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.
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!