DIY Christmas

Sure, they may take a little time, energy and effort, but that’s what make homemade gifts so special!

Oat Chocolate Chip Cookie Jar

Ingredients

Jar

  • 1 Mason Jar
  • 125g Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 50g Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 100g Brown Sugar
  • 150g Oats
  • 190g Chocolate Chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 115g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  • Clean the mason jar and add the flour, baking soda, salt and granulated sugar followed by a layer of cinnamon and brown sugar then the oats and finally the chocolate chips. Seal the lid and give as a gift with the recipe below.

  • Pour the content of the jar into a mixing bowl. Mix in the butter followed by the egg and vanilla.

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line two large baking trays with baking paper.

  • Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, making sure to leave a little room between each one. Gently press down each ball of cookie dough to slightly flatten them.

  • Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are set.

  • Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Homemade Wrapping Paper

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Carefully cut a potato in half. Carefully cut out a festive shape or use a cookie cutter to create a potato stamp!

  • Roll out the brown paper, brush some paint on to the potato shape and press on to the paper to create a festive pattern. Leave to dry.

  • Use your homemade wrapping paper to gift wrap Christmas gifts, tie together with string and decorate with whole spices!

Homemade Bath Bombs

Ingredients

Bath Bomb

Essential Oils

Whole Spices

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, mix the bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and Epsom salt until combined.

  • In a separate bowl combine the coconut oil and your chosen essential oil. Either 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon essential oil OR 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg essential oil.

  • Slowly add the oil mixture into the dry ingredients, thoroughly mixing before adding more. Once combined, add a couple drops of water and mix quickly.

  • When the mixture can be clumped together get your moulds ready by placing the star anise and cinnamon stick pieces into the bottom of each mould. Pack the moulds tightly with the mixture and smooth the top with a spoon.

  • Leave the bath bombs to dry over night, carefully remove once dry and give as a gift or drop into the bath.

Christmas Candles

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Using a hot glue gun, simply place Cinnamon Sticks around a scented candle to add a naturally festive feel. (Wrap string or ribbon around the Cinnamon Sticks or attach Star Anise if you’re feeling fancy!) This craft makes an easy yet personal gift and can also be used to decorate your Christmas table.

Glühwein Jam

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Tip all of the ingredients into a deep pan and bring to the boil while stirring occasionally. Place an empty bowl in the freezer.

  • Leave the jam to bubble for just under an hour, remove the bowl from the freezer, place a teaspoon of the jam onto the bowl, tilt the bowl and if the jam doesn't run then it's ready to remove from the heat, if not, keep boiling and try again in a minute or two.

  • Carefully remove the whole ingredients. Sterilise glass jars, spoon the jam into the jars, close the lids and place upside down for a while to create a vacuum. Store in the refrigerator.

Mince Pie Bliss Balls

Instructions

  • Place the figs into a large bowl and cover with just boiled water. Allow the figs to rehydrate in the water for 5 minutes before draining thoroughly.

  • Pulse the almonds and pecan nuts in a high speed food processor until they resemble rough bread crumbs. Add the rehydrated figs, raisins, cranberries, orange peel and spices and pulse again until everything has come together to create a nice sticky dough.

  • Use your hands to form tbsp sized chunks of the mixture into 12 nice round balls, before rolling in the topping of your choice (if using).

  • Place the balls in the fridge for an hour to firm up before serving.

Christmas Soaps

Ingredients

  • 225g Coconut Oil
  • 425g Olive Oil
  • 310g Sustainable Palm Oil
  • 135g Lye
  • 320ml Distilled Water
  • Cinnamon Essential Oil for scent

Instructions

  • Add the lye to the water, stir until dissolved and leave to cool. In a separate container, combine the coconut oil, olive oil and palm oil and mix until bubbles reach the surface.

  • Gently pour in the lye water, stir until the mixture comes together and starts to thicken. (You may want to use a hand blender). Pour the mixture into your soap mould, tap the box on the counter and leave to sit for 4 days. Remove from the mould and cut into bars.

  • Get creative with different scents and colours by adding ingredients such as dried flowers and essential oils!

Hot Chocolate Bombs

Ingredients

  • 450g White Chocolate
  • Green Food Colouring
  • 250g Mint Chocolate Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Sugar
  • 250g Mini Marshmallows
  • Edible Glitter
  • Silicone Molds

Instructions

  • Melt the white chocolate and mix in the green food colouring until you get the desired green colour.

  • Scoop a spoonful of melted green chocolate into each half sphere mold. Use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate up the sides of the mold, until fully coated. Repeat with each mold.

  • Place the molds in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden the shells. If the shells have thin spots, add another coat of melted green candy and chill again.

  • When the shells feel sturdy, carefully remove from molds and place on a sheet of baking paper.

  • Add a tablespoon of cocoa mix, a teaspoon of sugar and some mini marshmallows to the bottom half of the chocolate bombs. Make sure you leave half of your semi-spheres empty, as they will be the top of the bombs.

  • Seal the bombs by holding the edge of the half-spheres against a hot pan (filled with water so it doesn't scorch). You can also scoop melted green chocolate into a piping bag with a fine tip, and pipe melted chocolate between the two halves of the sphere.

  • Carefully place the top shell onto the bottom and hold in place until the melted chocolate hardens.

  • Drizzle melted green chocolate on top of each cocoa bomb and place a red heart candy and a sprinkle of glitter.

  • To Serve, place one chocolate bomb in a mug and pour hot milk on top. Stir to mix.

Vegan Festive Jam Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 120g Vegan Butter
  • 55g Sugar
  • 180g Plain Flour
  • Raspberry Jam

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.

  • Add the flour a little at a time while mixing to form a smooth dough. Knead the dough and roll into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Once chilled, roll out the dough (1/2cm thick) and cut out cookie shapes. Use a small Christmas cookie cutter to cut out the centre of half of the cookies.

  • Place the biscuits on to the prepared baking tray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes (turn half way through baking). Once slightly golden the biscuits should be done.

  • Leave to cool before adding half a teaspoon of raspberry jam to each full biscuit and top with a cut out centre cookie to create a sandwich.

Handmade Christmas Wreath

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Start by finding a sturdy wreath base made from wire which can be purchased in most craft stores. Wrap a festive garland around the wreath base and hold in place with string. Once the round wreath shape is formed, add Dried Orange Slices, Cinnamon Sticks, Star Anise and Whole Nutmegs to the garland a long with festive decorations. To keep the decorations in place we’ve used a hot glue gun and festive string.

Mince Pie Facemask

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Melt the coconut oil, add the orange peel powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground star anise and coconut sugar and mix.

  • Pour into an airtight container and leave to set slightly. Apply to face, leave for 10 minutes then rinse.

About the Author

Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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