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{DIY} Homemade Vanilla

{DIY} Homemade Vanilla

by Jesse on December 15, 2011

I saw this last year and knew that this year I was going to give it a try.

Homemade Vanilla

So easy to do and makes a wonderful gift.

You need:

Vanilla beans


I started checking our local stores for bulk vanilla beans unsuccessfully. You can really find some great deals on vanilla beans online. I ended up purchasing mind at Beanilla. They have every kind of bean you could ever want.

Take your Vanilla bean and slice it down the center, keeping the ends in tact.

I used 3 beans to one cup of vodka.

Placing all of my cut beans and vodka into a mason jar.

This is how it looks after sitting for a few weeks. You will want to let your mixture “marinate” for 6 to 8 weeks. Then it is ready to use.  I wanted to put mine into some smaller containers as gifts. I had been saving some pretty little jars left over from the spices I buy at Target. I just knew they would come in handy.

I had planned on printing sticky labels to place on each jar, and frankly didn’t want to have to run out and get paper. So I used cardstock I already had and printed off little tags. Cut each one with a craft punch and tied them with a ribbon.

Can’t wait to give these out!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!


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Kim@livingtoseasthemomentNo Gravatar December 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Oh gosh, I am impressed! I have wanted to make my own too but just didn’t get around to it! The tags are much cuter than sticky ones and allow the jars to be reused without scrubbing those sticky labels off. Great idea!


LindsayNo Gravatar December 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Wow! That is amazing! What a great little gift 🙂


nikkiNo Gravatar December 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

That is a great gift idea! I’m going to have to start collecting those spice jars.


valNo Gravatar December 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I do this all the time and wow it is good!! Love yours.


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