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Holiday DIY: Mason Jar Party Favors

Holiday DIY: Mason Jar Party Favors

Budget-friendly, time-saving favors to impress your guests

Behold, the mason jar of wonders.

'Tis the season for holiday parties!

After crafting an out-of-this-world menu, perfecting the centerpiece, and decking the halls with decorations galore, there’s only one thing left on your seemingly endless party prep to-do list — favors.

Create a grown-up goodie bag for your guests to take home that will have them ooh-ing and ahh-ing over your hostessing skills — and what better way to impress than with a homemade favor inside a trendy Mason jar?

Not only are they cute, these DIY ideas will save you time and won’t squash your budget.


Happy Black Friday! Today I have a super fun, totally easy and extra adorable project for you. I know you are all busy shopping and such, so while you are out make sure to pick up the couple of things you’ll need to make these fab Mason Jar Cocktail Gifts for all your favorite boozers! They would make the perfect bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, especially if you personalized each jar – but of course they would also make great inexpensive gifts for any occasion, like the holidays!

  • 16oz Mason Jar Mugs (mouth must be at least 2.5″ wide)
  • 7.5oz Mini-skinny bottles of soda
  • Mini bottles of alcohol
  • Cute straws
  • Twine and tags
  • Scissors

The most important part is that you find soda cans skinny enough to fit inside your mason jar mugs. Here we are using 16 ounce mugs that have a 2.5″ wide mouth so they are a little on the smaller side, but they are darling and the perfect size for a drink. If you use the large 30 ounce size (the kind you wouldn’t normally use for a cocktail, unless you like to party) you’ll be able to fit a regular sized soda can inside them. Your call.

Start with two pieces of twine (to make it nice and sturdy) and tie a double knot around the top of your jar.

Then make another knot but don’t pull it tight yet, insert your straw then tighten – it makes it easier to start the knot first.

Do the same thing and add your alcohol bottle but then finish with a double knot to secure.

Using only 2 pieces of the twine add your tag. Then tie a bow with all four stands and cut to finish. I made this tag using my Cricut Explore using image #M469CA and the writing feature. Make, buy, print or write anything you’d like on your tag.

Total Cost: around $10 each. The mason jar was $2, the straw/twine together was about $.50, the soda was $.50 and the bottles of alcohol ranged from $3 – $7.

Dr.Pepper + Fireball

Espresso & Cream + Baileys

Red Bull + Vodka

Seven + Seven

So before you rag on me for not using 7UP, it doesn’t come in the “mini-skinny” can, only the short-wide can – so it wouldn’t fit. I prefer Sprite anyway :-)

Jack + Coke

I just can’t get enough of these little “parties in a jar”…

Aside from being terrific bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, these would make wonderful small gifts for the holidays, birthdays, summer time parties, and more!

What’s your favorite mixer + soda? I’m partial to the Dr.Pepper and Fireball!

New Mixer Ideas + Larger Mugs!

Update 12/11/15: Check out our second edition of this awesome DIY gift idea! Visit this blog post to find 5 new mixer ideas plus the XL mugs we used!

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY and it will show up on our Get Social page. Happy Crafting!

DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Something Turquoise Photography for SomethingTurquoise.com // DIY tutorial: Jen | Something Turquoise // mason jar mugs: Amazon // tags: made on my Cricut Explore // mini-cocktail bottles: Bev-Mo // 7.5oz Mini-sodas: Amazon Pantry // our straws are from all over: Target, Party City, Michaels and Etsy – but Twigs & Twirls on Etsy has the most awesome sets that you can mix and match // nail polish: OPI – Running With the In-finite Crowd

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Love Mason Jar Gifts? Check These Out!

If you love fun alcoholic gifts in mason jars, you will love our latest project – the Mason Jar Bloody Mary Gift! What makes this a killer gift is the custom recipe for “bloody spice” that we created – you’ve got to check it out!


