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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