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Candy Mason Jar Gifts

Candy Mason Jar Gift

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Happy Christmas eve, my friends! I just wanted to share a quick candy mason jar gift I made as last minute Christmas gifts. Have you ever forgotten to buy a gift or ran out of time to put something together? I know that this has happened to me more often than I can remember in the last few years. For that very reason I like to keep Christmas candy around. Okay so that’s not the only reason I keep candy around, but can you blame me for not resisting holiday packaging? It gets me every time! So other than for indulging my sweet tooth I like to keep holiday candy and mason jars around to put together last minute gifts that I can pair with gift cards. It’s quick, easy, and who doesn’t love gift cards and candy? Candy Mason Jar Gift To make these I used EZ Start Printed Packaging Tape to wrap around the mason jars. This patterned packaging tape is great for wrapping mason jars, gift boxes, and even great for crafting with. The holiday prints include peppermint and ornaments. You can also find a daisy and paisley print for sending birthday gifts throughout the year.  Follow Duck Brand® on twitter on twitter (@TheDuckBrand) for inspirational ideas and tutorials.

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After wrapping the tape around the mason jar I added a glitter ribbon bow around the jar and paired it with a Starbucks gift card. Luckily I had some handmade envelopes around to use with the mason jar. It was a quick last minute gift that took less than 5 minutes to make. Candy Gift in a Jar

What are some of your favorite last minute gift ideas?


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Duck Tape Snowflake Ornament

Duck Tape Snowflake Ornament Craft

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Hey guys! I have a few more projects to share that I’ve made over the last few weeks. I’m completely taken back by how quickly Christmas arrived this year. It’s flown by for us and I’m not ready for the holiday season to end. Next year I’ll have to create a roundup of the crafts I’ve recently made but I thought I would share them with you nonetheless. This Duck Tape® snowflake ornament was an easy kids crafts we made a few weeks ago. We made them to use as ornament gift tags for the grandma and grandpa. Duck Tape Snowflake Ornament Craft Supplies: Duck Tape®



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die cut snowflakes

duck tape crafts We found a few leftover paper mache ornaments from last year that were left unfinished so we thought it would be great to cover them with Duck Tape®. My son and I are always looking for ways to use Duck Tape® but I was excited to try the holiday prints with my daughter. She loved the snowman and penguin prints! The Duck the Halls holiday prints available include seasonal sweets, snowman, holiday bows, and the cute little penguins. I had the kids pick their favorite print and helped them create their ornament gift tags.     duck tape Christmas craft   We used two strips of tape to cover the round paper mache ornament. We left a half in of tape on the sides that we trimmed with scissors. Once we had the tape on we used silver glitter tape around the ornament to help cover the area that we didn’t use Duck Tape® on.   kids snowflake ornament craft I then used a snowflake die to cut a variety of paper snowflakes for them to glue in the center. We also consider using large sticker letters for the recipients initials. Once they finished gluing on the snowflake I used my hot glue gun to add ribbon on top. Duck Tape Snowflake Ornament Craft

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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Easy dark chocolate peppermint bark recipe made with Andes peppermint pieces.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark
I’ve always been a fan of online courses. In college I took every online course in my major and even for every prerequisite I could. I mean honestly what’s not to love about courses you can take while lounging in pajamas? Needless to say that I think craft and food courses online is pretty ingenious! So when I heard about Craftsy, an online community that offers just that..craft and food courses, I was pretty excited to see what they had to offer.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a variety of courses available. Craftsy offers everything from cake decorating, to paper crafts, photography, and more! I had the opportunity to view the Sweet & Savory Food Gifts course. One of the segments was on how to make chocolate bark and tempering chocolate. This inspired me to make a batch of dark chocolate peppermint bark for my daugther’s Christmas program last week. There’s a tutorial and recipe on how to make traditional layers peppermint bark in the course as well.

The course offered a variety of food gift recipes and even ideas on how to package them as gifts. Along with the video tutorials you’ll find printable gift cards, recipes, and a metric conversion guide to assist you throughout the course. Along with the instructional videos you may ask questions and received personalized feedback. You also have the ability to participate in group discussions and share photos of your completed project. The videos are separated into segments and allow you to bookmark for future reference.

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What I enjoyed about the course is that I’m able to pause and resume as I pleased. Having toddlers in the house means I couldn’t sit through the entire course without a few distractions so I relished in the fact that the segments were broken into small videos and that I could resume to the course throughout the day.Screen shot 2013-12-19 at 2.33.10 AM

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark


  1. 2 cups dark chocolate
  2. 1 tsp vegetable shortening, melted
  3. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  4. 1 cup Andes peppermint pieces


  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Melt dark chocolate over double boiler. Once melted stir in shortening and peppermint extract.
  3. Pour a thin layer of chocolate onto prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula to spread chocolate evenly.
  4. Sprinkle peppermint pieces on top of melted chocolate.
  5. Refrigerate for 15 minutes; break into pieces and store in tightly closed container.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

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Movie Night Stocking Stuffer {Printable Christmas Gift Tag}

Movie Night Stocking Stuffer Ideas

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Hey crafty friends! Today I’m sharing a movie night stocking stuffer idea for boys and a printable Christmas gift tag.

