Merry Christmas in a Jar


Hi Everyone! I am excited to be here on Design Dazzle today and share Christmas in a Jar!
My name is Kiki…
Yes, that is my head shot today because in real life I actually look like this:

 

On a normal day, you can find me cleaning, driving, running around and chasing after my 3 little kiddos while currently 36 weeks pregnant! Yep, that’s right..just 4 weeks to go and I will have 4 little kiddos to care for and love!  In my “spare time” you can find me at my blog:
Kiki Creates is a place I like to share all my crazy ideas in the form of projects, tutorials and free printables. I also have contributors who write on Fashion/Makeup, Cooking, Photography and Fitness/Health!So you have to know…I LOVE CHRISTMAS.  I love all the magic, the smells, the sights..I love that everyone seems to have a smile on their face, that serving someone is a normal occurrence and that I get to think of meaningful gifts for my loved ones. I LOVE IT ALL!This year may be a little crazy though. With baby #4 making his appearance somewhere in the first part of December, I know the month will go faster than I can imagine, so having EASY, QUICK, and THOUGHTFUL gifts will be to my advantage this year.

Today, my idea is for neighbor gifts…or gifts for those around you, who you want to wish a Merry Christmas to, but you have a lot of them, so you need to make big quantities and fast!

Merry Christmas in a Jar with Free Printable Tags! Cookies or hot cocoa are a perfect gift to give this Christmas! Featured on Design Dazzle
I love receiving recipes in a jar! I love I can dump them out, add a few ingredients and have something yummy in a matter of minutes. SO let’s talk about putting a few together!
Merry Christmas in a Jar! Delicious Hot Chocolate with Free Printables featured on Design Dazzle
There are many sizes and shapes for jars..you can get them as fancy or not as you wish, and by buying them in bulk, you can save a lot of money!  Do you have a favorite recipe to use in jars?  Make sure you leave a comment with the recipe or a link to it, so we can all try it out!  Here are a few sites you can find recipes at to suit your taste:
Cookies
Soup
Mixes in a Jar
At the end of this post, I will put a link to pick up these tags for free!  All you have to worry about is printing and cutting.  I love having a little cuteness to make it even more personal!
Using the free tags, you can create a lot of different tags. The cocoa tags can be embellished with the added elements on the free download. On this one (left picture), I cut 3 little slits on the tag and added some wire to make it look like steam..and added a few more with snowflakes to make it wintery!  The tea bag tag is attached with bakers twine. The tag on the right is simply cut out and wrapped with bakers twine to be put directly on your jar! So simple.
This has to be one of my favorite parts!  There are so many ways to package up jars…or you can leave them plain and add a tag and be done super fast.
This recipe in a jar is a hot cocoa mix in one jar and a jar of marshmallows in the other..directions for the recipient are found on the back of the tag (included in the download).
The hot chocolate can be made like this:
Hot Chocolate in a Jar via Allrecipes.com
Ingredients
  • 6 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars. Seal, and decorate as desired. These can be stored in a dry area for up to 3 months.

 

Awhile ago I saw this image and knew I had to try it out.
       image chewing the cud via rue magazine
The package I put together, I used a sweet, soft scarf from Target to wrap it in (a fun way to add a little winterizing to your hot cocoa mix!). Using the technique shown above I wrapped it, and then because I had enough material left over, I tied a bow at the top. Love how soft and warm this one turned out!
To save a little money and to have the opportunity to use ANY fabric. I used a 20″ x20″ napkin to wrap these two in. Any fabric can be used for this..so imagine the possibilities with this one!

 

And here is a simple recipe in a jar with a tag tied right to it. Still beautiful, still homey, still fun!  I love this idea as you can make it as elaborate as you would like..think adding cups to the hot cocoa mix, a mixing spoon with cookies or a ladle with soup, etc.
To download these tags, go HERE.
I cannot wait to see what you all do with them!
Thanks for having me, Toni..and Merry Christmas, everyone!Make sure to check out all of our Christmas Wonderful series… 

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Posted on November 14, 2011
 
Categories: christmas, Christmas Wonderful, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, holiday ideas

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  1. DesignDazzle.blogspot.com says:
    November 14, 2011

    LOVE everything! Thank you Kiki for sharing such cute ideas! The FREE printables are awesome!!
    Hugs,
    Toni

  2. Anonymous says:
    November 14, 2011

    So cute! Love those tags! Thanks for the great ideas and printables.

    Rachel S.

  3. glenda says:
    November 14, 2011

    I just love this idea for gifts to friends this year! Thanks so much Kiki for the free printables!

  4. keecam says:
    November 15, 2011

    Oh.
    Em.
    Gee!!!
    Kiki YOU are totally awesome and my new hero!! 4 kids and you come up with this??!?! So AMAZING! Thank you ever so much!!!

  5. Khris says:
    November 20, 2011

    Very cute…thanks for sharing…I have linked to you on my Freebies blog…Khris

  6. Kate says:
    November 20, 2011

    How creative! Thanks for sharing.

  7. DesignDazzle.blogspot.com says:
    November 21, 2011

    Thanks Khris!

  8. Beth Ann says:
    December 9, 2011

    How wonderful!! I especially like the idea of wrapping it up in the scarf! Great idea for a teacher's gift! The tags are precious! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Consultoria RH says:
    December 12, 2011

    Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor. Consultoria RH

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