Hand Dipped Holiday Marshmallow Treats

You can find me over with Jen at TaterTots and Jello today sharing the details about these quick and cute hand dipped marshmallow treats as a part of her Happy Holidays 2016 collection. 

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Here I’m sharing a few optional ideas to accompany my guest tutorial there and affiliate links below. 

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Gather up your supplies and see the full tutorial at TaterTots & Jello

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hand dipped marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #christmas

 I also added the following Young Living essential oils to my melted candy. Add 2 drops each and stir:

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  • Orange Vitality
  • Nutmeg Vitality
  • Cinnamon Vitality 

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Next year I’m going to use candy canes or peppermint sticks and add peppermint Vitality essential oil to my melted chocolate. Smaller marshmallows would be perfect for dipping into hot cocoa. 

All wrapped up and ready to gift. Perfect for parties, make & takes, hostesses, teachers and stockings. 

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Last Minute Homemade Gift: DIY Bath Salt filled Ornament

Grab the following supplies and whip up a cute last minute handmade gift!

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

DIY Bath Salt filled Ornaments

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

Material I used:

  • glass fillable ornaments (Michaels)
  • Epsom salt
  • your choice of essential oil (lavender is a good one!) 
  • embellishments: ribbon, tags, stickers, decorative tape, pine clippings

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

What I did: Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt and 3-5 drops of essential oil to a mason jar. Put on the lid and shake to mix. Using a funnel, fill ornament. Decorate. 

DIY essential oil infused bath salt ornament @diyshowoff

Cute hostess gift, make and take craft project or door prize or stocking stuffer. 

 

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At Home: Christmas Tree Farm Inspired Decor

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la!

Christmas tree farm inspired decorating #athome @diyshowoff #christmas

Goal: Freshen up the Christmas decor in our dining room. And boy oh boy, At Home did not disappoint! Christmas tunes were cranked, hot cocoa within reach, cinnamon/ orange/pine essential oil being diffused, shopping bags unpacked. Let the holiday decorating begin!

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Welcome to our Christmas tree farm inspired dining room. Just a few touches from At Home to some of our existing Christmas decor made all the difference in making our dining room a Christmas destination. I am in love! 

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Baby’s favorite: the boy was all heart-eyes over us putting this big red metal truck into the shopping cart. 

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My favorite: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree sign – this sealed the deal on my tree farm theme. I love it’s charm. ::pitter patter:: 

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You guys! Do you have an At Home store near you? Well, we have a brand new At Home store in Pittsburgh! Yes!!!!!! So exciting! I couldn’t wait to check it out and I received some gift cards towards my purchase in exchange for a review so we made a recent visit to check it out. 

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It took some time to narrow down which direction with decorating I wanted to go! Because…so many fun themes, a huge selection and the prettiest holiday displays for inspiration. 

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We may have spent more than 2 hours in that store. Thankfully, baby boy was as entertained and captured as I was.

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But, I finally made some decisions and settled on a Christmas tree farm theme. I couldn’t wait to get home to deck the halls! 

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Join me for a  bit of faux al fresco twilight dining Christmas tree farm picnic style. You bring the eggnog, I’ll bring the cookies!

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Use the store locator to find an At Home close to you! 

Touch of Christmas shown above from At Home: 

At Home, the home décor superstore opened a new more than 91,000 square-foot store, bringing approximately 25 new full- and part-time jobs to the area. Shoppers will find more than 50,000 items for every room and every style at everyday low prices. 

Magical Mistletoe Greenhouse

A fun popular Christmas tradition is kissing under the mistletoe. A sprig of the plant or a kissing ball is hung at Christmas time and those caught standing beneath it can expect a kiss. 

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

And for December, the Michaels Makers December Challenge is to

  • make it joyful
  • make memories
  • make it simple
  • make the season bright
  • make it in 1-2-3
  • make holiday magic
  • make it fun
  • make it in under 30 minutes

Making this magical mistletoe greenhouse checks nearly all of those boxes!

#makeitmerry

Display the magic of a romantic moment! What a treasure for merry memory making! And making up this mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece is as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s get started!

