Seven Cinnamon Stick Crafts for Christmas

There are few smells that are more like Christmas than cinnamon sticks! I love the smell mixed with the fresh pine scent of a Christmas tree. Of course, cinnamon is great for more than just smelling or being used in food. In fact, here are seven cinnamon stick crafts that would be perfect for Christmas time! Each craft has a unique twist on how to use the cinnamon stick in a unique way.  You can purchase cinnamon sticks in several precut sizes and even in bulk bags.  I usually buy the bulk bags and crate way more things than I will ever need and that is when I turn them in to package toppers and make my presents prettier. The sticks can be used in mulling spices too.  I have a few varieties of milling spices I like.  Maybe I will share a recipe here too.

Seven Cinnamon Stick Crafts for Christmas

Cinnamon sticks are easily found in the craft store and even some grocery stores have them too! Just be sure to stock up because you will want to make all of these crafts and more!

Cinnamon Stick Votives from Ann’s Entitled Life

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Ornament from Carla Schauer

Rustic Cinnamon Stick Votive from Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Cinnamon Stick Ornament from Momista Beginnings

Cinnamon Stick Adorned Sugar Cookie Sack from Celebrate Creativity

Cinnamon Stick Tissue Box from How to Nest for Less

Cinnamon Stick Wrapped Candle Holder from Crafts Unleashed

Now, not only will your house smell amazing, but you’ll have some fantastic crafts for Christmas too!

Hot Chili Infused Oil

Hot Chili infused Olive Oil 2 Hot Chili Infused OilDo you have foodie on your list who thinks the hotter the better?  Well help them turn up the heat with this easy to make Super Spicy Hot Chili Infused Oil.   For me a little Hot Chili Infused Oil goes a long way, but a few of my friends like to drizzle it on everything.  If I add more than a couple of drops of the oil to my serving of soup or salad I start to break out in a sweat.  I wear rubber gloves when handling chili peppers.  Your choice.  But I play on the safe side, especially since I am just learning to appreciate the flavor of the peppers.  I hope you enjoy making Hot Chili Infused Oil and that the recipient thinks it is great.

Tools and supplies for Hot Chili Infused Oil:

  • Olive Oil ( enough to fill mini wine bottle- about 6 oz)
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Dried Puya Chili Pepper
  • 1 Dried Chili Pepper
  • 1 dried Arbol Chili
  • Funnel
  • Cork
  • Bottle
  • Twine
  • Empty mini- wine bottle
  • Clay Charm (tutorial for clay charm)
  • Paint for cap
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue stick

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into  bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle. Add polymer clay charm with Hot Glue gun and glue stick

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles.  If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting and how long it is good.

If you are looking for other homemade food gifts, gifts from the kitchen or gifts in a jar try these links.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Sewing kit in a Jar

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pyrography spoons

Kitchen Gift Set w Pyrography Spoons
I like to make handmade gifts.  Each year, I try to think of a theme to center my efforts around.  In years past I have made chutney and jellies, jams and cookies in a jar, knitted hats and scarves.  This year I am doing flavor infused olive oils, vinegars and soups in a jar.  My added bonus is a cool technique of wood burning.  The technical name for it is Pyrography.  I came across this post by Chris Wallace at Walnut Hollow – Wood Burning on Spoons.  Immediately I knew what I was going to use to enhance my gifts. There is a nice video by Walnut Hollow – the makers of the tool I use.   Wood Burning – Pyrograhpy video by Walnut Hollow

Materials for Pyrography Spoons gift set:

  • Wood Spoons
  • Hot Stamp for the Creative Versa-Tool
  • Fabric Scrap Ribbon
  • Gift Tag
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Dunroven House Pot Holders

I used a pattern Hot Stamp from the Creative Versa-Tool to add the circles on the back and the front of the spoon. ( not used on the spoons in the gift set)
wood burning spoonsOn the ends of each spoon I stamped an image.
wood burning craftsI thought it would be sweet to stamp hearts.  Like a little bit of love.
how to stamp wood burn

You can draw images or stamp images and the follow the lines with the wood burning tool.

draw pattern on spoon before wood burning

To see more spoons using the wood burning technique and a few other wood surfaces too you can check out the links below.

