(1) Personalized Coffee Stencil $24 / (2) Flash Tattoos $22 / (3) Lime Crime Lipstick in Babette $18 / (4) Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Kit $28 / (5) Mistletoe Scented Soy Candle $22 / (6) Fabric Wrap Headband $13 / (7) Long Feather Gold Necklace $34 / (8) Stripe Knit Scarf $5 / (9) Printable Diamond Art $5 / (10) What Would Beyonce Do? Mug $15 / (11) Ceramic Jar $13 / (12) 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara $29
Simplicity is key this holiday season because who has time to for any elaborate DIYs? This year, instead of bringing a bottle of wine (or in addition) to a holiday party, give the host or hostess something that he or she will remember you by throughout the year.
My favorite plants are succulents because they’re low-maintenance and oh so pretty. Succulents come in all different colors, shapes and sizes. They also make beautiful centerpieces.
What you will need to make one succulent terrarium:
– a bag of rocks (I bought mine for $1 at the local Dollar Store, but you can always find “authentic” rocks if you just look down when you walk)
– a glass container such as a round globe vase, a deep bowl, or vase with a large opening (thrift store or Dollar Store finds work perfectly)
– cactus and succulent soil mix (between $5-10 at Lowes or OSH)
– 3 to 4 mini succulent plants
– optional: moss, mainly for looks
Make your own succulent terrarium in under five minutes!
Gently place a layer of rocks at the bottom of the glass bowl. The rocks will help provide drainage for the plants.
Cover rocks with a half-inch layer of cactus/succulent soil.
Place succulent roots in soil, arranging them until you’re satisfied with the look. Cover the roots with soil. Optional: Add additional rocks or pebbles to the top, or cover soil with moss (this is all for aesthetics so it’s your preference).
Care Tips for Succulent Terrariums:
– place the terrarium in partial sunlight
– water the terrarium every two weeks using a spray bottle (you don’t want to over-water them; better to under-water them if anything!)
– if any of the leaves fall off, you can propagate succulents from leaves to grow new plants (how-to instructions found here). HOW COOL!
Thanks to Melissa from Girly Mama who posted her version of the stirrers after seeing them on Pinterest. Swooooon! These were very easy to make (try pairing them with hot cocoa shown below), and I’ll be stuffing them in stockings, giving them away as holiday hostess gifts, and treating my group of girlfriends at our annual White Elephant holiday party. I also gave these to my lovely co-workers at our work holiday lunch.
— Directions below —
To Make Marshmallow Stirrers, You’ll Need:
– large marshmallows
– chocolate (I used Ghirardelli white and milk chocolate)
– sprinkles, nuts, crushed candy canes, or crushed candy
– straws (I bought paper straws from Amazon, but you can also buy them at Sur La Table), cut each straw in half
– parchment paper
Directions: Marshmallow Stirrers
Step 1: Melt chocolate in a bowl according to package directions.
Step 2: Insert straw into marshmallow.
Step 3: Dip into chocolate then immediately dip into sprinkles, nuts or crushed candy.
Step 4: Dry on parchment paper.
To Make A Hot Chocolate + Marshmallow Combo Kit, You’ll Need:
– instant hot chocolate packs
– ribbon, twine or bakers string
– make your own gift tags or find free printables online (I used these typographic gift tags from Eat Drink Chic)
– saran plastic wrap or fold-top sandwich baggies
– twist ties
– hole puncher
– Scotch double stick tape
– optional: ornaments to tie on (Found mine at Crate and Barrel)
Directions: Gift Wrapping Your TOO CUTE Stirrers
Step 1: Tape gift tag to front of hot cocoa packet leaving the instructions visible on the back.
Step 2: Punch a hole at the top of the cocoa packet, making sure NOT to place a hole where any cocoa can come out.
Step 3: Place two stirrers in a plastic wrap or baggy.
Step 4: Tie shut with a twist tie.
Step 5: String through ornament and hole and make a double knot followed by a pretty bow!
I find it very suspicious that it’s almost December. I mean, where did 2011 go? As usual, the holidays are rapidly approaching and I haven’t crossed off anyone from my Christmas gift list. After stumbling through countless sales online, I’m keeping it simple and heading to Etsy.com for handmade items. Below are great gifts I found during my gift search.