During the holidays, you probably want to show a lot of people how much they mean to you. You likely do this by buying them gifts — but why not make them gifts instead?
When you take the time to craft a gift yourself, it conveys more of what’s in your heart. It shows you care enough to put the effort into making something just for them. At a time of year when everyone seems busy and rushed, a homemade gift can send a message about your priorities and what you consider important. Homemade gifts can also help you save money this holiday season.
Mason jar gifts offer a unique and beautiful way to get your message across to your recipient. Some people may have empty ones at home available for use, but you can also find them at local art stores or buy them online.
The craft instructions in this infographic are for a single mason jar, so if you plan to make more than one, be sure to multiply the supplies to meet your needs.
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Tips for Mason Jar Gifts
Perhaps you’re a craft veteran, or maybe this is your first time on the DIY bandwagon. Either way, you can use these tips to make beautiful mason jar holiday gifts for your loved ones.
How to Remove Labels From Your Jar
Any glass jar will work for these gifts, just make sure you adjust the material you need to the size jar you have on hand. Reusing your glass jars is a wonderful way to make your holiday greener. But how do you ensure the sticky residue from a label doesn’t mar the end product? Follow these steps to safely and thoroughly remove a label:
- Fully submerge the jar with its lid off in a sink of hot water.
- Add a few drops of dish soap to the water.
- Add two cups of white vinegar to the water.
- Let the jar sit for at least half an hour — the longer the better for the vinegar to work its magic on the glue, which gets neutralized by the vinegar’s acidity.
- Remove the jar from the sink and remove the label. It should come off clean, without any sticky residue. If a few pieces do get left behind, scrub gently with steel wool or spray the residue with WD-40 and rub with a paper towel.
- Rinse the jar under cold water and leave it out to dry on a drying rack for a couple of hours.
How to Sterilize Your Jar
You want to be sure your mason jar is as clean as possible, so you’ll want to sterilize it prior to getting started on your project.
The easiest way to clean your jar is to place it in your dishwasher and run a sterilize cycle.
You can also wash the jar by hand, then place open-side-up in a pot of hot water. Keep the pot lid off while you raise the temperature to boiling for 15 minutes. Let the water cool slightly before removing the jar with tongs. You can sterilize the lid by washing it.
Have Fun Making DIY Holiday Gifts
Part of the fun of the holidays is showing you care. Enjoy making these gifts for your friends and family! Find more money tips and ways to save on our blog.