Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? I sure don't! We still need to buy most of the kids' presents and a few more for our loved ones. Our friends and some of our families gifts are done. In fact, 12 of them were done 3 months ago! Because that's when I started the vanilla extract. Yes, I made my own vanilla extract. And you can too. It's simple, easy and inexpensive! I made 12 bottles for less than $40!
Homemade Vanilla Extract Tutorial
Cut a slit in each bean open to expose the vanilla inside. Put 1 1/2 beans in each bottle and fill it with vodka. Close the lid or put the cork in it, in my case. Store it in a cool, dry place and in 3 months they should age to perfection! You can make your own labels or find a free printable like I did.
I also made DIY T-shirt scarves, you can find the tutorial HERE.
Mason Jar Hot Cocoa Tutorial: I put together homemade hot cocoa mix (just sugar and cocoa baking powder) with marshmallows in mason jars and tied a red bow to a mini bottle of Baileys Irish cream liqueur and added that to the hot cocoa. You could also add a mini bottle of flavored syrup such as peppermint or even candy canes!
What are your homemade gift ideas? Are you giving any this year? Please leave me a comment and let me know!