Mason Jar Christmas Gifts with Ball®

The best gifts come in a jar! Create a custom Christmas gift that can be treasured (and re-used) for years with a dozen quarter-pint Ball® jars and your imagination!

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Christmas is coming – and that means gift giving! Tired of struggling to find the perfect gift for someone? Create your own with this 12 Days of Christmas gift box that can be customized for anyone and used year after year.  {FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Jar Fresh Preserving Products; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.}


The best gifts come wrapped in a jar! So, grab a dozen quarter-pint Ball® jars and a divided box (I found mine in the Fall section of Michaels and it was on sale! Yay!) and you could have this project completed in an afternoon. That includes drying time!

This would make a wonderful new family tradition – your kids will love helping you shop for and fill the jars each year. My husband and I worked on this together and had a blast!

I was able to find almost everything I needed in one trip to Michaels, and used embellishments I already had at home for an added touch. *Indicates items purchased at Michaels.


  • divided wood box*

  • 12 4 oz./quarter-pint Ball® quilted jelly jars*

  • spray paint – I used Rust-Oleum Universal in Pure Gold and Cardinal Red*

  • Cricut Maker*

  • Cricut Premium Vinyl in White*

  • ribbon*

  • adhesive – liquid glue/glue dots/hot glue gun*

  • painters tape

  • sandpaper

  • number stickers

  • buttons or other assorted embellishments

  • assorted small gifts or food items

  • colored napkins

  • optional – screwdriver (if box has handles)

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1. Remove the lids and bands from all jars and remove bar code sticker if necessary, then spray paint all lids and bands and set aside to dry

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2. Remove hardware from box.

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3. Tape off open end of box.

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4. Gently sand any raised area on the box (in this case, the painted phrase on the front and back).

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5. Spray paint the box until fully covered and set aside to dry.

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6. Once the box is completely dry, add Christmas phrase to the front and back. I created this free SVG cutting file just for you to make this project even easier! Click the link then right click and select “save as” to download the SVG to your computer. I cut it out with my Cricut Maker in white vinyl.

7. Fill jars with assorted treats. See below for some fun gift ideas!

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8. Put lids and bands on each jar and use adhesive to add ribbon and embellishments to each jar lid.

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9. Add numbers to the tops of each jar. Note – you will need FIVE 1s for this project. 1, 10, 11 (two 1s), 12 – so make sure you have enough before starting this project, because…uhhh…I didn’t. Another option would be to cut the numbers with your Cricut or other die cutting machine!

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10. Add your jars and voila! A custom, heartfelt, handmade project for the favorite people in your life. Want to add a pop of color to the box? Open a paper napkin and tuck it in to each compartment of the box before adding the jars.

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Want to include homemade goodies in these mini Ball® jars? One of the best things about them is not only are they food safe, the seal on the lid keeps your food items fresh. Check out a few other easy to find (or create) ideas:

sweet tooth: candy, mini cookies, sprinkles, trail mix

child: legos, plastic beads, coins, goldfish crackers

crafter: buttons, washi, chipboard embellishments, rolled ribbon

meaningful: handwritten notes from family members, favorite sayings, bible verses

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Holiday Sandwich Board Welcome Sign

Want to create a fun and festive welcome for your guests this season? Create a sandwich board! We used an old shoe store mirror (repainted with Rust-Oleum Universal Pure Gold spray paint) but you can create one with foam core, wood, or whatever tickles your fancy - then get out your Cricut and some vinyl and get your craft on! {FTC disclaimer - I received some of these products free of charge. This blog post also contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Cricut Maker or Explore Air
We wish you a Merry Christmas image in Cricut Design Space
Cricut Vinyl - we used white
Cricut 12x24 mat
sandwich board

I started with this Merry Christmas image from the Love SVG Season to Sparkle cartridge (one of my FAVORITES!!):

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Then added the rest of the phrase using the VeryBerry font (can be downloaded from multiple places online), welded the words, attached the entire image and I was ready to go!

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Creating the sandwich board was so easy - we found this old shoe store mirror at an auction and got it for less than $10. We covered the mirror on both sides, spray painted the entire piece, let dry, then removed the paper and cleaned the mirrors off before adding the vinyl. So easy and fun!

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Trash to Treasure: Turn an Ashtray in to a Side Table!

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We love a good flea market find - and this might be our favorite/most practical yet! We found this old metal ashtray for $5 and it sat in our garage for a looooooong time. In fact, it went from our garage in Washington State to our garage in Kentucky before we found a use for it - as a side table in our guest room!

