Christmas is coming up and I (for one) have started working on my gift list, collecting my wrapping paper and hunting for the best presents. That’s when, I stumbled across these cute apothecary bottles. And knew instantly that I had to make a gift with them. It had to be something Christmas related, but not complicated. On the other hand, it had to be something easily replicable and personalised. With that in mind, we decided to go with Christmas spices, changing the spices based on the person’s favorites. Here’s, how to make them.
Time: 1-2 hours
- Apothecary bottles
- Wooden Box / Tray
- Acrylic Paint
- Template for labels
- Double sided tape
- Spices (we used Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, sage, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme& Ginger)
For the bottles, you would need to:
- Print the PDF above and cut out the labels.
- Paste the labels, in the centre of the bottles.
- Fill up the bottles with the various herbs.
- Paint a thin line on the corks, to give finish to the bottles.
For the box, you can decorate the outside in a variety of ways. I would recommend keeping it really simple, so that the bottles stand out. We followed these steps:
- Draw / Trace out a simple holiday themed garland on the sides of the box.
- Fill in the leaves and berries with acrylic paint. Since, we wanted the base to show, we left slight gaps in between the design. This creates a lot of small spaces which are difficult to paint in. So, a hack is to paint using a toothpick. It’s really easy way of painting in the colours without smudging.
- Paint the remaining sides, base and rim a deeper red. And, fill in the side holders gold.
- If you think the tray is looking a little plain, you can outline the garland with thin gold lines. We also, painted 3 sides of the box gold from inside, to give finish to the box (or I messed up and smudged paint inside which needed to be covered up with gold. You’ll never know!)
What I like about this gift idea is you can a lot of combinations. For instance, we started out with 4 Christmas related spices. But when I remembered that my aunt (the person who is getting this gift) loves herbs, we could add 4 more bottles for herbs easily.
Similarly, you can decorate the box differently, too. Spices and herbs have such a rich cultural background. And, that can be highlighted beautifully with decorative boxes, labels and more. But, that’s a DIY for another time (which is my way of saying, I’m already working on it and will share it soon :))
Things to remember:
- Place all the labels in the same spot on all the bottles.
- Avoid using glue to paste the labels. It can spread onto the bottle and stain it.
- Avoid using water to paint, it could spread over the wood.
- Be careful of smudging the paint for the garland. I smudged it twice and had to cover it up, which is pretty annoying.
And that’s it, for our Christmas Spices Gift Box. Easy to make, right? You should definitely think about it for friends and family members who enjoy cooking. Let me know which spices you would like to add!