Gifts in a Jar – Put a Lid on it!

Steve likes to say that everything sounds better when spoken in a British accent… My version is that everything tastes better when it came in a pretty package. I love a project that can reuse an old item in a beautiful way – upcycling at its best! For the holidays this year, I decided to make a variety of gifts in a jar to give to our neighbors and the kids’ teachers. I saved glass jars of various shapes and sizes, and I’ll show how to clean and prep them below.

Here are a few ideas for how to make your own gifts in a jar:

How to clean jars for reuse:

  • start by peeling off as much of the label as possible
  • soak the jar in done water and peel off more of the label
  • if there’s sticky residue left, spray the jar with Goo Gone or vegetable oil and let it sit before a rubbing off the rest of the label
  • run the jars and lids through the dishwasher, using a mesh laundry bag to keep the lids from flying around
  • I finished off by spray painting any labels that had printing on them, for a clean look
Great ideas for gifts in a jar.  Step one: clean and prep your jars. {Jewels at Home}

There are so many ideas for gifts in a jar. Step one: clean and prep your jars.

Tips and recipes for gifts in a jar.  {Jewels at Home}

Another tip: make a funnel from clean card stock to help layer ingredients more neatly.

Some more pictures of our dressed up holiday gifts:

Ideas, tips, and recipes for DIY gifts in a jar. {Jewels at Home}

Homemade apothecary jars filled with bath salts make a wonderful gift for a shower, hostess, or any occasion.

Ideas, tips, and recipes for DIY gifts in a jar. {Jewels at Home}

Ideas, tips, and recipes for DIY gifts in a jar. {Jewels at Home}

I really love having something handmade for the holidays, and making several of the same gifts made the project more doable.  The only real-world caveat I have is that these were very heavy to carry into school.  Add our toddler in the baby carrier on my back, and I definitely broke a sweat.  It was all worth it, though I might recommend a wagon if you are trying this…

“Jewels”

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