DIY Holiday Cheer in a Mason Jar

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
Create an adorable holiday keepsake in a mason jar using some of your favorite winter stamps for this DIY holiday craft.

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Have you ever wanted to try to use your stamps for some sort of Holiday Decor? Look no further! I'll show you how to use your stamps along with a Mason Jar to create a holiday keepsake!

Supplies You Will Need:
Mason Jar
Stamp Set, holiday themed (Lawn Fawn's Joy to the Woods used)
White Cardstock
Score Board
Markers (Spectrum Noirs used: TN4, TN6, OR2, OR3, DR6, GB7, GB8, TN9, GB1)
Foam Core (thick poster board)
Washi Tape
Beads (gold, white and red used)
E6000 Glue
Tape Runner / Adhesive
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Ribbon (American Crafts used)
Miniature fake tree (or other decor)
Cotton ball (or fake snow)

I started out by stamping some images onto heavy cardstock. I would suggest at least 80# or higher. You will want the images to be nice and sturdy.

Once I had the images stamped, I colored them in. I chose to use alcohol markers, but any medium will do. Go with what makes you comfortable and fits your style!

Once the images were all colored, I trimmed them out. If you have a coordinating die cut, you can use that instead. Just remember that the dies generally leave a little white space around the images. I didn't want any white space; I cut right to the black lines. I made sure to leave a little extra white at the bottom of all of the images (see the picture below). Then, I scored them right where the end of the image and the white space met. That extra white will be the "foot" of the image.

I traced the inside lid of the Mason Jar onto some foam core twice and cut them out. I wanted to make sure there was a high, sturdy base for the little forest scene I was creating!

Once you have both of them cut out, glue them together and glue them to the inside bottom of the lid. IMPORTANT: make sure they are small enough so the lid can still screw onto the jar. Otherwise, the jar won't close! I also added washi tape to the outside of the lid. If you don't want to use washi, you can always paint it or just leave it as is!

I grabbed a miniature evergreen tree at a local hobby store. It had snow on it, but that was it, so I added some beads (ornaments) and that little cardinal. By adding a few simple things, it really adds some extra interest to the creation! NOTE: You can always create your own tree with paper or a die cut if you don't want to add a pre-made tree!

Next, I was ready to start adhering everything to the inside bottom of the lid. Remember those white "feet?" This is where I added the glue and held them down. It looks like those trees are really coming out of the ground!

To cover everything up, I pulled apart a cotton ball and added it to the base. This made it look like snow and hid all of the white "feet!"

Finally, screw the lid on (I did this all upside down, so I set the lid on a flat surface, and screwed the jar on slowly). I also added a nice bow up towards the top of the jar. If you choose, you can add some glue so the jar remains permanently sealed.

This project can be modified for any holiday, birthday or theme. Take some shells you got on your last beach trip or make a mini scene as a Thank You for your child's teacher; this doesn't have to be used only for the Holidays. Let your creativity flow!

Happy Crafting!