Archive for the ‘Gift DIY’ Category

Fortune Cookie Cash Jar

Fortune Cookie Cash Jar //

Well, just a couple more months and there will be a fresh batch of graduates out there. This is a fun and unique way to give some cash to your special someone! The fortune cookie cash jar makes your graduate work for their gift. Hee. All you have to do is cut out the cookie shape, add some money, and a fortune… then make the cookie. All the instructions and free printables are over on the HP blog.

- Chelsey

DIY Flavored Sea Salts


It’s always fun to give homemade gifts, especially when they’re food related, even more especially when they’re very fancy and very gourmet. Flavored sea salts are one of those great little gifts that don’t cost much to make, but look really beautiful and are very much appreciated by the recipients. They’re perfect for hostess gifts, housewarming presents, and neighbor gifts for the holidays, and would make excellent take-home party favors. They look especially lovely packaged in small glass jars and bottles, and are pretty enough to be left out on the kitchen counter. Below you’ll find a 3 different lovely recipes to make your own DIY Flavored Sea Salts!


Rosemary Sea Salt

1 cup sea salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary

Combine the sea salt and fresh rosemary in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-covered baking sheet, and place in the oven on the lowest temperature setting for 1 hour. Let cool, package, and give.

Good on meats and veggies!

Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

1 cup sea salt
4 vanilla beans

Pour the salt into a medium bowl. Cut each vanilla bean in half lengthwise with a sharp paring knife. Using the tip of the knife, scrape the seeds out of all of the vanilla bean halves, and add them to the salt. Mix well with clean hands, rubbing the salt and vanilla seeds together until well-combined. Package and give.

Perfect for sprinkling on chocolate chips cookies, homemade caramels, and other sweets!

Lemon Sea Salt

1 cup sea salt
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon zest

Combine the sea salt and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-covered baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour on the lowest temperature setting. Remove from oven, allow to cool, package, and give.

Great on chicken, fish, and veggies!

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Of course, you can’t give a cute jar of homemade flavored sea salt without a matching tag, right?! I’ve created three simple graphics, one for each type of salt, that you can download and use to make printable labels. Use them to make squares or circles or rectangles, stickers, hang tags, etc! Just right click on the graphic you want, save the image, and use it in whatever program you want to create your labels in!

DIY rosemary salt label DIY vanilla salt labelDIY lemon salt label


- Melissa Bahen, Lulu the Baker

Pretty Silhouette Plates DIY

Silhouette Plates //

A lovely new DIY for you guys! I originally saw this idea on Pretty Prudent and I really wanted to try this out for myself. I used the silhouette from my kiddo, mom’s dog and kitty. They were fun to make. I made them for the HP Create site and head over here if you’d like the full tutorial for my pretty silhouette plates.

Silhouette Plates //

- Chelsey

P.S. I’m a paid contributor for the HP Create website.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

Cascarones, or “shell hits”, are said to bring luck and fortune to the person whose head you break the egg over. Typically Cascarones are filled with confetti, but I decided to add a couple of treats and turn these eggs into a countdown to Easter: the Easter Egg Surprise Countdown. While we won’t be breaking these eggs over our head, I did want to make these creations exciting for my 4-year-old. Here’s how I made them…

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //


- a dozen-ish eggs

- egg dye

- confetti

- mini mini toys that can fit inside an egg + stickers + chocolate

- mod podge

- paper

- optional: tissue & glitter


Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- First, let’s prep the eggs. Tap the “bottom” (opposite of the pointy/skinny end of the egg) with a butter knife. When you make a little break in the egg, use your fingers to chip away the shell to make a 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide hole (the size depends on what you’re putting in the egg). Wash the eggs with soap and water (inside and out) and let dry completely. Psst: why not make some fried rice with the egg yolks?

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- Set up your egg dye and dye the egg shells. Let the eggs dry completely (maybe overnight).

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- Fill the eggs with the confetti, stickers, chocolate, and mini toys. My kiddo REALLY wanted to help me with this part, so I let her put all the confetti in. When she wasn’t looking, I popped in the toys/stickers/chocolate and it will be a fun surprise for her!

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- Let’s seal the eggs. I punched out some 1.5 inch paper circles and mod podged them over the hole.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- Optional: you can just stick with the paper over the holes here, or you can cover up some more! I chose to cover the paper with colored tissue, them brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper and dipped into a cup of glitter.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- Let the glue dry completely, and start your Easter countdown!

I only made 8 eggs, so I’m going to have to hear my kiddo asking, “Is it time to start the Easter countdown yet?” For a couple more weeks. Whoops.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

Side note: I have seen a few creations that put bird seed in the cascarones, instead of the confetti. That way if you do break them outside, it’s not littering (and hard to clean up) if you leave some seed for the birdies.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

- Chelsey