Dressing your Jar – a Guide to a Quaint DIY Gift

A simple-to-make gift, for any occasion. Do the following:

1. Get a glass jar, with a thick lid. You can find many at Hobby Lobby at various sizes, in the shape of the jar pictured.

2. Get a piece of scrapbook paper of your liking. Cut out a circle that fits the top of the jar lid. Apply Mod Podge, of any kind. I like how this one came out with the glossy type. After pasting the piece of scrapbook paper to the jar lid, apply a layer of Mod Podge on top. You may want to apply another layer twenty minutes later. Wait another twenty minutes for this part to dry.

3. Paint the rest of the jar with a color of your choosing. It helps to pick a glass-friendly type of paint. While this jar lid pictured turned out well, you can see that there was a struggle getting the paint to look solid on the glass. I ended up liking the imperfection and kept it this way. Either way, wait for the paint to dry, and apply two layers of Mod Podge around the edges, and even the top again (where the scrapbook paper was pasted).

4. Wait for lid to dry.

5. Get out some knick-knacks, to include decorative river stones, marbles, raffia, etc. I chose to throw a handful of river stones inside this jar.

6. Fold some paper cranes. I chose magazine paper. Here’s a video tutorial on how to make some origami cranes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSijU52XJ7w

7. In this jar, I was able to fit three cranes made from 4” by 4” squares cut from magazine paper. If I had put any more, it would have looked tacky with the river stones already inside.

8. When two hours have passed, get your painted jar lid and put it on top of the jar. If the layers of paint are thick, you may see some of it chip from the inside of the jar, where the lid and the jar’s interior are wedged together. This is okay.

9. Get out some twine, ribbon, or another string-like material. The thickness is up to you, so choose whatever length you’d like. Cut yourself a piece (I chose green jute twine) and wind it around the neck of the jar over and over. If you experienced paint chipping at the base of your jar lid, you’ll be happy to see that it is now concealed by the layer of twine, ribbon, or string-like material you chose to decorate your jar. I decided to tie a thick knot and tuck it underneath the layers of twine wound around the jar neck.

10. This is entirely optional, but I did cut out a circular piece of adhesive felt to stick onto the bottom of the jar. It glides along nicely on surfaces when you do that, and well, this is something I like.

So finished is a simple, decorative jar you can give on any occasion. Of course, paper cranes don’t have to come in your jar. You can personalize it however you wish. This is also a good idea if you have spare mason jars and Starbucks coffee bottles that reign over the fridges of local convenience stores. Also, ridiculously inexpensive. I think I got the jar for $3.65. Everything else I had around my room for a little too long. Enjoy!