make these : rustic christmas candles

Rustic Christmas Candle DIYI truly believe in making Christmas gifts. In addition to the tutorials that were featured on the blog last year (here and here), I was inspired to create one that could either work on its own as a holiday craft, or as a thoughtful present for those whose homes embody a rustic feel. 

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 1What you will need:

Several jam jars
Scented candles
Aged book
Pine leaves
Twine
Moss
Scissors
Crazy glue

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 2Steps:

1. Measure the width and circumference of a single jam jar. Take those measurements and trace them onto the number of book pages that equal the number of jars. Cut and remove.

2. Now trace shapes onto the sheets of paper that will cover the jars. Again, cut and remove those shapes.

3. Take a jam jar and wrap it in one of those sheets of paper. Holding the paper with one hand, wrap twine around it once over so that the paper will stay in place. Tie it in a knot, and remove the excess twine.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 34. Place one or more pine leaves on the exterior of the jar. Use the twine to make it stay in place, wrapping around the jar several times.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 45. Once the exterior is complete, place a dab of crazy glue onto the bottom of the candle. Now set the candle in the centre of the jar.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 66. Fill the jar with moss. Then wait until it becomes dark, light the candle, and watch the shapes dance on the wall or surface. It’s quite beautiful!

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The countdown is on! Only 16 days remaining!

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Emory

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Reindeer5Christmas is but a few weeks away, which means that it’s time to start getting together your presents. Because Christmas isn’t about family, friends, and sharing the love. It’s all about getting gifts and seeing how far you can push yourself until you snap. Right?

I’m going to try and have a few DIYs this month, in honour of the season. This time of year is particularly taxing on wallets, so why not try to make some of your gifts rather than spending and arm and leg on that special someone? After all, you only have two of them. How will you be able to make that delicious holiday meal if you’re missing your appendages? 

Reindeer3That being said, I’m also going to make sure that these Christmas crafts are extremely easy to make! But would you really expect anything different from little ol’ me?

Reindeer2So for the first December DIY project, I made the most beautiful Reindeer Plates for HaveHeart Magazine. Largely inspired by similar plates that I saw on both Pinterest and UO’s website, I thought, ‘Well hey, those look quite fun. I could make my own version of that.’ Spoiler alert: they are! Plus they make great jewelry holders, serving trays, or general decorative kitchen plates. They’re just the perfect gift.

Reindeer1This is what you’ll need:

Toy reindeer

Plate(s)

Crazy glue

Paint (spray or acrylic)

Reindeer7To read up on how to construct a Reindeer Plate of your own, please click here. Enjoy!

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Emory

a blogger’s dozen: bridget’s chocolate chip cookies (joyfill)

0.jpgHello, friends!

Today I am featuring the second post from A Blogger’s Dozen. This recipe come from a fairly new blog entitled Joyfill. Joyfill is a local Canadian blog that focus on recipes, landscapes, plants, and crafts to come. Created, photographed, and written by Bridget, each post is extremely informative and engaging. Although it’s still early, Bridget has such a unique voice that really captures what life on a farm is all about. I truly trust her recipes, and have confidence in saying that anything she publishes has been perfected and tastes delicious.

If you’re looking for one last gift for Valentine’s Day, this should be it.

Emory

2.jpgChocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:

1 ½  cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 ½  tsp salt

1 ½  tsp ground cinnamon

½  tsp nutmeg

1 cup butter at room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

½  cup white sugar

2 large eggs

1 ½  tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

3 ¼  cups oatmeal

1.jpgPre-heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

3.jpgIn another bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, white sugar. Add the eggs. Beat in the vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and oats.

4.jpgDrop onto cookie sheet, flatten a bit with a fork. Bake for 12-15 mins. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

5.jpgThis is a fairly new recipe to me. These are dense chewy oatmeal cookies, almost similar to a granola bar. I recently got the recipe from a neighbor who made it with raisins and nuts instead of the chocolate chips. I really enjoyed the hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in the background, especially if you use freshly ground nutmeg, the cookie has more depth and a richer flavor. Please enjoy this recipe and feel free to replace the chocolate chips with raisins, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, or even a combination of your favorites.  And make sure to have a couple cookies with a nice cold glass of milk, some things are classics for a reason!

Bridget

A Blogger’s Dozen is a new series that was launched in 2014. If you would like to be featured in a post, as well as have free advertisement for that month, please contact Emory at helloscarlettblog@outlook.com. Be sure to send any food-related ideas that you may have. Hello, awesomeness!

Christmas Recipes: Vanilla Boomerangs.

PHOTO.jpgPHOTO_2.jpgPHOTO_3.jpgPHOTO_4.jpgPHOTO_5.jpgPHOTO_6.jpgVanilla Boomerangs:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

5 1/2 oz butter

3 drops vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar

red sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together flour, butter, vanilla, and sugar.

2. Transfer dough to floured baking board and divide into 40 pieces. Roll into narrow lengths of about 2 inches. Bend them into boomerangs and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add sprinkles.

3. Bake for 12 minutes.

4. Remove and wallow in their scrumptiousness!

PHOTO_7.jpg PHOTO_8.jpgI made these boomerangs after purchasing the Swedish cookbook Fika from IKEA. They were incredibly easy to make, and taste much different than the sugar cookies that I grew up with. If you were wanting a tiny, pretty, and delicious treat this Christmas, you should definitely try these!

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Make Your Own: Farm Butter Dish.

IMG_.jpgIMG_2.jpg IMG_3.jpgIMG_4.jpgFarm Butter Dish:

Butter dish (glass or plastic)

Small plastic farm animal

Spray paint

Crazy glue

Painter’s tape

IMG_5.jpgTape off inside of butter dish. Spray paint plastic animal and butter dish. Let dry before applying additional coats. 

Once everything is completely dry, apply glue to the bottom side of the plastic animal. Carefully place onto top side of butter dish.

IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpgIMG_8.jpgI came across this DIY when leafing through my Instacraft book that I had recently won. As soon as I saw it I knew that I would be recreating it. I bought an inexpensive butter dish last year that I never ended up using, and knew that it would work perfect for this project. The only item that I was missing was a toy animal, but that was easy enough to find at Michael’s.

The author chose white spray paint for her butter dish, and I really wanted to try a different colour. Because we had an abundance of silver spray paint, and our kitchen is mostly black, grey, white, and silver, I thought that it would be a good choice. This is such a straightforward project that I think that any hue would look good. It would also make an awesome gift for anyone who collects cute kitchen items!

Have a wonderful week!! :-)))

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