DIY food gifts in jars + free printable labels

I’m a sucker for cute packaging (haven’t you ever been tempted to buy something *JUST* because it has cute packaging?!) and that definitely includes the everything-looks-cuter-in-a-Mason jar trendWhat’s not to love?  They’re inexpensive, can be found at your local grocery store, are made in a range of sizes, and they even come in vintage aqua blue!  (Although you’d better hurry, it’s a limited edition.  FYI: Target and Fred Meyer/Krogers still have them in stock.)  If you can’t find the blue ones, you can even tint your own in a rainbow of colors.  Or paint them.  Or glitter them.   For holiday gift packaging, this week I showed you how to make felt holly Mason jar toppers.  To use this same idea year-round for gifts in jars, simply change the shape of the felt tag to fit your theme…a layer cake or number or balloon for birthdays, or general shapes like stars, hearts, circles, or someone’s initials.

Felt holly jar topper and tag_tutorial at Handcrafted Parties My good friend Lia Griffith is a fabulous graphic designer (aka: the next Martha Stewart) and is constantly sharing beautiful free printables on her blog, liagriffith.com.  Last month she shared an entire FREE collection of chalkboard-style printable labels for all kinds of food gifts, which are perfect for the holidays.  (Click on the link to go to her post and there’s a red tab at the end of the post you can click to download the printable labels.  You can even edit them with your own text, so they can be completely personalized!)  If you want to be extra fancy, you can also print her free matching wrapping paper for your gifts, or to make tags or cards or envelope liners.

Christmas Food Label Printables_on jars_by Lia Griffith Christmas Food Label Printables by Lia Griffith Holly Chalkboard Gift Wrap Printable_Lia Griffith Homemade Snacks in Jars

Gifts in jars_baking mixes_round-up by Handcrafted Parties buttermilk chocolate chip pancake mix  {Photo + recipe by A Cozy Kitchen}

Homemade Baking Mixes in Jars

Gifts in jars_dessert dips and sauces_round-up by Handcrafted Parties chocolate chip coconut butter  {Photo + recipe by How Sweet Eats}

Homemade Dessert Sauces + Dips in Jars

Gifts in jars_drink mixes_round-up by Handcrafted Parties homemade peanut butter hot cocoa mix  {Photo + recipe by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures}…a few mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups sprinkled on top wouldn’t hurt either.

Homemade Drink Mixes in Jars

Okay, I’m off to the kitchen…my crates of jars are waiting.  Now comes the hard part…how will I ever decide which recipe to make?!  I want them ALL!!

Before I go, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Grandma and Grandpa arrived from Ohio this week to stay until New Year’s and the kids are basking in all the extra love and attention.  More house guests will be arriving early next week, so we’ll have 10 people staying in our house–packed and busy, but fun and hopefully lots of great memories.  I’m going to be taking some time away from the blog over the holidays to rest and enjoy being with family and friends, but rest assured I’ll be back after New Year’s to share some fabulous parties with you, including my daughter’s Supergirl Art Party with lots of tutorials and printables by my friend Lia Griffith.  You won’t want to miss it!

Thank you to everyone who has found my little blog in the 3 months since I started–it’s become a wonderful creative outlet, a chance to share my love of teaching others, and a fun way to meet and collaborate with fellow bloggers that I respect and admire.  I’m humbled every time you come here to visit and I can’t wait to see what fabulous ideas, projects and opportunities 2014 has in store!  If you ever have any questions or suggestions about content for the blog, please feel free to leave me a comment!

Cheers,

Lisa :)

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