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December 5, 2013

Ah, the holiday beauty of the classic, yet humble, Mason jar!


The Ball jar, close cousin to the Mason, offers
the same charm when creating crafts and treats.

Anthropologie Mason Jar Snow Globe
Put It In a Jar recently featured glass jar snow globes, several of
which I'm reposting.  Click the link under each photo for a quick
tutorial on creating one of these precious creations.

Wife. Mom. Superwoman.

In addition to holiday decorations, glass jars
are perfect for packaging one-of-a-kind gifts.

Spa In a Jar, below, includes a soft white cotton washcloth, a 2 oz. bar
f soap,  a 2 oz. scented lotion bar, 2 ounces of body butter, and lip balm.
Etsy Source
These can be purchased online and you add your own special
touches to the jar but why not make your own kit from scratch?

Aren't these Candy Cane Hot Cocoa treats
adorable?  Click here for the instructions.

Visit The Frugal Girls for directions on how to
create a magical jar of M&M Cookie Mix:
The Frugal Girls

Call Me Cupcake
God Jul is Norwegian for Good Christmas!

Make It Do
Holidays are the perfect time to reuse scrap fabric and ribbon.

Make a special teacher treat with some
chalk paint in the shape of an apple.

These pictorial directions show how easy
it is to make delicious Cupcakes In a Jar:
Love This Pic
Don't forget the spoon!

A boxed cookie mix (along with the recipe) and
a cookie cutter are easy to make last-minute gifts.
Hobby Craft

 Peppermint Bark is a delicious treat and is super easy to make.
Click here for photos of the recipe being made.

Martha Stewart craft ribbons enhance any gift-in-a-jar.

TIP:  repurpose last year's Christmas
cards on top of the jar.

Who doesn't love to pamper their tired feet?  Candy
Cane Sugar Scrub smells delicious and works wonders.
Make your own Candy Cane Sugar Scrub:
Mix 2 cups granulated white sugar, 1/3 cup light olive oil (or any
light color oil),  1/8 cup melted coconut oil (or more olive oil),  1/4 tea-
spoon peppermint extract or essential oil.  Gradually add red coloring to
half of the mixture and layer by color in a clear glass jar.

Don't forget your favorite canine cuties
with Milk Bone dog biscuits in a jar.

Ginger Snap Crafts
Glass jars and battery operated votives make lovely
luminaries that can be used year after year.

Consider the innumerable uses of the simple Mason
jar when creating your own holiday gifts.  Every time
they're reused you'll be remembered with a smile!


  1. The Mason jar almost seems to be a Christmas necessity! I love to see the layers of mixes shown through the clear glass.

    1. I love the layers, too. Isn't that Cupcake-in-a-Jar a darling idea? Gotta try that one! -- Jan

  2. Fantastic ideas. So simple too.

  3. Simple has always worked best for me! And probably one of the reasons that the basic design of the jar hasn't changed much in the last 100+ years! Thanks for stopping by, Jan