Monday, November 30, 2009

{Holiday Crafts} Gifts in a Jar

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Homemade gifts in a jar are a fun, frugal, and easy holiday gift to share with loved ones.
There are endless possibilities with what can be placed in a jar. Soup mixes are super for those who like savory ingredients. Jars containing layered mixes for cookies, muffins, and brownies are yummy for those with a sweet tooth.

Gifts in a jar are easy to make. Just take a glass jar (canning jars, mason jars, or even recycled mustard jars), layer with ingredients, and then top with a gift tag. Combine a bunch of jars together to make your own gift baskets. How’s that for a frugal gift idea?

1. S’mores in a Jar

Layer in a large wide mouthed 1 quart mason jar:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (one sleeve of crackers, crushed)
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows.
Or substitute with 8 Peeps and 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows for seasonal fun. Line the jar with Peeps facing out.
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips or mini Hershey Kisses or M&M’s
1/3 cup brown sugar

2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar
This recipe makes about 36 cookies.

Layer in a large wide mouthed 1 quart mason jar:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Pour mixture into a 1 quart (1 liter) mason jar and pack down. Mix oatmeal in a blender. Pack on top of flour in mason jar. Add white sugar and pack down. Add brown sugar and pack down. Layer chopped nuts on top of brown sugar. Finish layering jar with mini or regular chocolate chips.

3. Chai Tea Mix in a Jar
This recipe makes 2, 6 ounce jars.

Ingredients:

Layer in 2, 6 ounce jars:

1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup black tea leaves
12 cardamom pods
4 2 inch pieces of cinnamon stick
2 tsp dried lemon peel
Divide all ingredients and layer equally between 2, 6 ounce jars

More recipes can be found on this website and jar labels to download!! Thank you

5 comments:

Valerie Bolitho said...

This is such a crafty idea for those DIY'ers. I'm sure many craft stores can provide many of those jars at big discounts now.

Sergio said...

I like this!!! Great ideas Kim!

The Event Essentials said...

I want to try to make some :) I bet Ikea would have some great jars for this too!

Lisa said...

great idea!

Bob Monk said...

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