Thursday, December 16, 2010

Holiday Treats

Now that our Chanukah celebration has ended, it is time to stir up some spicy egg nog and get my craft on with some special handmade Christmas gifts!   This is one of my favorite gifts to give to friends and neighbors:  A canning jar filled to the rim with delicious trail mix and red & green m&m's! 

After running the glass jar and lid through the dishwasher, and making sure they are completely dry, I filled the one-pint jar with a special blend of peanuts, butterscotch and chocolate chips, raisins and almonds.  I interspersed red & green peanut m&m's to create a delicious, festive colorful treat. 

I then embellished the outside of the jar and lid with holiday paper, red satin ribbon, a punched label that I stamped with the word "Holiday" and mini letters spelling "treats."  Then I punched out a large circle and mod-podged that to the inside lid.  After tightening the lid, I added a vintage style ribbon.  Lastly, I hot-glued holly and a bright snowflake button to the front of the jar.   
This makes a nice gift on its own. However, I decided to add a set of holiday kitchen towels and bright red and green place mats. Using a plain brown paper sack with handles, I embellished the bag with scalloped red paper, a name tag and two "slices" of holiday ivy and three red "berry" buttons.  Everything then goes into the gift bag.

This entire gift was very economical.  The jar and embellishments were on hand; the place mats are from the Dollar Store, and the towels are from HomeGoods.  Be sure to use fresh trail mix and candy.  And don't eat too much of the goods while you put this together or else you will have to find a much smaller jar...Happy Trails!
Thrilling Thursday at Paisley Passions


  1. Such a great idea Doreen! I love this for gift any time of year. :D

  2. Hi! I know you are a follower of my site so wanted to let you know that I will be featuring some other bloggers on my site! You can go here to enter a creative craft/recipe!

  3. Very clever. I know my family would enjoy doing something like this. I think we'll be doing this for our neighborhood.

  4. Hi Doreen, your Holiday Treats that you shared at Project Queen's Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Party was viewed the most! I will be featuring them tomorrow evening. Thanks so much for linking up and posting the button. Hope you come back again and share another great craft idea.

  5. This is such a great idea, I especially like how you decorated the jars. I found you through Project Queen, I'm a new follower, please drop by when you have a chance.

  6. Great idea as always. I love using jars and yours is beautiful!


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