Can you guess what the number 513 and this post have in common?
Did you figure it out yet?
Okay, okay, I’ll tell you. It took me a whopping 513 photos to come up with these seven photos that are presentable for this post! And actually, my dear friend Kristen from Rethink Simple actually helped me out and edited a few of the photos because of the glare that I could not get rid of. I am speaking in all seriousness when I say taking photos for this post whooped. my. butt.
Can I have a gushy moment real quick and then I promise I’ll get to the tutorial? I have to give a special shout out to Scratch Mommy, We Got Real, Live Simply, Naturally Mindful and Rethink Simple for giving me the motivation when I wanted to quit after the first photo session and things weren’t going well. I LOVE YOU GIRLS!
I unknowingly and unwillingly even got a kitty and kid in the photo! Can you guess who was chasing who?? 🙂
Phew! I am sooo glad that photo sesh is over and am really excited to share this with you!
Alright, now, let’s talk about these awesome homemade seasoning mix ornaments. How cool is this for the foodie in your life, right? I somehow got inspired and thought, “Wouldn’t it be ridiculously awesome if I put homemade spice mixes and/or herbs in an ornament as a simple and useful handmade gift this year?”
If you have someone you are secretly trying to convert to the “real food” world, you could give them this gift and indirectly somehow say, “Look, this is homemade taco seasoning that you can make with the spices you have in your cabinet. It’ll be the best tacos you’ve ever had in your life!”
Or it would work great for the person in your life that is already a foodie. Who doesn’t love spice mixes? They make your food taste so stinkin’ good and it’s such a thoughtful gift in my eyes.
Minimal clutter, nourishing, unique, handmade, thoughtful. Yup, that’s what these DIY seasoning and herb ornament gifts are!
If you have the patience and time, this would be a great activity for your little ones to help with as well. It’s a good motor skills activity since they have to focus on putting the seasoning/herb into the funnel.
To even help you along with trying to figure out what kind of seasoning to fill them with, I’ve included 22 homemade seasoning recipes from some of my favorite bloggers!
22 Ideas for *Real Food,* Homemade, Seasoning Mixes:
- Taco Seasoning via Yours Truly
- Italian Seasoning via Yours Truly
- Rosemary Seasoning Salt via Yours Truly
- Onion Powder via Yours Truly
- DIY Seasoned Salt via Naturally Mindful
- Clean Seasoning Salt via Level Health & Nutrition
- 5 Ingredient Taco Seasoning via Nourishing Minimalism
- Breakfast Sausage Seasoning via Recipes to Nourish
- Herb Infused Sugars via Where the Watermelons Grow
- Herb Seasoning Salt (similar to Herbamare) via GNOWFGLINS
- Flavored Finishing Sea Salts via Tasty Yummies
- Rogan Josh Seasoning via The Clothes Make the Girl
- “Emeril’s Essence” Seasoning Blend via The Nourishing Home
- Cajun Seasoning via Fresh Bites Daily
- Healthy, Homemade Fajita Seasoning via Healthy Living How To
- Onion Seasoning Salt via The Prairie Homestead
- Jerk Rub via Divine Health from the inside out
- Chili Powder via Honey, Ghee and Me
- Ranch Dressing Mix via Untrained House Wife
- Burger Seasoning via Whistle Pig Hollow
- Homemade Celery Salt via 101 Cookbooks
- Poultry, Baking Powder, Cinnamon Spice Seasonings via Modern Alternative Mama
Tools & Supplies You’ll Need
- Whatever spices to make up the seasoning mix you’ll be gifting (buying in bulk is the best, find bulk spices here)
- Clear, plastic normal sized ornaments (pick these up at your local arts & crafts store or here)
- A bobby pin
- Measuring spoons (these magnetic ones are my favorite)
- Homemade gift tags or search on Pinterest for free printable ones
- Small baking sheet of some sort (to use as a workspace)
- Decide on which seasoning you will be making. Depending on how many you’ll be gifting, make a large batch and put in a mason jar
- Scoop 6 tablespoons of desired seasoning mix into a funnel that is in the opening of your ornament. You really don’t want to add more than that or the ornament will get too heavy and the top won’t stick. Trust me!
- It is inevitable that the seasoning will get stuck in the funnel. Before you lose your mind trying to figure out how to make sure the seasoning does not end up all over your counter, grab your handy-dandy bobby pin and push it through the hole in the funnel.
- Continue doing this until all the seasoning has succesfully landed inside the ornament
- Cap the ornament
- Attach a cute DIY gift tag with the name and ingredients of the seasoning and hang on your tree until you are ready to give away.
- You could also find an inexpensive gift box to put the ornament in if you need a clever way of transporting it