I used these supplies from Michaels Craft Store:

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

  • glass jar with wide opening – I love this one with a cork lid!
  • potted silk greenery
  • faux white berries
  • burlap ribbon and twine
  • fairy lights and batteries
  • stickers
  • glue dots (or hot glue) 

Tools I used: 

  • scissors
  • wire cutters

Time it took me: 15-30 minutes

What I did: 

  1. Cut a piece of burlap ribbon to fit around the bottom of the glass jar (to hide the light pack. Secure with glue and twine.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  2. Install batteries into fairy light battery pack and place into the bottom of the glass jar.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  3. Trim down faux plant if needed and add white berries. I cut them with wire cutters and inserted into styrofoam and place plant into bottom of the glass jar (in the center of the string of lights).  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels
  4. Embellish with letter stickers spelling “mistletoe”.  Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

I love the greenhouse look! The glass enclosure, cork lid and fairy lights make it more special than it’d be without, doesn’t it? It’s a unique specimen and a magical way to display a faux floral arrangement.

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

The holidays are a time for family, friends and memories.

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

The glow from lights on the tree, the aroma of Christmas cookies fresh from the oven or the perfectly wrapped gift – these are things that make the holiday merry.

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And in a world where it’s become super-commercialized, it’s the time of year when a personal touch means so much.

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

Michaels is the place that helps us fill every moment with love, joy and the pride of do-it-yourself creativity and handmade gifts. 

Love this Christmas mistletoe greenhouse centerpiece @diyshowoff! #makeitwithmichaels

Michaels has everything you need to make your holiday merry. For more quick and simple DIY holiday ideas, check out the projects on Michaels.com.

#makeitmerry

Looking for more holiday inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY holiday project ideas.

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Handmade Holiday: Essential Oil Infused Honey Gift Ideas

Handmade holiday gifts are the best, aren’t they?! Just knowing that someone put in so much time, effort and love into creating a gift gives it a special touch. 

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I especially love a ‘useful’ gift, not to mention I really want those I love using non toxic products. One of my favorite things about my essential oils is the ability to feel better when everyone is feeling “yuck” and this Thieves tea recipe works so well to support a healthy immune system. It’s now our must have, go-to – especially at this time of year. I want my friends and family to experience the same benefits. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Handcrafted gifts are unique treasures, thoughtful, unexpected and personal. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

What I used (affiliate links)

Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

What I did: (pardon my DIY room makeover in progress manicure!)

  1. Add honey to individual jars. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  2. Add about 7-10 drops of Lemon Vitality essential oil. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  3. Add 5 drops of Thieves Vitality essential oil blend. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  4. Mix well. Give the gift of wellness! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff
  5. Cap jar, secure a honey dipper with ribbon and decorate jar.
  6. Decorate a coordinating paper cup. 

I love the above Thieves tea recipe because it supports a healthy immune system – something very IN DEMAND this time of year!

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

MORE IDEAS:

Mix it up with different essential oils from the Young Living Vitality line! Ideas: bergamot-honey, peppermint-honey, lavender-honey, cinnamon-honey, orange-honey, etc. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Recipients: 

  • A perfect gift for anyone: a cup of holiday cheer and wellness for teachers
  • co-workers,
  • a Secret Santa gift exchange,
  • friends and family for the holidays.

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • Have a few on hand to grab and go for the hostess of your next holiday party.
  • Party favors or they’re a sweet idea for that make & take party you’re hosting!

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

Did you know bergamot is the flavor for Earl Grey tea?

  • Makes a fun stocking stuffer,
  • a sweet make & take recipe or prize!
  • It’s a great gift to have on hand for when you learn that a friend (or 10) are feeling under the weather from via a Facebook post. Simply drop off this sweet get well gift (after you’ve Thieve’d yourself first, of course).  

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

More gift set ideas:

  • attach a bottle of Vitality essential oil
  • tuck it away in a mug with some organic tea bags, homemade hand purifier, Thieves Cough Drops and lip balm
  • or a plate of homemade cookies
  • or chicken noodle soup. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • Give it a warm winter wishes theme by adding your essential oil infused honey and cup to a gift bag with warm fuzzy socks and a good book or holiday ornament. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

  • If you’re an essential oils business builder, tuck in your business card and a coupon with a special offer or invitation to your next event. 

So sweet! Essential oil infused honey and Essential Oil Holiday Hostess Guide @diyshowoff

It’s a great gift that’s going to get some use, probably before the year is even over.

