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Christmas in a Jar

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:

You need (for two jars):

  • 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
  • Scissors

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!

jar-1Start 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.

Add some moss by tearing it into small pieces and arranging it in the jar by help of the spoon.

jar-2Cut off some ilex berries from the twig and arrange them as you like.

jar-3Add the wooden reindeer to one corner of the jar (wherever you find some space) and add the tealight. Make sure to leave enough space for the flame, so nothing will get burned.

jar-4In 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!

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    Madeline
    23rd November 2015 at 4:52 pm

    So happy I stumbled upon your blog! I absolutely love these cute Christmas jars! So festive and fun to display. : )

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      Michelle
      23rd November 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you very much!

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    Arabella
    23rd November 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Such a lovely post, will definitely try something like this!

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    Hanna Marie
    24th November 2015 at 2:11 am

    I love this. This DIY display is on my list to make –Hanna Lei

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    Trang Do
    24th November 2015 at 7:44 am

    Love this! Nice idea!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      24th November 2015 at 8:21 am

      Thanks!

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    mihaela
    24th November 2015 at 6:55 pm

    this is such an interesting post! have a lovely day 😉

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    Connie Bueher
    26th November 2015 at 7:15 pm

    So simple yet so cute! I love how Mason jars work well with every single thing!
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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      26th November 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you! I love them as well, they’re so versatile!

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    welovefur
    28th November 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I really like your creativity and I love your blog too
    I hope you will like mine
    many kisses
    http://www.welovefur.com

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    Heather
    2nd December 2015 at 6:00 pm

    These are so cute!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      2nd December 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Thank you!

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    Jude & Yara
    9th December 2015 at 6:08 pm

    So cute and pretty 🙂

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      Michelle
      9th December 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Thank you!

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