Party in a Jar

Party in a Jar

A few weeks ago my friend sweet friend Amanda shared a photo on Instagram of a gift she had just wrapped in a jar.  I nearly fell out of my chair at the cuteness.  I just love how creative she is!  She inspires me…a lot!

I loved the concept so much that we decided to team up to share some easy holiday gift giving ideas, using that clever concept of hers, on each of our blogs.

I had so much fun with this project and decided to create holiday teacher gifts as my contribution.

Party in a Jar

It’s really important to me that we give each of our teachers a special gift, but because both of my kids have multiple teachers I have to make sure I can pull it off without blowing my budget.

Here’s what I came up with…

I included a hand painted paper mache ornament, a small bottle brush tree, 2 packages of Starbuck’s hot cocoa, a Starbucks gift card and a little bit of sparkle through gold sequins, glitter, and gold paper stars.

Here’s how I saved money:

I bought one package of fancy hot cocoa which will be divided up between multiple gifts.

I found the deer and bottle brush tree at the craft store in packs of 5, again allowing me to have enough to create multiple gifts.

I found the paper mache ornament at the craft store (on sale for only .88) too and painted it myself.

I also tucked the gift card into one of my new printable folded gift tag designs, so that my kids had space to add a personal note or drawing to their teachers.

I chose to use tall jars, which I was able to buy in a case at the grocery store for around $10.

I painted mine with gold spray paint to give them a little festive flair and because I’m totally a sucker for gold spray paint.  It’s a little tough to see in the photo, but I left a strip unpainted near the top so you can get a little peak at the contents.  The paint will end up getting a little scuffed or scratched with use, but I don’t mind.  I really like the vintage feel it gives the jar, and I think it works well with the vintage/modern contents.

The last thing I did was add a bit of thrifted lace, some twine, a tiny tinsel wreath that I made out of a tinsel pipe cleaner (also from the craft store), and the little dear.

After the gift giving is over, the jar will be able to be used as a container for treats or a vase for greens during the holiday season.

I can’t wait to give these to our teachers this holiday season, but right now it’s time to head over to Amanda’s blog, Oh My Little Dears, to see the holiday gift giving jars she created!