Looking for more essential oil infused handmade holiday gift ideas? You’ll want to check out these blog friends and their creativity…

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Winter Hand Scrub | Peppermint Patties | Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Icing

Scented Wood Slice Ornaments |Bath Bomb Ornaments | Dry Shampoo

Homemade Scented CandlesEpsom Salt + Shower Poof Starbucks Cups

Don’t miss the fun! Join us on Facebook for a handmade holiday event HERE

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Holiday Recipes

If you’re an essential oiler, you love to “OIL.ALL.THE.THINGS”. Here are some amazing essential oil infused recipes for family holiday dinners. Remember to only use a brand of essential oils labeled safe for dietary use like Young Living‘s Vitality line. Give these delicious recipes a try! 

holiday cooking recipes with essential oils

Ultimate gravy recipe: 

ultimate gravy recipe

Turkey injection sauce:  turkey injection sauce recipe

Sweet potato casserole:  weet potato casserole recipe

Southern cornbread dressing:  southern cornbread dressing recipe

Rosemary garlic mashed potatoes:  rosemary garlic mashed potatoes recipe

Pumpkin pie:  pumpkin pie recipe

Orange glazed honey ham: orange honey glazed ham recipe

Lemon butter green beans:  lemon butter green beans recipe

Homemade cranberry sauce:  homemade cranberry sauce recipe

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Holiday Hostess Guide

Time sure does fly. If you’re like me, you barely know what’s on today’s agenda let alone a few weeks from now. Well, here’s a friendly tap on the shoulder. LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN! Thanksgiving is on it’s way then Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Time to put the holidays on our radar. 

holiday hostess guide @diyshowoff  

It’s nearly time for holiday gatherings and family get-togethers, those seasonal occasions where a thoughtful hostess gift goes a long way in showing your appreciation for a welcome invitation, laughter, fun times, good friends and holiday cheer. The stuff memories are made of and perhaps you don’t want to show up empty handed. On top of all that, you might just have a passion for essential oils and you’re going to want to include powerful scents of awesome-ness because that’s how you roll. OIL.ALL.THE.THINGS! Am I right? Well, you’ve come to the right place today. Bookmark or pin for future reference! You’ve arrived at the best essential-oil infused holiday hostess guide on the internet! 

TO: YOU. FROM: ME. To kick off the occasion and because I was recently inspired by a Melissa Poepping video from the Young Living Live Your Passion Rally, I whipped up some super cute holiday gift tags. Not only will your creative gifts look festive and pretty but they’re going to smell amazing too.

holiday hostess guide @diyshowoff

Your first gift this holiday season? A little something from me. Yay! These are cute printable holiday gift tags with a teensy weensy DIY touch. All you need is some card stock, glue, tiny pompoms and drops of your favorite essential oils (contains some affiliate links).

JOY

holiday hostess guide printable essential oil gift tags. @diyshowoff

  • Download the free sheet of 9 of the snow-bunny printable tags here —> JOY holiday gift tag PDF (for personal use only)

holiday hostess guide printable essential oil gift tags. @diyshowoff

  • Print on card stock.
  • Glue on a tiny white pompom (10 mm sized pom-poms work well).
  • Carefully add a drop of your favorite essential oil. Recommendation? Take a guess. How about Young Living’s Joy?! Perfect for this little snow-bunny tag, right? 

holiday hostess guide printable essential oil gift tags. @diyshowoff

BELIEVE

Believe essential oil holiday gift tag @diyshowoff

 Reindeer Believe gift tags here: printable Believe holiday gift tags PDF

(for personal use only)

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Ready for some awesome essential oil infused holiday hostess ideas? Of course! Whether you’re hosting, co-hosting or wanting to show appreciating to the hostess at an upcoming holiday event, that’s why you’re here! IDEAS! And lots of ’em! Thanks so much for stopping by! Go check out these amazing holiday hostess related ideas: 

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Watch for the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide coming December 1st! Join the Handmade Holiday Event HERE. 
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    • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Frankincense 5-ml
    • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
    • Purification® 5-ml
    • R.C.™ 5-ml
    • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
    • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • 10 Sample Packets
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oil Magazine
  • Essential Edge Newsletter
  • Member Resources

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Christmas Home Tour

Hello, fellow DIY holiday lovers! I LOVE this time of year! You’d think that my premature head start on having our Christmas tree all decorated before Halloween would mean, it’d be Christmas in every room in our home by now, a huge Christmas extravaganza in the DIYShowOff house because that’s usually how I roll…Christmas in nearly every room. However, the truth is, I’m going with less is more this busy holiday season. 

