Day 16: Vanilla Extract Recipe and Free Label

Vanilla Extract Recipe and Free Label

Day 16: Vanilla Extract Recipe and Free Label

If you bake a lot (or know someone that does), then this recipe is for you! Earlier this year I made my own vanilla extract and I was so surprised at how easy it was to make. It’s seriously two ingredients and is the perfect gift to give to the baker in your life. It takes about a month for the vanilla bean to set, so I thought sharing this DIY in October would be perfect. If you make it now the gift recipient can use the vanilla right away when you give it to them in December. I even made a printable label for the homemade vanilla (just print it out on sticker sheet paper and add the day you made the vanilla). Maybe you can make this vanilla and add it to a gift basket full of lovely baking goods?

I’ve been using this vanilla since March and it’s just as good (if not better) than the store bought extract. When you use all of the extract liquid, you can just add some more vodka (or rum) to the bottle with the vanilla bean in it. Seriously a money-saver when vanilla extract can be a bit pricey.

Vanilla Extract Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe: 

To check out the full how-to, head on over to the original post right here

Vanilla Extract Recipe

To see the other 50 DIY Days of Holiday Crafts, check out this link.

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– Chelsey

P.S. All printables are for personal use only. This is the 4th year for my 50 DIY Days. If you would like to check out the past projects, you can click on these links (sorry for any broken links, it’s hard to keep up to date with all the posts… always a work in progress): 2011 // 2012 // 2013!


Day 15: Spooky Halloween Terrarium

Pumpkin Terrarium

Day 15: Spooky Halloween Terrarium 

I made this lovely creation last year, and I still love it. Actually, I have it sitting out in my home right now. I shared a free printable to make your own, so check out the link below to see the original post.

Here’s what you need to make this:

  • a foam pumpkin from the Michaels
  • green floral foam
  • moss
  • wire
  • hot glue
  • X-acto Knife
  • wire cutters
  • scissors
  • a couple toothpicks

To find the full tutorial, head on over to the original Halloween Terrarium post.

Have a lovely Friday! To see the other 50 DIY Days of Holiday Crafts, check out this link.

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– Chelsey

P.S. All printables are for personal use only. This is the 4th year for my 50 DIY Days. If you would like to check out the past projects, you can click on these links (sorry for any broken links, it’s hard to keep up to date with all the posts… always a work in progress): 2011 // 2012 // 2013!


Day 14: Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

Day 14: Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

Yes, you read that right: Shrinky Dinks. If your an 80’s child (like myself) you may have created MANY trinkets and whatnots with this magical craft item. I can specifically remember making some Rainbow Brite Shrinky Dinks (It was awesome). These days I mostly make lovely jewelry and keychains (though I would totally make a Rainbow Brite necklace if I found a kit). These gold scallop necklaces look so pretty and really would make a great gift for this holiday season! You could also make these into little scallop earrings (just print the pattern at a smaller scale).

Supplies:

Directions:

Step 1:

First, print out the Scallop Necklace Pattern. Place the pattern under a sheet of shrink film and trace the scallop outline with the gold paint pen.

Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

Step 2:

When the gold paint pen is dry, cut out the scallop shape. Use the gold paint pen to fill in the scallop shape and let dry. When it’s dry, use a hole punch to cut out a hole at each end of the scallop necklace. Note: Don’t worry about filling in all the space on the scallops with the pen, you won’t even notice after it’s baked. 

Step 3:

Following the directions on your Shrink Film packaging, bake your scallop necklace in the oven and let it cool completely.

Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

Step 4:

Put the jump rings through the holes you punched out. Run the necklace chain through the jump rings, and you’re done! Note: The finished size of my necklace is about 3 inches wide (but the size will vary). 

Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

Shrinky Dink Scallop Necklace DIY

This necklace is ready to give as a gift, or if you have a 4-year-old (like I do) they may claim it as their own if you let them hold it (which is exactly what happened after help the necklace for the above photo, ha). If you DO want to give this as a gift, you can give it away in this pretty Gold Painted Gift box.

To see the other 50 DIY Days of Holiday Crafts, check out this link.

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– Chelsey

P.S. All printables are for personal use only. This is the 4th year for my 50 DIY Days. If you would like to check out the past projects, you can click on these links (sorry for any broken links, it’s hard to keep up to date with all the posts… always a work in progress): 2011 // 2012 // 2013!


Day 13: Halloween Movie Night Snack Ideas

Halloween Movie Night Snack Ideas

Day 13: Halloween Movie Night Snack Ideas

Halloween is the perfect time for those classic scary/spooky movies. I personally can’t handle anything TOO scary (let’s talk about The Ring and never sleeping again), but there are a few classics that I still love and need to watch during October. So today I decided to match up some of my favorite Halloween movies with some delicious snack recipes from some favorite bloggers. Check them out below.

Watch The Addams Family while enjoying Chicken Pot Pie with Crawling Hand (on Woman’s Day).

The Addams Family and Chicken Pot Pot with Crawling Hand

Enjoy the funny Shaun of the Dead while snacking on Brain Cupcakes (on Annie’s Eats).

Enjoy the funny Shaun of the Dead while snacking on Brain Cupcakes (on Annie's Eats).

Watch one of my favorites, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and enjoy Jack Skellington Pops (on The Party Animal Blog).

Watch one of my favorites, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and enjoy Jack Skellington Pops (on The Party Animal Blog).

Ghostbusters is a must while eating Halloween Ectoplasm Smiled Popcorn (on Suzie The Foodie).

Ghostbusters is a must while eating Halloween Ectoplasm Smiled Popcorn (on Suzie The Foodie).

I loved Beetlejuice as a kid, and it would go well with Creepy-Crawly Chips in Swampy Guacamole (on HGTV).

I loved Beetlejuice as a kid, and it would go well with Creepy-Crawly Chips in Swampy Guacamole (on HGTV).

I watch Hocus Pocus every year, and it would go great with Witches Brew Pea Chowder (on K&L Food Blog).

I watch Hocus Pocus every year, and it would go great with Witches Brew Pea Chowder (on K&L Food Blog).

Watch Batman and decorate your drinks with the cute Batman Pineapple Cocktail Decor (on Malicia Flore).

Watch Batman and decorate your drinks with the cute Batman Pineapple Cocktail Decor (on Malicia Flore).

Watch Dracula while chewing on these Dracula’s Dentures (on The Girl Who Ate Everything).

Watch Dracula while chewing on these Dracula's Dentures (on The Girl Who Ate Everything).

I LOVE Harry Potter and I think these Harry Potter Licorice Wands while watching the movie (on Pastry Affair).

I LOVE Harry potter and I think these Harry Potter Licorice Wands while watching the movie (on Pastry Affair).

I’d LOVE to see any movie/snack ideas you have in the comments below.

To see the other 50 DIY Days of Holiday Crafts, check out this link.

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– Chelsey

P.S. This is the 4th year for my 50 DIY Days. If you would like to check out the past projects, you can click on these links (sorry for any broken links, it’s hard to keep up to date with all the posts… always a work in progress): 2011 // 2012 // 2013!

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