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DIY Simmer Pot Gift

DIY Simmer pot gift

There’s something so cozy about a beautiful simmer pot on the stove and the fragrant aromas. Especially in winter time. This DIY simmer pot is a great gift idea for the holidays and super easy to assemble!

And  for more Christmas ideas, scroll to the bottom to check out a 14 Days of Christmas blog hop!

What is a stovetop simmer pot?

A simmer pot is a basically a pot of water, fruits, herbs and spices that you simmer throughout the day to fill your home with a nice aroma. Simmer pots are really nice around the holidays with those warm spices but they can be enjoyed all year long.

DIY simmer pot gift

In the past I’ve done simmer pots in any old ordinary pot but recently I got this glass pot on Amazon. It’s soooo pretty and I thought it would make a great hostess gift.

What you need to make this DIY Simmer Pot:

  • Simmer Pot (linking it here)
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 bag of fresh cranberries
  • Dried cloves
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbon or twine

How to make a DIY Simmer Pot Gift

Fill your pot with the oranges, cranberries and sprinkle in some cloves. With a ribbon or some twine, tie together the cinnamon sticks and rosemary and place in the pot. You don’t have to use this pot you can absolutely put together the ingredients and gather in a mason jar as well. Wrap and tie with a ribbon. If you want, you can also add a little tag with the instructions for simmering (listing the instructions below).

DIY simmer pot gift

Instructions:

Fill a pot with about 3-4 cups of water. Add all ingredients to the pot and allow to simmer. Keep an eye on the water and add more as needed. You can reuse for a few days, just add more water. Enjoy!

DIY simmer pot

 

DIY simmer pot DIY simmer pot gift DIY simmer pot gift

I love to see what you create so be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest

For more holiday DIYs or gift ideas check out

My homemade Irish Cream – my family and friends look forward to this every year!

These personalized DIY tea bags

Dried orange slice ornaments

 

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14 Days of Christmas Ideas

15 minute baked brie – A Loverly Life

Red Solo Cup Lights – Chas’ Crazy Creations

Pampas Grass Christmas Tree – This Dear Casa

DIY Ornament Arch – Design of Your Life

Christmas Oven Mitts – Happily Ever After

Tips for a Christmas Mantel – Shop at Blu

How to paint a Christmas Star – The Fifth Sparrow No More

Christmas lists to organize your planning – Living Large in a Small House

Poinsetta Decorating Ideas – From Farmhouse to Florida

Christmas Place Settings – Adorn the Table

DIY house ornaments – Perfecting Places

Winter Tree Decorating – Sweet Valley Acres

Dried Orange Slices – Pure Happy Home

 

8 In DIY/ holidays

Easy DIY ghost lanterns

easy diy ghost lanterns

I am just not ready to let fall go yet, are you? So when my friend Kristy asked me if I wanted to join together for one last fall themed blog hop of course I said “yes!” For those of you who are coming over from Kristy’s blog, welcome! And I hope you decide to stick around for awhile and follow me over on the gram @ourtiny_nest!

Ok so today I’ve got an easy Halloween DIY. Seriously, super easy and if you’re looking for a last minute idea, this is it. I’m showing you how I made these easy DIY ghost lanterns. These are perfect for lining your stairs to add a little festive touch. I surprised the kids when they came home from hockey the other night and when they walked in they just loved it!  I got all of the things at my local Dollar store but you could get just about anywhere! Scroll down to see how to make these easy DIY ghost lanterns.

You will need:

  • white kraft paper bags
  • battery operate tea lights
  • black marker or crayon

Easy diy ghost lanterns

Start with your kraft paper bags. Mine had handles so I just cut the handles off using scissors. With a black marker or crayon, draw on each bag a pair of eyes and a nose.

easy DIY ghost lanterns

Next you will get the tea lights and put inside each bag.

Easy DIY ghost lanterns

Then just line your stairs or place them where ever you would like. These would also look good on a mantle!