HO HO HO Christmas Ornament or gift tag   ultimate veggie soup mix in a jar





Owl Pyrography Spoon and gift from the kitchen  The ultimate Christmas Gift from the kitchen 2





Ranch Crackers and Flower Wood Burning Spoon
Ranch Crackers in a jar with wood burn pyrography spoon


Herb Infused Oils for a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop

Ryobi Hop Infused Olive Oils

Herb Infused Oils for a Ryobi Christmas Blog Hop

While thrifting I came across a tiny pre-made crate.  I know it would be the perfect way to package some of the food gifts I am making this year for Christmas.  All I would need to do was chop off the giant handle.  Not a problem for me since I have a Ryobi Miter Saw and I happen to love any excuse I can find to use a power tool.  The herb infused oils below are on the hot side.  If you do not like hot – you can leave out the crushed peppers.  I love to give handmade gifts from my kitchen and a few blogger friends have also made Christmas items.  So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to find their links.



Tools and supplies for decorative crate:

  • Ryobi Miter Saw
  • Sand Paper
  • Paint and Paintbrush
  • Handmade stickers

Instructions for decorative crate:

ryobi compound miter saw

I placed the crate with the handle as close to the yellow cut line as I could get it and chopped it right off.

ryobi crate before
A perfect clean cut and in under a minute.  I have a great crate for $1.  Next sand the edges.  Wipe off dust.

ryobi crate
Now to paint the crate in your favorite color and the caps of the bottles to match.  Cover the crate and caps completely.  Allow to dry.   Sand the edges of the crate to create distressed spots.
ryobi crate painted

Tools and supplies for Herb Infused Cooking Oil- Hot Italian Blend:

  • Olive Oil ( enough to fill mini wine bottle- about 6 oz)
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Garlic Clove
  • crushed red peppers (pinch)
  • Sea Salt (1/4 tsp)
  • Peppercorns  (1/4 tsp)
  • Funnel
  • Cork
  • Bottle
  • Twine
  • Empty mini- wine bottle

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into  bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.

spices added then olive oil

Instructions to make Herb Infused Olive Oil:

1.  Clean and sterilize bottles.
2.  Slip spices into each bottle.   Use a funnel to pour in olive oil. Add the cork, and set in a cool place or even refrigerate.
3.  After filling and corking bottles, wash and dry them well.
4.  Apply label to front of bottle.
5.  Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle.

To prolong the life of the oil, refrigerate bottles. The Garlic and Rosemary should be used within a month of making. If you are using fresh herbs and spices make sure you wash and dry them.  If you are using dried spices the shelf life is 3 months.   I add a label on the back of each bottle so the recipient knows what they are getting.

Ingredients for Indian Spice Infused Cooking Oil:

  • 1 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 two inch piece cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 5 whole green cardamom pods
  • bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground tumeric
  • 1 roasted whole chili
  • 1 cups grape seed oil or olive oil, warmed to 150 degrees
  1. In a medium sized heavy bottom pan over medium heat, combine the spices and heat to toast about two minutes. Stir to make sure they do not stick or burn.
  2. Remove from the heat and cool. Place them in the bottle
  3. Leave the oil in a cool, dark place to infuse for at least two weeks.
  4. Extra oil may be saved in refrigerator for later use.  (no more than 3 months with dried spices)

Use desired amount to garnish individual servings of chilled soup, sauté meat and veggies or as a marinade.

Check back on Wednesday to see what I did with my Ryobi Drill and a hot glue gun.  It will be another handmade gift with a homemade recipe from my kitchen.  I love the DIY aspect of the holidays.

ryobi christmas crafts


If you are looking for other homemade food gifts, gifts from the kitchen or gifts in a jar try these links.

Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Sewing kit in a Jar

Potato Soup in  jar


Sewing kit in a Jar

Sewing Kit in a jar gift

A Sewing Kit in a Jar is a great gift for a beginner sewer or crafter.  I think it is also a great gift for graduation.   It is a compact place  and you can add to it as you need.   Plus if you make the to a pin cushion it works double duty.  I personally love  having multiple pin cushions so I hope I can pass my love on to the recipient.   I also like to have my needles separate from my straight pins.  I keep them on a loop that hangs on the side.

For the contents of the kit I included:

  • measuring tape
  • needle
  • threads
  • buttons
  • needle threader
  • straight pins
  • tiny scissors
  • thimble

mason jar pincushion
Supplies for Mason Jar with Pincushion top:

For this pincushion I chose to use a wide mouth half pint jar because I needed it to be able to hold everything.

Instructions for pincushion sewing kit jar:mason jar pincushion

1.  Cut fabric to at least 7″ x 7″ and press.

fiber fill pin cushion top

2.  Add a large ball of Polyfil to the center of the fabric.

hot gel the edges

3.  Hot glue the edges to the center.

4.  Using a hot glue gun, lay a bead of glue under the gathered edge of fabric.  Press as flat as you can.  It is important that you really get these gathers as flat as possible.  If they are too bulky it will make it challenging to get the jar completely closed.  Trim off excess fabric.

pincushion mason jar top

5.  Cut a length of ribbon to about 6″.  Glue ends together.  Glue to the lid of the jar.   Press the pincushion lid into the ring, making sure the needle holder ribbon is pulled through to the top.

6.  Hot Glue it to the rim of the jar.

7.  Add a drop of glue to the needle ribbon.

pin cushion mason jar gift

These are so easy and quick and they make great stocking stuffers too.  If you want even more inspiration click on the image below and  get in on the gift giving in a jar excitement.
The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Colorful dyed tights


Hand dyed tights are one of my daughters favorite fall accessories.  The more colorful the better.  If she can pair them with a tutu then she is even more excited.  Yes, I have a girly girl.  It is a good thing her mother is an artist and loves to play with dye.  Last year I purchase a ton of white clothes from the clearance rack at Target.  I think the most I paid for any one item was $2.49 and with prices like that I can afford to customize them to suit her taste.    If you want to see they other dyed pieces check out the category Hand DYED PROJECTSDyed Tights



Directions for colorful dyed tights:

Rinse white cotton tight.  Squeeze out excess water.


Place tights over a raised covered surface or in a stainless steel sink on a drying rack. Do not place them directly on the colored surface the colors will blend together.

Tights in the Sink


Use a squirt bottle or purchase dye that comes in a bottle.  Mix the dye according to manufacturers direction.  If you are using a dye that requires heat to work, you can microwave the mixture for faster results.   Allow they dye to dry according to directions.  Rinse at the tights one color at a time starting with the lightest color.  Rinse until the water comes clear and then wash.

I personally recommend that you wash them separately.  Do not wash them with whites.


Halloween brooches and a Giveaway

Halloween brooches are perfect for those of us who love to get in the haunting season early.  Check out this project made By Melony Bradley.  It is easy to make with left over stash.   Be sure to scroll to the bottom and find your chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card.

Halloween brooches

Material and Tools for Halloween brooches:

  • Fabric and black wool felt scraps
  • Buttons Galore and More Buttons (flat backed)
  • Laser Cut Wood Bird Shapes
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Pin backs
  • Inkjet fabric sheets
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac
  • Tracing pencil (white), fabric marking pen, sewing machine and thread, hand sewing needle, paintbrushes, computer and printer, scalloped edged scissors

Halloween brooches

Cut fabric shapes






To create your own Halloween brooches, use a circle and square template and the fabric marker to trace shapes measuring approximately 2 1/2″ to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut out the shapes with scissors.






Trace 3″ shapes onto the black wool felt with the white tracing pencil. Cut the circles and squares out with the smooth edged or scalloped edged scissors.


