It seems that I just can’t help myself. When I get ready to give someone a gift, suddenly I have the urge to make it even better. A perfectly nice gift of homemade peach jam in a mason jar, seems well, slightly under dressed for the occasion. What do I do? Why dress it up, of course! Here’s a few methods that I use to dress up my gifts of home canned or homemade gifts in jars. All are easy on time and your pocket book.
Cup Cake Liner hats
Simple and easy.
1.Choose a bright seasonal color or a patterned cupcake liner.
2. glue stick
3. Mason Jar gift
4. Piece of twine, string, bakers twine or ribbon to compliment the gift and the cupcake liner
5. A handmade tag
First step, take the cupcake liner paper and flatten it out.
Place it over the jar lid and ring.
Remove the paper and apply some glue to the band with the glue stick
Replace the paper and smooth it down over the ring
Wrap the ribbon, string or twine around the top ring and tie
Add the tag and the gift is ready to give!
Double Duty- Pin Cushion Top
This Dress Up makes the canning jar gift a double gift. First, the delicious homemade gift in the jar. When the gift is eaten, the lid can be used as a beautiful pin cushion! Or fill an empty jar with sewing supplies. Now it can sit on the counter and be ready when the button pops off on the way out the door.
supplies: *Note many people choose to make the pin cushion top using fiber fill covered by fabric. I find the fiber fill hard to keep still while being covered by the fabric and often the pin cushion turns out a bit lumpy and sloppy looking.
Using the Styrofoam gives the top a lot more stability and makes it easier to attach the fabric neatly. Use a serrated knife to cut the top off of a Styrofoam ball.
Fabric cut into a 3.75 inch square
hot glue gun
Styrofoam ball with the top part of the ball cut off
a few pins
Ribbon/bias tape/ twine or trim of your choice
*if giving a food gift, use two canning lids. One to cover the food and one to be part of the pin cushion.
1. place the Styrofoam piece on top of the canning lid. Use a small dab of hot glue to hold it still
2. Place the fabric square over the Styrofoam and position as you like it. use glue around the edge to hold the fabric tight. Do not use glue on the top portion of ball where the pins will be stuck in.
3. place the canning lid, with fabric on top, into the canning ring. Trim excess fabric.
4. Screw the pin cushion lid onto the jar
5. Attach the ribbon, string or twine and a tag Fill the jar with some sewing supplies and you are done!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing these ideas for dressed up jars. Have you come up with some good ideas for dressing up gifts in jars? I’d love to hear what you have come up with.
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