How on earth is it December 21? It is baffling to me how quickly this year has flown by, and now Christmas is just around the corner! Are you ready? Gifts bought? Cards written?
If you’re a little behind the curve on your holiday shopping, have no fear—I’ve got the perfect gift that only requires a few simple materials and ingredients to make: DIY Christmas Bark. You provide the ingredients, the instructions, and the cute jar, and your gift recipients have everything they need to make a delicious chocolate bark for the holidays.
Here, I’ll show you the basic instructions, plus three different variations:
How to Do It
Scrounge your apartment for any mason jars ( I just can’t help myself !) or glass containers with a lid that looks cute enough to wrap up. I found these adorable labels online that you can print out, so I used them for the gift tags and wrote instructions for making the bark on the back.
Speaking of instructions, chocolate bark is insanely easy to make. Here are the steps to write on your gift tags:
Just in case you need to see the final product, I whipped up a few batches of the bark. I know, I know—it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Read on for a few suggestions of different combinations for your DIY chocolate bark gifts—the sky is the limit though, so just use whatever ingredients sound good to you!
Oh, and by the way—I didn’t give measurements because it all depends on the container you use, but if you buy one 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips for each gift, you’ll have more than enough. And, extra chocolate chips lying around the house is never a bad thing.
Layer the chocolate chips on the bottom of the jar, then follow with the Teddy Grahams (try to face them outwards, it’s cuter that way) and the marshmallows. Finish with a layer of Teddy Grahams. I cut a piece of tissue into a square and placed it on top of the lid before screwing the cap on. Then I tied some string around the top and attached a label with instructions.
Pistachio & Cherry Bark
I put the pistachios and dried cherries in one small mason jar and the chocolate chips in another, then tied them together using a gold and green bow. Don’t forget your gift tag with instructions!
Red & Green Holiday Bark
I used an empty Straus cream bottle (clean, of course) and poured mini chocolate chips about 3/4 of the way up, and then the red and green chocolates the rest of the way. Top with a festive bow and tie a ribbon around the neck with a gift tag.
There are so many more amazing homemade gifts online—here are some more of my favorites:
Happy Holidays everyone!
Photos courtesy of Niki Lowry.
TopicsLifestyle , Mason Jars , Food , Holidays , DIY , Syndication , Cooking & Food , Salt & Pepper by Niki Lowry
Niki comes to us from the financial world, but she’s an online girl at heart. After graduating from Cal, she spent a couple of years traveling and working (Ireland – NY – OC) before finally making it back to San Francisco to pursue a career in business and marketing. An avid fan of handwritten thank you notes, Niki also loves fresh flowers for any occasion, the sound of being underwater, and she firmly believes ketchup bottles do not belong on the breakfast table. When she’s not Musing, you can find her on her blog, wandering around the Ferry Building in San Francisco, or with her nose in a ridiculously addicting YA book.More from this Author