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?