Easy DIY Mason Jar Gift Ideas for Christmas

Indeed, the possibilities are truly endless as to what you can fit into a mason jar!

So, we figured it was time to compile a &lsquoPart 2&rsquo gift-in-a-jar post to inspire you even more this holiday season!

Lord knows we&rsquore all home a lot more these days and are naturally leaning in to our creative sides.

So, why not take advantage of your increased home time and create some fun, one-of-a-kind, just-from-you gifts?

We&rsquove categorized our mason jar gift ideas as follows:

  • Condiments
  • Snacks
  • Dessert Mixes
  • Sweet Treats
  • Drink Mixes
  • Bath & Body Treats
  • Home Scents
  • Fun Kids Activities
  • Dog Treats

Clearly, our list has something for everyone, including your dog friends!

Because, they celebrate Christmas too!

Condiments mason jar gift ideas

1. Wildberry Jam with Creme de Cassis

Frozen mixed berries are boiled with sugar and a good dose of Crème de Cassis, to create a dreamy & intensely berry flavored jam. It&rsquos sweet but tart, with a big punch of berry flavor!

2. Sweet & Spicy Pepper Relish

This Sweet and Spicy Pepper Relish is deeply flavorful &ndash and even taste-testers who say they don&rsquot like spicy foods love this recipe! It freezes well, too, so you can make it ahead and then present it in pretty little jars whenever you need a quick holiday hostess, teacher, or neighbor gift!

3. Bacon Jam

This amazing Bacon Jam Recipe is the ultimate bacon lovers taste treat. It combines smoked bacon, onion, brown sugar, vinegar and a perfect blend of spices.

Snacks

1. Gingerbread Caramel Corn

Delicious Homemade Caramel Corn Recipe made with warming gingerbread spices and sweet buttery caramel sauce. Enjoy this perfectly sweet and crunchy snack time favorite all holiday season and share your very own gingerbread caramel corn with family and friends for an easy, homemade, edible gift.

2. Maple Candied Walnuts

Sweet and crunchy, these easy maple candied walnuts make a great holiday gift. All you need is some maple syrup and raw walnuts!

3. Holiday Spiced Granola

This Christmas granola in a jar makes the perfect food gift for the holidays. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves combine to create that wonderful gingerbread granola taste.

Dessert mix mason jar gift ideas

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Looking for gift ideas that don&rsquot break the bank? This homemade cookie mix in a jar takes less than 5 minutes to put together and makes a perfect present with a personal touch! This homemade cookie mix in a mason jar makes a great holiday gift, hostess gift or party favor.

2. Gluten Free Vanilla Cake Mix

This homemade gluten free vanilla cake mix makes a great holiday gift. Print out the recipe card and wrap in ribbon.

Sweet Treats

1. Christmas Themed Candy Jars

Spread some sweet cheer to friends and family with these DIY Christmas Mason Jar Gifts. Fill these treat jars with Christmas candy or a favorite snack. Mason jar gifts are easy to make and fun to give.

2. Snowman Mason Jar

Create this adorable Snowman Mason Jar Gift! Place yummy treats inside and give to someone you love this year.

Drink mix mason jar gift ideas

1. Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa In A Jar is a perfect warm-up gift to make this holiday season. This mason jar gift is easy to create and delicious to drink.

2. Sangria Kit

DIY Gift Idea: Sangria for Friends. So easy to put together, and the drink dispenser can be used again and again! Perfect for housewarming, Christmas gift, or a Just Because!

Bath & body

1. Peppermint Soap & Bath Salts

Peppermint soap and bath salts are easy to make and make you feel oh-so-pampered!

2. Mani/Pedi in a Jar

Do you know someone who deserves a day of pampering at the spa? If that&rsquos not in your budget, the next best thing is to gift Mason jar presents like this Mani Pedi in a Jar.

3. Peppermint Bath Salts

Homemade peppermint bath salts make a wonderful Christmas gift idea! Easy to make and the presentation is so pretty, your friends and family will love them.

