Cookies For Santa

ONE WEEK…Seven more sleeps till the man in the red suit will come delivering Christmas goodness.  Can you even believe it?  Every year on Christmas Eve the kids make sure we leave cookies for Santa.

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I have been obsessed with these wood tree slabs the last few months.  Have you seen them around?  I snagged me a couple from Michael’s a while ago and have been mulling around different ways to use them.  I ultimately, decided to paint one of them with some black chalkboard paint.

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I simply took the blank tree slab and then painted two layers of chalkboard paint on them.  You can pick up chalkboard paint at your craft stores or Lowes.

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I also have a recipe for making your own Chalkboard Paint if you want to make your own.

{Chalkboard Paint Recipe}

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Then I simply cut out some white vinyl the words “Cookies for Santa” and then attached it to the chalkboard slab.  Why not write on the chalkboard with chalk?

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Well…I tried that…and my handwriting was bugging me.  So I opted for the prettier version.

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You can then either keep the vinyl on, or remove it and then use your chalkboard slab…well…as a chalkboard.  Keep it in the kitchen and leave sweet messages for family members or turn it in to a daily menu or a grocery list!  So many fun uses for it!

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I just love how fun and unique it is instead of just a plate of cookies.  And…wouldn’t this be such a fun and unique gift for neighbors, friends and or family?  I LOVE it!  I am going to be making more for sure!

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Santa for sure will enjoy taking a little snack break after delivering his presents at your house.  If you are interested in trying my favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe, which are pictured above, you can find that recipe here.

{Sugar Cookie Recipe}

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And…because I was so busy…I just used a store bought icing.  Yep! It’s been that kind of a week, and I am totally okay with that.

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One more thing…does Santa wrap your gifts or just leave them under the tree?  At our house they are left under the tree unwrapped.

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Frankincense Sugar Scrub

As promised, here is the Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe.  Thank you so much for remembering to send others to my site for the recipe!

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Frankincense Sugar Scrub Recipe 

3/4 cup Raw Sugar

1/4 Granulated White Sugar

up to 1/4 Olive Oil (I like them less oily and used about 1/8 cup)

      *I purposely chose Olive Oil in keeping authentic with the Christmas Story in the Middle East.

5 drops of Frankincense DoTerra Essential Oil

*optional—2 drops of Wild Orange DoTerra Essential Oil

Mix the sugars together in a bowl and then slowly add Olive Oil while mixing.  Add enough oil to get a good consistency…but not too oily.  Add your essential oil(s) drops and mix together again.  Scrub should last up to 3 months in an air tight container.  Use the scrub on skin as to exfoliate for smooth, soft skin.  Makes about 1 cup.

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I bought my Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils here:  Frankincense and Myrrh DoTerra Essential Oils

For the directions for how to obtain the printable labels and how to make the crate and gift set you can go here:

{Gifts of Christmas Gift Set}

For the Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe go here:

{Myrrh Bath Salts Recipe}


12 Free Christmas Printables | Neighbor Gift Tags

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It is time once again for our monthly printable blog hop.  This month we are all sharing some fun and FREE Christmas Printables.  This is going to be our very last printable hop.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

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This month I thought it would be fun to share a simple neighbor gift idea.  I don’t know about you, but I am always trying to come up with a new twist on a well loved idea.  Giving a jar or a bag of homemade cookie mix is not a new concept.  I love the idea of sprucing it up a bit and putting it in a pretty package.

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I love having the ingredients to make cookies during the holiday season right on hand.  You never know when you will need to whip up some homemade goodies at the last minute with all of the parties and events…so these make for a practical gift too.

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I quickly sewed together some homemade cookie mix bags out of a canvas paint drop cloth.  I will share that tutorial here soon.  To see some other projects I have used a drop cloth for check these out!

Christmas Gift Bags

Thanksgiving Table Linens

Monogrammed Table Runner

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

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Then I hand-stamped a wooden spoon with the word JOY!  To see how I did that you can read the tutorial here:

Hand-Stamped Wooden Utensils

Then fill up a plastic ziploc baggie with all of the dry ingredients for you favorite cookie or brownie recipe…or use mine!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

*2 1/4 cups flour

*1 tsp. baking soda

*1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

*3/4 cup white sugar

*3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

*2 cups chocolate chips

nuts (optional)

*These are the ingredients you will add to the ziploc baggie.

Print out this Free Merry Christmas Tag and/or Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions and attach them to your Neighbor Gift.

