I have been waiting to post about this mason jar gift bag purse since early November. It was hard having to wait until today, my scheduled day to share it with you and tell you about the Ball Canning 25 Days of Making and Giving promotion and giveaway.
Anyone can give a gift card this holiday season, but Ball brand wants to inspire you to think “out of the box” and “in the jar” to create something that is personal, local, and made to share in this season of giving. Ball is giving away daily prizes to help you make and share when you enter their 25 Days Sweepstakes!
Christmas is not Christmas to me without a little glitter, greenery, and jingle bells. I knew that my project using a mason jar as a gift jar needed to have one of these. I ended up using all three to convert a mason jar into a cute little gift bag jar.
What really inspired me though was this Vintage Christmas card.
I loved it and her pretty red dress. The thought that went through my mind as I was thinking of what to do with the Mason jar…”how cute would it be if she had a Christmas handbag that coordinated with her dress”. It is just how my mind works…all visual.
These two thoughts crossed in my mind and the idea for the purse was born. It was right about the same time that I posted about all the things you can do with garland ties. They were on my work table and became the handle of the purse.
How to Turn a Mason Jar into a Glittery Gift Bag Purse
- 1 Ball brand Wide Mouth Half Pint Jar
- 2 garland ties – buy at the craft store
- 8 small jingle bells
- Florist wire
- Spray glue
- Card stock to make name tag
- Painter’s tape
- Wire Cutters
- Free printable label template: Wide Mouth Half Pint Mason Jar Lid labels free printable
1. Cut out one of the labels in the free printable .pdf download (from the supply list above) to use to mask the lid. This will keep spray glue from getting on it. I made a roll of tape to attach it and then centered the label on the lid.
2. Place painter’s tape around top screw edge of jar.
3. Spray an even coat of spray glue over the jar, screw top, and lid.
Tip: To keep glitter from getting everywhere, place the jar and lid in a box to work on them. When you are done, excess glitter can be poured back into the jar and the box thrown away or stored until the next time you want to add glitter to an item.
4. Quickly sprinkle glitter over all the pieces. Let dry.
5. Turn jar over and repeat to cover bottom of jar with glitter. Let dry. Remove painter’s tape.
How to Make Handle for Mason Jar Gift Bag Purse
1. Attach one garland tie to a second as shown above. Simply twist end of second tie around the first as you would a twist tie to create the handle.
2. Snip 8 – 2″ pieces of wire. Twist each around a jingle bell. Starting on one end of the bottom garland tie, attach bells onto garland about 1-1/2″ apart.
3. Once all the jingle bells are on, twist ends of bottom garland tie around jar lid. It is a snug fit. Use point-nose pliers to twist the ends of the garland tie together if needed.
It should look like this.
To Make Name Gift Tag
1. I used Photoshop Elements to add the name to the labels. Once you download the free printable label .pdf, open it in your photo editing software and then add text into each circle. If you don’t have the software, use a marker to write the recipient’s names on the circle labels.
I used the font Cantoni Basic in the size 117.7 for mine.
2. Print and then cut out with scissors.
3. Turn name tag face down and spray glue over back. Let it get tacky for about 30 seconds, then attach to lid.
I filled the jar with fake snow that I bought at the craft store and then placed a shiny gift inside.
Now I have to find a pretty red dress so I can give all the girls in my life their gifts in style.
How to Enter the Ball 25 Days of Making and Giving Promotion:
Visit Ball Brands site and follow the instructions on the page to enter. Readers can enter once a day, each day, to win that day’s Daily Prize.
- Each entry during the first 24 days for a Daily Prize also grants an entry toward the Grand Prize (the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System – valued at $299!) which will be selected once the contest ends at 11:59:59PM EST on December 22, 2014.
- If you have created or made a gift jar using a Ball Mason jar you can share your creations using the hashtag: #MadeFromHere.
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