48 Homemade Gifts in a Jar [tutorials]


Homemade gifts in a jar is an easy and inexpensive way to make homemade gifts!  Simply layer the ingredients for any of these recipes in a jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift.  Voila!  Here are 48 homemade gifts in a jar complete with recipes and lots of pictures so you can make them at home for your friends and family.

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Homemade Gifts in a Jar

Homemade Gifts Pie in a Jar Recipe

1. Tiny Tarts:  How to Make a Pie in a jar – This is a really in debth article fully illustrated on tips to make tiny tarts in a jar.

2. Single Serving Pie in a Jar – Step by step instructions on how to make the crust and pie filling on how to make these single serving pies.

3. Pumpkin Pie in a Jar recipe – I filled the jars 3/4’s full per and kept an eye on them as they will not take as long to bake as a full pie.

4. Cherry Pie in a jar – These darling single serving pie’s make a thoughtful gift for any occasion. Homemade Gifts in a Jar

Pie in a Jar Recipe

5. You’re Sweet as Pie – This is the perfect home made gift idea for any occasion.

6. Crisp in a Jar Recipe – Ditch the crust, throw on some streusel topping and make fruit crisp instead. Crisp! In a Jar!

7. Apple Pie in a Jar – I love you, tiny pie in a jar! I’m a crust lover, so this has the perfect crust-to-filling ratio for me.

8.  Chocolate Chip Pie in a Jar – This recipe was used as a Mother’s Day gift but you can use it for any occasion. Cake in a Jar Recipe

Cake in a Jar Recipe

9. Amber’s Lemon Summer Cupcake-in-a-jar recipe – I made this for my son’s teachers birthday and it was a great hit! It also makes a great full size cake.

10. Red Velvet Cake in a Jar – Oh my yummy!  I just love how this red velvet cake was deliciously and carefully crafted into this jar.  I couldn’t find where the original picture was from but it looked way to good to not show you.

11. Cupcakes in a Jar – What a cute idea. Bake the cupcakes in a mason jar, cool, frost, and decorate.

12. Cupcakes in a Jar with icing – Use your favorite cake batter (tip: if you use cake mixes like me, try adding 1 c. sour cream to the batter.  Makes it even better!). Homemade Gifts in a Jar Cake 13. Pumpkin Cake in a Jar – Bake up some delicious pumpkin cake directly in jars  which can be topped with whipped cream or frosting.

14. Darling Pumpkin Cake in a Jar – Look at how this little cake actually looks like a pumpkin!

15. Getting All Jarred Up Wedding Favors – If you’d like to share your comfort food with family and friends at a Southern wedding.

16. Patriotic Cake in a Jar – Perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial day  or just because. Recipes for Cookies in a Jar

Recipes for Cookies in a Jar

17.  Girlfriend Cookies in a Jar – Christmas Cookies with the Chicas event with friends and we just sat, talked, and ate homemade cookies.

18. Toffee Blondies Cookies in a Jar – Not only does this make an adorable gift, but these Toffee Blondies are insane.  Sweet, crunchy, and full of toffee bits.  The jar looks adorable and is minimal effort.

19.  Cranberry Hootycreeks Mix in a Jar – I thought the mason jar image would work perfectly for a “Cookies in a Jar” gift ensemble!

20.  Cookies for Santa in a Jar – Most kids love to leave a plate of cookies for Santa.  But having time to bake on Christmas Eve can be a challenge.  This gift makes it easy to throw together a batch of cookies in a hurry.  {{with printable label}} Homemade Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts

21.  Scented Bath Salts – Here is a fun an easy homemade gift idea you can make to pamper someone special.

22. Lemon Hand Scrub – I have been using this simple mix for a few years and it is the best recipe to rejuvenate your skin and bring your fingertips back to life.

23.  Homemade Sugar Scrubs – These easy-to-make sugar scrubs can have all the glamour of a luxurious spa gift.

24. 5 Homemade Bath Salts & Soaks – Five homemade recipes you can make for bath salts and soaks. Halloween Homemade Gifts

Halloween Homemade Gifts

25. a mason jar filled with candy corn and peanuts – I decided to tie the tag I made to a mason jar filled with candy corn and peanuts. YUM!

26. Spooky Candy Jar – This vinyl is also great for gift ideas. Look at how it transformed this candy jar.

27. Vampire Bites Favors – Fill the  jar with black licorice , black & purple jelly beans, or Orange Hershey Kisses and they make for some stylish table decoration or pop the jars open for everyone to enjoy.

28. BOO jars – A fun way to decorate a Mason jar for Halloween Mason Jar Halloween Crafts

Mason Jar Halloween Crafts

29. Specimen Jar for Halloween – These specimen jars literally took 2 minutes to make.

30. Jar o’ Lantern – When the paint is dry, mine took ten minutes but most take one hour, peel off the contact paper and look at your lovely Jar o’ Lantern

31. crafting: haunted terrarium

32.  Halloween Cookies with printable label – You’ll love giving out this fabulous cookie treats in a jar all decked out for Halloween.  {{with printable labels}} Thanksgiving Homemade Gifts

Thanksgiving Homemade Gifts

33. Happy Thanksgiving Homemade Pumpkin Butter – This will be fantastic spread onto pancakes, toast.

34. Dinner Rolls Baked in a Jar – Use a Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Rolls recipe and make single serving rolls baked into a darling jar.

35.  Mini Single Serving Pie in a Jar Place Cards – You can also dress up your table and use the jars as place cards for your Thanksgiving table.

36.  Caramel Apple Jam – delicious homemade canned treats are wonderful to give away to your friends and family, so we decided to can most of the apples in the form of caramel apple jam. Christmas Homemade Gifts

Christmas Homemade Gifts

37. Handmade Snow Globes:  Round Coca-cola snow globes or baby food jar snow globes

38. Classic Cocoa – Layer the ingredients for homemade cocoa in a jar, add a ribbon and a tag, and you have a simple but stylish gift.

39. Peppermint Stick Cocoa in a Jar – This mix will fill a 1-quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant.

40. The Christmas Spirit Jar – Keeping the Christmas Spirit alive the year ’round is something that many people would like to do.  We put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. Reward Jars

Reward Jars

41. Wise Choice Jar – In the day to day activities of mommy-hood it’s super easy to focus on the things our children are doing wrong.

43. Jar-o-fun – We wrote ideas for things to do on little slips of paper and then put them into an empty canning jar.

42.  Rainy Day Jar – It is simple to make and we also use it at times when it’s too hot (or cold) to go outside.

44.  The Joy Jar – The idea is that you can choose a card from the special jar whenever you need a little extra happiness to make the day brighter. *  Darling Embellished JOY jar Mason Jar Craft Ideas

Mason Jar Craft Ideas

45.  Mason Jar Soap Dispenser – Use the pump out of one of our “Softsoap” dispenser and poke a hole in the top of the mason jar lid.

46.  Canning Jar Lamp – Here’s how to turn an ordinary canning jar into an attractive electric lamp using a canning jar lamp kit.

47.  Mason Jar Hurricane Lamps – Made out of a mason jar, candle holder, and gorilla glue.

48.  Doggie Treat Gift Jar – Here’s how to make some Peanut Butter Goodness Dog Treats and a fun chalkboard paint decor idea.

48 Homemade Gifts in a Jar Tutorials

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48 Homemade Gifts in a Jar

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  1. great article, lovely idea to put pies in a jar. I’ve seen those mason dispensers before and would love to make some. We have tons of jars!

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