Wednesday, 24 October 2012

For the love of craft: jam jars

It's really not that long until Christmas, especially if you're someone who likes to make all their presents (which can't be done in a last minute rush on Christmas Eve). So over the next few weeks, I'm going to share with you some low cost crafty Christmas gifting ideas.

First up - Upcycling Jam Jars!

Start saving your jam jars, because there are so many great things you can do to turn them into the perfect gift.

Herb Garden or storage

 

Attach jam jars to the wall and fill with herbs - great if you live in a flat with little space for planters.
The Not Just a Housewife blog explains how to make these. Or, use the same method to create storage jars for craft materials.

Cakes in Jars

There are loads of recipes and ideas for these on the internet, but here are a few of my favourites...


Cheesecake in a jar. Great idea for dinner parties. Or a gift to take along to a dinner date at a friend's. Check out My Baking Addiction for the recipe.



S'mores cake in a jar. Love this for halloween, or bonfire night. Take it along to the fireworks with you! Recipe is available  at How Sweet Eatshere.



Mini pies. A yummy winter warmer and a really cute gift. There are loads of different flavours and recipes over on the Pizzazzerie blog.



Cookie recipe in a jarBakerella shows you how to make really cute cookie recipes in a jar - great present for kids. They even have printable labels to help you jazz up your jars!


Tea Light holders

 
Wrap strips of pretty fabric, glitter or paper round jars and cover with pva to make cute tea light holders.

Hanging vase

Attach a wire handle and some pretty ribbon to create hanging vases.

Picture frames and 'scrap books'

Put old picture in jars to create unique picture frames. 
Put oil in the jar to give it a vintage feel...

Memories jar - fill jars with tickets, shells, memories of your favourite holidays - like a 3d scrapbook!

Lanterns


If you're feeling really clever, drill holes onto jar lids and create hanging lanterns for your garden - great for parties!


Match jar

Cut a hole out of the lid and replace with sand paper - fill with matches, et voila! Check out The Burlap Bag for instructions.


There are probably loads more amazing ideas out there for jam jars - who knew you could do so much with them? Don't forget to share ideas or makes with us on Twitter @ciciandmarie.

Marie ♥

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