Pin the shapes together. Use the sewing machine and thread to sew the shapes together.


Stitch circles together
Now comes the fun part! Embellishing your Halloween Drink Stirrers. I used inkjet fabric sheet to print out various Halloween sentiments.



Cut the sentiments out and fork the ends, then glue them under a button sewn or glued to the center of the shapes.

Embellish with sentiment. As an option, machine stitch the edges of your fabric sentiment. Embellish the shapes for the Halloween Drink Stirrers with painted black laser cut bird shapes and more buttons.

Halloween brooches

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Dr. Seuss party favors

party favors, printable, dr suessDr.  Seuss party favors are quick and easy to make with printable party pieces.    I found these printables for FREE on  I used the pattern paper as the base and a drink label as a wrap for the jar.  The jar is filled with l Swedish fish to go along with the One  Fish Two Fish theme.  The jar is from peanut butter.  I asked a few friends to save them and before long we had what we needed for the party.  The jars were washed thoroughly and dried.  If you have any kids with peanut  allergies you might want to use a different container.  

Click the link below to find other Dr. Seuss craft ideas for fun or for a party.

Gift packaging for food

food giftsPretty gift packaging for food makes it taste even better.  Okay, not really but I like to pretend it does.  When you use scrapbooking paper and pre-made gift tags a boring container is instantly prettier.  Do you like to bake or make candies during during the holidays?  I know I sure do and I love to give them in reusable containers.

Directions for Gift Packaging:

I bought a dozen of these little round wooden $1 containers from Michael’s when they were  forty percent off.  I dipped them all in bright red dye from Tulip and let them dry.

doodlebig showflake tags


The next day I added paper to the lid, around the edges and to the top.  I used a tag punch to create the base for the tag.  I thought the tag could use a little more so I added another layer to it and trimmed it to size by hand. I then added the pre-made snowflake sticker and added a little ink around the edges of the lid and the tag.

Materials used for gift packaging:

homemade gift box


Handmade Jewelry Ideas abound – Peaches and Cream Bead Soup 6

Beaded Jewelry Inspiration

Yes, I will admit  I have a weakness.  That weakness is handmade bead swaps. I simply love working with items I know were lovingly handmade and picked just for me.  Opening the package is the adult equivalent of opening the first present on Christmas day.  Yes, I get that excited every time.  The thought of someone taking their precious time and dedicated a small portion of it to create and select beads purely for my creative pleasure.  My special partner for this bead soup is Pamela Gangler of Pamela Lynn Jewelry.

Copper findings with Peaches and Cream Beads














This necklace literally designed itself. The beads poured out of the baggies in such a way that I moved a few pieces around and it came to me.









If you stopped at her blog you will notice the pictures of what she sent me are her pictures too. If you read the opening paragraph you might notice my reference to Christmas. Well, I was also the kid who snuck a peek at all of her presents and upon opening them would still be delighted. I also would have played with them all by noon. This package was not much different. Not only did I open them but I created with them too. A little to quickly to even take pictures. Yes, I was that excited.










The clasp is delicate and lovely.







The focal is Raku. I was not familiar with the material or the process used to make it. After watching several videos and articles online, I am eager to try the technique. I did not use the focal for the piece I made in this post. I am waiting until my order of Sari Silk comes in. I feel that is what it is calling for.

Back of Raku Focal Bead








Handmade jewelry is one of my many crafty passions. I love making pieces and giving them as gifts. Sometimes when I am making a piece I know who it is going to and others. I make because I feel the need to create. The earrings I made pictured below were of the – I simply need to create variety. I make a ton of earrings. I find it humorous that I love making earrings when my ears are not even pierced.  I usually give earrings as thank you gifts. A small gift that is homemade is the best.  I hope I have given you a few ideas on how you can make your own pieces of jewelry.

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August 6th, 2012 Comments Closed and the Winner is:

Author: CraftyHope (
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Your necklace turned out really lovely. It’s so simple as well as simply beautiful!!