersion blender.

Heat the milk and spices over low until the milk reaches 130°F, stirring often to avoid scorching.

Next, add the chai tea bags (or loose leaf tea in a strainer or disposable tea bag.) Steep the tea in the milk and spices for 5-minutes or to desired strength.

Vanilla Chai Latte Recipe: Make This Easy Spice Mix for DIY Holiday Gifts. Whether you enjoy the delicious flavor of a vanilla chai tea latte or need ideas for DIY holiday gifts, this vanilla chai tea mix is the perfect recipe to spice things up this winter. Learn how to make your own easy vanilla chai tea mix for lattes for a cozy winter treat or to package as budget friendly DIY Christmas for friends, family and coworkers.

Then strain the tea bags and add your choice of sweetener to suit. Mix again for good measure.

Now pour the latte into an 8 oz. mug. Then sip and enjoy.

Yield: About 2 cups vanilla chai tea latte spice mix

Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe (A Spice Mix for Lattes)

Vanilla Chai Tea Recipe (A Spice Mix for Lattes)

Spice things up this winter with a delicious vanilla chai latte recipe for a cozy winter treat. Or make a vanilla chai tea mix for easy DIY holiday gifts.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons cardamom powder
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1 Tablespoon nutmeg powder
  • 3 Tablespoons ginger root powder
  • 2 teaspoons clove powder
  • 2 teaspoons sweet cinnamon powder
  • 1 whole vanilla bean pod (or 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened black instant tea

Instructions

  1. Scrape the vanilla beans out of the vanilla bean pod.
  2. Measure out the remaining spices and combine in a glass bowl with the instant tea. Mix well.
  3. Place the vanilla chai mix in a large mason jar.

Notes

To brew, mix 2 1/2 Tablespoons of the vanilla chai tea latte mix with two cups (or 8 oz.) of warm milk or a dairy free alternative. Mix with an immersion blender until the ingredients are evenly dispersed, then sweeten to taste.

This vanilla chai latte mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

13

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Recipe for Lattes: Make this easy DIY chai tea spice mix recipe for DIY holiday gifts. Spice things up this winter with a delicious vanilla chai latte recipe for a cozy winter treat. Or make an easy DIY vanilla chai tea mix for easy DIY holiday gifts for friends, family, teachers, neighbors and coworkers. The perfect homemade holiday gift for Christmas. Learn how to make DIY holiday food gifts now.

If you love my easy latte mix recipe, then don’t forget to pin this spicy, winter holiday drink recipe to Pinterest for later.

Bourbon balls recipe with Woodford Reserve for the ultimate no bake last minute DIY holiday gifts. These easy bourbon balls not only taste delicious, they’re also gluten free. So everyone can enjoy the delectable taste of chocolate and bourbon this holiday season. A delightful no bake dessert for Christmas, these no bake bourbon balls can also be made with rum or customized with your favorite ingredients whether it be coconut or dried raspberries for a flavorful holiday treat!

More DIY Holiday Food Gifts

What are some other ideas for making DIY holiday food gifts for friends and family? There are so many options for gifting food throughout the holiday season. Here are more of my yummy recipes for your DIY holiday gifts this winter. Also be sure to check out these homemade food gift ideas on Pinterest.

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Cooking & Baking with Mace: The Vintage Spice You Need to Try

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Have you ever used mace in a recipe? No, mace isn’t just a deterrent from assailants. It’s actually a lesser known vintage spice. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition to foods and baking recipes. Keep reading to learn more about the vintage spice mace. And to discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Cooking & Baking with the vintage spice, mace. Mace is closely related to nutmeg and is similar in both aroma and flavor. It is often used in teas and tinctures. And it also makes a great addition liberally to foods and baking recipes. Learn more about mace & discover food, dessert and drink recipes that call for mace as an ingredient.

Many years back I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.

What is the Spice Mace?

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, mace can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Recipe ideas for the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

What are the Health Benefits?

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

Where Can I Buy It?

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Savory dinner recipes with the vintage spice mace. The spice mace is related to nutmeg & is similar in aroma & flavor. Used in teas, desserts & food recipes, this spice also has antioxidant health benefits.

Recipes That Call for Mace

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace.

Baking & Dessert Recipes

Drink Recipes

Dinner Recipes

Spice Mix Recipes

Have you ever cooked with mace? I’d love to hear what your favorite recipes are for this wonderful vintage spice!

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DIY Mulling Spices – Homemade Christmas Gift Idea with Printable Labels

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Make your own mulling spices in a jar to give as homemade Christmas gifts to co-workers, friends and family. These also make lovely hostess gifts and favors as you can make up several jars at one time.

DIY Homemade Christmas Gift - Mulling Spices in a Jar with Printable Labels

To get started you’ll need a clean empty spice jar or a small mason jar, paint chip samples or decorative papers, washi tape, bakers twine or ribbon, mulling spice ingredients (below), markers (optional), your printer, scissors and a blank sticker label sheet. For this project I recycled an empty spice jar by removing the labels and then washing off the glue with hot water, dish soap and some steel wool. I also used organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs for my ingredients for this project.