Movie Night Stocking Stuffer Ideas

My oldest isn’t a teen, yet, but he’s definitely grown up a lot in the last few years and no longer cares for toys in his stocking. Lately I’ve been getting him stuff that I know he’ll enjoy like movies and iTunes gift cards. He’s asked for a few movies for Christmas this year and I thought it would be great to make a movie night stocking stuffer gift for him. I picked up this cute mini stocking at Target along with some movie night snacks and a movie from his wishlist.

I added a bag of popcorn, beef jerky, and a hot cocoa packet. I plan to add a few of his favorite peppermint candies in there as well and an iTunes gift card. It’s perfect for him! movie stocking stufferI wanted to make some printable Christmas gift tags to go with the stocking. I used my We R Memory Keepers crop-a-dile to add an eyelet and ribbon.

You can download the printable gift tags here

crop a dile gift tag These are great gifts for a youth group or sports team. You can buy a box and divide them into small gifts in mini stockings with a movie or host a movie night and hand a stocking to each kid. You can even find a coupon for Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Slim Jim, and Orville Redenbacher popcorn on the Target website!

Printable Christmas Gift Tag


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Peppermint Muddy Buddies

Peppermint Muddy Buddies

Easy peppermint muddy buddies with white chocolate peppermint M&M’s.

Peppermint Muddy Buddies

So it’s no secret that I love muddy buddies right? I mean I think I find a new flavor combination just about every few weeks. My kids love this stuff! Every time they see me place a box of Chex cereal in my cart they immediately ask what flavor I plan on making. Then they are argue over which is their favorite and I should make. The last two times I’ve made muddy buddies we’ve made them with peppermint extract. My oldest loves anything and everything mint so clearly these are his favorite. Last time we combined the peppermint chocolate covered Chex cereal with Andes peppermint baking chips..mmm! Those are my favorite to bake with this time of year!

This last time we made muddy buddies I tossed in white chocolate peppermint M&M’s into the mix. These are perfect for handing out to teachers, co-workers, or to have on hand at holiday parties. Speaking of parties, my lovely friends and I have gathered for another virtual progressive dinner party again. This time our theme is holiday bites! Be sure to stop by and bring an appetite because there are plenty of ideas for a holiday party!

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Tomato & Ricotta Crostini from Katie’s Cucina

Roasted Leek and Onion Soup from Sweet C’s Designs

Mozzerella, Bacon and Roasted Peppers Hot Cheese Dip from Cook the Story

Red Pepper Manchego Stuffed Mushrooms from The Lilypad Cottage

Spicy Sriracha Deviled Eggs from White House Black Shutters

Cranberry Salsa from Bombshell Bling

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms from Kokocooks

Cream Cheese with Garlic & Bacon filled Crescents from A Glimpse Inside

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Rice Krispie Treats from Yellow Bliss Road

Peppermint Patty Chex Mix from Lolly Jane

Brownie Stuffed Christmas Trees from It’s Always Autumn

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies from Clean and Scentsible

Mini Candy Cane Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache from Crazy Little Projects

Black and White Cookie Brownies from Sweet Rose Studio

Oreo Truffle Reindeer Noses and Free Printable from Balancing Home

Peppermint Muddy Buddies from A Pumpkin and a Princess


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Peppermint Muddy Buddies


  1. 1 1/2 cups Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
  2. 1 tsp peppermint extract
  3. 7 cups Rice Chex cereal
  4. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  5. 1 cup white chocolate peppermint M&M's


  1. Melt chocolate over double boiler.
  2. Stir in peppermint extract into melted chocolate.
  3. Toss in half of the cereal into melted chocolate and stir. Add renaming cereal and toss until evenly covered.
  4. Add powdered sugar to chocolate coated cereal and mix well.
  5. Stir in M&M's.

White Chocolate Peppermint Muddy Buddies

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Handmade Snowball Ornament

Handmade Snowball Ornament

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Now that December is here I’m finally getting into the holiday spirit and breaking out the Christmas crafts. This year I’m working on a mixture of burlap, white, and glitter decor. This has been my style preference for the last two years but I’m nowhere near having my tree completely filled. I’ve been working on handmade ornaments over the weekend, including this glitter snowball ornament.

Handmade Snowball OrnamentI was looking through my craft supplies to see what I could work with instead of running out to the craft store when I came across a container of DecoArt Snow-Tex. I’ve never used it before but I thought the kids would enjoy a few “snowball” ornaments on the tree this year. It doesn’t snow here in Central California so this is the closest they’re going to get to seeing a snowball for awhile. My four year was excited when she saw what I was making and as soon it was dry the little guy reached to grab it and yelled “snowball fight!” I think my oldest had something to do with that but I quickly distracted them from shattering my ornaments by offering cotton balls to throw at each other instead. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen them laugh so hard as they created blanket forts to hide behind and attacked each other with cotton snowballs.

