Get Lit Gifts

These are great for teachers, the trash guy, your hair stylist–anyone who is over 21. You need:

Mason Jar Libation

(1) wide-mouth mason jar

(1) can of pop (Coke or 7up)

(1) cool looking straw

(1) little bottle of vodka (or your choice liquor–whiskey would be great with these)

some twine or thin cord

ribbon, jar wire and fabric square optional

 

 

start with your jar and a can of pop

place your can into your jar–you will have to eyeball the size–I got mine a little tall

place your can into your jar--you will have to eyeball the size--I got mine a little tall

I filled in with tissue paper

I filled in with tissue paper

this is the point where the string needs tied around your jar–leave the string ends long

this is the point where the string needs tied around your jar

place your fabric square over the lid seal and screw the lid on tight

place your fabric square over the lid seal and screw the lid on tight

 

with your string tight the straw tight with a knot

with you string tight the straw tight with a knot

tie the liquor bottle on

tie the liquor bottle on

add some ribbon and a jar wire:)

add some ribbon and a jar wire:)

 

Chug It Drink

(1) quart milk type jug (I purchased at Hobby Lobby)–If you cannot find use a mason jar–but the jugs are sooooo cute!

(1) quart of juice–I used cranberry–but really pineapple–or anything would be great

(1) little bottle of liquor–I used rum

(1) cool looking straw

twine, thin cord or ribbon

 

fill your quart jug with a juice (might want to use a funnel) and screw the lid on TIGHT

fill your quart jug with a juice (might want to use a funnel) and screw the lid on TIGHT

tie your cord/ribbon around the neck and make a knot

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tie straw on tight with a knot (may want to use some clear tape to keep in place)

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tie on the liquor bottle with a knot then a bow

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ready to give!

 

Coconut Oil “Buttercream” Frosting

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Coconut Oil (preferably Nutiva Organic). I found a big one at Costco.

vanilla

Powered sugar

milk

half and half or milk

 

I’m not listing amounts, because you really need to just eyeball this.  Coconut oil is solid, not liquid.  It needs to be solid when you start (put in fridge for awhile if you need to).  Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer like you would butter.  Start adding powered sugar.  In the first picture, you’ll see it is crumbly.  In the second picture, the crumbs become bigger.  The process is pretty much like when you do this frosting with butter. Then add about 1 t of vanilla (you can also add other flavored extracts).  Mix until desired consistency (you may want to add some milk or half and half at this point).  Tips below you need to know:

*This will have a coconut flavor.  If you don’t want that flavor, add extracts.

*You’ll notice this frosting is much more of a snow white than buttercream, you will get a much brighter white, especially if you use clear vanilla extract.

 

Enhanced Playdough

1 C water

2 T vegetable oil

liquid or paste food coloring (paste will give you vivid colors)

2 t cream of tartar

1/3 cup table salt (Good ole Morton works for me) http://www.mortonsalt.com/

1 cup flour

scented oil

 

chunky, big glitter (optional)

 

Whisk together the water, oil and coloring (you can add more coloring later, but it’s easiest at this point). Then add the cream of tartar, salt and flour. Whisk together well.

Microwave at 30 seconds to 1-minute intervals, stirring and scraping in between intervals. Total time can be anywhere from 3 minutes to 6 minutes depending on location and microwave. It’s done when it looks like bread dough that you have to knead. That means it should be coming together but still a little wet. Let is sit for at least 4 to 5 minutes to cool and set. Turn it out and start kneading (little ones can help with this).  When it looks smooth and feels like playdough, add a few drops of scented oil and again knead away. Add oil till the scent is the strength you like.  Store in an airtight container for 4 to 6 months. The salt keeps it from spoiling.

If you would like to a grainy glitter (not fine)-it will make the sensory experience more layered. The scent is a wonderful sensory addition for kids and adults! You can theme your scents to seasons, or a eucalyptus or peppermint scent is always a sure bet. If you’re into essential oils, you will know what healing properties they may have.

Here are my resources for fabulous, true to smell scents:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/fragrance-oils

http://rusticescentuals.com/Fragrance-Oils/