Today we’re sharing four really easy homemade mason jar gifts you can whip up real quickly for your peeps. If you don’t want to give them away, you can, obviously, keep ’em.
In fact, the chicken feeder candy dispenser isn’t going anywhere. The only problem with that is keeping it filled!
The first one is the Chicken Feeder Candy Dispenser because it is the easiest thing in the world. What do you need?
- SMALL MOUTH canning jar. A wide mouth jar won’t fit into/match the metal feeder.
- Chicken feeeder. These are also called mason jar feeders, galvanized feeders, or poultry feeders. You shouldn’t pay more than $5 for this part. It’s actually two pieces–the top snaps onto the bottom, so make sure you don’t leave with just one half! They are also made with plastic in bright primary colors.
- Treats to put into the jar.
What do you do? It’s easy.
- Load the jar with treats of your choice. Obviously these need to be small enough to fit through the little holes. Load it as full as you can.
- Screw the chicken feeder onto the mouth of the jar.
- Tip it up and shake the first treats down into the feeder.
Next is the Canning Jar Lids. Don’t you love when a friend shares the gift of something they’ve preserved over the summer? Why not give them a gift back they can use for their jars? These were made just for Christmas.
- Decide what papers and decorations you’ll use. We picked buttons that went well with the papers and tied embroidery floss onto each one.
- Measure the size circles you’ll need for wide or small mouth jars. Make an assortment!
- Cut the circles.
- Glue the decorations onto the paper far enough into the circle that they won’t get in the way of the lid rings.
These make already pretty jars look really cute!
It qualifies as a mason jar gift because little canning jars are the perfect containers for the sugar scrub. We’ve posted about cinnamon sugar scrub and eucalyptus sugar scrub before. This time we made lavender sugar scrub. Lavender is a good essential oil for a foot scrub because it’s known to help muscle aches, blood circulation, it’s an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and treats various skin disorders.
We live very near a lavender farm and used their oil since it is local. We try to visit the farm every summer during their festival. The first time I went I learned that bees basically get drunk on the lavender. They’re swarming around the plants and you can hear their constant (and pretty loud) buzzing in the air. If you’re afraid of bees, this can be unnerving because you want to walk through the rows to pick the lavender stems. The bees don’t care. They will leave you absolutely alone. I kid you not. I couldn’t find our local lavender oil to share with you, but this one will work.
Back to sugar scrubs though. Everybody loves them and they’re wonderful to use. This time, we brought the amount of coconut oil down even more and the formula is still great!
Here’s the recipe in the cinnamon sugar scrub post except that we added food coloring to this. Keep in mind that you don’t have to use any food coloring at all.
Finally, we’re sharing mason jar sewing kits. These are great–so handy!
These are a little trickier to make than anything else. First, collect the supplies you need. This is a good starting list: thread (at least black and white), scissors, seam ripper, tape measure, thimble, fabric glue, sewing needles, sewing pins, safety pins.
Certainly there are other things people use but these are basic supplies and the gift recipient can add additional items as they need. It seems like many moons ago when Brittan left for school and I gave her this sewing kit.
Because the lid is a Large Mouth lid and you won’t struggle with being able to close the lid because of too much fabric. Trust me. Here are the instructions on how to make the sewing kit lid with pictures from when I made Brittan’s. First I show pictures of how the process SHOULD work, and then what actually DID work.
Add batting between the fabric and the lid.
How’d you do? The first time I did this, I didn’t use enough batting. The paint I sprayed onto the lid ring rubbed off and showed how high the batting would be above the top of the lid. Not even close to how much I needed for the look I wanted so I had to start over.
Just right. This time I put the batting in and made sure it was enough. Then, I marked where I would iron on the letters to spell FIX, redid the process, and finally cut the fabric tabs to glue onto the bottom of the lid. I had to wrestle with the fabric a little bit since it’s already under the ring, but it closes onto the jar tightly so it’s perfect. This is enough batting to get some pins and needles into and it also looks better.
Brittan has used her sewing kit a ton. She frequently reminds me how handy it is. She’s got more than black and white thread, a fabric glue stick rather than liquid fabric glue, and a needle threader. She also tosses extra buttons into her jar so she can find them easily if one comes off a piece of clothing.
Gift giving is fun! You don’t even need a reason (even though it is ‘the season’). Get busy making these super simple and cute mason jar gifts!