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Christmas Gift Crafts (3)
by Brenda Arnold
Fluffy the Snowman Pillow
Fluffy the Snowman pillow craft idea for Christmas giftSupplies:
One white bed pillow
Stocking cap or toboggan
Scarf or strip of fabric
Buttons
Orange felt scrap
Pair of mittens, gloves or cut out similar shapes from felt
Small broom or whisk broom (optional)
Directions:
Whip stitch or glue a stocking cap to the top of a white bed pillow, pulling the corners of pillow under the cap. Tie a scarf around the pillow about 1/3 way down. Sew or glue on button eyes and mouth. Cut a circle of orange felt, slit half way and shape into a cone for a carrot nose (or just use a triangle shape); glue or sew edge of nose to face. Sew buttons down the front. Sew or glue mittens or gloves to the front for the arms. If desired, prop a small broom or whisk broom along Fluffy, depending on size of pillow.

Hot Chocolate Gift in a Jar Mix: This mix makes a great gift for neighbors and friends


hot cocoa mix gift in a jar gift for ChristmasIngredients:
3 cups powered Sugar
8 oz. non-fat dry milk
16 oz. Instant Chocolate Milk
6 oz. Creamora (or any non-dairy creamer)
Mix ingredients well and store in air tight container until you're ready to make the individual gift packages.
With each gift add a tag that says: 3 tablespoons per cup of hot water, along with an optional measuring spoon.

Sand Art Brownies Gift in a Jar: This is a recipe for brownies to give as a Christmas gift or whenever. Mix ingredients in a wide mouth quart size jar, just like sand art!
snad art brownies gift in a jar gift idea for ChristmasAdd to wide mouth quart jar in this order:
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 + 1/8 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup Choc. Chips
1/2 cup Vanilla Chips
1/2 cup nuts
This should pack nicely into jar.
Include a decorative tag with instructions for making the brownies:
Combine contents of jar with:
* 1tsp vanilla
* 2/3 cup vegetable oil
* 3 eggs
Pour into a greased 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-32 minutes

candy cane bath sals make a great christmas giftCandy Cane Bath Salts Gift in a Jar: Pretty layered bath salts make a perfect gift for teens, co-workers or teachers. Sparked with the holiday scent of peppermint, Candy Cane Bath Salts are a seasonal treat.
Ingredients:
12 tall jelly (12-ounce) canning jars with lid and rings
2 Carton Epsom salts, 4 pound (approximately 16 cups)
4 Pound sea salt or kosher salt (approximately 6 cups)
1⁄2 Teaspoon glycerin, divided
12 Drop peppermint essential oil
12 Drop red food color
2 pieces cardstock (for tags)
Directions:
Wash, rinse and dry canning jars.
Empty one carton Epsom Salts into large mixing bowl or batter bowl. Add 3 cups sea salt, stir well. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon glycerin and 6 to 8 drops essential oil. Mix well.
In second large mixing bowl, empty one carton Epsom Salts, and add 3 cups sea salt. Stir well. Add 1/4 teaspoon glycerin, 6 to 8 drops essential oil, and food color. Stir until completely blended. Color should be even.
Set mixer to lowest setting and mix until color is even--but don't try this with hand mixers or smaller stand mixers!
Holding canning jars at an angle, layer salts in jars, alternating white and colored mixtures.
Print two copies of the Candy Cane Bath Salts gift tag.
Cut gift tags apart and attach to jars. Tags may be trimmed and placed beneath canning jar rings, tied on with ribbon, or taped to gift jars.
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