Thursday, December 10, 2009

Altered Jars for Gifting

These plastic jars were originally filled with various salty snacks such as nuts and such when I bought them. Once we emptied them, however, I cleaned and saved them with the idea of filling them again with a food gift for Christmas. I recently made Seasoned Pretzels, decorated the jars and filled them up for my gifts for my Stamp Therapy friends yesterday. We had a great day visiting, looking at new products, doing make 'n takes, eating and exchanging gifts! I love these ladies!

Merry Moments Designer Paper is used to cover up the labels and add color to the jars. The birds and branches were die cut with the Big Shot and the Bird with Leaves and Flower die and enhanced with flowers punched with the BoHo Blossoms Punch. The words are from the Christmas Punch Level 2 Hostess set and punched with the Wide Oval Punch. Ornaments punched with the Ornaments punch decorate the sides which are wrapped with the luscious Chocolate Chips Wide Grosgrain Ribbon and tied in back. On the lids I used Designer Paper diecut with the Scallop Circle die and Five Petal Flower punch for the flower and leaves.

These two jars were a little different shape from the previous two so I decorated them differently. I cut the Merry Moments Designer Paper with the larger scallop circle from the Scallop Circle #2 die and a layer of Old Olive cardstock with the Circle Cutter and Cutting Mat as a background for the bird and branches. On these I used the Sleigh Bells cotton ribbon to wrap around the decorative paper and tie in the back because it coordinated so well.

On these jars I needed to cover up the lids completely as one was yellow and one was blue. I used the Sleigh Bells ribbon around the edges of these also. On the tops I put Real Red cardstock circles cut with the Circle Cutter and Mat and Designer Paper cut with the Scallop Circle die. This was accented with a poinsettia punched with the Five Petal Flower punch, shaped and adhered with Mini Glue Dots. These were centered with Barely Banana flowers (Trio Flower Punch). The leaves are an Olive Green flower (Five Petal Flower Punch) cut into individual sections.

Although there was only one stamp used on these four jars, I made lots of use of some of the great tools we have through Stampin' Up! They make papercrafting so much more fun, easier and offer limitless possibilities!!

#113465 "Birds w/ Leaves and Flower" die $19.95, pg. 199, 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog.  Note:  This die has since been discontinued but Stampin' Up! has many more fabulous dies that can be used on a similar project!! 

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If you would like the recipe for the Seasoned Pretzels, please leave me a comment on this post. You'll find the recipe there! If you wish to leave a recipe for me/us, I'd love that too! Thanks for sharing! :)


Judi Carpenter said...

Would you consider emailing me your seasoned pretzel recipe? I have a couple of nice plastic jars that I could make gifts with, too!
Judi Carpenter ( and that's a zero before the 2). Thanks!

Margaret Raburn said...

Here's the recipe:

Seasoned Pretzels

16-20 oz. pkg. Mini Pretzels
3/4 c. vegetable oil (I use ½ c. canola oil)
1/2 tsp. Lemon Pepper
1/2 tsp. Cayenne (if you like heat; if not, use less)
1 pkg. dry Ranch Dressing (about 3 Tbsp.)
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

Mix oil and seasonings well & drizzle over pretzels - let set for quite a while, stirring occasionally, until oil is absorbed
Store in zip-loc bags.

Mary Campbell said...

This is the close to the same recipe I use to make using oyster crackers. Only substitute dill weed for the cayenne. I also put in oven for a hour. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Mary

rozie640 said...

Very creative jars. Just adorable for an annual decoration and functional at the same time! Great job

Suzi said...

These are great! I usually do a craft show in December and I buy those see through paint cans to fill with goodies to sell. This would be so much betterand free)since we go through tons of those jars during the year. Thanks for the idea!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this idea & the yummy pretzel recipe.

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