As I’ve mentioned before, I really love to decorate with Ball jars. Last Christmas I came up with yet another fun use for them: I made “Christmas in a Jar” favors to give as gifts. They were really fun and actually very easy to assemble. First I got a bunch of Ball jars, obviously. Then I collected all kinds of “stuff” that reminded me of Christmas. I actually took a jar around Target to make sure none of the items were too big to fit inside the jar. I got old fashioned icicles to hang on trees, various Christmas candies, candy canes, tiny ornaments, tiny cookie cutters, and packets of hot chocolate – all the fun nostalgic things that make me think of Christmas. Then I went home and stuffed the jars with a little bit of everything.
More Christmas in a Jar
To go with the nostalgic theme, I also found some “retro” looking Christmas paper from Stampin’ Up and punched scalloped circles from it to glue to the lids of the jars. Finally, I tied a tag on each jar that labeled them as “Christmas in a Jar” so that people would understand what they were getting. They were really fun gifts to put together, and people seemed to get a kick out of getting them. They also made cute table decorations at our Christmas party last year. If you need a last minute gift or favor, you still have plenty of time to put together your own “Christmas in a Jar!” Merry Christmas!
I just finished and mailed this year’s Christmas card this weekend. So now that that task is done, I can take a moment to share one of our past cards with you. I came up with the idea for a house themed card a couple years ago when we were in the process of building a new house. My big plan was to combine our Christmas card with a change of address card. It would have worked perfectly except the building process got started a little more slowly than we anticipated, and we thought it might be putting the cart before the horse to announce we were moving before they had even broken ground on our new house. Besides, we didn’t know our new address by the time we had to mail our Christmas cards. However, the house cards were still cute so we went with them anyway.
House Christmas Card
I used a light blue card stock for the background. I cut it to 5.5″ X 8.5″ and folded it in half. On the front I glued a white mound of snow made out of white card stock. I got a set of house stamps and a matching cutting tool from Stampin’ Up and stamped and cut out a house on light brown card stock for the front of each card. I colored the houses with markers and attached them to the cards on top of the snow mounds with pop up dots. I also punched out a tiny tree for each card to go next to the house and attached those with pop up dots as well.
Inside House Christmas Card
For the inside of the cards I stamped words on brown card stock to match the house and added little red card stock hearts to the words with more pop up dots. I also added strips of paper with Christmas houses from Stampin’ Up to the bottoms of the insides of the cards. I especially loved this paper because it reminded me of my grandparents’ Christmas village that I loved to play with when I was little and that now gets set up at our house each year. Very special!