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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