If there’s one thing that you should know about Houston is that we have an amazing group of bloggers that support each other. One of those women is Kathy, from Pinner Takes All. I asked her a few weeks ago to guest post for me and it showed up in my inbox in perfect time! She’s made this wonderful gift in a jar to share with you guys and I just hope that I’m on the receiving end of one of these gifts. Thanks for sharing with us Kathy.
PotPourri in a Jar by Pinner Takes All
I wish you a wonderful, merry and bright holiday season from my family to yours. I am a mom of a baby and a toddler, married to my favorite Irish import, love concerts, sparkly things, and am a bit of a Pollyanna. I also love cooking and crafts which I blog about at Pinner Takes All. I’d love for you to stop by and say hi.
Is there a special scent that reminds you of something or a particular time of year? For me the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves immediately puts me at a holiday gathering with goodies on the stove and in the oven and family all around. This year I am bottling (or jarring I guess) the smell of the holidays, making them look really cute and am giving them as gifts to friends and my son’s teachers. You can spread a little holiday cheer and wonderful holiday fragrance too with these easy gift in a jar filled with DIY potpourri.
For this project you will need: (This list makes 1 medium size jar of 2 rounds of potpourri but you can half it if you want to make smaller jars of multiply it by the number of gifts you need to give.)
Mason or Ball Jar
Decorative ribbon for jar
2 packets of apple cider
1 Tablespoon of Cloves
1 Table Spoon of Nutmeg
8 cinnamon sticks
To assemble this gift:
1. Put the cider packets and cinnamon sticks in the jar.
2. Tear off a 6 inch square of Seran Wrap.
3. Dump the nutmeg and cloves onto the square of Seran wrap.
4. Cut about a 6 inch string of curling ribbon.
5. Bring all ends of Seran wrap together to form a packet for the cloves and nutmeg (to keep it from being loose in the jar and getting all over the cider packets.)
6. Tie Seran packet with curling ribbon and curl the ends with your scissors.
7. Trim the ends of the ribbon and top of bag as necessary.
8. Place packet in jar and secure lid.
9. Tie a length of ribbon around the top of the jar for a festive touch. I used a red and green tartan plaid.
10. Print your custom holiday sentiment on the Avery labels. I used Merry & Bright Holiday Potpourri. Also print a label for the back of the jar with the instructions for using the potpourri which are:
Place half the cloves and nutmeg, 4 cinnamon sticks, and 1 packet of apple cider in a medium sauce pan. Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla and fill the sauce pan with water a little less than half full. Simmer on the stove for 2 hours. Add additional water as necessary to keep from burning. Store cooked contents in container and can reuse.
11. Place the front and back labels on your jar.
If you adjust the size of your gift, be sure and adjust your cooking instructions accordingly.
It takes about half an hour for the ingredients to start giving off that holiday smell and at the beginning the cloves are the strongest smell but about 30 minutes into simmering the vanilla and cinnamon get heated up and the combined smells make you want to sing Jingle Bells. I have a pretty large downstairs and the potpourri carried throughout.
If you are going to do more than a few of these gift in a jars, I recommend buying your spices in the bulk section of your local grocery store- much more cost effective. With the jar, ribbon, spices, and labels, the gift comes out to less than $2 which is a great price giving a cute gift and making someone’s home smell like the holidays!
Free printable! These labels turned out so cute I thought I would share in case you wanted to use them too!
Merry & Bright Holiday Labels (free printable in link). This is formatted in Avery oval labels 22829.
Thank you to my sweet friend Clumsy Crafter for letting me share this gift on her site which I heart!