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Crafting and baking are two of my favorite things this time of year, and today, I’m excited to share both of them with you! Even better, my DIY craft and brownie recipe make for great small gifts for coworkers, neighbors, teachers, etc. And of course, an added bonus to any gift for friends and family.
To get my crafting and baking started, I headed to Sam’s Club to pick up a 24-pack of 355 ml glass bottles of Coke de Mexico, which are made with real sugar (and no high fructose corn syrup). A 24-pack goes a long way! Sam’s Club is also offering 4-packs of 2-liters of Coke and Diet Coke for a special price of $3.98 during the holiday season.
So now that we have what we need, let’s get to those brownies!
What You’ll Need (Ingredients)
- 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 bottle of Coke (12 oz.)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan.
Mix together all of the ingredients in one bowl (fun fact: the Coca-Cola acts as a substitute for eggs and oil) until you have a smooth batter, and then pour into pan and bake for 30 minutes.
BOOM. You’re done! So easy!
Now that your brownies are cooling, it’s time to start crafting the most adorable Coca-Cola Reindeer bottles! Note that the quanity of your supplies will depend on how many you plan on making. To help you determine exactly how much of each item you’ll need, the numbers indicated below are for a single bottle.
What You’ll Need (Crafting Supplies)
- Coca-Cola bottle (1)
- Pipe cleaners – assorted colors (1 1/2)
- Googly eyes (2)
- Red pom pom (1)
- Hot glue gun
First up is the googly eyes! Place them above the label, leaving enough room to hot glue a pom pom nose on there!
Next up, is getting the antlers together. You’ll essentially need 1 1/2 pipe cleaners per bottle. The first will be a whole one and the second needs to be cut into pieces about 1/4 (you should have 4 pieces when you’re done).
Then, take 2 of the small pieces (one for each end of the whole pipe cleaner), and twist the small piece around the whole pipe cleaner to create the antlers.
Finally, you’re ready to twist the antlers around the top of the bottle to secure the antlers, and you’re good to go! Repeat this for as many bottles as your heart desires!
While I was putting my reindeer bottles together, I also had a great idea for what to do with empty bottles. Make candy holders! If you’re having a party at home or in the office, fill an empty bottle up with your favorite candy of the season (that will fit in the bottle) and have a guess how many are in the bottle contest. The winner gets to keep the bottle!
What are some of your favorite recipes and DIY projects for this time of year? How would you incorporate the classic glass bottles of Coke de Mexico into them?