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DIY Hostess Gifts

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Hi Bon Bon Rose Girl readers! It’s Chelsea Charles of the healthy living/style blog, Spring & Chelsea. The season of giving is in full swing! Since I share BBRG’s passion for whole food recipes, chic DIY, and adding elegance to the everyday, I’m happy to share a quick project with you that combines all of these loves into one darling (and cost conscious) gift for girlfriends or a holiday hostess

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I’m a huge fan of lavender. It smells divine and delivers instant calm. We love it in our soaps and spa products, but did you know that lavender can be used in cooking & baking? Add lavender to sugar and you have a soothing, aromatic combination to sweeten your hot or iced teas, baked goods and even chocolate.

Sweet Lavender Sugar Sachets (makes 3 sachets)

You Will Need:

3 Tbs of dried Lavender buds (You can dry your own bunch or purchase the buds. I found mine at Marshall’s but they are also available on peppercreekfarms.com)

1½ cups of Turbinado or Coconut Sugar (I prefer these because they are minimally processed)

Organza drawstring pouches (these are available at Michael’s, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby)

Small, fold-top plastic baggies

Directions:

Combine 1 Tbs of dried lavender buds with 1/2 cup of sugar into your plastic baggie. I like the fold-top because the aroma of the lavender sugar isn’t sealed. Place the baggie into your Organza pouch. Then just tie and tag. So easy! I gift my sweet sachets with a fun teacup and a few of my favorite tea bags.

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So cute and a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves to curl up and relax with a hot cup of tea. xx CC

Notes on drying Lavender: If you are choosing to dry your fresh lavender bunch, secure with a rubber band and hang upside down in a cool, well-ventilated area. Put a tray underneath the bunch to catch the lavender petals, which you will use in your sachets. The bunch should be dried in 2-4 weeks. Make sure the buds and stalks are completely dry (they should feel brittle or crunchy to touch). Gently press down on the bunch, releasing the dry petals onto the tray. Store sealed in a cool, dry place.

Now that you’ve seen the lovely DIY hostess gifts that our lovely guest poster came up with, head over to Krystal’s Kitsch to add your holiday DIY, recipe or craft post to our ‘Tis the Season link up.

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