Birds & Berries

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge     

Why would I even?! No worries! It’s not that I’m feeling all bah humbug. It’s not that I’ve lost that DIY feeling. I’ve found that I’m prioritizing in other ways this year. I’m enjoying spending time with family, sharing my passion for wellness through essential oils, soaking up all the time with those I love that I can get (we’ve had another cancer diagnosis in our family and it’s beginning to feel like an epidemic…time with family is so precious. It just makes me realize how short our time together is and that it’s never guaranteed). I’m cherishing friendships, celebrating birthdays, taking a breather from projects (it’s our plan to get back to it full force with bathroom and basement/man cave remodels in 2016), getting ready to pack for a relaxing much needed vacation…just keeping busy in ways that reduce stress and put the focus on “life” and giving and loving.

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So this year, it’s ONE tree, not three. This year, it’s a family room all cozy and Christmas with the rest of the house simply clean, healthy and comfortable. This year, it’s more about the spirit of Christmas. About seeing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a 1 year old, about making Christmas magic for others through actions, help, wellness, love. 

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Don’t get me wrong – I’m certainly enjoying everyone else’s Christmas decorating eye candy from talented blog friends’ Christmas home tours blog hops and the creativity linked to the weekly That DIY Party. Because my pin-finger is getting a work out! And I’m drooling over all that Christmas beauty too! 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

So in the spirit of blogging and all things holiday, to show a little participation on my part, I’ll share a little DIY Christmas past with you today! Here are some of my favorites:

Christmas Home

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome Red and Gold Christmas Tree Christmas decorating

Holiday Home Tour

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Home for the Holidays

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Succulents & Spruce

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Ombre Christmas

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More favorites: 

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How about some holiday DIY Ideas? Check out the DIY project gallery!

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DIY Vintage-Look NOEL Wall Art

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la-la”…well, I did that once. Holly is quite scratchy! Ouch! Guess what?! Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com are hosting a Home for Christmas themed blog hop! Oh my Christmas! Time to belt out your favorite Christmas carols, top your cocoa with some marshmallows and to get inspired! Grab your slippers and get your pin-finger ready while you’re at it!

Home for Christmas

Once the Christmas tree was all decorated for the holidays,

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge  

I needed a little holiday cheer for above the mantel. The stormy beach portrait that’s there most of the rest of the year really wasn’t going to work.  So I decided on a “NOEL” idea for filling the empty space. Did you see the cute wooden circled monogram letters at Michaels? I knew I wanted to do something with them. This is the perfect project!

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: (I’ve included some affiliate links so you can find the supplies easily and to maybe add a little jingle to Santa’s wallet.Ty!)

  • extra large monogram wreath letters N – O – E – L 
  • craft paint and foam brushes (I chose berry red and forest moss)
  • paper towels
  • velcro picture hanging strips
  • TransTint dye (Note: a bit on the pricy side, but this dye is AWESOME! It’s water based so it’s not oily and makes for a gorgeous wood stain. Tip: Easiest clean up ever! Just let brush dry and hide styrofoam cup on a shelf in the basement/out of the way. Dye will evaporate. Simply add water and resume use on your next project!) That bottle is going to last YEARS! 
  • paint or chip brush

What I did: 

1. I gave each letter two coats of paint and let dry. Note: One coat/dry brushing would actually look fantastic too! I wish I was a little more carefree. One coat/dry brushing means step 4 is going to look WAY better…so adopt a technique as if you’d had an extra cup of eggnog. Tip: If hanging in a grid pattern and using two colors like I did, paint the N and L the same color and the O and E the same color to avoid one color on the left, one color on the right. Mix it up!  

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

2. Sand the edges, distress as desired. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Next, add a drop or two of TransTint dye to water in a styrofoam cup, more TransTint dye for a darker tone if desired. TransTint dye WILL stain fingers and work surface. I recommend wearing gloves and protecting your work table with layers of newspaper or a tarp or old vinyl table cloth or if you live in a warmer climate (lucky you…make up the guest room for my impending arrival!), work outside.