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We removed the lid, hosed it off to remove the dirt and dust, and we were ready to paint. Note - if you find something with lots of rust give it a quick sanding before you start the painting process.

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This Rust-oleum Universal is pretty darn amazing. No priming and the paint goes on thick, smooth and easy. We did two coats and it was fully covered! We used Satin Nickel but it comes in a TON of colors and finishes.

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Our last (and hardest) step was finding the glass top! We ended up buying ours on Amazon, but they are also available at Walmart and a variety of other retailers in a bunch of sizes so you can find exactly what you need for your project. Adhere it to your table with clear Gorilla Glue and voila - you've got a side table!

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If you love a makeover like we love a makeover check out these other fun projects!

Maya Road Signed Sealed Delivered Kit

Those of you who were around for "the good old days" of scrapbooking probably know Maya Road. A family owned company that has been around for almost 15 years - we became friends when our booths kept ending up near each other at consumer shows across the country - remember those? Gaaaaaaahhh!!! The industry may have changed but Maya Road's creativity and the quality and uniqueness of their products continue to be amazing. They've just launched a new website and sent me one of their card making kits to celebrate - so I made everything BUT cards with it! Well ok - I made two cards - and you know what? I loved it! Today I'm sharing instructions for SIX projects I made with the kit goodies, and there were PLENTY of leftovers for more! {FTC disclaimer: I did receive this kit for free, but the projects are mine all mine! This post also has some affiliate links - so I might make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Layered Border Card
items from kit:
patterned paper
yellow pom pom trim
blue ribbon
small kraft clock
white lace
thinking of you stamp
additional items:
black ink pad
acrylic block
double sided tape
foam tape
die cutting machine and border dies (I used Diamond Press)

Cut assorted strips of patterned paper and run some through border dies.

Stamp thinking of you image on to patterned paper and trim – leaving small border.

Apply double sided tape about 1” from the bottom of the card and adhere pom pom trim. Cut off excess.

Use foam tape and double sided tape to layer strips, blue ribbon and borders to card front.

Adhere kraft clock, small piece of white lace and stamped image as desired.

Mini Pallet
items from kit:
patterned paper
blue flowers
yellow pom pom trim
crystal heart
burlap flower
flower pin
small kraft clock
additional items:
4x4 mini pallet (Maya Road now carries 6x6)
strong adhesive (I used Xyron 3” Sticker Maker)
die cutting machine and hello die (I used Diamond Press)
Stickles (I used yellow)

Cut paper in to 7/8” x 4 1/16” strips and adhere to mini pallet.

Cut hello die and set aside.

Trim flowers from stem and set aside.

Put adhesive on either side of kraft clock. Starting on the outer edge, wrap yellow trim around clock in a circle until it is filled in. Trim excess and adhere crystal heart to center.

Apply flowers, pin and hello to pallet as desired.

Outline visible portions of patterned paper with Stickles and let dry.

Sending Sweet Wishes Card
items from kit:
patterned paper
large kraft clock
typewriter pin
sending sweet wishes stamp
additional items:
black ink pad
acrylic block
white pen
black cardstock
die cutting machine (I used Cricut Explore Air)
acrylic paint (I used FolkArt Aviary Blue)

Cut intricate lace image and adhere to top of card.

String twine through two tags and tie in a bow. Add adhesive to back of both tags and adhere to card – off set to one side. Trim excess tag.

Doodle around edges of tags with white pen.

Stamp sweet wishes image on to patterned paper and trim – leaving small border.

Adhere kraft clock, small piece of lace, stamped image, typewriter pin and silhouette as desired.

Floral Frame
items from kit:
patterned paper
pink flower
tulle flower
wood hearts
additional items:
frame with glass removed (check out this blog post for how I created the distressed pink glitter look with Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray Paint)
acrylic paint (I used FolkArt Baby Pink)
pearl embellishments

Paint small heart and set aside to dry.

Put adhesive on larger heart and apply patterned paper, then trim to fit.

Trim patterned paper to fit frame and add to frame – do not replace the glass.

Adhere pink flower, tulle flower and both hearts as desired.

Bottle Cap Magnet
items from kit:
heart bottle cap
patterned paper
small kraft clock
blue flower
additional items:
acrylic paint (I used FolkArt Aviary Blue and Baby Pink)
magnet strips (I used Xyron Magnet Tape)
pearl embellishments

Paint two silhouettes (paint so they will be facing each other) and set aside to dry.

