Today we have the simplest of simple DIY gift, which makes you look dead thoughtful and good, when in fact it can be a last minute fuss free present which you threw together in a matter of seconds. It really is that simple, but endlessly effective. All you will need is some fancy pants little jars (from somewhere like Wilkinsons), a bit of stationary (from somewhere like Paperstone where you can get some Sharpies, the gift that keep on giving) and of course, whatever you want to put in to the jar itself. The possibilities are a little endless with the contents, as you can buy the jars in all sizes and it’s really a case of tailoring it to the person who shall be receiving it. You can decorate them in a few ways too, by either keeping it simple with a little bit of shabby chic string tied around the rim, or going the whole decoden hog with some handcrafted fimo embellishments and iced cakey looking lid.
The first gift jar I threw together was the ‘Spa in a Jar’ which basically contains a few nice little samples I’ve hoarded over the past year!! The little miniature products are from various sources but all fit in perfectly well together. With a little bit of this fancy stringy shredded stuff, which I don’t know the name of, it looks a bit more Christmassy too. I just popped it all in and stuck a label on the front of the jar and voilá! It’s done, ready to dish out. I usually do this type of thing but using the boxes from old beauty box subscriptions, but I don’t get those any more as they’re all a bit rubbish and I think the jar looks a lot prettier too.
The second jar was created as part of my craft addiction a few years ago now. I went mad on making things from fimo and collecting buttons, so put them to good use by cracking out the rubbery white goo to make this decoden style jar. I think this design would look really good with a layered cake or cookie mix in and here’s a website which has a ton on for you to get the recipes from! Just make sure you clean the jar out properly before you put the ingredients in. For decorative purposes for this one I just popped in some coloured foil and sweets.
And if these simple idea’s sound like too much effort for you, then you can cheat even more by ordering a jar ready filled and good to go from somewhere like The Gobstopper Sweet Shop where you can choose a jar size and a selection of sweets to fill it with, they then pop it out in the post for you, yum. I got the chance to try one of these bad boys for free this week and it’s tasty business. I chose Watermelon Taffy, giant fizzy bubblegum bottles and Flyers to stuff mine with. The flyers were a bit squished to fit in, but it was still a nice treat! They do a great range of retro sweets and old favourites too and I don’t think I know a single person who DOESN’T like sweets.
Will you be making any last minute DIY Christmas presents this year?