Home mason jar gift ideas

1. Simmering Jars

Homemade Simmering Jars are the perfect gift, especially for someone who is hard to buy for. They are so lovely to look at and they will make your home smell so wonderful &ndash perfect for the holiday season!

2. Mason Jar Christmas Candle

This Super Easy DIY Mason Jar Christmas Candle craft makes for an easy way to add to your holiday decor or Christmas gift,without making too much effort or spending a fortune on premade decorations!

Kids fun

1. Playdough Mix

This fun DIY gift for kids is really two gifts in one. The kids will get to follow the Mason jar recipe and actually make the playdough (with parental supervision!) and then they get to let their imagination run wild and play with the playdough.

2. Elf Snot Slime

Need a last-minute inexpensive gift for the kids? Try this Elf Snot Slime in a jar. It&rsquos fun to make and sounds gross but the kids love it.

Dog treats mason jar gift ideas

1. Cheesy Dog Treats

Need a gift for the favorite pup in your life? This woofalicious homemade Cheezy Dog Treats recipe is a PAWSOME gift in a jar for all your favorite pooches! It will earn you high paws! This dog gift is also super easy and super cute!

2. Sweet Potato & Leftover Turkey Dog Treats

These easy, 4-ingredient Homemade Dog Treats can be made with leftover turkey or chicken! They freeze beautifully, ready to fill pretty jars for darling DIY holiday gifts for all the beloved pups in your life!

Undoubtedly, there&rsquos at least one or two mason jar gift ideas on this list that you have absolutely fallen head-over-heels in love with and plan to make!

Therefore, we&rsquod absolutely love to see your creations!


20 DIY Cocktail Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Cocktails in a mason jar- it’s an easy gift that can be truly savored by the recipient! This roundup includes not only infused liqueurs, but also some fun recipes for cocktail accessories (like brandy cherries and homemade margarita salt) so you’ll be a hero no matter what you give!

These cocktail mason jar gift ideas are great for Christmas or a wedding gift! If you’re hostessing a bridal shower, how cute would these be? They’re cost effective gifts that can be opened at the party, or taken “to-go” to be savored later and remember a fun party together. No matter what, you’ll be on budget and a hero. Plus if you buy your mason jars in bulk on Amazon with some bakers twine and festive paper straws you’ll get a bargain!

Huge thanks to all of the bloggers featured for sharing their creative, and tasty talents with all of us, please support their blogs with follows and shares!

Adorable cocktail kits in a mason jar- see full tutorial.

Ready-to-go Manhattans in a mason jar to make at home – see full tutorial.

Delicious peach pie in a jar moonshine – full tutorial here.


Cherry pie moonshine in a mason jar- get the yummy tutorial.

“We Bloody Love You” Bloody Mary mason jar gifts – see full tutorial.

Candy Flavored Vodka Infusions To Gift- Snag the instructions.

Hot cocoa & Bailey’s cocoa mix in a mason jar gift – see full tutorial.

Homemade pear liqueur to gift – see full tutorial.

Homemade hot buttered rum in a jar – full tutorial here.

A French 77 (champagne cocktail) in a mason jar – full tutorial here.

Infused mason jar vodka & homemade bloody mary mix – full tutorial on the Heathermade blog.


3. Chocolate Chip Cookies In A Jar

I simply had to include my go-to recipe for cookies in a jar. These are so easy and so very inexpensive to make. You can do several jars with one bag of chocolate chips and even add in a layer of walnuts or other flavored chips if you want. You just layer the dry ingredients, including your chips and other flavorings and then attach the recipe tag for whatever else they need to add to bake these delicious chocolate chip cookies.


