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DIY Lucky Lollipops.

Who doesn’t love lollipops…and money? Sign me up right?!!So that makes this little craft perfect for anyone! My daughter and I were playing around with some crisp dollar bills awhile back and thought we would make this little lollipop plant as a gift for a relative. What is so great about this…is you could make it for any occasion..any age…and totally make it unique each time. For a child, you could place the “plant’” in a sand bucket…and fill it with beach toys; maybe for a teen boy you could use a basket filled with golf balls; or for Mother’s day you could place the lollipops in a real plant. The possibilities are endless! So, here is how you go about creating a one of a kind lucky lollipop plant…For this project, you will need dollar bills, tape, lollipop sticks (we used long and short), lollipops, a container, small piece of Styrofoam or floral foam.
Begin by folding the dollar bills. Start on the short end and fold back and forth until you reach the end. Connect the two ends together (the dollar will fan out to create a lollipop shape). Tape and secure to the stick. Place foam on the bottom of container and be sure it fits snug. Poke in the lollipops and fill in with candy or other filler.
So who will you be making a lucky lollipop for!?!?!Lucky-Lollipops-Gift

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DIY Doctor Play Kit.

Hunter and Hope are really into pretend play at the moment, so I thought it was time to introduce Him and her to my favourite roll play toy as a child, the Doctor Play set. I had a Fisher Price one as a girl, and it really got a workout. Instead of buying her a whole lot of plastic stuff, I rummaged around in a few drawers and cupboards and put together a fun set that cost me next to nothing.
Apart from gathering supplies, I made a gauze surgical mask.
-Plastic Syringe
-Plastic Tweezers from a dressing kit
-Tongue Depressor
-Stethoscope (I bought this off ebay for $4, it’s not excellent quality but it does work. Make sure you supervise your child as yelling or banging on stethoscopes can cause hearing damage.)
Other items you may want to include:
-Cotton Balls or swabs
-Eye Patch
-Note pad and Pen
To make the surgical mask
You will need:
Cotton gauze 8″x10″
2 x elastic pieces 10″ long
safety pin
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies

This size suits a small child, you may want to adjust the measurements for older kids.
How to:
1. Cut your gauze square and elastic.
2. Fold the gauze in half and sew along the dotted line.
3. Turn inside out and press.
4. Fold open sides over twice as pictured and press.
5. Stitch along dotted line.
6. Fasten your safety pin to the end of the elastic piece and thread each through the side tubes.
7. Tie off the ends.
8. Move the elastic around to hide the knot.
To decorate the case:
-This was an old case I had kicking around the sewing room, if you don’t want to buy one you can use a lunch box or even a biscuit tin.
-Trace a circle around a bowl or plate onto some adhesive paper.
-Draw a large cross and colour in with a marker pen.
-Cut out and stick onto case or tin.DIY-Doctor-Play-Kit

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Caramel Popcorn Recipe And More Jar Gifts.

This caramel popcorn recipe makes an excellent gourmet gift.Be sure to use real butter it tastes much better.This would be a really nice gift for just about anyone on your list.You can put it in a jar or tin, and make multiple gifts.

10 cups popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups of dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup butter cut in cubes
1/4 cup of corn syrup
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
Use a roasting pan or a really big mixing bowl.Be sure to coat everything with cooking spray , makes clean up easier.
Pop your popcorn, pour the popcorn into your pan and sprinkle peanuts over top. Pre-heat oven to 200 F.
In a saucepan melt butter, corn syrup ,brown sugar, and salt over medium heat. Stir often and bring to a boil. Let boil for five minutes without stirring.
Remove saucepan from heat and add baking soda right away with the vanilla and stir.
Immediately pour mix over popcorn and mix using two spoons coated with cooking spray.
Spoon mix onto a well greased cookie sheet , bake 1 hour stir every 15 minutes.Cool completely and add to jars or tins. Great gift idea!
I have also added some more jar gift ideas that are really neat little gifts.
Bead jar with string for kid’s. Hair ribbons ,and things for a little girl. Baby wash clothes layered in a jar really cute! Pin cushion jars filled with sewing items. Treat in a jar layered with cake icecream ,icing and whip cream.
Use star bucks bottles to fill with candy. You can paint them to put flowers in them and write on the bottles. Also for dog lovers add some homemade dog biscuits you can’t forget the pets!

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Simple Homemade Spa Baskets.

Make several spa baskets for the girls on your Christmas list.You will need small baskets, how many will depend on how many you want to make.Also try to buy baskets second hand, and spray paint if needed.
You will need baggies for your homemade bath salts, recipe to follow.Epsom salts,a towel,and face cloth for each basket buy a whole set if your doing several baskets.Try to buy everything in bigger packs.A pack of candles,bars of soap you can buy at the dollar store a quarter each bar.A roll of ribbon ,and card stock.Loofah sponges usually come in three packs for a buck.Buy a big bottle of bubble bath and some travel size containers,or use some you already have to pour bubble bath into smaller bottles.Use some perfume you already have for your bath salts.
To make bath salts put epsom salts into seperate bowls with your desired amounts.You can do red and white for a candy cane look,or one orange,pink,blue,white,and green.Just add a couple of drops of food colouring to each bowl and mix well.Then add a few drops of perfume to each bowl and mix well.Spread the salts onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and let dry a few hours.Then transfer into small baggies about half full,and tie with a ribbon.
Then put your baskets together add 5 little bags to each basket of bath salts,a candle,a rolled up towel,and cloth,a loofah sponge,bubble bath,and a bar of soap.Each basket will cost about five bucks.
Try brown sugar scrub treat as well to add to your baskets the recipe is at http://savedollarblog.com/?s=brown+sugar+scrub
Also try oatmeal bath bags which are really pretty to add to your baskets also the recipe is at http://savedollarblog.com/2012/10/07/pretty-diy-oatmeal-bath-bags/
Also if you would like to make body scrub,lipbalm,bath fizzies,and bath snow balls with free printables go to http://www.i-do-it-yourself.com/2009/08/diy-homemade-spa-gifts/
People on your list will appreciate this homemade gift.Who doesn’t love a spa basket to pamper yourself with.It is easy and affordable.The possibilities are endless.So you can make cute little spa baskets for everyone and stay within your budget.
What are some of your homemade spa recipes?

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