Friday, December 21, 2012

Homemade Christmas Gifts

My sister and I spent the day together yesterday doing a craft day with all 7 children! YAY!! We were making gifts for extended family. Of course, my kids no longer want to give up their gifts they made so we'll see how that goes. LOL! :)

 This is one of those Vicks Discs we've all seen everywhere. All we did was combine 1 c baking soda with 1/3 cup of water. We mixed then placed it in muffin tins with the paper (It sticks so I really recommend the paper!). We put it in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes and viola!! Once that was done, we used doTERRA Breathe and put 4 drops on each one. doTERRA's Breathe essential oil is a blend of laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree (melaleuca), lemon, and ravensara. This is one of my family's favorite blends and we use it regularly. It is the perfect blend for congestion, snoring or asthma. Yay!! :)


 We also made salt dough hand print tree ornaments. Whoo! That was a mouthful. Salt dough is super easy!
1 c salt, 2 c flour, and 1 c luke warm water. Combine it, shape it and then bake it at 200 until done. Ours took about 4 hrs. If it's an ornament, don't forget to put a hole in it for the ribbon! :) We gave all the kids (except the baby, hers went to her mom) their hands, paint and glitter. Yes, be very scared! :) LOL! They all turned out super cute though. Then, of course, we had to clean up a big, glittery mess.


Finally, my kids' favorite one!! We made aromatherapy playdough. :)

Combine 1 c four, 1/2 c salt, 1 c water, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 1/5 tsp cooking oil. Combine in a pot and put on stove top on low heat. Stir until it turns into playdough. Let it cool and divide it amongst the kids (we did a much larger batch for 7 kids). Let them choose food coloring and fold it into itself and then choose their essential oil. We had pink, blue, orange, purple and red colors. We also had some peppermint, lemon and wild orange scents. My kids love these They love smelling them and it's such a great recipe for playdough! :)
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