Gifts: Gifts-in-a-Jar, Pet Portraits, and Decorated Candles

Tonight was a choose-your-own-adventure night of crafts.

Gifts-In-A-Jarby Stacy
1-Pint jars she made:
1-Quart jars she made:

Candles by GBob
She bought flameless candles** - just as great-smelling as regular candles but zero mess, zero stress. She decorated them by hot-gluing a thicker ribbon and then a thinner ribbon around the candles, finishing with a bow.

Pet Portraits by Jess
The portraits were created using watercolor paint. You can see them by clicking here.

UPDATE: Jess finally made her gifts-in-a-jar too! It took 3 hours (surprisingly long).

*Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe for Pint-Size Jars
  • Ingredients to make 3 jars:
    • 5 cups powdered milk
    • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 3 tsp powdered vanilla non-dairy creamer
    • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • To fill gift jars:
    • Mix all ingredients and divide equally among three pint-sized jars
    • Use tulle or other fabric on lid of jar and tie on a decorative bow
  • To make hot cocoa:
    • Combine 2 1/2 tbsp mix per 1 cup boiling water and stir
    • Each pint-size jar makes about 6 servings of hot cocoa

For more gift-in-a-jar ideas, see this example and this other example and this further example and yet another example.

**Note: "Flameless candles" are also called "electric candles" or "battery-operated candles." They have an LED light instead of a flame.

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