So I wanted to share the DIY gifts I made for Christmas this year for my friends and family. Unfortunately you will have to deal with crappy cell phone pictures (I lost my camera battery charger for like 3 weeks in December, fail!).
Vanilla Extract. It is SUPER easy to make and you can get a bunch of vanilla beans online for much, much cheaper than in the local stores. I bought mine from Beanilla. All you do is fill your jars up with vodka and add split vanilla beans. The ratio is about 1/3 cup of vodka to one vanilla bean. You’re supposed to let it sit for at least six weeks in a dark, cool spot before you use it. I cut out some circle tags out of kraft paper, stamped them, and attached them with some cute bakers twine.
I also made some fun necklaces. You can’t see them well here I know, but it started as a light piece of wood. After lots of cutting, a dremmel purchase, sanding, staining and painting…they were done! They were all the same colors (a dark wood stain with gold paint), but the shapes and designs were irregular. I loved how they came out.