Two Gift Wrapping Ideas Using Mason Jars

Posted by: on December 14th, 2011 | 5 Comments
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Whether you’re a Grinch during this time of year or a veritable Cindy Lou Who, you can’t help but love the delicious fare that accompanies the holiday season. Roasts, pies, cheeses, chocolates, peppermints – the list goes on. The holidays are tied to the joys of food, family and friends which is why giving food as a gift is a tradition around the world. This year, wrap your food gifts in a fun and unexpected way. We have two gift wrapping ideas for food– both turn Mason jars into unique gift presentations. One is very easy. The other a little more involved.


Two Mason jars decorated to become beautiful gift presentation for food


See the simple step-by-steps here.


Wrapping food gifts

Gift Wrapping with Mason Jars, The Easy Way

You’ll need these materials for this gift wrapping idea:

1. Mason jars**
2. 1 inch FrogTape
3. Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass spray paint
4. Krylon spray paint in ballet slipper
5.  Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer (not pictured)
6. Everbilt Jute Twine
7. 1/4 Gal. Metal Paint Bucket

**Note that the mason jars used in this project are 32 oz. mason jars. The link above goes to 16 ounce mason jars which are available at select Home Depot stores.

Wrapping food gifts for the holidays: Start with a paint can


Start with a metal paint can which can be found in the paint department.


Food gift wrapping ideas: paint can


I like to wrap the treats in cellophane first because it keeps them extra fresh. Here, I transferred a bundle of toffee into the paint can and sealed the top.


Food gift wrapping ideas: paint can


Once you’ve sealed the treats into the paint can, add a bow.


Food gift wrapping ideas: paint can


Then, add a gift tag, and you’re done! The treats stay fresh, and they look beautiful under the tree.

Gift Wrapping with Mason Jars, The More Involved Way

I made some homemade peppermint hot chocolate mix, and decided to use mason jars to store it. To play off the peppermint-flavored hot chocolate mix, I decided to spray the mason jars with frosted glass spray paint to create a peppermint striped effect on the jars. I also spray painted the metal lids of the jars pink to complement the gift tags I made.

You’ll need these materials for this gift wrapping idea:

1. Mason jars
2. Painters tape
3. Craft paper
4. Frosted glass spray paint
5. Metal spray paint primer
6. Everbilt Jute Twine


Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


Start by creating peppermint stripes with painters tape on the jar.


Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


To be sure the stripes were evenly spaced, I lightly attached the tape to create the pattern before firmly securing them to the glass jar.


Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


Like so.


Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


Once the stripes were spaced to my liking, I secured the each piece of tape, pressing down so all of the edges were firmly attached to the glass.



Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars

In order to keep the lines on the top of the jar and the bottom of the jar straight, I added a stripe of tape to the top and the bottom. Also, the exposed glass is the areas that will be frosted, and I want to keep the lip of the jar clean for sanitary purposes.



Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


Next, take the jars outside to spray them with the frosted glass spray. Place upside down on craft paper so that the spray paint doesn’t get inside the jar. Spray 3-4 light coats of frosted glass paint on the jars.


Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


While you’re outside spraying the jars, arrange the metal lids on craft paper and lightly coat with metal spray primer. Use at least 2 coats before spraying with the pink spray paint. I needed 3 coats of spray paint to get the desired color and coverage.


Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


Before bringing the jars back inside, let them dry for 15-30 minutes or until dry to the touch.



Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars

Make some handmade tags for the food gift that includes the cooking instructions (if needed).



Food gift wrapping ideas: mason jars


Before filling jars with peppermint hot chocolate mix (or food gift of your choice), be sure to wash jars and lids with soap and water. Let dry and secure with lid. Tie on the tag with jute twine, and you’re done! (Note: these mason jars are not dishwasher safe and should be hand washed with soap and water.)

Because of the spray painting steps, this process took me about 3 hours to complete (including drying times). Also, it’s hard to see the peppermint stripes in this photo, but I think they look fantastic in person!

What do you think? Are you a fan of food gifts? What kind of food gifts do you love to give?

Happy Holidays!

Learn some cool facts about spray paint, plus creative ways to use it, by reading this article about the many joys of spray paint.

[Editor's Note: DIY Décor is a series about small, affordable design and décor projects for home and garden.]

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  1. Kim says:

    Hi, Would you be willing to share your recipe for the Peppermint Hot Chocolate. I love this idea!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Craig Allen says:

      It’s a mix, actually. In this case, it was from Williams-Sonoma. But there are other such mixes out there.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  2. Herndon says:

    very clever, and inexpensive too

  3. Kathleen says:

    So cool!