Martha Stewart's Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas
Start with a square of cheesecloth. In it, place any assortment of herbs and spices you like. Martha's favorites are star anise, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, cloves and candied ginger. Cardamom, allspice and bay leaves also work.
Tie the cheesecloth with a string to make a spice packet, and tie the packet to the handle of a wooden spoon. Place the spoon over the top of your pot and submerge the spices in a warming apple cider. Let your spices mull in the cider.
Remove the spice packet and let it dry out.
At the end of the day, you've got a Christmas-scented potpourri to give as a gift and a delicious pot of apple cider for yourself!
Give them 12 bulbs, the dirt or pebbles and containers in which to plant the bulbs. Narcissus takes about six to eight weeks to blossom and smells divine.
To make your own, you'll need a Styrofoam ball, a glue gun and small pinecones. Put a little bit of glue directly on the Styrofoam ball and affix the pinecones all over.
Martha says these make an especially great gift for your kids' teachers.
Start with a sheet of beeswax and a wick, which you can buy at any candle-making store. Just roll the beeswax around the wick, making sure to keep the edges even. To seal the edge, gently press the seam with your fingers. Aside from looking great, beeswax candles are fabulous because they don't drip.
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To create your own, collect dried sage, orange peel, nut shells and fresh fruit wood and place everything into a sap bucket. The orange peel makes the fire smell good, and the nut shells give it the classic crackling sound. Gathered together in an old-fashioned bucket gives the gift a rustic feel. Make sure to include long matches, so the person making the fire doesn't have to get too close to the flames!
To make them, combine 3/4 cup Epsom salt, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 1/2 cups of coarse sea salt. Mix everything in a bowl with a drop of scented oil and add a couple of drops of vegetable food coloring. Mix well to get the color to distribute evenly.
Funnel your salts into a clear bottle, label the scents and you've got a gift that no one would ever guess was made in your kitchen!
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