How to decorate and present your gifts from the kitchen (jar gifts), and kitchen mixes as well as answers to your most frequently asked questions regarding layering ingredients

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  • Jar Gift Ideas

    Creating beautiful gifts from the heart is fun, inexpensive and unique. Jar mixes can be created using ANY type of mix recipe, including potting mixes for the gardening enthusiast. Choose from one of hundreds of mix recipes in over 31 categories or Individual Mug Mix Recipes.







    View some Various Jar Decorating Ideas

    Attach Raffia Ribbons Add a Square of Cloth Layer Your Ingredients Attach Whisk/Spoons etc
    There are a number of ways to decorate your Gifts in a Jar.

    1. Paint a Design on your Jar before filling it.
    2. Layer the ingredients in the Jar like Sand Art
    3. Wrap the entire Jar in Tulle or Fabric
    4. Attach a Tag using ribbons or Raffia
    5. Wrap the entire Jar with Colored Cellophane or Fabric
    6. Simply add a finish tag & Pretty Label
    7. Place several different size mixes in a Themed gift basket
    8. Purchase odd shaped jars at dollar stores & fill them
    9. Attach small whisks, wooden spoons, mini garden trowel, jute, etc to spruce up your jar
    10. Decoupage photos to your jar, or pieces of Tissue paper for a stained glass effect
    11. Attach a cookie cutter with some ribbons or raffia
    12. To create a star effect with you layers, slide a toothpick or Kebob Stick down the sides, allowing the ingredients to "Star": See below
    Before: Ordinary layers Use Knife or Kabob Stick Star all the way around, add fabric & tag

    1. Use hot-glue to add Flowers, spice ornaments.
    2. If making a jar for a grandparent, let the kids use different colors of paint and "Handprint" the jar
    3. Decorate with stickers
    4. Make your jar sparkle with Glitter Paints
    5. Use Babyfood Jars for Dip mixes & Single serving "Mug" Mixes
    6. Create a Raffia Bundle by cutting 6" pieces, bundle the center with a twistie tie. Fluff it out a bit & attach to jar with hot glue
    7. Create a Victorian "feel" to your jar by attaching dried flowers and a drapery tassel
    8. Top jar with a doily & paint the lid, glue on a fabric heart, bat, christmas tree etc
    9. For western theme, wrap bandana around jar & attach mini straw hat
    10. Decorate jar or bottle with natural materials such as mini pine cones

    How should I layer the Mixes? There is no right or wrong way to layer your jar mixes. However, to make the jar most appealing, try using various textures & contrasting colors. For instance in a Butterscotch cookie mix, place a layer of flour first, brown sugar second, nuts third , butterscotch chips fourth and so on. The variety will add appeal to your gifts and make them visually enticing.
    Here are several tips for successfully layering your jars.
    1. Start with the lightest ingredients first: Flour (be sure to mix your baking soda, powder, salt if listed). This will ensure that the mix incorporates smoothly.
    2. Pack down each layer firmly. I've used the bottom of a cup, back of a spoon, small ladle, etc to be sure each layer is packed tightly.
    3. Add your nuts, raisins, chocolate pieces, candies and other larger, more coarse ingredients.
    4. Items such as flour, cocoa powders, powdered milk often leave a light powdery residue on the jar. To remove this simply wipe the inside of the jar with a paper-towel before adding your next layer.


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    Comments 2 Comments
    1. sherry53's Avatar
      sherry53 -
      Love this idea!! what great gift ideas !
    1. fevco1's Avatar
      fevco1 -
      I love this idea, and could be made several at a time. I'm all about saving time. Did not see a "thank you" button, but this was my first article, so maybe I will learn.
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