For the Vanilla itself you will need:
This is what your bean will look like once you split it.
You will need to shake the bottle every day or so. I recommend making the whole batch in one large bottle (like the vodka bottle), then pour the finished product into their own bottles. I then cut my split beans in half to fit the 4 oz bottles. I put one whole bean in each bottle. Adding the bean makes for a nice touch that store bought vanilla does not offer. Also it will be a gift that keeps on giving if the recipient adds more vodka when they have used about half. They can do this until the bean is gone.
This is the label I made to stick on the bottles. I printed several on a page and cut them out. I put them through my sticker maker then applied them to the bottles. I put the labels on after I filled the bottles and dried them off. I wanted to make sure that I didn't get any spills on the labels.
I punched a hole in one corner and tied it with a ribbon around the neck of the bottle. You can tie on seasonal cookie cutters to add something a little extra to the finished package like I did with the bottle at the top of the page.
If you make your own vanilla, you will LOVE it. Anjeanette will be happy to vouch for just how great vanilla can be.
Another note: To make Vanilla Vodka for cocktails remove the vanilla beans after 2 weeks.
Also, Vodka is Gluten Free because of the distilling process so you can feel safe using this for all your gluten free cooking. AND it is much more cost effective than buying extract that says it is gluten free.
Anjeanette here. I LOVE my homemade vanilla. I use it all the time. I am kind of a vanilla freak and have always loved vanilla. I usually use twice what is called for in recipes. This is so much better than the stuff I used to buy in the stores. I bake at least once a week and I just love my vanilla.