Finding the right gift can be a damn near impossible task. Not only do you have friends and family to worry about, but if you’re lucky enough to live in a friendly neighbourhood then you may want to send something over next door. And if you have kids, well, that includes all their favourite teachers as well! The holiday season is already a tough time for the wallet, so you really can’t always afford to go out and buy everyone the best of the best.



Homemade Play Dough


Play dough recipe

1 cup flour

1 cup water

2 tablespoons oil (vegetable, canola)

1/2 cup salt

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Food coloring, Kool Aid, Jell-O or other colorful mix (prefer two packages of Kool-Aid for best color)

1 quart-sized Ziploc bag for storage




Mix ALL ingredients in a large pot stirring constantly over medium-high heat. You will need to keep the mixture moving so it doesn’t burn or cook unevenly. Stir until the dough pulls away from the sides. Turn off the heat and keep the pot ON the burner. Keep stirring the dough until it forms a ball. Remove dough from heat and let it cool to a comfortable touch. Don’t worry if there are small clumps of flour, they will knead out.



Chalkboard Coasters


Here is what you will need:

plain 4×4″ tiles

chalkboard paint

paint brushes



tacky glue (or hot glue)


ribbon & gift tag for packaging




Start by painting the front and sides of tiles with a thin layer of chalkboard paint.


Don’t worry if it doesn’t cover on the first coat.  You will need at least 3 coats of paint.  Let dry at least
3 hours or so between coats.


After your final coat of paint, let tiles dry completely so that paint can cure–at least 24 hours.


Next you will need to season your little chalkboards by using the long side of a piece of chalk to cover them completely.


Using a tile as a size guide, cut out squares of felt then glue to the backs of the tile.  Let dry completely–be sure to keep the chalkboard side down and the felt side up while they are drying or it will take a lot longer.  You know they are dry when no condensation forms on the tiles when you stack them.




Wipe the chalkboards clean with a dry paper towel; if they seem too dusty you can wet it just a little.


Your coasters are now ready for writing and designs. Have fun!



Reindeer Beers





Self Explanitory, easy to make and soooo cute!

Add some Christmas paper around the box for an even better gift!





To make a Tea Wreath, you’ll need:

-two pieces of 12x12ish cardboard
-patterned paper that compliments your kitchen
-clothes pins (as many as you need)
-hot glue
-ribbon for hanging




1. Hot glue your two pieces of cardboard together (this is to give your base a little bulk since it’ll be holding a bunch of clothespins eventually).  Cut the doubled up cardboard into a generally wreath-like shape (a circle).  Make sure the ‘wreath’ part is about as thick as a clothespin. ( Trace around a plate.)


2. Cover your circle with patterned paper.

3. Cover your clothespins. You can either stick with patterned paper or cover with glitter or paint.


4. Start hot gluing your clothespins to your wreath.  Continue until the whole wreath is covered in evenly spaced clothespins.  Make sure that the ‘mouth’ of the clothespin faces the outside of the wreath.


5. Tie a ribbon on your wreath for hanging.  Clip tea onto each of your clothespins.  Hang and enjoy!











Dry ingredients: (By Weight, as measured on a scale.)


  • Baking Soda – 8 ounces

  • Citric Acid – 4 ounces

  • Corn Starch – 4 ounces

  • Salts – 4 ounces


Wet Ingredients:


  • Water – .75 tbsp

  • Essential or Fragrance Oil – 2 tsp

  • Oil – 2.5 tbsp  ( light vegetable oil will work.)

  • Food colouring – 1 or 2 drops. (Your color will look very dark in the emulsion, but will be light in the fizzies, so as to not leave rings around the tub.


Step 1: Blend the Dry Ingredients


Step 2: Mix Liquid and Blend Dry and Liquids Together


Step 4: Mould Quickly

(Ice Cube trays work great for square bombs)


Step 5: Let Dry


You don’t need to leave them in the mould for very long, and in fact can tap them out as soon as you fill them



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