Christmas in a Jar

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!

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