Christmas Cookies in a Jar

How to make Christmas cookies in a jar

Christmas Cookies in a jar make a great gift for teachers, coaches, or anyone who deserves a little Christmas cheer!

It’s that time of year again, time to start thinking about holiday gifts for the special people in our lives. In our home, my girls have always wanted to contribute to holiday giving, so that means coming up with easy craft ideas for Christmas gifts. These Christmas cookies in a jar are a wonderful solution. They are pretty, easy to make, and taste great! I got this recipe years ago from a friend, but I think it originated in Family Fun magazine. Here is how to make these festive holiday cookies in a jar:

christmas-lights-dividerHere is what you need for each jar of cookies:

  • 1 quart glass wide mouthed jar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered candy (such as holiday M&Ms)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa-crisped rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Ribbon and decorative tag

To Make the Cookies in a Jar:

  1. Add the ingredients to the jar in the order listed above, packing down each layer with the back of a spoon as you go.
  2. Screw on the jar’s lid, using a pretty ribbon to attach a decorative tag with the important baking directions (see below).

Here is what the baking directions say:

Happy Holidays!

To make your holiday cookies, cream together 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl. Add the contents of the jar and stir until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

**If the cookies were going to a teacher, we also attached a picture of the girls to make it a little more special.

directions for making Christmas cookies in a jar

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 For some more great Christmas cookie party ideas, be sure to take a look at the Christmas party themes on our website, Creative Party Themes!

Glass Ball Ornament Crafts

glass ball ornament craft

Here are some glass ball ornament crafts for both kids and adults that can help you create easy and beautiful gifts for family, friends, and other special people!

Photo Ball —  A great way to commemorate the year is with this glass photo ball. These make perfect gifts for grandparents or other family members. Since we have two daughters, I glue their photos back to back so that the ornament shows a smiling face from every direction!

Materials:

  • Clear glass ball ornament
  • School photo (or other small photo)
  • Small beads, gems, or other decorations to fill in the bottom of the ornament
  • Narrow holiday ribbon
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint pen (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pull the metal top off the ornament and fill the bottom with a few colorful beads or decorations.
  2. Glue two small photos together, sandwiching a piece of ribbon between them.
  3. Carefully roll the photos and insert them into the ornament, gluing the ribbon to the top of the ornament so that they wll stay upright.
  4. Place the top back onto the ornament.
  5. Add a decorative piece of ribbon as an ornament hanger.
  6. **Optional: I like to use paint pen to date the ornament and to add another small piece of ribbon around the metal top.






Swirled Paint Ornament — This is a beautiful and easy ornament craft for any age. My kids first brought these home as a school project when they were in pre-school.

Materials:  swirled paint ornament craft

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Acrylic or tempera paint in 2-4 different colors
  • A plastic cup

Directions:

  1. Remove the metal cover from the ornament.
  2. Squirt a blob of one color of paint into the ornament and swirl it around to spread the color.
  3. Add a second color and roll the ornament in your hands to create a swirly pattern.
  4. If you wish, add a third and/or fourth color to the mix.
  5. If you still have clear spots, cover the ornament’s opening with a paper towel and shake it a bit more vigorously. (**Note — Try not to overmix the colors or you’ll end up with a muddy mix. If this happens, you can always rinse out the ornament with warm water and start over.)
  6. Turn your ornament with the opening facing down into a plastic cup (so extra paint will run off) and allow it to dry for a few days.
  7. Once dry, but the top back on and add a ribbon to hang your masterpiece.

Glitter Gem Ornaments — These pretty ornaments can add some sparkle to your tree. People will think they came from a store!

Materials:  gem ornament craft

  • Solid colored ball ornaments
  • Plastic gems with adhesive backs
    (Or you can use glue dots to hold gems in place)
  • Gold glitter paint pen
  • A plastic cup

Directions:

  1. Stick your colored gems onto your ornament.
  2. Rest your ornament in the plastic cup. Use your glitter paint pen to outline the gems on the top half of your ornament.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Once this half is dry, flip the ornament over and repeat, outlining the remaining gems and allowing them to dry.
  5. Add a pretty ribbon to the top to hang your finished ornament.

  Once you’ve made your amazing ornaments, why not host an ornament exchange party? Check out our sister site, Creative Party Themes, for some ideas to help get you started!

Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Thanksgiving place cards

Do you have children coming to your home this Thanksgiving? Here is a fun idea for children’s Thanksgiving place cards that look like corn on the cob and hold some special surprises to keep them busy during your holiday meal!

 We have a big family, and that means lots of kids at the Thanksgiving table.  Every year I try to do something a little special for them. Handprint turkeys, newspaper pilgrim hats, and the creation of a paper bag puppet show have all been Thanksgiving Day highlights. Last year we had 12 children at our Thanksgiving celebration, and that meant a big children’s table, so I thought it would be fun to give them something to keep busy while the adults chatted over coffee.  These toy filled, corn on the cob inspired place cards turned out to be just the thing! Here is how to make them:





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Children’s Corn on the Cob Thanksgiving Place Cards

Stick an assortment of goodies inside each place card

thanksgiving place card craft materials

Here are the materials that you will need

 

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Materials:

  • Toilet paper rolls (1 per person
  • Yellow construction paper (cut to fit rolls — about 4.5 by 6″)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Ribbon to tie ends
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Toys to fill the toilet paper rolls (**We used things that would keep the kids busy like crayons, paper, stickers, and small games, but you could substitute anything you choose)

Directions:

1. Glue the yellow construction paper to completely cover the toilet paper roll

2. Fill the roll with goodies

3. Wrap the roll with green tissue paper, leaving a strip of yellow showing to look like corn, and enough extra paper at the ends so that you can tie it off.

4. Tie the roll at the ends like a candy

5. Write each child’s name on a place card or attach a decorative name tag to each

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Make a Back to School Time Capsule Keepsake

How to make a back to school time capsule keepsake

Do you ever wish that you could capture a moment in time as your kiddos start each new school year? One fun way to do this is by creating a time capsule keepsake containing items and information that reflect the special memories important to your family each year. A time capsule is a fun and easy project to do with your children every year as they get older. You can include photos, mementos, and important milestones and memories and tuck them away to open in the future! 

Here is a free back to school time capsule keepsake printable that you can download and use in your project!

printable time capsule fact sheet





Add to your time capsule any keepsakes or mementos from the year such as photos, ticket stubs, or small items that will bring back favorite memories.

You can make your time capsule look really great in a variety of ways. One of our favorites is to put things into a glass jar and write the date you want to open things up on the lid using a permanent marker.

Another is to print the information page on colorful scrapbook paper and to roll it into a  paper towel tube. Cover the tube with crepe paper and tie the ends with ribbon (so the time capsule looks like a piece of candy.) Save the time capsules to open next year!