The humble Mason Jar is growing more and more popular every day! They can be utilised in so many different ways and make gorgeous little gifts when filled with incredible things. Part 1 of our Gift ideas is based around Mason Jars, here are 5 gifts you can make at home using jars and a little bit of pizazz!
1. Let It Snow!
Homemade snow globes are an easy and gorgeous gift idea! Although they are typically associated with Christmas, depending on what you decide to fill them with they are a great gift for any occasion. We love the idea of including gift cards, but other ideas include lego pieces and mini cake toppers like these: http://littleginger.com.au/product-category/cake-toppers/
2. For the Little Chef
The perfect little gift for somebody who loves to bake!
200g butter, chopped
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Vanilla ice-cream and strawberries, to serve
To make the layers: Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Spoon mixture into jar. Top with cocoa and then sugar. Top with choc bits, then marshmallows. Seal jar. Make a label with recipe steps 2 to 4. Attach to jar (see box, above).
Step 2: Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 3cm-deep, 20cm x 30cm (base) lamington pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at long ends.
BROWNIES Mason Jar You will need:
1.5 Litre Jar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cups choc cips
1 cup white and 1 cup pink mini marshmallows
Small length of ribbon
Large gift tags for instructions (below)
Step 3: Place butter in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes on medium (50%) or until butter has melted. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
Step 4: Add eggs to butter. Stir to combine. Slowly add ingredients from jar. Stir to combine. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out with crumbs clinging. Set aside to cool.
Step 5: Cut into squares. Serve with ice-cream and strawberries.
3. Luxury in a Jar
Treat someone with this gorgeous little ‘Spa in a Jar’ kit! Any number of colour combinations can be used to make this pretty little pressie and you can literally fill it with anything you please. Shops like The Body Shop are brilliant for these because they stock lots of small, luxury items, like scented lip balm and coconut body butter which are just beautiful to receive and use!
4. Pop Up Party
This is a great additional gift for any girl or boy (celebrating their birthday or who loves imaginative play) because they don’t can throw a birthday party anytime they want, or have a mini party with you! However, I think these are best used as party favours to give to kids as they come through the door so they have the tools to create their own amazing party! You can also personalise your jars using sweet little styling tags like these: http://littleginger.com.au/product/marshmellow-pink-styling-tags/
5. Mini Fairy Garden
This DIY gift is a great present for your little ones to get involved in, because you can spend quality time together to assemble the magical little garden. Arrange layers as shown in the image above and make sure to dispose of the lid of the jar as succulents require air to thrive. – Fairy Figurines: http://littleginger.com.au/product/disney-fairies-set/
This Christmas we have made quite a few of our own to be given as gifts to family and a very special Kindergarten teacher, using both succulents and terrarium suited mini plants. Both Connor and Amelia have loved these projects, here are just a few… we hope you enjoy!
Have fun with DIY jars the options are really quite endless.
– Nikki –