I was inspired by the homemade gift series on The Simple Dollar to make Homemade Vanilla Extract. I often make homemade gifts for Christmas (or other occasions) for family, friends and neighbors.
I didn't have any great jars for bottling the vanilla but once again i found the answer in the comments of the blog I linked to above: baby food jars! I belong to a local moms group and asked if anyone had some baby food jars they were done with. I got about 20 or so.
Now on to decorating! Decorating is not my specialty, I just don't have the interest or the patience for it. I would love to see your designs though. I have a great appreciation for creative people. Post them in the comments or link to a photo!
I cut up some decorative papper and put strips around the jar with a glue stick. Then I used some Holiday labels I found online to make a circle for the top of the lid that says "Merry Christmas" or the like.
So far the recipients have really enjoyed the vanilla and the great thing is that the life of the vanilla can be extended by adding more Vodka to the bottle as you use some up (cut up vanilla beans were included in each jar so more vanilla flavor will continue to leech out into the Vodka).
What is your favorite homemade gift? Let me know in the comments below.
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