How to make gifts out of glass jars

Updated July 20, 2017

Making gifts out of glass jars is a wonderful way to give great gifts. Reusing glass jars is also another "trash to treasure" idea because you can recycle glass jars, such as peanut jars, jelly jars, pickle jars, soda pop glass jars and other glass jars, too. There is a multitude of elegantly designed jars for you to use or even buy. You can make these glass-jar gifts for the holidays or just as a delicious treat for someone special. Creating glass-jar gifts is a creative craft you will want to do all year long.

Gather the glass jars you will be using to make them out of gifts. You can buy jelly jars from the store or recycle a glass jar, such as a peanut butter jar, jelly jar or pickle jar. Wash these jars out throughly, and make sure they are free from past smells and food.

Decide on what type of gift you want to create with the jars. To make gourmet soup jars, fix the jar with all the dry ingredients layer by layer. Try to add each ingredient, as it would be added in the cooking pan. Fill the jars with beans, lentils, spices, seasonings, herbs or whatever the recipe calls for.

Create a colourful design with the ingredients by alternating colours and food groups. Create a flavourful cake mix or cookie dough jar by adding the dry ingredients the same way. Although, this time, you are adding ingredients such as sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.

Create gift jars with tea and drink mixes, spices and seasonings, herbed vinegar oil or olive oil jars, pancake mixes, dog or cat treats. Or put together nature jars with leaves, sand, berries, seashells, rocks, flowers or other nature items. Mix bath concoctions or potpourri gift jars.

Make themes out of the jars, and make special birthday gifts with the person's favourite items inside the gift jar. Design your own label on the computer and put on the front of the jar. Another nice touch is to add a fabric covering on top of the jar, and let it overlap so that you can wrap a ribbon of bow around it.


Be creative with the gift jars. Add fancy labels to each jar. Use ribbons and bows for decoration.


Be sure the top of the jar is securely closed so that nothing can leak out.

Things You'll Need

  • Various glass jars/jelly jars
  • Fruits and or vegetables
  • Cake Mixes
  • Cookie Mixes
  • Drink Mixes
  • Olive oil or Herbed Vinegar oil
  • Spices and herbs
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