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Dip the brush into the TransTint dye, tapping excess from the brush. Randomly brush, fling, stipple, drip (get messy and creative – have fun!) the TransTint dye onto the painted wooden letters. Wipe away or dab with paper towels as needed. Sprinkle TransTint to create a  “dirty, worn, aged” finish. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

5. Let dry TransTint dye dry overnight. 

6. Optional: Secure a small holiday wreath to the “O” with a ribbon for a touch of texture. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Hang and display using velcro picture hangers. You might want to grab a level while you’re at it. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

I love the worn, aged finish. Vintage goodness! What do you think? 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

See MORE holiday DIY and decorating inspiration from these sweet and talented HomeTalk friends:

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3 Ways to Wrap Odd Shaped Objects – Holiday Hack Challenge

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

The Michaels’ Makers December Challenge is “Holiday Hacks”, how to creatively tackle everything the holidays might throw at you! Some helpful ideas for making holiday prep go smoothly. And I’m sharing 3 ways to wrap odd shaped objects. For example: a toy that’s got part of a box package, jewelry and a stuffed animal/ball.

these odd shapes…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

now look irresistible…

#michaelsmakers #makejolly Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Challenge: How to Wrap Difficult Objects

1. Gift wrap idea with a little handmade DIY touch: create a gift using a gift. Add jewelry or small gifts to a fillable ornament (this one comes in two pieces that snap together) with some filler (crinkled shredded paper or pine & berries). Embellish with a hook and bow. Almost too cute to open, isn’t it?

these…

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

wrapped this way…

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Love that jewelry shown above? Me too! Shop HERE (affiliate link). Don’t forget to grab the coupon below!

2. DIY! Create your own custom gift bag using your supply of wrapping paper for difficult shaped objects. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Instructions: 

  1. Gather supplies: wrapping paper, scissors, tape and gift.
  2. Cut a piece of wrapping paper that fits around the gift.
  3. Fold paper so seams meet in the center.
  4. Tape seam.
  5. Fold bottom up, making sure that the folded area fits the depth/width of the gift. 
  6. Open folded area and shape paper to create a diamond.
  7. Press seams with your fingers to create diamond shape. 
  8. Fold down top and bottom of diamond to meet in the center, overlapping a bit. 
  9. Tape seams. This creates the bottom of the gift bag. Tape well!
  10. Open gift bag.
  11. Place gift into the bag.
  12. Fold top down.
  13. Tape the package closed. 
  14. Embellish with ribbon, bow, tag. 

All set for giving!

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

3. And the obvious: A gift sack! Not just any ordinary gift bag, this adorable gift sack (available at Michaels) is a cuter option than the traditional gift bag AND something that will get use year after year. A re-usable gift! Love it! Perfect for oddly shaped gifts OR toting your stash of gifts on the go. 

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff gift wrapping odd shaped objects

Cute, right? I love gift wrapping and these ideas are so helpful when it comes to solving the challenge of oddly shaped presents. Want to see more Holiday Hacks?

Michaels' Makers Holiday Hacks @diyshowoff

  • Michaels has so many holiday project ideas with instructions at Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more.
  • Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas from more creative Michaels’ Makers on the Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.
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*I received a Michaels gift card to complete this challenge. All ideas are my own. 😉

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Holiday Dinner Recipes

Hosting dinner this holiday season? Love the benefits of your essential oils? Add them to your holiday cooking! Here are some mouth watering recipes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

 

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Pumpkin Pie:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Lemon Butter Green Beans: holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Orange Glazed Honey Ham:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Southern Cornbread Dressing:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Sweet Potato Casserole:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Turkey Injection Sauce:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Ultimate Gravy:  holiday cooking recipes with essential oils @diyshowoff

Enjoy!!! 

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12 Days of Christmas Essential Oil Infused Bath Soak Ornament Gifts

Every time of the year is a good time to share essential oils and Christmas is the perfect time to whip up your own DIY homemade gifts. 

12 Days of Christmas

essential oil infused bath soak ornament gifts

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Supplies: (some affiliate links included)

  • epsom salt
  • your choice of essential oils (I only recommend Young Living brand)
  • 12 mini fillable glass ornaments (only use glass ornaments when using citrus essential oils)
  • small decorative Christmas tree
  • battery operated lights
  • ribbon and twine
  • Sharpie
  • mason jar
  • funnel (paper cones work well because you can snip the point to fit into the small ornament opening)

Instructions:

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

1. Add 2 level (or just under level) tablespoons of epsom salt to a mason jar.

2. Add 1-3 drops of essential oil. 

3. Screw on lid and shake, shake, shake it up!

4. Remove top from glass ornament. Using the funnel, transfer contents of mason jar to glass ornament. You’ll have to tap. I recommend holding the ornament/funnel over the mason jar. 

