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13 Gifts in a Jar Anyone Can Make

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If you’re still searching for that perfect present then don’t panic – you can actually create some magic from things you find around the home.

Gifts in a jar is the easiest way to create a handmade present that is truly unique and you can even gets the kids involved for an extra hand!

retro sweet jar

We all remember the excitement of going to the sweet shop or pick ‘n’ mix to buy our sweets. Luckily, it’s so easy to create your own. Just buy a selection of retro sweets from Swizzels Double Dips to nostalgic white mice and pop your chosen mix into a glass jar.

You can then create a personal label for it either via a computer or the good old fashioned way with card and pens.

rainbow candle

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This might be the perfect DIY project if you have kids. Colourful sand kits can also make for brilliant rainbow candles.

Simply scoop in a layer of coloured sand with a dinner spoon, then pop in a tealight.


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For those friends who love to bake, you can create a cookie mix that’s ready to go into the oven instantly.

A basic oatmeal cookie generally consists of oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, milk chocolate chips,  white baking chips, slivered almonds, sweetened shredded coconut, sugar, butter, egg and vanilla extract.

However, seasonal variations are also available.

FAIRY Lights in a jar

You can use almost any kind of jar or bottle for this; from jam jars to gin bottles! What’s brilliant about it is that it’s a budget-friendly home lighting idea but also super easy to make.

Just pop in some fairy lights to see it glow. You can even give it more of a handmade touch by adding handmade gift tags or decorations.


glitter jars

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Glitter jars have been praised by mums all across the internet as a way to help stressed out kids relax. To make your very own, the good news is it’s super easy.

Pour 1/2 cup of distilled water into the jar, followed by 1/2 cup of glitter glue or clear glue. Add 1–2 teaspoons of extra glitter to the jar before filling the remainder with distilled water.

If desired, use a hot glue gun to squeeze a ring of glue around the lid of the jar.

tissue paper jars

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Another one to create with the kids is tissue paper jars. All you need is some coloured tissue paper, a mason jar, mod podge, a brush and some scissors.

For beginners, go for a triangular based design but experts can be known to create some stunning seasonal designs!

Simply cut all your tissue paper into triangles, put some mod podge on the sides of the mason jar and stick the paper onto it. Repeat until you have a fully covered jar.

terrarium jars

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Believe it or not, you can also do this with old light bulbs but the premise is essentially the same: build your own garden in a jar.

You can be as creative as you like but the basic gist is to build up layers of rock, soil, and plants. Cactus arrangements have never been more on-trend so it could make for a brilliant gift for gardeners.


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If you’re particularly arty then create your own lantern. Paint acrylic colours on your jar with a colorful sunset on it. Let it all dry, add some glitter, then paint the silhouette with black. Finally, pop in your candle of course!

Spa in a jar


You can buy one of these over on Etsy but it’s also super easy to replicate. Just add miniatures of your friend’s favourite beauty products into a jar and decorate with ribbons.

Make-up, shampoo, conditioner, rose petals, shower gel, lip balm, chocolates and body spray can all be added but get creative and see what you come up with!

You can even stencil a positive slogan onto the glass to really bring the theme together.

Essential oils jar

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An alternative take on a spa jar could be to just fill it with essential oils or bath salts instead. Particularly if you have a decorative coloured jar that would look at home in a bathroom, this simple project is ideal way to show you care for stressed friends and family.


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Thinking of buying an expensive hot chocolate set? Make your own instead! This adorable addition to any kitchen features cocoa powder, sugar and toppings such as marshmallows.


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Created from cotton balls, glitter and paint you wouldn’t believe this gift was from this world.

To create, fill a mason jar with a 1/4th of water and add a generous amount of glitter.   Squeeze your first colour of paint into the jar, then put the lid on the jar tight and shake to mix the paint and glitter together. Remove lid and put the cotton balls in.

Once the cotton soaks up the majority of the water, fill the jar about 1/3rd of the way with more water and add your colour and a little more glitter if you desire. Repeat!

Preservative in a jar

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It’s a classic for a good reason. The humble jam jar is the perfect use of glassware around the kitchen. In fact, it makes for such an ideal gift that Kate Middleton famously gifted The Queen her family recipe around Christmas time.

For extra added detail, tie a ribbon around the lid and add in some cinnamon sticks for that special finishing touch.

SEE: Homemade Craft Ideas for the Home That Everyone Can Enjoy

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