Snip blue flower from stem and set aside.

Use back of bottlecap to loosely trace heart outline and cut from patterned paper, then continue to trim until it fits inside bottlecap.

Adhere heart to bottlecap, then layer small kraft clock and small piece of lace on top.

Adhere silhouettes, then add flower and pearls as desired.

Add magnet strips to the back of the bottlecap.

Chipboard Heart Ornament
items from kit:
patterned paper
blue ribbon
medium kraft clock
burlap flower
metal clip
scalloped frame
additional items:
acrylic paint (I used FolkArt Color Shift in Blue Flash)
die cutting machine (I used Cricut Explore Air)
strong adhesive (I used Xyron Creative Station Lite)
liquid adhesive (I used Glossy Accents)

Cut ¾” x 1” oval from patterned paper and adhere to scalloped frame. Fill with liquid adhesive and set aside to dry.

Paint silhouette and set aside to dry.

Cut four 5” hearts from chipboard and apply adhesive to one side of each.

With adhesive side facing up, layer two hearts, then apply tulle around second heart.

Add third heart (adhesive facing up).

Adhere fourth heart to back of patterned paper and trim to fit, then apply to third heart.

Punch holes in top of heart and add blue ribbon to create hanger.

Layer kraft clock, burlap flower, metal clip, scalloped frame and silhouette as desired.

One Paint Three Projects with Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint

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The Kingstons have a garage full of spray paint that we use for furniture makeovers, but this month I was challenged by Rust-Oleum to use a can of their Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint in Bright Pink to turn items I had around the house in to something special. I loved it so much I did three projects instead of one! {FTC Disclaimer - I received the glitter paint for free but with no requirement to create this blog post. I do what I want. ;) This post does contain some affiliate links so if you buy something I might make a few pennies!}

If you love Target like I love Target then you might already know about these. If not - you're welcome, or I apologize. Either way. These are concrete jar candles and not only do they look cool...they smell AMAZING. If you live in the Elizabethtown area I can already tell you the Mahogany Embers scent is not available because...ummm...I bought them all. They are also re-useable so make great pieces of home decor. But I digress!

I wanted to create something for my girlfriends that they'd love but also had a personal touch for Galentine's Day. Thanks to my Cricut Explore Air, a scrap of vinyl and some acrylic paint I made a custom stencil and then added some glam with my glitter paint!

To create this project, remove the rope from the lid, then sand it, paint it with acrylic paint, and set aside to dry.

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In Cricut Design Space add a heart image and size to fit your project. Before you select "go" to begin cutting, move your heart image close to the center of your vinyl scrap (mine was 4x8). It does not have to be exact, you just want enough extra vinyl to "mask" your project.

Once cut, remove the heart image from your vinyl and peel the large vinyl piece from the backing and adhere to the candle. I mean - it looks like a HOT MESS - but as long as the heart stencil is flat you don't need to worry about the rest! Use a dauber to apply the acrylic paint to the stencil and let dry, then cover the rest of the candle with painters tape and spray glitter paint until you achieve the desired amount of glittery awesomeness. Don't forget to add glitter paint to the lid too! It dries almost instantly so it is great for those of us who are impatient!

Add a piece of bright ribbon to the lid and you are ready for some Valentine's Day gift giving! I was so giddy with how this turned out I wanted to try a few other quick projects:

I bought this cute little frame from the "dollar section" at Michaels - but you could use any frame you've got at home. To create my distressed glitter look I sanded down the frame, sprayed it with Rust-Oleum primer then applied several coats of the glitter paint until I had the effect I wanted.

Did you know painted heart rocks are a thing? Oh yes they are (warning - you can EASILY get sucked in checking them out on Pinterest)! Don and I brought this rock home from our last trip to Washington State - one of our favorite places in the WORLD - and I had been waiting to paint it but was scared to do it by hand. With the same stencil technique I used on the concrete candle I was able to turn my rock in to a special memento in just a few minutes.

The verdict? Rust-Oleum Glitter Paint is easy (and fun) to use and adds the perfect amount of sparkle with minimal drying time and no loose glitter or sticky glitter glue to mess with. It does not give full coverage though, so if you want to create a look like the concrete candle or painted rock you'll need to paint your project first with a coordinating color. Now - go out there and glitter something!

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