Mulling Spices for Homemade Apple Cider and Scenting Your Home

Mulling Spice Mix Jar Ingredients:

(Makes one jar)

six whole sweet (true) cinnamon sticks (cut to fit inside your jar if applicable)
one teaspoon whole black peppercorns
twelve whole cardamon or anise star pods
twelve whole allspice
one teaspoon whole cloves

DIY Mulling Spices Jar Mix

Directions: Start by combining all ingredients in your spice jar. If your cinnamon sticks are too tall for the jar, cut to fit and fill the jar with them first. Then add remaining spices to the jar. Cap tightly.

Print and color your mulling spice jar labels

Now print your mulling spice jar labels out onto a blank sticker label sheet. These labels are in black and white so you don’t have to waste color toner. You can leave the labels black and white or color them with permanent non-toxic markers. Cut out labels by cutting just inside the gray line. Set labels aside if you’d like to decorate your jars further. Otherwise, simply label your jars. The labels contain instructions for using the jar of mulling spices to scent one’s home as well as to make spiced cider! (Download mulling spice jar labels here.)

Decorative DIY Mulling Spices Jar Gift Mix - Recipe and Christmas Gift Idea

You can decorate your jar however you like. What I did was cut two paint chips into sizes that would fit the front of the jar. (I happened to have these on hand as I’m painting the bathroom.) However, you could also use decorative scrapbooking papers or colored card stock. I placed the largest paint chip on the front of the jar and then wrapped washi tape over the chip and around the jar. I repeated with a second, smaller sized paint chip and a different patterned washi tape. Once I had finished wrapping the washi tape around the jar, I then applied the instruction label to the back of the jar over the tape where it overlapped on the back side.

DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Idea - Mulling Spices in a Jar

Finally I added some pink and white baker’s twine to the top of the jar. I tied the ends of the twine into knots so they would not unravel, wrapped it around the mouth of the jar several time, then tied it into a bow and double knotted it. Finally place the jar in a small box with several fresh oranges – of which the peels will be used with the spices for cider or a home fragrance – and gift!

DIY Mulling Spices in a Jar - Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - Great as Handmade Hostess Gifts and Favors

Directions for a Home Fragrance: Place spices and rinds from one orange in 8 cups of water on stove top, bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer 3-4 hours.

Directions for Spiced Cider: Bring one Gallon apple cider, two quarts cranberry juice cocktail, rinds from one orange and spices to a boil in a dutch oven. Partially cover and reduce heat to a simmer for a half hour.

For more great Christmas gift ideas, be sure to check out my Handmade Holiday Gift Guides! I also have a collection of DIY Gift Ideas, DIY Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas and DIY Gift Wrap Ideas to keep you covered this holiday season!

 

DIY Magnetic Spice Jars – For Organizing and Freeing Up Counter Space

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We don’t have a lot of counter space in my new kitchen. And the cabinets we have are small. Not to mention our kitchen isn’t exactly a modern one – after all, the house we are renting is over a hundred years old. So counter space is a commodity. But with a boyfriend who likes to cook, spice jars can quickly clutter what counter space there is.

I have long loved the idea of magnetic spice tins and had planned to craft some for our new space. However, after really digging into reviews, I found that many of the tins don’t seal tightly which has led to issues with the herbs staying as fresh as possible. There were also stories of sea salt ending up in solid blocks in magnetic tins. Unable to find tins that had great reviews for this purpose, I decided to instead use the original jars my spices came in – or buy empty glass jars with screw tops – and instead make them magnetic.

This is what I started with. Spice jars lined up on the counter. I went ahead and bought some basic spices in jars just to get started, but I’ll be refilling these with bulk spices and herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs so I can buy organic and save money.
I then made new labels for my jars just for fun. Of course, new labels are optional. But they can be changed from time to time. You can either decoupage labels or make your own. I made my own labels by hand drawing the type of herb or spice onto whole sticker label sheets I purchased in bulk from Onlinelabels.com. I used a ruler to mark how high on the sticker paper the labels should be then drew my images and wording within that section with permanent Bic Markers.
The existing labels I could get off of my spice jars I peeled off. The ones that wouldn’t come off easily I left on. I then removed the backing from the sticking paper.
And adhered my new labels to the jars over the old ones.
I then took some E6000 Glue to affix two 25 Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets to the back of the jar. (I bought my glue and magnets from Candy Tiles on Etsy.)
And then allowed the glue to dry completely.
Once the glue dried all the way, I was able to place my herbs and spices on the side of the fridge for easy access and clear up some counter space. Alternately, you could also hang a spice tin wall base on a wall in an area you’d like to store your spice jars.

Now everything is right where we need it and we can easily add more jars to the side of the fridge as our spice and herb collection grows.

What types of things have you done in your kitchen to organize and save space?