54 Easy Mason Jar Christmas Crafts That Are Just as Pretty as They Are Fun to Make

Chances are good whether or not you love to preserve and pickle you have at least a couple Mason jars tucked inside of a closet. After all, most DIYers know that the classic glass vessels are great for projects throughout every single season&mdashand that especially holds true for the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas Mason jars crafts can create awesome crafty Christmas present ideas, be used as holiday decor around your own home and even make a fun Christmas craft for kids when the snow doesn't show signs of stoppin'.

With Christmas Mason jar crafts' versatility and affordability in mind, we've tracked down 55 projects to delight pretty much every sense, including crisp, cool air freshener that'll energize you even after a full day of Christmas shopping, and a cute pedi bound to get your whole squad cheering when you give it to them. There are plenty of yummy goodies in jars here, too, from Christmas cocktail supplies to peppermint brownie ingredients. You can also pay tribute to the reason for the season with stunning nativity scene decor, or get your littles to lend a hand with holiday slime in a jar, a great gift for the wee ones in your life. No matter which projects you pick, they're sure to get you in the holiday spirit!


5. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in a Jar

What you will need for the tags:

What you will need for the jar:

Instructions:

  1. Mix Bisquick, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Layer all the ingredients in a 1 quart mason jar in the order listed.
  3. Print this FREE DIY Printable PDF file on card stock and cut out.
  4. Attach recipe tags to front and back of jar with glue dots.
  5. The conversion of 350 degrees fahrenheit to celsius is 177 celsius.
  6. Enjoy!

The original recipe can be found at Recipe Goldmine.


30 Ideas To Fill Your DIY Mason Jar Wedding Favors With

Mason Jars are so popular – they can be used for decor, lighting, holding utensils, drinks and even as wedding favors. A mason jar is a blank canvas – so many uses, so many ways to decorate them. If you’re planning on using mason jar favors (which are great for any occasion, not just weddings) we have 30 great ideas to fill your mason jars with.

1. Fill your mason jars with trail mix. Its healthy and festive with themed labels and matching bakers twine.

2. Popcorn in mason jars – caramel, plain, kettle corn, flavored – or even kernels to pop your own at home.

3. Cupcakes in a jar – be sure to add on a wooden chevron spoons so your guests will be able to eat their sweet treat on the way home.

4. Smores in a jar are great for rustic weddings, vintage events, birthday parties – and kids parties!

5. Cookie Mix in Jars – be sure to include a gift tag with instructions so your guests know how to mix and bake them!

6. Salt Water taffy favors in of course – mason jars! Use themed color taffy and ribbon and a tag for a special touch.

7. Peanut butter, almond butter, pecan butter is amazing easy to make! Make your own custom “butter” mix and label it with a personalized label.

8. Sugar scrubs are also an easy DIY craft and smell fresh in the bath or near a sink. Dress them up with labels for a wedding or bridal shower favor.

9. Pies in mason jars – the possibilities are endless. Shown here: Lemon meringue pie, cherry pies, apple pies, pecan pies

10. Caramel apples with dipping in a jar – this is adorable for DIY fall favors!

11. Spiced nuts, roasted nuts, candied nuts – make great little take home treats

12. Who doesn’t like cookies? Cookes in a jar? Even better! These can be made in advance and stay fresh because of the air tight seals

13. We couldn’t resist this one – serving ice cream in mason jars is a great idea for a summer wedding or party

14. Succulents are popular for favors now, why not put them in little mason jars rather than little containers?

Source Top Left | Top Right | Bottom: Left | Center | Right

15. Terrariums are fun little landscapes you can make in jars. This may be a lot of DIYing for wedding favors, but may be cool as centerpieces!

16. Hot cocoa mix is a great fall and winter wedding favor idea. Add small bottles of liquor for the adults and add candy canes for the kids!

17. You can’t go wrong with candy in jars and it is probably one of the easiest DIY favors to do. Get some kisses, mints, almonds, jelly beans or M&Ms and fill away!

18. Whether you source local jam or jelly from a farmer or make your own (there are some really easy DIY recipes out there) jam is always a yummy treat for breakfast or dessert.