Can you spot my little furry assistant?

easy diy ghost lanterns

 

If you’re looking for some Halloween or fall inspired recipes check out:

These leftover Halloween candy cookie bars

Crockpot Pumpkin spice hot chocolate – add some Rumchata or Fireball for the adults 🙂 

Pumpkin baked brie

This delicious fall sangria

 

Now head on over to Tracy’s Haven to see her fall recipe! It looks delicious!

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2 In halloween/ holidays

Halloween Finds

Halloween Finds

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Halloween has got to be one of my favorite times of the year. I was never super into it as a kid but now I love adding some spooky things around the house and making some tricks or treats for the kids. Here are some of my favorite Halloween finds this year! Scroll down to see them all. And as always, click the links to shop.

Halloween Finds

Bats – these have been a favorite and top seller for the past 3 years.

bat decor halloween finds

 

Witch Hats – This is another decor idea I love! Deck out your house or the front porch with these hanging witch hats. I love how my friend Karin decorated her front porch with these so check out her post if you need inspiration.

Halloween finds - witch hats

 

Floating candles I am obsessed with these and may have to get these to decorate the hallway or our dining room!

Halloween finds Floating candles

 

Hocus Pocus coffee I just bought this. Now I can sip my coffee and say “Oh look what a glorious morning!”

Hocus Pocus Coffee

 

Hocus Pocus game – and who knew there was a Hocus Pocus game? This just got delivered to my house so I have yet to play but seems like fun!

Halloween finds Hocus Pocus game

 

Googly eye sprinkles – these are a must have for all of your Halloween baking. Check out my Halloween yogurt bark or these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars.

Halloween finds - googly eye sprinkles

Skeleton wine glasses – because drinking wine or your witch’s brew out of this glass would just taste so much better!

Halloween finds skeleton wine glass

 

Spiders – last year I got a bunch of these spiders and put them in our soap bottles. The kids loved it! Click here to see it! And now my skin feels like it’s crawling.

Halloween finds - spiders

I’ve got tons of cute Halloween pajamas all linked here!

And this is a fun idea for your friends and neighbors!

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2 In holidays/ St Patricks Day

St Patrick’s Day Finds

St Patrick's Day Finds
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It’s March, the month of luck, rainbows, and when everyone is even a wee bit Irish.  I’ve round up some of my favorite St Patrick’s Day Finds to help you celebrate this month. Click the links below to shop. Happy luck of the Irish to ya 😉

St Patrick’s Day Finds

Lucky Charms Marshmallows Only – for all your treat recipes. This is my boy’s favorite festive breakfast.

St Patrick's Day Finds Lucky Charms just the marshmallows

Festive glasses – from my friend Christine. You can get them with lids and a straw too!

St Patricks Day finds - festive beer glasses

 

I am Magic activity – a fun activity to do with the kids! Just snagged one for the boys. Love they anything to do with potions!

St Patricks Day Finds Magical Shamrocks Activity

 

Happy Clover Pajamas – we loveee all the Burt’s Bees pajamas!

St Patrick's Day Finds pajamas

How to catch a leprauchan – we love this book.

St Patrick's Day Finds How to Catch a Leprechaun

 

St Patricks Day gnomes – if you’ve been following for awhile you know I have a gnome obsession.

St Patrick's Day Finds gnomes

Part Irish All Trouble – the cutest shirt for your little shamrocks.

St Patricks Day Finds Part Irish All Trouble

 

Hat – a simple baseball hat.

St Patricks Day Finds Hat

 

These super cute nail decals – to DIY mani at home and make it festive

St Patrick's Day Finds Nail Decals

 

Dish Towels – I got simple set with just the right amount of green.

St Patrick's Day Finds dish towels

 

For more St Patrick’s Ideas and Inspiration check out:

My Reuben Salad

My Homemade Irish Cream

Irish Cream Cold Brew

Boozy Guinness Chocolate Shake

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