I’ve got a fun share today- and possibly a great gift idea, if you get busy! Have you ever thought of making homemade vanilla? Our very own Royal Ribbonista Charlene Driggs has a recipe on her blog- so I thought I’d give it a try. And why not make enough for gifts, and gussy them up?
I started with Costco’s vodka, and I ordered my vanilla beans from Amazon, although our Costco has them in stock now.
I sliced the beans (smelled heavenly!), added them to the bottle & tucked it away in the pantry to steep.
The recipe says 1-3 months, I started mine in September – here it is about 6 weeks later:
If you have the time, I’d let it steep longer, but I used it in a recipe today & it tasted great!
So how about that gussying I’d mentioned? I bought some brown bottles on Amazon & added a fun combo of May Arts ribbon- I started with the red sheer tinsel ribbonl. I used it to tie in a snip of satin holly leaves. I finished with a fancy bowdabra ivory burlap string bow.
I also made some custom labels- I think they turned out pretty fun! (I mod-podged over the top so the ink wouldn’t smear!)
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ve been inspired!
Blog post by: Jen Shears
May Arts Ribbon Used:
- 381-1-14 Red Sheer Tinsel Ribbon
- EX45 Green Holly Leaves
SM09 Ivory Burlap String