Holiday Holly Jolly Jars


Put a festive spin on your food storage this Christmas with these cheerful Holiday Holly Jolly Jars. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to make cute covers for glass jars that will keep your sweets fresh. Fill a set of jars with candy canes, gumdrops, or chocolates and hand them out to family, friends, and neighbors. If you'd rather not fiddle with perishable gifts, store ornaments in the jars and set them on your mantel or table. They make for beautiful tabletop decor pieces for the holiday season.


Holiday Holly Jolly Jars



  • Tulip® Fashion Glitter® Emerald Fine Jewel
  • Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint (Leaf Green)
  • Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint (True Red)
  • Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
  • Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™ Aurora Borealis
  • Measuring tape
  • ¼" Satin ribbon – red – 1½ yards
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Scratch paper
  • (2) Canning jars
  • Batting
  • Cotton fabric – white – ¼ yard
  • Tape
  • Tweezers


Beginning Instructions:

  1. Cut two 9" circles of fabric with pinking shears.
  2. One at a time, place fabric round over the desired pattern so that design shows through and is centered in the middle of the round.

Pine Branches Instructions:

  1. Squeeze Leaf Green Slick 3D Fashion Paint over pine branches then immediately sprinkle Emerald Glitter over paint. Let dry, then shake off excess glitter onto scratch paper and return to container for reuse.
  2. Use True Red Slick to create berries. While paint is still wet, use tweezers to place crystals onto one side of berries. Let dry over night.

Holly Leaves Instructions:

  1. Squeeze Leaf Green Slick over leaf outlines. Let dry completely.
  2. Use Original Tacky Glue to create vein lines within leaves. Tip: To achieve a fine line when squeezing out glue, wrap a strip of tape around the tip of the bottle in a cone shape, then cut off the very tip of the cone.
  3. Apply glue. While the glue is wet, immediately sprinkle Emerald Glitter onto the glue. Let dry then shake off excess onto scratch paper.
  4. Create berries with True Red Slick and apply crystals as in the step above. Let dry overnight.

Finishing Instructions:

  1. Cut batting the same size as the lid of the jar. Glue batting to the lid.
  2. Place painted circles on lids and tie with ribbon to complete.


Find more tabletop crafts with our awesome eBook, DIY Christmas Decorations: 12 Tabletop Christmas Trees. Tabletop trees make one of the greatest recycled Christmas decorations because you can oftentimes use what you already have and save money.


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Lovely gift for kids and adults. The stuff inside should depend on who these gifts would be given to. Yes, Sissie is absolutely right. These jars could also be added to your Christmas baskets. Very creative!

I really like this idea. My nieces and nephews would love to get these as gifts. I could see adding them to gift baskets for other family and friends filled with their favorite treats. Do you think you could make these without the padding and just use fabric or would that take too much away from the design?

These would be adorable tucked into gift baskets. Great idea! I'm sure you could skip the stuffing but I don't know that it would have the same impact. I've always loved these little jars. I typically see them with the seal and ring included in the design. Same basic directions as above, create your design, push through canning ring, add stuffing (I think I would reuse something, tissue paper, newsprint...) to fill out design, add seal, screw on to jar, add a ribbon.

Where is the pattern for these???

Where do you get the designs?

Hi dhaveman, Unfortunately, we do not have a design for the holly branches and leaves. It might help if you print the above image and use the completed leaves as your template. I hope you find this answer helpful! Happy crafting!


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