Handmade Christmas presents – labelling

I love making labels! They are the proverbial icing on the cake of handmade Christmas presents. Not only are they good for people who might have allergies or are picky about what they put on or in their bodies, but they’re great fun to create and make. You don’t need much — a few printer...

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Handmade Christmas presents – packaging

So you’ve got a whack of presents made, but how do we package them? You can go out and get some cute packaging and put your stuff into it — yeah, not so much hand made, but we’ll make it our own! — or you can print out packaging and customize it!BATH SALTS and CHOCOLATE...

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Handmade Christmas presents – more chocolate and candy!

Yep, there’s even more you can do with chocolate once you’ve learned the basics of chocolate making… PAINTING WITH CHOCOLATEFor visual instruction, click here!You can paint in your molds to create chocolates with different colours. For instance, you can create a cute present chocolate (like the one in the link above) by painting the bow...

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Handmade Christmas presents – chocolate!

Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like chocolate! And it’s the perfect gift for Christmas! It’s easy, it’s fun, and if you make a mistake, eat it! MELTING THE CHOCOLATEChoose the chocolate wafers from somewhere like Superstore or Price-Smart – get a lot, you’re going to need it. Do not use a regular chocolate...

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Handmade Christmas presents – beeswax candles!

Beeswax candles are awesome, and seriously easy to make! You don’t need a ton of supplies — some wicking, an X-acto knife, a ruler, and sheets of beeswax — to make some beautiful, burnable gifts. (You can get beeswax at Chilliwack Honey in Greendale or Michael’s or Voyageur. The Michael’s stuff isn’t great — they...

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Handmade Christmas presents – candles!

Nothing says Christmas like lighting a candle and filling your house with light and fragrance. I like making tea lights this time of year — you could make one large candle, but why not make a whack of them in various scents and colours and change them every day? Here are my instructions for making...

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Handmade Christmas presents – sewing a flax bag

Yeah, I like sewing, but there are so many things you can do with a needle and thread! FLAX BAGSYou must know someone who is stressed out and needs to relax (perhaps that person is me? It has been a very long year!) So why not make them a hot and cold flax bag for...

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Handmade Christmas presents — bath & body products (updated)

Continuing with the idea of a wonderful handmade Christmas, may I suggest making your own bath & body products? They’re cute, they’re smelly, and people like to bathe (well, most of the people I know like to bathe!) BATH BOMBSThese are super easy if you follow the instructions properly. Bath bombs are made with citric...

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Handmade Christmas presents – sewing tutorials!

Sewing presents can be a little time consuming — especially if you’re like me and you hand sew and are picky about how you cut things out — but you can make wonderful pouches and wallets for your loved ones with nothing more than a piece of fabric, a printed pattern, a needle, and thread....

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Cookie and cupcake decorating links

Eat this cake, become invincible! So we had fun last night decorating cookies and cupcakes, despite the disgusting cherry filling mix (I won’t try to freeze cream cheese and cherry pie filling again, I promise!) Can you believe I’ve never ever decorated cookies before? So I know what project I’m doing before the holiday season!...

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