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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Mini Pecan Pies

Down here in Texas, we know how to do two things really well.

1.) Sweet Tea

2.) Pecan Pie

In case you don’t know, Pecan Pie (pronounced puh-kahn, y’all, and don’t try to tell us otherwise) is a sweet, delectable southern treat that is to die for.


And it is so easy to put together, you can be ready in less than one hour to give your mini pecan pie to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, kids’ teachers…well, you get the picture.

Mini Pecan Pies - Quick and delicious recipe that makes a perfect Christmas Gift! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Candy Cane Pallet Lantern


Note:  This is not a lantern made out of candy cane pallets.  Unfortunately, they do not make pallets out of candy canes.  But that’s probably a good thing, since you can’t really ship freight on a giant candy cane.  What if it gets wet?  Everything would stick to it, and don’t even get me started about the ants.  Wait, where was I going with this?

Oh, right.  This is actually a lantern made from pallet wood that has lights that make it look like a candy cane.  Or a barber pole.  But seriously guys, this is Christmastime, not Barbermastime, okay?  Get it straight.

...or is it both? (Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)

…or is it both?
(Thank you Flickr for providing the most appropriate stock image ever)

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide!

Leslie's Ultimate Baker's Gift Guide - 30 of the most awesome baking tools and gadgets that your favorite baker will LOVE! Brought to you by Sprinkles and Sawdust

I’m so excited to present to you guys my Ultimate Baker’s Gift Guide! I have had mucho fun putting this list together, and I have definitely found things to add to my wish list as well!

Although almost everything on this list is fun and colorful, most things are available in many colors, including neutrals.  So there’s something suited for everyone’s taste!

Gadgets and Utensils



KitchenAid Artisan Design Series with Glass Bowl – $249.00

I know we can’t all afford to get our fave baker a new KitchenAid, but if you can you definitely should! They come with three attachments (paddle, whisk, and dough hook) and this one comes with a glass bowl, so it’s even cooler!


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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Matt’s Woodworking Gift Guide

Don't know what to get the woodcrafter in your life? Just getting into woodworking and don't know what to ask for? Check out our 2016 Woodworking Gift Guide! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas bu Sprinkles and SawdustSo all this month I’ve been doling out the pallet and woodworking projects, with the usual caveats of what tools you need.  Some most folks have, and some are more for the enthusiast – but I know all this time you’ve been wondering, “Matt!  Where can we get all these awesome tools you’re using to make these awesome things?!”

If you haven’t, I’m going to tell you anyway.  Some of this stuff can save you so much work it’s insane.  So, without further ado, I present to you…


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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Mini Skillet and Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

This gift is simple and quick to put together, and is guaranteed to be a favorite!  It’s a Mini Skillet with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and we haven’t met a soul who doesn’t like it!

I mean, who doesn’t love a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven?  The only thing that could make it better is if it was topped with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.  And we can attest to how good this one is, because that picture you see up there?  Yeah, it’s gone now.  Like it took less than an evening.

Mini Skillet + Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - Easy, Fun Gift Idea! 31 Days of Handmade Christmas | Sprinkles and Sawdust

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Our Favorite Crafts To Do With Your Kids

Our Favorite Christmas Crafts To Do With Your Kids by Sprinkles and SawdustMost of what we do here, as you can probably tell if you’ve read through, are projects that really require an adult to do.  Some of Leslie’s baking can be done with your kiddos, but definitely all of my woodworking projects require cutty and stabby tools that aren’t for the little ones and honestly they shouldn’t be around at all until they’re a little older.

That being said, we do have 3 young children and we love doing crafts with them.  So I wanted to take some time during our 31 Days journey to take a look at some great classic craft ideas that your kids can do for Christmas.

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Our 5 Favorite Christmas Traditions

We. Love. Christmas.

As if you couldn’t tell yet since we’re making 31 posts in a row about it.

We’ve spent a good amount of time this month making and baking things for Handmade Christmas, and we want to take a break for a bit from that to look at other things we love about Christmas.  For us, Christmas is all about spending time with family, and today we wanted to share with you our own family traditions at Christmastime:

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Guest Post – 31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Easy Vanilla Salted Caramels

We are just so excited to have our first guest post today! Maria from Tinselbox is going to show us how to make Easy Vanilla Salted Caramels (which sound AMAZING, btw!!)

And yes, you read that right.  Tinselbox.  It’s like one of those monthly subscription boxes for makeup or Fair Trade Friday except it’s for HOLIDAYS! Valentines, Easter, July 4th, Halloween, and of course, Christmas!  Maria is the CEO of Tinselbox and gets to spend her days mailing awesome holiday stuff to people.  How great is that?  Anyway, here’s Maria!

Easy Salted Caramel Handmade Gifts

When it comes to the holidays, we are a bit obsessed. Decorating, candy making and celebrating are our thing. You wouldn’t want us to withhold our easiest, yummiest handmade gift idea would you? We won’t hold back any more. Try our handmade Vanilla Salted Caramel recipe and adorable gift package DIY.easy-salted-caramel-handmade-gifts-1

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: Hackberry Slice Coasters

I still have a lot of that hackberry tree I cut down the other day, ya’ll.  Like a bunch.  Making those candle holders didn’t hardly use any of it.  And honestly the more of it I can use in the shop, the less I have to haul off elsewhere.  So today I’m dragging you along with me on another Project To Make Out Of A Cut Down Hackberry Tree So Matt Doesn’t Have To Carry It Further Than The Workshop ™.

Hackberry Slice Coasters by Sprinkles and Sawdust - 31 Days of Handmade Christmas

Remember these?

Cutting thin slices of these would make great coasters, which make a great gift for any OCD person in your life.



As with most of the things we’ve made so far, these are super easy to make with the right tools.

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31 Days of Handmade Christmas: 2×4 Snowman

Frozen jokes.  Frozen jokes everywhere.


Wait, what?


Hold on, we need to, because that’s what this post is about –




Hey, let’s build a snowman!  This is another quick and easy winter/Christmas decoration that’s easy enough you can do it with your kids!

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