Creative Christmas Jar Projects

I have been seriously thinking of giving some creative Christmas Jar's to some of my friends

and family members this year.

If you are finding that you are looking for an amazing way to use jars, all types of jars, mason,

pickle, jelly or salsa.

You might just discover that you are going to love these creative ways to incorporate jars into your

Christmas decorating and gift giving agenda.  I know I did, I became smitten!


By adding a little greenery, cranberries, water and a candle to a mason jar

an illuminating holiday jar is created.

                                      Snowy Pinecone Candle Jars by crafts by Amanda

Such a cute, cute idea using a jar as a manicure set and then topping it off with a fabric bow.

Lets not stop here, let's personalize it by adding the recipients name with a paint pen!

                                   Peppermint Brownies in a jar from Skip to my

                           Sharing this pretty and tasty Jar gift from A Pumpkin and a Princess

                       Some sand, some candles and some jars create such a dreamy glow.

                     The Graphics Fairy has shared a tutorial and some printable jar labels

                     for these fun and whimsical candy jars.

        Beach Blues  has created some one of a kind distressed shabby chic pint sized jars.


          Create simple earthy beauty by wrapping bark, twine, twigs and greenery around a jar.

                           Sparkles and a Stove  created these cute little snowmen gift jars.

                          Weidknecht  has created a Mason Jar Christmas Candle using coffee beans.

Grab a mason jar, some yarn, a Christmas ornament or two and a LED votive and you

have a sweet little Christmas decoration for your mantle or table.


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Outdoor Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving means so much to me because I am going to be preparing the traditional

meal at our home for my children and their families.

We might even have an outdoor Thanksgiving!

This is the year we will all be together under one roof or star lit sky and my heart is singing.

My theme for my outdoor Thanksgiving table is a combination of rustic and traditional.

I have incorporated pine cones, burlap pumpkins and natural pumpkins into a rustic iron

basket along with some ribbon and Fall leaves.

I am  mixing some china and fall patterned dishes together along with some new porcelain

dinnerware I just purchased, linen napkins and yarn napkin rings.

Reflecting on my childhood Thanksgiving I remember how my Mother prepared well in advance for

Thanksgiving by using the bounty from many of the crops that were grown by my parents.

We had the best, best, russet potatoes ever,  which came from our farm, apple pie made from

McIntosh apples from our apple tree. (yes McIntosh apples are best for sauces, but Mom's

pies were the absolute best.)

To this very day I can see her standing over the stove stirring gravy, mashing potatoes

or  making one of her signature homemade cakes, cookies or pies from scratch.

A pure symbol of her love was preparing and cooking a meal for her family.

In preparation for Thanksgiving day, I have fluffed up some pillows and planted some petunias.

The menu is planned, traditional right down to the creamy mashed potatoes, and you do know they

are the tastiest made with real butter, half and half and some grated Parmesan cheese.

I have taken a dry run on setting our table and creating an outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape.

So, all that is left is to show you the new dinnerware I just purchased.

I am drawn to  dishes with a pattern, but I know that off white is so clean and universal.

I am looking forward to mixing and matching my china, whipping up those tasty

mashed potatoes and preparing a meal with much love for my family, just like Mom did.

Will you be having your Thanksgiving outdoors or indoors?

Please Join Me~

French Country Cottage

Worthing Court

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson


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Vintage Yarn Napkin Rings DIY

The sweet simplicity of these vintage napkin rings is the key ingredient to their charm.

My oldest daughter made them for me during her childhood days, one year for Thanksgiving.

I have packed them all around the United States, for a minimum of 25 years,

I think they have held up really well.

I have gathered a few acorns from our old oak tree, picked a few last blooms of orange zinnias,

just to add a little earthy zest to my Thanksgiving Table this year.

I think it would be fair to say, that one could use twine, jute or burlap if they wanted

to trade out the yarn for something else.

The form of the napkin ring may be made out of any pliable cardboard.

I would suggest Kleenex boxes, a cover to an old tablet, cover to a catalog etc...

Cut the ring form into the size and shape you would like, securing the ends together with either

craft glue or hot glue, then wrap the napkin ring form in masking tape.

Use the material of your choice and wrap the ring until it is well covered securing with glue.

Add a petite bow, bell, really the embellishment of your choosing and presto... magic!

I love them...

Will you be using any nostalgic keepsakes in your home this Thanksgiving...

Please Join Me~

Ivy and Elephants

Cozy Little House


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