Easy Diy Christmas Gift

I don't know about you, but I love giving personalized gifts! I think it shows the recipient that you actually put some thought into the gift and that you care. Yes, we live in a world of convenience and haste. But, sometimes it's better to pick out a few of someone's favorite items and make your own gift basket than to get a generic basket of random things that may end up in the trash.

A few ideas:
  • For the coffee lover - A mug with an initial on it filled with chocolates and a coffee shop gift card
  • For the office holiday grab - A basket of healthy, energizing snacks, and a desk calendar with motivational quotes (for a daily pick-me-up)
  • For a friend who just had a baby - A gift certificate for a mani-pedi, along with an exfoliating scrub or aromatherapy lotion
Let me show you a diy gift I  made for two of my closest neighbors.

These mason jar gifts are not only adorable, but they can be reused! And you know I love to upcycle. 
Here's what I used for this project:

  • 2 wide mouth mason jars
  • vinyl contact paper
  • printed images 
  • scissors
  • chalk paint
  • twine

Step 1: Search for desired image and print to size. I googled tree/ snowflake silhouette, and opened it in a word document to resize.

Step 2: Cut out the image, trace on to back of contact paper, and cut out

Step 3: Place vinyl image onto the mason jar. Be sure to press the edges down firmly to avoid getting paint under the image.

Step 4: Paint the mason jar starting at the edges around the image. Let dry, and paint a second coat.

- I waited a couple of hours for the paint to dry completely before adding the second coat.

Step 5: When paint is completely dry, remove the vinyl image. If any paint bled under the vinyl, carefully scrape it off with a sharp knife.

Step 6: Add twine around the rim of the jar using hot glue to attach.

Step 7: Fill with candy (or whatever you want), wrap in cellophane (or put in a gift bag), add a gift tag and bow. And voila! 

 - These size mason jars fit perfectly in the large loot bags from Dollar Tree.

These would make perfect teacher gifts! Let me know what you think.

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10 Super Easy Diy Christmas Decoration Ideas

As I'm working on my own Diy Christmas Decorations, I thought I'd share some adorable, easy, and budget friendly diy projects I found on Pinterest. Most of these projects can be done with supplies from Dollar Tree! Check out these 10 Super easy Diy Christmas Decorations.

1. Make these snowman ornaments with the kids by One Little Project

2. Or mini wreath ornaments, made with mason jar lids, by Sadie Season Goods

3. Simple and easy porch decoration with recycled boxes by The Seasonal Home

4. Try these glittered candles for a simple centerpiece by Two Sisters Crafting

5. Check out these glass jar luminaries by Crafts by Amanda

6. Dollar tree decorations so simple a child could put it together, by Frugal Wife Wealthy Life

7. How about a beaded mini tree? by Mess for Less

8. Or these huge ornaments made with plastic balls, by Smart School House

9. Try a spin on the traditional wreath, by Southern Charm Wreaths

10. And this gift bag wall art couldn't get any easier! by The Crazy Craft Lady

Will you try any of these? Next week I start an Instagram series called #12daysofchristmascrafts. Follow me @simplymindy3, and tag me if you decide to diy your Christmas decorations! I look forward to seeing what you come up with.