19. To ship honey favors to yourself, may be quite costly due to the weight. Not to mention if honey breaks in transit, all of your favors will be a mess. Skip the shipping and go to a local source or buy honey by the bulk and fill your own mason jars for an easy DIY rustic favor.

20. If you and your honey are a perfect match – here’s a twist on traditional matchbook favors – put wooden matches in a mason jar and glue to the top of the lid sandpaper or the cover of a matchbox so there is someplace for your guests to strike to light a match.

21. Send your fall or winter guests home with their very own mulling spices which are used to flavor hot apple cider, mulled wine, spiced beer or wassail. Spices usually consist of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg and less frequently star anise, peppercorn or cardamon. It also usually includes dried fruit (such as raisins, apples or orange rind). You can also buy mulling spices prepackaged.

22. Homemade pickles are a unique favor. You can make these ahead of time using your own pickling recipe and fresh cucumbers – add a little burlap, bakers twine and a kraft tag stamped with your logo and voilà! favors!

23. Make your own candles. Using painters tape, you can create your own stencil. Simply paint (spray paint works the quickest and best!) chalkboard paint on them, let dry and remove the tape. Instant rustic decor or favors.

24. Homemade granola is quick, easy and a healthy snack. Follow the source link for the recipe.

25. Doughnut or donut holes are the perfect snack to pop at the end of the night. You can buy them premade or follow the source link above to find the recipe for the superfood chocolate bliss balls found in the photo.

26. Bath bombs in mason jars – could be the perfect gift for your bridal shower guests or as a little extra pampering to your bridal party girls.

27. A sewing kit in a jar is a unique gift – especially if you are “sew perfect together”. Also cool to give to your out of town guests in their welcome baskets. Or carry one in your emergency wedding day kit for day of wedding repairs.

28. If you’re crafty you can make your very own scented soy candles and use mason jars as holders for them.

29. If you’re having a farm to table wedding like the couple above did, they used mason jars to hold individual servings of olives. What a unique idea!

30. Finally, if you’re still not sure what to fill your DIY mason jars with for favors, why not just give the mason jar itself as a favor? Do what these couples did and have them use their jar as their glass for your wedding – and they can take them home!

Are you using mason jars for your wedding? What will you be filling them with?

Don’t forget to follow our Mason Jar Pinterest Board which has over 80+ unique ideas (and growing) for your wedding favors and decorations.


I absolutely love Mason Jar Cookie Mix gifts, I love getting them and I love giving them. Normally, because of the size of most cookie recipes, mixes like this have to be gifted in large mason jars – which definitely wouldn’t work for bridal shower or wedding favors. So I worked really hard to develop the perfect cookie recipe that fits into these small, 12 ounce eco mason jars and I’m thrilled to share it with you today! Not only are these fabulous wedding event favors, but they make great gifts for the holidays as well. Watch out, these cookies are just as delicious as these jars are adorable!

  • 12 ounce eco mason jars with either gold or silver lids
  • flour
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt

  • Paper Source 2.5″ round address labels
  • sticker paper or cardstock
  • measuring cup
  • spoon and/or dowel
  • hole punch
  • corner rounder
  • your choice of ribbon or twine

FREE DESIGN DOWNLOADS

So we have the design for the circle labels, this template was created specifically for the 2.5″ Paper-Source labels – which go on the top of the jars. Then we have the baking direction card to either hang off the jar or stick on the jar, you can print this template on any cardstock or sticker paper and cut accordingly. I created each design in gray and black, so they should fit any paper color choice – light or dark. If these cute designs don’t fit your theme, get creative and design your own!

In case you are designing your own, here is the text for the baking direction card so you can copy and paste it into your design: Remove candy from top of mixture. Cream 4 tablespoons of butter with both sugars. Add 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla to sugar mixture and beat on high for one minute. Add flour and beat until smooth. Stir in candy pieces. Put this sticky batter in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes. Makes 10 cookies.

