Projects so far

Saturday, 29 October 2011

43rd project completed! - Gift jars

With Christmas fast approaching, I am already looking for gift ideas.

Rather than discard all these glass jars I thought I would have a go at making some gift jars! They are decorated with a clue to the item inside. These are a very effective way of creating your own unique gifts.


  • Old glass jars
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • PVA Glue
  • Varnish
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Coloured rubber bands
  • Small scissors
  • Pinking shears

1. Start by removing the labels from your jars, I soaked mine overnight in a bowl of washing up liquid and hot water. The labels easily peeled off in the morning!

2. Cut a circle of fabric the size of the top of the jar plus 2cm all round. This will make the jar cover.

3. Print off some pictures from the internet to correspond with the items you are going to fill the jar with. For example I printed off some pictures of some beautiful Victorian baths for a jar to hold small bath bombs, and some crayons for a jar to be filled with crayons for a nephew who loves drawing!

4. Cut the pictures out really carefully and glue them onto your jar. Once dried, cover each picture with a coat of clear varnish to protect them.

5. To finish fill your jar, pop the lid on and cover the lid with your circle of fabric. Secure with a rubber band.

There we go, a very simple way of making unique gifts for all the family. Why not make one for everybody this Christmas reflecting their interest?

I have actually been very busy this week with another project. My Daughter is on the Hollycombe float at the local carnival. The theme is 'Ivor the engine' and she is posing as Idris the little red Dragon! Being 14 1/2 she is not best pleased but I have been relishing the making of her outfit all week - those of you with Teenagers will understand how great it is to get your own back sometimes.

The Dragon outfit was made from some left over sweatshirt material given to me by my Stepmother after a clear out and it was stuffed with some more of the pillow stuffing from the other week.

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