Another weekend has passed bringing me closer to Christmas, and finally the weather has decided to play its part (it’s freezing outside), which gives me the opportunity to wear my last week’s gloves. And since the Christmas markets are opening today I will soon be hitting the glühwein stalls and enjoy some hot happiness (you know what I mean). In my opinion the pre-Christmas season is one of the most beautiful times of the year since it’s living off sweet anticipation, magic lights and comfy evenings with beloved people.
It’s the time when everyone meets for Christmas staff parties, which can be renownedly awkward and sometimes quite funny, and it’s the time when you think about your loved ones. It may sound cheesy, but pre-Christmas time for me is above all a romantic time. And I will not be talking about the stressful job atmosphere and the I-have-to-get-all-the-presents-last-minute time at this point! No, I will be staying in my anticipation bubble for now and save this stuff for later, and what’s better for this than working on Christmas decorations slash wonderful potential gifts for mothers/friends/female acquaintances?
I called this ‘Christmas in a Jar’ for it perfectly catches that wintery snow scenery which I imagine to walk through on a crisp winter morning, and it’s a beautiful addition to a Christmas table. Let’s get started:
- Two preserving jars
- Two miniature fir trees
- Artificial or real moss
- Some small cones
- A twig of artificial or real ilex
- Two miniature reindeers (mine is a wooden decoration piece)
- Some dirt
- Artificial snow
- Two tealight
- Some gift ribbon in a colour of your choice
- A tablespoon
Let’s start with the trees: If you have trees in the right size, ignore this step. Mine were a bit too large for the preserving jar, so I cut off the tip and pruned the sides, then repainted the ‘branches’ with white acrylic paint. Wonderful side effect: I had two larger and two smaller trees at hand in the end.
Open the jar, and get rid of the lid (except you want to reuse the jar in the future). With some adhesive tape attach the larger tree to one corner of the preserving jar. Mine had a wooden foot, making this rather easy. Make sure to leave enough space for the tealight when arranging everything!
Start filling up the jar with dirt using the tablespoon as help. Fill it up until you have successfully covered the wooden foot of the tree. With the other end of the spoon you can rearrange the dirt as you like. Now place the smaller tree beside the other one.
In the final step add some artificial snow to make everything look like freshly snowed in (use the spoon for help). If you like, tie some gift ribbon around the brim of the jar, embellishing it with a nice bow.
I’m so in love with these. Honestly, when I started filling up the jar I didn’t know that everything would work so well together in the end, especially when you light up the candle. Since the glass of the jar is a tiny bit opaque it looks like it’s frozen from the inside, creating this unique atmosphere on the inside. Okay, enough of me tooting my own horn. What do you guys think? Hope you are inspired!