The holidays are fast approaching and after Thanksgiving, we are all scrambling to get our ducks in a row for Christmas!
So, what do you do if you’re a last minute shopper like me and don’t really feel like braving the cold, or the crowds this year?
You rummage through your cupboards and take out all of those old mason jars that you seem to accumulate over the years. Even though you’re not really sure where they all come from, they are the perfect gifts!
Today we’ll be making three affordable, adorable and simple DIY gifts that anyone in your family will absolutely love! Oh yeah, and they can all be made for under a dollar!
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We will be making:
An adorable mason jar snowman
- White paint – you can use any kind of paint you want! Just use whatever you have around the house. But I do recommend some kind of acrylic or chalk paint. If you don’t have white paint laying around here is an acrylic paint that is perfect for this project is a great price!
- Mason Jar – I always have at least five or six mason jars tucked away in the back of cupboards at all times! But if you don’t, I highly recommend buying them only at your local St. Vinny’s or consignment shop! I bought mine for only .20 cents! You can’t beat that price!
- Orange Acrylic paints – This is for the carrot nose! Of course, like I said above, any acrylic paint will do but if you don’t one handy, here is the exact paint I used from Hobby Lobby for only .96 cents! Vivid orange paint.
- Black Acrylic paints – another paint I always seem to have laying around the house! But if not, reference the link above for black paint!
- Scrap piece of fabric – Use whatever fabric you have laying around the house as a scarf we will wrap around the snowman.
Grand total price of the gift: about .75cents! Less if you already had everything laying around the house! And because you will have extra paint left over or if you choose to purchase more paints, you can use these for many more projects to come!
Step 1. Clean your mason jar with soap and water and make sure to get any hair, spider webs or any other debris off of it before we begin painting.
Step 2. Paint your entire jar white. Wait for 45 minutes to an hour between coats or just until dry. I needed three coats on mine but it seems to just depend on the jar. Once the jar is completely dry, we will begin making the snowman face!
Step 3. Grab a piece of paper and draw out the carrot nose. Trust me, I learned the hard way to draw this out first! Cut out the nose to make a stencil and tape the stencil to your mason jar.
TIP: Pull the paper as tight as you can to avoid the paint going underneath. You may need to touch up the nose a bit like I did once you take off the paper!
Step 4. Once the paint is dryish, if the orange paint is too dry on the paper, the paper will pull off onto the jar, but if the paint is too wet it may get on your white paint, so just make sure it’s dry enough, but not too dry! Remove the stencil and there you have it, a nose!
Step 5. Using a smaller brush, hand draw on the circles for the eyes. You can also use the stencil method from above if you’d like. Draw on the eyebrows as well if you want!
Step 6. Do the same for the mouth drawing dots in a “u” shape. My tip for the mouth is to start with the circle in the middle then move out, drawing two circles on either side!
Step 7. Cut a scrap piece of fabric and tie it around the bottom of the snowman jar, glue in the back first where you want the scarf to begin then tie it around and secure with glue.
OPTIONAL STEP: You can use a clear acrylic sealer if you’d like at the end before putting on the scarf. If you are not putting water in it, you can omit this step. The acrylic paint should last as long as it’s taken care of it.
Step 8. Wrap. Give. Enjoy!
Peppermint sugar scrub!
- Sugar – pretty self-explanatory! Any sugar will do, whatever you have laying around the house is best!
- Peppermint extract or peppermint essential oil – It’s up to you which you use. peppermint extract is a constant in my kitchen because I love the smell but if you have peppermint essential oil on hand, use that!
- Vanilla extract – Another essential in my kitchen! Again, I’m just using vanilla extract here but you can purchase vanilla oil or a more organic version if you’d like!
- Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil, 23 Ounce– the coconut oil helps with dry skin which is never fun in the coming cold winter months! Again, I always have coconut oil on hand but if you don’t I’ve linked to a coconut oil that works wonderfully! Coconut oil can also be used in cooking, oil pulling your teeth and so much more!
- Acrylic or Chalk Paint – This is 100% optional! I chose to paint my jar red because it was peppermint but it’s up to you! Refer to the links above if you would like to purchase chalk paint!
1. Clean your jar of any debris with soap and water.
2. In a separate bowl, melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. How much depends on the size of your jar.
3. In a bowl combine, 1/2 cup sugar, the melted coconut oil and about a teaspoon of peppermint extract and about a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until desired consistency and of course, add ingredients as needed.
5. Paint mason jar is desired. If not omit this step.
6. Put peppermint scrub into jar and screw on the lid!
7. Wrap. Give. Enjoy!
Snowflake Mason Jar
- Mason Jar– Let’s put those empty mason jars to good use! And trust me, your friends and family will LOVE these!!
- Twine or string – You can use twine or string for the top of the jar. This just gives your jar a bit more decoration.
- Acrylic Paint – Feel free to use any color you would like for this!
- Jingle Bells – We will tie these onto the top of the jar to give it a bit more decoration and make it look really cute! You can use any color you would like!
- Snowflake Stamp and Pad – You can of course paint on your own snowflakes but we like using a stamp and pad better!
1. Paint your mason jar your desired color. Wait 45 minutes to an hour for each coat to dry. Depending on the paint, you may need two or three coats.
2. Once the paint is completely dry begin stamping on the snowflakes all over your jar!
3. This is the final step! First, put the twine through the jingle bells and then wrap it around the rim of the mason jar. Tie a bow to complete this step!
4. Wrap. Give. Enjoy!