Yesterday I shared with you this simple Christmas gift idea based on the First Gifts of Christmas. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were given to the Jesus by the Wise men who traveled from afar to see the Christ child.
The Christmas Holiday and Season has become so commercialized and as a mom, I struggle with trying to keep the focus of Christmas on the real meaning for my children. We try to keep our Christmas presents for the kids fairly modest and reasonable…which can be difficult. Every year I try to come up with meaningful AND practical gifts. I think this one fits those parameters. As promised, I will be sharing the recipes and printables so that you can re-create these and give them this year to your loved ones.
*I do ask that…as always…not to use these for sale in your own shops, etc. Please do not share these recipes on your own sites. I appreciate you sending people back here for the recipes and printables. These are for your personal use only. I would hate to have to start charging you for these, which I have had to consider in the past due to gross misuse I have unfortunately seen with some of my creations.
What size are my bottles? Where did I purchase them?
My Frankincense bottle was purchased at Hobby Lobby. It is 5 inches tall and 2.5 inches in diameter. It holds about 3/4 cup. The bottle I used for the Myrrh was also purchased at Hobby Lobby. It is about 5.5 inches tall and about 2.75 inches in diameter at the base. It holds about 1 cup. Both bottles came with the cork lids.
How do I make the gift crate/box?
I made the gift crate by simply cutting some old wood scraps so that they would fit my two bottles. You may need to adjust your lengths and widths to fit the bottles you are using. My finished crate measures 7 and 7/8 inch height (from base of the bottle to where the top of the bottle is in photo). From side to side it measures about 7.5 inches in width. And the box is about 3.5 inches tall (or sits up off the table at the base). I hope that makes sense!
1. Cut 2 sides one length and then cut the top and bottom (2 pieces) a little bit shorter. Cut them so that they can fit on top of the other one so that your box comes out with the right dimensions. You will have to figure this out in your head based on the width of your wood. I just eyeball it!
2. Cut 4 or so 1 inch slats to make your base (or make a solid base). 3. Glue them all together with a good wood glue. We like Gorilla Wood Glue! Throw a couple of small staples or nails in the sides to give it some extra hold. Let it dry for 24 hours. 4. Stain it or paint it. I like Early American Stain by Min-Wax. I just rub the stain on the box with an old rag (wearing gloves…sometimes). Wipe off any excess and let dry.
How did I decorate the crate?
1. I filled the crate with some dry moss. I picked it up from Michael’s originally but it was laying around in my craft supplies. If your moss is really messy you can lay a piece of cloth at the bottom of the crate. I just used a piece of canvas drop cloth…(that stuff has come in handy!)
2. Lay the bottles in the moss and situate them so there is a little on the sides and tops and bottom of the jars. They will settle in real nice like!
3. Take a linen gift sack. I found mine at Michael’s as well. Fill it with some gold foil candy coins. I purchased a large bag of Belgium chocolate from Costco as I plan to give them away to several people and wanted a nice quality chocolate. Or you can opt for the dollar store version. (If you can’t find those or they are too pricey…opt for some gold Rolos…or if you can afford it…real Gold coins…and then be sure to gift one to me ;)!
How do I get the labels and the printable Gifts of Christmas Parchment Scroll?
I print them on white cardstock (on a laser so they don’t run if wet; a copy center works great too) and then cut them out. To attach the labels to the bottle, simply glue them on with a glue stick. It works amazingly well to hold them in place and looks like they are a sticky label!
*I am happy to share these with you…but please do not sell them or use them for anything other than your own personal use. It is so discouraging to me to see them misused and on other peoples websites and ETSY shops. Please keep it so that I do not have to charge for them. If you use them and/or love them…please send people to my site to get them! I always appreciate that! Your traffic is what allows me to keep doing what I do and sharing with you!
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Where can I buy the Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils (and others)?
I love DoTerra’s Essential Oils. They are food grade safe and amazing quality and I use them all of the time. I buy my oils from Julie Crowell. She is happy to sell them to any of you who may want to purchase some and can answer any questions you may have. Feel free to email her at [email protected] or message her on her wall or FB Page Drops 4 Life. I think you will love them too!
Go here for the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe.
Go here for the Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe.