Homemade Holiday Gift Guide
Project 6: Vanilla Extract
This is the last up in our series of homemade holiday gifts!! I hope you enjoyed everything we’ve created along the way. Of course you can see all of our gifts here.
How much fun is it to create your own extract?! Now I will say that this one does require a little bit of prep. First off, it is much cheaper to buy vanilla beans online! You can get them at the store for about $7 for 2 beans if you are only doing a small batch though. For us, bulk was necessary as we wanted to create about 12 small jars of the extract. Secondly, this will have to sit for 6 weeks! So…if you are like us and didn’t plan 6 weeks ahead, just instruct your recipients or include a sticker on the bottom of the jar that lets folks know not to use until a certain date. Along the way, you should also give these jars a shake almost daily.
You will need 1 vanilla bean for every 2 oz. of 70-90 proof vodka. No need to use the expensive stuff – save that for your holiday libations! Slice the vanilla bean down the length of the bean and then cut into 1 inch segments. Add the vodka to the container of your choice and drop in the vanilla bean segments. Let sit for about 6 weeks, shaking daily, before use.
This year, we decided to use these Snap Top Jars from Michaels. Each jar holds about 2 oz. of contents, which is the same amount needed for 1 vanilla bean. To adorn them as we did, print our Vanilla Extract Labels and cut just under the text in 2 inch strips. The words will be at the very bottom of each strip. You will also need to cut a strip of holiday scrapbook paper in a 1 1/2 in strip. Using double sided tape, secure the paper strips together around the jar so that a 1/4 inch of the bottom paper shows through on both the top and bottom. Finally, use festive Washi Tape to go around the jar once before adding a 3D sticker.