DIY Gifts In A Jar – Gingerbread M&M’s and Oatmeal Cookie Mix
You’ve all seen how much Ethan loves getting his craft on. The Glowing Wishes In A Jar is still his favorite. So, with the holidays literally right around the corner, we decided to bust out a new Gifts In a Jar craft. Only this one, we’re making to give as presents. Oatmeal Cookie Mix with Gingerbread M&M’s! They are available around the holidays – only for a limited time. I grabbed myself a bunch of bags, stuck 2 in the freezer to save for later (what? don’t judge) And, we set out to make some super awesome Oatmeal Cookie Mix Gifts In a Jar!
DIY – Gifts In a Jar – Oatmeal Cookie Mix
After a few trial and error sessions on layering, we figured out you should put the flour at the bottom. We made more than 1 ‘sand in an hourglass’ type of gifts in a jar. Not pretty my friends. Also, if you peek at the photo there, you can see I put a small, circular piece of wax paper above the Gingerbread M&M’s layer. Sort of holds the oatmeal cookie mix in place better. Especially if you plan on shipping these, which we will be doing! We layered ours in this order:
- 3/4 Flour, 1/2 TSP Baking Soda, 1/2 TSP Salt, 1 TSP Cinnamon (mixed on bottom layer)
- 1 Cup Oatmeal
- 1 Cup Gingerbread M&M’s
- Slip in Wax Paper Here
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup White Sugar
- Top with 1 Cup Oatmeal
DIY Gifts In A Jar – How To
Also, after yet more trial and error (Pinterest lies. Just saying) we realized it’s better to decorate your gifts in a jar AFTER you fill them. Because Ethan likes to do all this by himself, we picked a fairly easy decoration. But, you can get pretty darn fancy and crafty with this part! Keeping it simple, we:
- Cut out square shaped material large enough to hang over sides of jar.
- Make a tiny point to mark center.
- Stick in between ring and cap. Seal jar.
- Cut enough decorative ribbon to make a pretty bow.
- Tie bow around top of jar.
We made a simple template in a Word Doc for the card. Printed the rest of the directions for the recipient to follow while baking up the Oatmeal cookies. (1 egg, 1 TBS Milk, 1 TSP Vanilla, 1 Stick Butter.) Printed that on the back and a cute ”To/From’ on the front. We also attached a tree ornament around the neck of the jar for just a touch of added decoration. And… Done! Gifts in a jar are a really awesome way to get kids involved in the whole spirit of giving. And, they do love getting crafty, right? It’s a super affordable way to make everyone on your list feel special. Who doesn’t love receiving homemade gifts? Especially when you get to eat those goodies? Win/ Win!
Ethan polished off all the brown Gingerbread M&M’s since we used the red and green ones. He said they are super chocolate-y with a nice kick of gingerbread flavor. And, not the spicy kind of gingerbread either. (whatever that means, he thinks you should know)
Don’t they look awesome! Yes, we already ate the whole 1st batch. Taste-testing, quality control, whatever. Glad I grabbed those extra bags to stick in the freezer!
Ready to get your crafty side on and make some Gifts in a Jar this year?
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Jenn @TheRebelChick says
Great minds think alike! I am spending this afternoon making chocolate chip cookie recipes in a jar for a special blogging Christmas project! I make these every year, but have never thought about using Gingerbread M&M’s. What a great idea!
April Golightly says
What a great idea!? this would be a great hostess gift!
Tammilee Tillison says
Thank you for the tips. I never would have thought about putting the flour at the bottom of the jar.
I love cookies in a jar ideas. I wish someone would make me one. 🙂
What a cute idea!!!! I want to try this for the upcoming holiday!
Ellen Christian says
Sounds delicious & I love the bow!
Mel @ Outnumbered 3 to 1 says
Very creative! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite! #client
These are so lovely. I was wondering what size mason jars you used for these???
I used the large ones. 😉
Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers) says
What a fun and festive way of putting a smile on a friend or neighbors face. Thank you for the idea.
sounds delish and looks pretty too:)
Hi! This is SO cute and I’m definitely doing this to save money this year. M&Ms were BOGO at CVS so I got two bags for $2 after coupons!
What size jars did you use? This is not the same Kat that posted before, lol, I swear!
AWESOME tips with the coupon!!!
I used the large mason jars! 🙂
This is a great recipe- thank you! My daughters and I made a test jar last night and then baked them- so good! Tonight I am prepping 25 of them for 4th grade class party project tomorrow. I made one giant bowl of the flour mixture but not sure what the kids should measure for their jars in class- just shy of a cup of the flour mixture??? Please help, I’m seeing double by now!
I’m glad you liked them!!
A whole class!!?? That’s a huge undertaking LOL I would say, break out a calculator… take how much you made, divide it by the # of kids making them, that will equal how much each will use total. Then divide that by 2 (since there’s 2 layers per jar) and that will be how much they use for each layer! Did that make sense??
Come back and tell me how it goes!! I’d love to see pics too!!!
Thanks for the reply! I know there are 2 layers of oatmeal in the jar but isn’t it only 1 layer of the flower mixture? On the bottom? Please say yes, I’m stressing now and confused that you said to divide the flour mixture by 2…. party is as 12:00 EST…..
OH!! Yes!!! You’re 100% correct!! Flour ALL on bottom layer!! I don’t know why I was thinking oatmeal!!
Holiday brain fog….
Sorry… don’t stress! You got this 🙂