I’ll be the first to admit, I get Martha Stewart impulses during the holidays. (Give me a glue gun and some glitter, and it’s on!) Inspired by the many ways our subscribers have repurposed their Birchboxes, I came up with three simple (read: stress-free) upcycling ideas of my own. And for me, no crafting session would be complete without a seasonally appropriate cocktail. I tapped cocktail aficionado Emma Emerson, the founder of Gastronomista, for three of her holiday favorites.
Three crafts, three seasonally appropriate tipples, three days of the most fun you’ve ever had (right?). You’ve already learned how to make a photo box and catchall—now we’re tackling an earring holder.
Birchbox Upcycle #3: Earring Holder
My best friend loves earrings, and, seeing as she’s the quintessential “woman who has everything,” this earring holder hits the perfect-present nail on the head.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
• 1 Birchbox box top
• Burlap (approximately 10.5 in. x 12 in.)
• Cotton balls, bunting, or other filler
• Self-leveling picture hanger (has a flat top and zigzagged bottom)
With the open side of the box top facing you, fill with cotton, bunting, or other filler.
Next, stretch the burlap over the front of the box top, securing in the back with glue. You may need to hold down the burlap for a minute or so to let glue fully dry so that the burlap stays in place.
Fold burlap at corners and glue in place, holding the fabric in place to let it dry, as you did previously. Basically, just think of this as wrapping a gift and you’ve got it!
Once the glue has dried, glue the self-leveling picture hanger on the back, near the top (flat side of the hanger flush with the top of the earring holder). When it’s dry, it’s ready to hang (or gift).
Spirit #3: Build-Your Own Rickey Bar
Try this fruity number on for size. Equal parts potent and refreshing, it’s also a nice addition to your next holiday fete.
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
3–4 oz. Perrier
Add berries to a highball glass, and gently muddle with the back of spoon or muddler. Add 3–4 small ice cubes, then the gin and lime juice. Top with soda water and stir with a cocktail spoon.
Tip: Substitute Gin for Cointreau for a more fruity cocktail. If you're hosting, juice your limes ahead of time so you don’t have to be chained to the bar during your party.