Friday, November 25, 2016

Six for Saturday or Sunday: Christmas Cookies in a Jar

One month until Christmas! :) For a fun twist on homemade holiday gifts from the kitchen, we're skipping the mixing (for now) and sharing some fab ideas for DIY jar mixes.  These are easy to pre-make and store for holiday gifting, and make great presents for friends, neighbours, hosts/hostesses, etc. If you'd like, you can include a little kitchen gadget or cutter tied to the jar. For a bigger gift project, mixes are also great for including in a homemade kitchen-themed gift basket.


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You can easily adapt many of your own favourite cookie recipes into a jar-friendly mix by omitting your wet ingredients and layering the dry ingredients.  What's your kitchen specialty?  No need to limit it to cookies either. Cakes, quick breads, muffin, pancakes, drinks, soups, dips, and plenty of other goodies will work too. Get creative!

Looking for more creative ideas? You can try the past Six for Saturday (or Sunday) posts, searching the blog under the DIY type of your preference, or I also have a whole board full of of tutorials and DIY on Pinterest along with stack of other creative pins.  If you decide to make something fabulous or post something special this weekend, you are welcome to share here in the comments or post something over at Creativity Unmasked on Facebook. We are all about sharing so, on our page, a little bit of creative self shout-out is actively encouraged. If you have a related craft post of your own to share, you are also welcome to share a live link to your site/blog in the comments using the following format as a guide: <a href="http://www.yourlink.com">text you want shown for your link</a>


Looking for an easy DIY holiday jar upcycle for your gifts?  Take a peak at my quick and simple Sharpie embellishment on an empty jam jar above. Rose's marmalade has lovely little glass detailing - I couldn't resist the urge to play with one when I wash washing it out for recycling, but any clean jar will do! By sketching/colouring a design with a Sharpie but not baking it, like our DIY custom pet bowls, you can simply wash and reuse or recycle whenever you're finished. Easy peasy!  This is cute for candles as well, since the marker has a translucence like stained glass or lead light.


On the subject of pretty jars, if you are prepping your holiday gifts and would like to fancy things up with some wash-and-wear labels, check out Kidecals.  I've been playing with them for a few months now, and they're great! Stay tuned for holiday posts both here and at Dalmatian DIY - including the treats pictured above - yes...they're DOG TREATS!  If you'd like to try Kidecals for yourself, you can use coupon code summersavings (don't be too jealous, but it's the last week of spring down here) at check out to save a tidy 15% on your purchase.  In addition to treats, Kidecals would be awesome for labeling kids' school, sports, club, and travel gear, but don't let that stop you from using them for other needs, like we did with our emergency tags.  Disclosure: Discounted Kidecals products were provided for my use on a no-obligation basis.  Opinions provided are my own and are an honest representation of my user experience.

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