Making beautiful Christmas Gift in a Jar presents is fun, inexpensive and very unique. The kids (of all ages) can really get involved with this and make Christmas giving even more personal and special.
Gift in a Jar mixes can be made using almost any type of basic recipe. Depending on the type and quantity of the mix, you could even use colourful coffee mugs, wide-necked bottles, etc.
It goes without saying that whatever containers you choose to use, they must be spotlessly clean and dry before putting in the mix. Soak the jars, mugs or bottles, together with their lids, in boiling water for 5 minutes. Let dry naturally on a rack – don’t use a drying cloth that might contain other germs!
To maintain hygiene I recommend that you fill and seal the jars with your mix first, before going on to decorate the outsides – that way sticky and paint or gluey fingers won’t get inside the jar.
Here are some ideas of how to decorate those jars, bottles and mugs.
Creating your own Sand Art by layering mixes in a jar
There is really no exact way to layer your mixes but try to make the layers contrast with one another by texture or colour. For example, place a layer of flour at the bottom, cocoa powder next next, nuts next, chocolate chips, marshmallows, oats, all on their own layers. The variations will add appeal and you won’t have to decorate the outside of the jars all that much.
Here are some tips for creating your sand art jars.
Look at these ideas for filling your jars in the articles below….
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.