To make the snowball ornaments I used:

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glass ornaments

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snowball ornament

I used a foam brush to foam brush to press the snow-tex onto the ornament. I tried to create a thin even layer by lightly spreading it with the brush. It took about 4 hours for the snow-text to dry completely. Once it was dry I lightly sprayed adhesive over the ornaments then covered the surface with white glitter.  To finish the ornament I hot glued a bow on top. While the dry process took longer than I expected, I was however pleasantly surprised with how easy snow-text is to work with. I definitely want to make a few more Christmas crafts with it this year.

handmade ornament

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DIY Christmas Gift Card Envelopes {Giveaway}

DIY Christmas gift card envelopes

Create handmade gift card envelopes this holiday season in under 5 minutes with the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board.

DIY Christmas gift card envelopesHey crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Did you brave the crowds on Black Friday? I surprisingly didn’t make it out. My husband went out early Friday morning and picked up everything on our list and was home before I woke up. Gotta love that guy! I’ve been battling a little bit of a cold this past week and going out in the crowds was the last thing I wanted to do. Thankfully the hubs picked up what I needed and my shopping is 75% done. The majority of the items on my list left will be gift cards along with a few handmade gifts.

Remember the DIY envelope tutorial I shared earlier this year? Well I used my We R Memory Keepers envelope board to create Christmas gift card envelopes. These take minutes to makes, that’s with a little embellishments added. I have to say this punch board has become one of my favorite tools this year! I use it to make gift card envelopes quite often and even the occasional birthday card envelope.

To make the envelopes I used the punch board, 5×5 inch paper, and a sticky thumb adhesive runner.

Envelope Punch BoardI trimmed my paper and aligned it to 2inches by following the measurements on the punch board.

diy envelopesOnce the paper had been scored and punched I turned the board over to create rounded corners with back of the punch. Love that feature on the boards!

Handmade EnvelopesI like to trim the center flap of my envelopes like the one on the left. It makes it easier to slip a gift card in and I think it looks cleaner. :)

Handmade Christmas Gift Card Envelopes

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Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

A  handmade gift idea under $5 – homemade peppermint sugar scrub mason jar gifts.

DIY Peppermint Sugar ScrubIf you’ve been a reader for awhile you know that I LOVE homemade sugar scrubs. Seriously, I’m borderline obsessed with them. Especially during the cold winter months. They’re perfect for moisturizing dry hands and cost next to nothing. I also enjoy giving them to friends and family for Christmas since they’re easy to make and look great in a mason jar with ribbon. We all love mason jar gifts right?

Speaking of mason jars, today I’m participating in a mason jar blog hop with a fabulous group of bloggers! Visit the links below for creative holiday mason jar ideas and free printables.

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1. Free Pretty Things For You 2. The Cottage Market 3. The Shabby Creek Cottage 4. The Country Chic Cottage 5. The Gunny Sack 6. The New York Melrose Family 7. Cupcakes and Crinoline 8. It All Started with Paint 9. Mason Jar Crafts Love 10. Yesterday on Tuesday 11. Two Shades of Pink 12. A Pumpkin and a Princess 13. Crafts with Jars 14. Lolly Jane

This peppermint sugar scrub recipe smells delightful! The peppermint is perfect for the holiday season and it does wonders to relieve dry hands from the cold. I keep a jar in the kitchen and bathroom at all times, often switching them out by seasonal scents. The peppermint has really put me in the holiday mood! I have my mom and friends hooked on them too, so I can’t wait to give these as Christmas gifts next month.

For this sugar scrub recipe I used coconut oil but you can also use Almond oil or grapeseed oil in place of the coconut. They have great moisturizing properties that will replenish moisture and remove dry skin cells. I’ve also added vitamin e oil, which also helps nourish dry skin.

Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Serving Size: 2 cups


  1. 1 1/2-2 cups sugar
  2. 1/2-1 cup coconut oil
  3. 4-6 drops peppermint essential oil
  4. 1 tsp vitamin e oil
  5. 1-3 drops red food coloring or soap colorant


  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds or until it becomes liquid.
  2. Mix in essential oil and vitamin e.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  4. Divide scrub in half and use food coloring in one batch.
  5. Fill mason jar by alternating red and white scrub.
  6. Store in airtight container.


When making sugar scrub I recommend starting with 1 1/2 cups of sugar and adding 1/2 cup until you reach the consistency you enjoy the best. I prefer a coarser scrub with not as much oil so 2 1/2 cups of sugar is perfect for me.

Add drops of the peppermint essential oil until desired scent is achieved. I use about 5 drops but you can use a few more if you prefer a stronger scent.



A few of my favorite handmade Christmas gift ideas ….

Lemon Sugar scrub

homemade lemon sugar scrub

Hot cocoa mason jar gift

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift

Homemade lemon soap

Mother's Day gift ideas and homemade soap tutorial

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