‘Tis the season for holiday parties and it’s always nice to take a hostess gift. I am a huge fan of taking food as a hostess gift and this time of year cookies are always on my mind. Ball canning jars make a perfect decorative container and there are so many ways you can pretty them up without being a crafty kind of person (like me). Today I want to show you 3 easy ways you can decorate a glass jar to make it pretty for your hostess. The best part is they are relatively inexpensive and everything can be found in your local craft store.
Easy Chalkboard Art
I am in love with the whole chalkboard craze going on. Perhaps that could be because part of my branding is the chalkboard look that was created BEFORE the whole fad, I might add. Who knew chalkboard paint was so easy to use? I just might paint my whole house chalkboard. I am loving these sweet and easy DIY chalkboard art jar toppers. Create and write whatever you want to say. Goof up? Erase and start over. SCORE for me the non-crafty crafter. So perfect for a hostess gift that can be made ahead then personalized when you need a quick gift.
- Paint the jar lid with 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint. Let dry thoroughly in between each coat.
- Fill the jar with your favorite cookies.
- Add a pretty ribbon.
Easy Fabric Topped Jar
I am fairly certain these fabric covered jars have been around for forever. Probably at least since Little House on the Prairie times. They are cute and so easy to pull together. You can buy fabric by the yard if you are an all around crafty sewing kind of person or run into A.C. Moore, WalMart, etc. for small swatches of fabric. Fold, cut in a circle, top the jar, tie a bow, and voila you have a pretty little easy DIY hostess gift. Don’t be afraid to pop a 13th cookie in that jar. Baker’s Dozen is the best way to go.
- Cut out a square of fabric that is 2 inches bigger than your jar lid.
- Fold it into quarters and cut into a cone shape.
- Add a sticky dot or dab of glue to the center of the jar lid.
- Center your fabric on the lid and gather the fabric around the jar.
- Tie with a ribbon.
Craft or Washi Tape Topped Jar
I resisted the allure of pretty washi tape and crafters’ tape as long as I possibly could, but this glittery gold pulled me in. Who knew how easy it is to make things pretty? You just might find too many rolls of craft tape in my desk drawers from now on.
- Cover jar lid with strips of tape.
- Trim edges.
- It’s basically that easy.
More Great Handmade Holiday Ideas
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