Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Homemade Gifts- Jars!

I can't tell you how many mason jars I go through over the holiday season. They are so great for homemade gifts. You can make craft jars for kids adding stickers, crayons, glue sticks, gems and kraft sticks or all the supplies for a specific craft with instructions attached. You can do yummy jars like cookie mixes, chocolate covered pretzels or fudge. The possibilities are endless and everything looks so adorable in these jars topped with fabric and ribbon.
This year I did hot chocolate jars using Paula Deen's recipe.
I printed instructions on card stock and tied them onto the jar with a candy cane, marshmallows in a cello bag and for my hot cocoa spikers out there I included a cute little bottle of Kahlua.
I also did a kool aid playdough jar. This is fun because the mix looks white and when the water gets added it turns to the bright kool aid color and smells great! Children seem to love that.
For this jar add 1 1/4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and one kool aid packet (the sugarless little packets) to the jar. Then just add a label or tag to the jar with these instructions...

Magic Color Playdough
Dear Friend, 
Empty this jar into a large mixing bowl. 
Have a grown-up add 3/4 cup of boiling water 
and 3 tsp. of oil to the bowl. 
Mix until a ball forms and knead on a floured surface.
Enjoy your playdough!

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