I’m so looking forward to fall! It’s still quite hot in this neck of the woods, but soon the leaves will be turning and we’ll be in the midst of holiday gift giving season.
Speaking of gifts, I have a dual-purpose idea for you today to celebrate the coming of autumn: Lacey DIY gifts in a jar!
You can use these lovely jar gifts as a thank you to neighbors, teachers, friends, and even family — just load them up with your favorite wrapped treats. Once the treats are gone, these lacy jars can be used to display flowers or store more items. I love gifts that keep on giving, don’t you?
You’ll find these are very easy to make — they only take three steps! They’re very budget friendly, too. You can get mason jars from the grocery store or your local craft store, then grab paint and ribbon from your stash.
Want to learn how they’re made? Keep reading!
Need some more ideas for gifts you can hide in these lovely lace jars? Check out 20 mason jar gift ideas for moms, dads, BFFs, and more!
Lacey DIY Gifts In a Jar
• Mason jars, washed and dried
• FolkArt Multisurface Acrylic Paint
• Various lace trim (I got my lace from PaperMart and you can find PaperMart coupons online)
• Mod Podge, gloss finish
• Waxed paper
Step 1: Paint your jars
Choose your favorite fall paint colors and place a piece of waxed paper over a plate. Squeeze your multi-surface paint into a mason jar — add a little bit of water if the paint is viscous — and stir with a paintbrush.
Begin to turn your jar over and over to get the paint to spread evenly on the inside of the jar. Alternately, you can put the lid on and shake (just be sure to wash the lid when you’re done!).
Note: You can put wrapped candies such as Hershey’s Miniatures in the jar or add faux flowers. If you intend to put unwrapped foods or water inside the jar, paint the jars on the outside using your paintbrush instead.
It will take a few minutes, but once you’ve completely covered the jar, place it top-down on the waxed paper to let the excess paint drain out. This will take several hours, and you’ll probably want to continually move the jars and fold over the waxed paper on itself to allow more paint to drain out.
Quick tip: Use less paint at first – if you find it’s not enough to cover the inside of the jar, add more! Less is better to begin with.
Step 2: Let your jars dry
Once your jars are completely drained of excess paint, turn them right-side up and let them completely dry on the inside. This can be an overnight process or even take a few days if you’re in a humid environment. Be sure to allow proper dry time!
Step 3: Add your lace
Cut pieces of lace to fit around the width of the jars. I chose my lace designs at random, but you can mix and match as you please.
Use Mod Podge in a gloss finish to attach your lace by placing a line of Mod Podge down on the jar, wrapping the lace around it, and letting it dry. Then, put a top coat on the entire jar and over the lace. Let your jars dry for several hours to finish.
I absolutely love my jars! I can’t wait to give them to my neighbors and friends, and I even plan to make a few to display in my home. Depending on what colors you choose, these jars can take you through Halloween into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons!
Your turn! Who do you plan to give your DIY lace gift jars to?