Merry Christmas Tag

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Instructions

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Need some more Christmas Printables! Yes…Yes…I think you do!  Check out these other fabulous ideas!  Be sure to hop on over and say hi!

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1. {The Dating Divas} ­ Festive and FLIRTY cards just for you two!

2. {Somewhat Simple} ­ A vintage 12 days of Christmas countdown activity.

3. {Whipperberry} ­ Holly Jolly Christmas printable to dress­up your holiday decor!

4. {Crafting Chicks} ­ Print and keep track of WHO you are giving to and WHAT you are giving them with these darling printable Christmas Lists pages.

5. {Tatertots &; Jello} ­ An easy way to display Christmas cards using a foldable ruler. Plus a free Holiday blackboard printable!

6. {L’il Luna} ­ Christmas Cookies in a Jar with free printable recipe! A cute and inexpensive gift idea!

7. {My Sister’s Suitcase} ­ “Blue Christmas” gift idea and printable tag for loved ones you’ll miss this year at Christmastime!

8. {I Heart Nap Time} ­ A sweet little tag and Hershey Kiss stickers to dress up a cute and fun gift

9. {The 36th Avenue} ­ Super Cute DIY Christmas Stockings made with our Free Printables!

10. {Paging Supermom} ­ Stocking Tags to personalize your family’s stockings plus coordinating “Naughty” and “Nice” labels.

11. {The TomKat Studio} ­ Printable “Dear Santa” Letter perfect for the kids to fill in and mail off to the North Pole!

12. {The Idea Room} ­ Fun Christmas Labels for your Christmas gifts and printables for a fun Neighbor Gift Idea & tutorial.

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If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 Free Thanksgiving Printables {Hand Stamped Wooden Spoons}

12 Free Halloween Printables {Monster Mints}

12 FREE Fall Printables {Caramel Apple Gift Kit}

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

 

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer/Soap Bottles

I’d like to welcome all my newest Followers! CrAzY! I hope you stick around and enjoy what you see here at The Idea Room. Today I would like to share with you a fun, easy and inexpensive gift that is a great teacher gift, or for neighbors, new moms and friends…Monogrammed Hand Soap and/or Sanitizers.

Monogrammed-Soap

All you need are a few simple items:

A bottle of hand soap or hand sanitizer
A sheet of overhead transparency
Goo Gone (to remove labels)

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I usually buy my bottles of soap and hand sanitizer from the Dollar Store. {Or you can buy empty bottles and fill with soap and sanitizer}. Then I remove all the stickers and labels from the bottles. I got my paper labels wet and they easily scraped off. To clean off any glue residue, I used Goo Gone which I purchased at Home Depot.

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**Download the free monogram label here.

**You will have to save it to your computer and then open it up with your Word program, photo program or insert it into a blank Word document. Then you should be able to send the image to the background and then type over the image to add the letter you need.

Measure the width of your bottle. In your word program edit the monogram and size it to the proper size for your bottles. Add the letter you need in the center. Then print out the monogram. If your printer is a laser printer, you can print the monogram right onto your overhead transparency paper. If you don’t have a laser printer, print the monogram onto a regular piece of paper. Then copy the monogram onto the overhead transparency with a copy machine. Most Copy Centers will be able to do this for you.

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**The above step is very important. If you don’t print it with laser printer or copier, the lettering will fall off your vinyl and float in the sanitizer or soap…which doesn’t make for a pretty present!

**You can always forgo the above step and just cut out some vinyl in the monogram and place it on the front of your bottle too.
Cut around your printed label as straight and as close as you can get to the writing so that it fits properly into your bottle. Check before you cut the bottom of the label to be sure that it will sit as high in the bottle as you would like it to.

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Roll up the label so that the writing is in front. I roll mine backwards. Stuff it into the top of the bottle carefully.

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Use the soap dispenser to push the label to the front wall of the bottle and to straighten it in the right position.

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The best part of these is that they are so afforable and practical. They are also completely customizable. You could really put anything on the transparency and they could be used for so many things…birthdays, home decor, for new parents and their frequent guests, etc. Here is a version I made two years ago for one of my child’s teachers.

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**For the “hand in hand” download, click here.

If you are new here, you might want to check out some of the other Hand Sanitizer Bottles I have shared:

Hand in Hand Sanitizer Bottle

Monogrammed Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Joy Hand Sanitizer

Thanksgiving Hand Sanitizer

Christmas Chalkboard Hand Sanitizer

Happy gift-giving!