Monday, December 26, 2011

Homemade Gifts Pt 1: Candy Cane Bath Salts

Remember my Christmas Budget Challenge? How did I do? Well, I probably went a little over budget for each of my family members, but not by much so I'm proud of myself. I was even done shopping a week before Christmas! To not hit the mall that last week was odd, I felt I missed out on that rush of excitement and adrenaline of being in crowded malls with other last minute shoppers.

As I mentioned in my November post, I have been following the Happy Housewife's 100 Days of Homemade Christmas Gifts. This definitely provided some inspiration for my gifts this year.

The first, was a stocking stuffer / small gift. I liked the idea of the Peppermint Facial Scrub or the Moisturizing Hand Scrub. Unfortunately when I made them, they were too liquid, smelled horrible and leaked all over. Not a great start. However, Homemade Christmas Gift #77 was a dry recipe for Candy Cane Bath Salts so I was back in business!

I used spice containers from the dollar store (3/$1) and painted the lids "Christmas Red" ($1 at the dollar store). Using masking tape and left over etching cream, I etched a candy cane like strip around each container. I should have used painters tape though, my lines didn't come out as clean as I would have liked.

When making the bath salts, I made two small batches and dyed one red. I filled the containers alternating layers of white and red Candy Cane Bath Salts to give it even more of a candy cane look. Finally, I wrapped it in red tissue paper, cellophane and ribbon, tied on the label The Peaceful Mom provided and added a mini candy cane.

In this case, an inexpensive gift was made impressive by good presentation:

Tomorrow, I'll be posting Part 2 of my homemade gifts - one that required me to dig out my sewing machine!

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