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LH 118: Handmade Garden Gifts

How to use your garden to make holiday gifts

Thinking of making any handmade gifts for the holidays this year?

I know it’s only October, but…

This is the perfect time to get started!

By starting now, you can create thoughtful gifts before the craziness of the holidays overwhelm you.

I think making some of your gifts with garden ingredients is the perfect way to share a bit of your garden with those you care about.

This week’s podcast episode is filled with several different projects that you can make quickly, easily, and with very little cost.

I brought back Stephanie Rose from Garden Therapy to share her favorite garden crafts that make perfect gifts.


You will learn:

  • How Herbal Finishing Salt makes an impressive, low-cost gift
  • How to fast-track soap making with natural melt and pour ingredients
  • The type of cupcake molds to use for Lavender-Oatmeal Soap
  • Why mason jars are perfect for homemade candles
  • The trick to pressing herbs into the sides of your glass jar candles
  • And more…

Stephanie Rose:

Stephanie Rose Photo at LivingHomegrown.comStephanie Rose is the author of Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life (Roost Books, 2015), which was a Gold Medal Winner from the 2016 Independent Publishers Book Awards. She is also the creator of a popular blog, where you will find hundreds of DIY garden-related projects you can really dig into. She hopes to get everyone into the garden to feel the joy and healing it brings, one crafty project at a time.

Stephanie’s creative take on garden making has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Woman’s Day, Country Woman, Romantic Homes, HGTV Gardens, This Old House, the Huffington Post, and Apartment Therapy among many more publications both in print and online.

Stephanie spends her time as a gardener, writer, and artist in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she has turned her small urban yard into a “garden made” heaven, proving that size, truly, does not matter. She is passionate about organic gardening, natural healing, and art as part of life. Stephanie lives with her husband, son, and tiny dog, which provide her with inspiration and delight both in and out of the garden.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Garden Made Book Cover at LivingHomegrown.comGarden Therapy – Stephanie’s Website

Herb Finishing Salt Recipe

Lavender Oatmeal Soap Cupcakes Instructions

Rosemary Candles Instructions

Homemade Body Care From the Garden – Episode #63

Garden Made * – Stephanie’s book

Good Clean Fun – Stephanie’s melt & pour soup eBook

Sugar & Spice – Stephanie’s kitchen gift eBook

The Natural Beauty Recipe Book – Stephanie’s DIY Beauty eBook


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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.