5. Attach ornament lid and embellish with ribbon.

6. Label ornaments using a Sharpie.

7. Tie ornament onto tree with a piece of twine.

*Repeat steps 1-6 for each essential oil. You may want to wash/rinse/dry mason jar between each use when creating a different batch. 

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

Gift giving ideas:

1 – Give the entire 12 days of essential oil infused Christmas tree to a busy friend who could use some quiet ‘me’ time. Yes…it’s perfectly acceptable to keep it for yourself! Display the tree on the bathroom counter! The battery operated lights provide just the perfect glow for a relaxing bath soak. Set the mood with soothing holiday music. 

2 – Or display the tree at your next holiday essential oil 101 class or holiday party. Bam! Instant guest favors, gifts or prizes.

DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff DIY essential oil infused bath soak Christmas ornament gift tutorial @diyshowoff

3 – They make cute gift-toppers/accessories too!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

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See more fun holiday essential oil gift ideas from these sweet blog friends: 

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Check out these other great DIY gift ideas using essential oils!

Young Living essential oils are so loved and so amazing that they’re sponsoring my blog! Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll not only be embracing wellness (we feel better than ever with this lifestyle change!), you’ll make new friends, be a part of an awesome team and have tons of support/resources so you aren’t left clueless. You’ll also learn of the generous business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom if you want it, but no obligation! I’d love for you to join us! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. So excited to hear from you!

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Gift Wrap Finishing Touches

There are two types of people when it comes to gift wrapping…those who loathe it, those who LOVE it. I’ve always been a lover of gift wrapping so I’m excited to join 9 friends in a Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas blog hop! 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

And I’m the type who makes gift wrapping an event – a holiday party for one! I prefer to do it all at once. I love the tradition of setting out the supplies just so with a view of the Christmas tree…rolls of beautiful gift wrap, displays of cute holiday tags, whimsical ornaments, glitter pens, tape, ribbon and scissors. Pump up the volume on the Michael Bublé Christmas album, dress up in your most comfy pjs and grab a mug of hot cocoa…I’m going to share some gift wrapping finishing touches with you.

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff  

last year’s gift wrap to coordinated with an orange and green Christmas theme

Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree @diyshowoff - #michaelsmaker dream tree challenge

Each year, I select about 4-5 coordinating rolls of Christmas wrapping paper. I love mixing patterns. And I do prefer that the wrap matches my holiday decor too. So this year, it’s traditional red and green with a touch of black. 

birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge birds and berries Christmas tree #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff Dream Tree Challenge

Above was staging of empty boxes for my Dream Tree Challenge but what I’m sharing today is what I’ve gathered for real gift-giving this year. I snagged a fun mix of patterns ranging from plaid, stripes, reindeer and text in red, white, green and black from Michaels. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Embellishments: decorative/washi tape (you know that collection you have but never quite use? GET IT!), black/white printed photos, monogrammed letters, cute gift tags, bows, ribbon, twine and some snips of pine, small ornaments, little DIY crafts/gifts.

And since a tutorial isn’t really necessary, let’s just cut to the chase and show some pretty gift wrap ideas in photos, okay? OKAY! Here we go…

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Use decorative tape instead of ribbon to secure/stack a collection of gifts. I used chalk tape above. I love the satiny wide ribbon-like look. And those presents are going to stay stacked! Grab a chalk marker and personalize! Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Add small handmade gifts or ornaments instead of a bow. Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tips: If you prefer wrapping gifts as you go, designate a roll (or coordinating rolls) for each family member. 1. That way you can embellish with tags/bows/etc. after the gifts are under the tree (tag the first gift you wrap for each member so you know who’s paper belongs to who). It makes storing much easier until “Santa” arrives! 2. It also makes it easier to tally the # of gifts for each person (in case you have a little one who keeps track!) 3. It’ll create a nice mix of colors and patterns when on display under your Christmas tree. 

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

Tip: Snag a photo straight from social media, print in black/white on card stock to create an easy and personalized gift tag!

Are you an all at once or as you go wrapper? Love it or loathe it?

Creative Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas by 10 bloggers @diyshowoff

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