festive topped jars are my fave

December 6, 2011

I’m not going to lie, I’m not the best paper gift wrapper. Those blasted corners never seem to lay flat. So I’m happy to come up with alternative forms of wrapping. Throw something in a jar and screw on a festive lid? I can handle that.

To make your own you’ll need:
– glass jars with lid
– miniature toppers (scan the ornament, Christmas village and kids sections)
– spray paint in color of choice
– hot glue gun
– a treat (popcorn, M&Ms, white chocolate pretzels, whoopie pies)

Give the jar lids and miniatures a good spray with the paint, you might need to do two coats. When fully dry, hot glue the miniature onto the lid top. Fill the jar with something yummy and top it. Deliver to friends while jamming to Manheim Steamroller in the car.

– smooth glass jars from Hobby Lobby
– deer, tree and nutcracker from Michaels

images: Yan Photo


  • On December 6, 2011 , sherri lynn @ life of a wife said:

    Super cute idea!

  • On December 6, 2011 , tiffany said:

    love these! i never tire of a good use of jars.

  • On December 6, 2011 , Mal @ The Chic Geek said:

    These are so adorable!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Jennie said:

    I’m crazy about this idea! Brilliant and so festive!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Brooke Premo said:

    You are making me so excited with your projects! Stuff like this is perfect because it’s so cute, but it doesn’t end up being an expensive gift – right up my alley!

  • On December 6, 2011 , anna said:

    this are a cute idea!!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Rebecca - A Daily Something said:

    Precious!!! And I love the new photography!! 🙂

  • On December 6, 2011 , Corrie Anne said:

    Oh. I really like that. I have a treat exchange coming up. I hate wrapping gifs. I’m the worst. I make my husband do it! 🙂

  • On December 6, 2011 , Gloria said:

    Super cute idea, as always!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Mykol said:

    Who’s the hand model? Gorgeous! 🙂

  • On December 6, 2011 , Lena said:

    How damn adorable!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Genevieve said:

    This is such a fun idea! I love how you can stick ANYTHING on top of that jar- maybe create a scene with the figurines on a top of multiple jars, or commemorate a different event by gluing your wedding cake topper on top of that jar and using that to hold memories of your wedding day. Endless possibilities!!

  • On December 6, 2011 , heodeza said:

    Super cute, as always!
    And the photos are lovely too… love the soft colours of the background in the first one…

  • On December 6, 2011 , marcella said:

    wow, that’s cool

  • On December 6, 2011 , Sara B said:


  • On December 6, 2011 , Elisha said:

    I love this idea quite a lot! Thanks for sharing all your brilliance with us!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Tanya said:

    Very cute alternative to wrapping!

  • On December 6, 2011 , Becky said:

    Awesome! Cute idea. Thank you!

  • On December 6, 2011 , brooke said:

    ok, while I don’t agree with your music choice, I must say these are some of the most adorable jars ever. I love them. Well done! thanks for always inspiring me. xo

  • On December 6, 2011 , Katie said:

    darling. And the photographs really add to the feeling of your blog.

  • On December 6, 2011 , Jillian said:

    Such a clever idea! I also love the Mason jars made into snow globes idea.

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  • On December 7, 2011 , mj said:

    Wow, these are so stinkin’ adorbs! May have to steal this idea this holiday season… ;]

  • On December 7, 2011 , casey said:

    i love these!! what a great and easy project with so much punch!

  • On December 7, 2011 , KT said:

    I love the idea and the photography!

  • On December 7, 2011 , ashley said:

    i LOVE this idea! what a cute blog 🙂

  • On December 7, 2011 , Beth said:

    I am so glad to have found you again! So many pretty things and great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  • On December 10, 2011 , Susan said:

    What an awsome idea! And what a great way of using an ornament that I don’t really want to put on the tree any more, or those ornaments that you get as gifts that maybe you aren’t that crazy about. Seems like you always get a couple or ornaments from those holiday parties that you aren’t in love with. 🙂

  • On December 10, 2011 , Emily said:

    You inspired me! I made pine cone-topped jars and filled them with my peppermint popcorn for neighbor gifts. Thanks for the great idea! See the finished product here: http://instagr.am/p/YZcg3/

  • On December 10, 2011 , Jess said:

    By Scott, you have gone and solved my family food gift packaging dilemma for 2011. I am forever grateful for your creativity. Huzzah!

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    These are so cute! The one with the Xmas tree is my fave 😉 Fabulous idea!

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    ridiculously adorable!

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