Your kitchen can provide an easy way to make and give inexpensive gifts. Gift baskets containing food items or bath and body products can be prepared in your kitchen for less than purchasing them. And, handcrafted gifts are a personal way to show someone how special they are to you. If you are looking for a fast, simple and enjoyable gift to make, a gift created in your own kitchen is the perfect choice. These simple craft projects that can easily be made in your kitchen are great gift ideas for the next time you need an easy, quick gift.
* Scented Bath Salts
A luxurious and relaxing soak in the tub is enjoyed by many people after a busy or stressful day. Scented bath salts can make the perfect gift, and they are easy and quick to make. Mix Epson salts in a bowl and add a few drops of an aromatic essential oil, like lavender. If you want to add a touch of color, you can add a drop or two of food coloring. Then just mix the concoction thoroughly until the fragrance and coloring are blended evenly with the Epson salts. Small decorative glass jars or bottles can be filled with the bath salts and sealed with a lid or a cork. Wrap your container with a pretty ribbon tied in a bow, add a gift tag and you are ready with a simple, inexpensive gift from your kitchen that will impress your friends.
* Baking Mixes
What baker doesn't love the ease and simplicity of baking mixes for creating tasty treats without taking much time or effort? Unfortunately, store bought baking mixes can be expensive, and if you are health conscious, may not contain healthy ingredients. The best way to know what is in the baking mix is to create it yourself. Homemade baking mixes make great gifts. You can prepare a mix of almost any recipe. Mix all the dry ingredients together and place them in a decorative container. A glass canning jar works well because you can see the mix. Part of the beauty of the gift is how decorative it looks with layered ingredients. Alternate the flour mixture, chocolate chips and nuts for your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Be sure to include the recipe on a decorative recipe card.
* Kitchen Art
The kitchen cupboard is a wonderful place to find craft supplies. You can create whimsical kitchen art using nothing more than standard food staples. Every child in school has created a craft project using glue and macaroni. You can be more creative with your design as an adult by creating an artsy mosaic piece. Glue different shapes and sizes of macaroni products, or rice, onto a piece of cardboard in a simple or intricate design for a great piece of whimsical kitchen art. Another fun kitchen art project is creating a type of "sand art" layering different colored beans in a glass jar. You can also make a kitchen trivet by gluing different beans in an interesting mosaic design onto a piece of wood. Don't forget the spice drawer. Use a brush and white glue to form a design on a piece of poster board, then sprinkle, cinnamon, salt, pepper or any other dry spice in different colors onto the wet glue. Shake off any excess. You now have a beautiful artsy piece of kitchen art that you can display in a suitable simple picture frame.
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