Posted: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas is right around the corner, and if youre like me, you may have a few last minute gifts to put together. If youve forgotten a gift for your boss, or a co-worker surprised you, dont worry. I have two inexpensive, handmade gift ideas you can make for that last minute situation.
A book candle
You will need:
A Mason jar
Ribbon (any colour)
Choose two pages of your recipients favourite book. Tear them out gently, and then measure them against the side of the Mason jar. Cut them to the necessary height of the jar. You may have to use two pieces of one page. With my gift, I used three small pieces of two pages to fill the inside of the jar.
You can choose to cut a shape into the pages or not. Personally, I liked the heart for the candle to shine through, so I lightly folded one page together and cut a candy cane shape on one side. When I unfolded the paper, I had the heart shape.
From here, glue the edges of the pages together.
Once the pages are dry, slide them into the mason jar, being careful not to rip or crease the paper.
As soon as you have the pages positioned the way you like, cut the desired amount of ribbon and tie around the top. Finish the front by making a bow.
Slip the tealight inside and youre ready to give to the recipient.
Hot chocolate kits
You will need:
A mason jar
1 cup of powdered hot chocolate
¼ cup or peppermint marshmallows (or any festive kind)
¼ cup of mini chocolate chips
Clean out the Mason jar.
Pour in the cup of powdered hot chocolate.
Pile in the marshmallows. ¼ cup is only a suggestion, so feel free to add more.
Top with the mini chocolate chips. Some tutorials also include crushed pieces of peppermint candies.
Now secure with a lid and tie a piece of ribbon around the opening. Viola! Your gift is done.
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