Who doesn’t love a trip to the spa? An hour or two of peace and quiet, a great foot rub or facial? Heaven. However… If you have a schedule like I do, spa trips are few and far between. Not to mention, they can be pricey. But we all deserve a little pampering once in awhile, right?
That’s why this fun gift is the perfect treat for the busy mom (dad, sister, aunt, teacher…) on your Christmas list this season. Easy, affordable and fun!!
What you need is some Mason Jars, you can get a case of twelve for between $6.50 and $8.00. For this project I find the large ones work the best, the 500ml jars. You could also save and clean out jars from around the house (pickles or jam, for example). Then you need to collect some travel size toiletries that you think the person would enjoy, or if you are me, you pick them out because they are cute!!
Some great ideas are;
Shampoo, Conditioner, Body wash, Bubble bath, Exfoliator, Body spray, Shower gel, Body lotion, Nail polish and Polish remover.
And then choose some accessories, like:
Cotton balls, Q-tips, Shower puff and Nail file.
Once you have a cute collection of minis, as cutely as possible, load them in the jar!!! As much as you can squeeze in without looking messy!!!
It will look cute enough just like this to give as a gift, or, if you are anything like me, you will want to take it up a notch, or two… Perhaps three.
I chose to keep the decorating to the lid, as to ensure all the goodies could clearly be seen. I separated the two pieces of the lid. Then I decided on painting the ring shaped piece, using Martha Stewart craft paint ($3.49) and Modge Podging the disc shaped piece with some co-ordinating craft paper scraps. Once both pieces were completely dry, I put them together and sealed up the jar.
Just because I like to go a bit overboard (the main reason I try to avoid glitter, it’s a curse really) I went ahead and made a cute label as well. Instead of buying pricey chipboard cut outs from the craft supply stores, I recycle old cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, any box made from lightweight cardboard. I drew out a shape, cut it out and covered it with some more of the scrap paper.
Then I labeled it Spa in a Jar and tied it on with a pretty matching ribbon.
I was soooo happy with how the project turned out! It was simple, creative and so much fun to put together. I just know the girls on my Christmas list will love opening these on Christmas Day!
You could put your own spin on any gift in a jar. My oldest son thought that making one for his teacher would be a great idea, with pens and pencils, some snacks, ear plugs ( this one made me laugh), a homemade bookmark and some other trinkets personal to your child’s teacher. You could do one for just about anyone on your list, just personalize it accordingly!!!
My name is Natalee, I am a stay at home mom of two active boys, Keghan and Finn and wife to Eric, a paramedic and volunteer firefighter.
Keghan is a crazy haired ten year old whose life consists of hockey, hockey, Pokemon, hockey, Lego. Finn is a on the go three year old whose life consists of Keghan, hockey, Keghan, Pokemon, Lego.
Between hockey practice, games, hubby’s shift work and sheer insanity I LOVE creating. I do a little bit of everything…. Painting (oil, acrylics, water colour), wood craft, card making, scrapbooking, cupcake making, photography…. You name it, I have tried it.
Spending time with my family doing out of the norm and creative things is my passion!!!