Seasonal Crafts: Make Your Own Gift Jars

Try making your own gift jars this year, because one of the nicest presents you can give is a gift of food from your own kitchen.

Spend a little time and dress up your pickles or preserves as a special gift at Christmastime.

  • There are many easy ways to cover those little metal tops. Start with a circle of colored paper or fabric that is two inches larger than the jar top.
  • Secure it with several turns of fine gold cord and knot the cord, leaving an inch or so hanging below the knot.
  • Secure the knot with sealing wax for a special touch. Or tie on a frilly fabric or paper doily, using a fancy ribbon and a small bouquet of dried or paper flowers.
  • Traditional checked gingham gives your gifts a country look; use pinking shears to cut the circles. Or glue lace onto fabric for another look.
  • For a delightful touch, draw and cut out appropriate stencils (a strawberry for strawberry jam), and apply them to muslin with fabric paint.

Make Your Own Gift Jars

Illustrated by Margo Letourneau


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Aside to using jars for jams

Aside to using jars for jams and jellies, I'm intersed in using different size of jar (pasta, pickles, and salaz jars) for gifts. I want to know how to create different things with them.