Also, I know there is a LOT of information here so I created an that you can print out – so you can keep it on the counter with you instead of constantly looking at your phone or computer.

  • 3/4 cup packed flour
  • 1/3 cup packed sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • remainder of jar full of your choice of chocolate chips, m&ms, sixlets, sprinkles, etc.

Start by measuring 3/4 cup of flour. Using a dowel or spoon pack the flour down to the desired amount – this needs to be exact. When you start packing, it will feel super super fluffy, but with a few pounces it will start compacting nicely.

Now, add the measured flour to your clean jar. If you have a wide mouth funnel, great! If not you can fold a piece of paper into your jar to make this step easier.

Before you pack the flour down into your jar, add the 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and…

…the 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir them around a bit in the flour.

Once you have the flour, baking soda and salt in your jar – it’s time to pack the first layer. I used a dowel first and then I used the spoon to clean up the edges. When packing the flour mixture it can feel super fluffy at first, just keep pushing it down and it will quickly become compact. The packing of layers is very important – the cleaner the layers the cuter the jar looks.

Now it’s time for the sugar sugar is much easier than flour. Measure and pack 1/3 cup white sugar – I prefer ‘baking sugar’ but you can use any type of white sugar. Add to your jar and pack the layer down.

Now for the brown sugar the easiest layer by far! Measure and pack 1/4 cup of brown sugar and add it to your jar.

CRAFTERS TIP // It’s very important to pack the ingredients in this order, flour – baking soda – salt – sugar – brown sugar, for the baking instructions to work properly. When your friends go to make these cookies, the first step is to ‘remove candy from top of jar’ – it’s very simple to separate the candy from the brown sugar. The brown sugar packs down so perfectly that the candy can be poured out of the jar without the brown sugar even moving! Also, by packing the brown sugar last – it ensures that no flower or sugar will float up and around the candy when it’s in transit.

Now add your choice of cookie candy! From m&m’s, to butterscotch chips, to sixlets, to chocolate chips… any will work. Whatever candy fits the color theme of your event – will go perfectly in these cookies. Fill the remainder of your jar with the candy, should be about 1/3 cup. Screw the lid on tight and these adorable cookie mix jars will last up to six months!

Now for the labels! Peel and stick to the top of the lid – SO CUTE!

And now the baking direction cards. There are two ways to do this print on regular cardstock, trim, hole punch and…

…and tie onto your cute jar!

Now for the other technique…

…you can print the baking directions onto sticker paper, trim, round the edges…

…and stick onto the backside of your jar!

Carefully place the sticker over your twine or ribbon choice and trim the edges.

There are ENDLESS color combinations of cookie ‘candy’ and ribbon to fit any event! Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing! White chocolate chips, mini-chocolate chips, dark chocolate raspberry M&M’s, turquoise M&M’s, mint M&M’s, and the super yummy butterscotch chips!

These mason jar cookie mix gifts are absolutely perfect for any occasion!

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY and it will show up on our Get Social page. Happy Crafting!

DIY Tutorial Credits

Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial, cookie recipe and FREE downloads by: Jen | Something Turquoise // adorable, 12 ounce Eco mason jars with gold or silver lids: Specialty Bottle // 2.5″ round address labels (colors: Paper Bag and Eco White) and cardstock: Paper-Source // sticker paper: Staples // gorgeous navy blue shabby wrinkled ribbon: Prairie Bird Boutique via Etsy // Martha Stewart paper trimmer, Crop-a-dile hole punch and Corner Chomper: Michaels // all baking supplies and candy: Target & Vons // turquoise M&M’s: Party City // nail polish: OPI – DS Mystery


Cocktail Kit Gift Tags

After you’ve collected your ingredients, packaged everything, and tied it all in a nice bow, there’s still something missing: gift tags. Take your mason jar to the next level with a gift tag that lets your guests know how much you care about them!

We went ahead and made them for you!