May Arts Ribbon Blog

Homemade Vanilla

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:

SM09 Ivory Burlap String

  1. Karen B.

    Ooh this looks heavenly. I've got to get me some of that!

  2. ~amy~

    This is wonderful…what a great gift!!!

  3. Barb Ghigliotty

    What a great idea…thanks! I love how you used the ribbon and goodies on your trim, too!

  4. Sue D

    I have made vanilla and given it as a gift in a plain undecorated bottle–thanks for the idea of how to decorate it.

  5. Kristie Maynard

    I was just telling my son the other day that he could make vanilla, he didn't quite believe me and said I'd end up with vanilla vodka.  I love the glammed up bottle, this might be a wonderful gift for my niece who does tons of baking.  Thanks!  Now off to check out that recipe.

  6. Dorina D

    What a great gift idea and so very clever. Can't wait to try this. 

  7. sharon gullikson

    What a great idea. I could make a bunch!

  8. kathy/NorthCarolina

    YUM!  A feast for the eyes and the tummy!

  9. erin

    Love that the CAS card maker can do CAS gift packaging too!!!  Great idea.

  10. Charlene

    Looks like it turned out great! 

  11. Julie B.

    What a wonderful gift idea!  Thank you.

  12. Caryn S. (Scrapnsing)

    What a clever and simple idea!


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