Holiday Help Series Article 4

Hi All,

In my continued effort to help make this a less stressful and less expensive Christmas for my readers, I have hit upon some GREAT inexpensive craft ideas. I’ll share them with you here.

They are from a book I forgot that I had. Farmhouse Christmas by Gooseberry Patch Publications. Tons of great recipes and old-fashioned goodness oozes from its pages. I highly recommend it!

Perhaps you can purchase the book and give as a gift long with one of these items that you made 🙂

Holiday Help Craft #1

Balsam Draft Stopper 

You’ll Need:

  • 36″ X 12″ Fabric
  • 3/4″ wide fusible web
  • 36″ long balsam or evergreen scented potpourri
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 6 yards raffia
  • some sprigs of pine
  • small pine cones
  • glue gun
  1. Lay fabric flat, printed side up, and fuse a strip of webbing to one 36-inch fabric edge.
  2. Fold fabric in half, keeping printed sides together, and press with iron to fuse the long edges together.
  3. Allow webbing to cool completely (about 5 to 10 minutes)
  4. Turn roll right-side-out .
  5. At one end of the roll, gather the fabric about 3 inches from the end and secure with rubber band.
  6. Fill the roll (not too tightly) with balsam potpourri / scented rice or filling of your choice.
  7. Fill until about 3 inches from unsecured end of the fabric roll.
  8. Gather the unsecured ends and close with the second rubber band.
  9. Tie raffia at each end in bows and affix sprigs of pine and pine cones with glue gun. Allow to cool

Enjoy as a decoration yourself or gift as great gifts!

Holiday Help Craft #2

Layered Oatmeal-Chip Cookie Mix

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Layer the first 5 ingredients in order listed, in a one-quart, wide-mouth glass ball canning jar.

  1. Press down firmly on each layer before adding the next one.
  2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda together mixing well.
  3. Add the flour layer on top of the chocolate chip layer.
  4. Add gift card with the cooking instructions below

Directions: Mix jar ingredients with 6 tbsp. softened margarine, one beaten egg & one tsp. vanilla extract; blending well. Roll into one inch balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Handwriting the instructions on the card makes a nice touch! Decorate with stickers or rubber stamp holiday images on the card for an extra nice added touch!  🙂 Punch a hole in the card and affix to the ingredients jar with a bit of raffia or ribbon 🙂

So there are two more great Christmas gift giving ideas that won’t break the bank, come from the heart and will be loved and appreciated! Stay tuned for tomorow’s issue for a 4 recipe/craft/idea HUGE article! Chock FULL of Christmas Cheer!

Have a beautiful day! & All The Best To You!

~Patti (Yeshuazgirl)

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