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Button Jewelry and Cookies in a Jar: Gifts Kids Can Make!

We hosted a gift-making hour recently: kids created button jewelry, cookies in a jar and more for their family and friends! Creating these gifts is fun and fairly inexpensive. Here’s how we did it.

Button jewelry: create cute rings, bracelets, headbands and more!  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • pipe cleaners
  • mini hole punch
  • felt and paper flower embellishments
  • scissors
  • assorted buttons
  • yarn or thin cord

How to make them: First, select your buttons and embellishments. Line up the button holes with the holes in your embellishments (you may need to use a mini hole punch- we found one at Michael’s Craft Store).

Then, string your pipe cleaner through the bottom of your stack and then back through the top of your stack. Twist the pipe cleaner ends together underneath the button and trim the excess length so that the band fits as a ring, bracelet or other piece of jewelry! Make sure that there are no pointy ends sticking out and enjoy wearing or giving your crafty gift! For more details, visit the website where this fun project was found.

Cookies in a Jar: A sweet gift to make for family and friends! What you’ll need:

  • 1 quart jar
  • 2 squares of cloth
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • ¾ cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

How to make it:

  • Measure each ingredient and add into jar so that you can see the layers. Pack ingredients into the jar after each addition. Cover the lid with a colorful fabric square. Use a ribbon or band to secure the fabric onto the lid.
  • Then, attach the following instructions to the jar (punch a hole and string your ribbon through it or attach a gift card):
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together 3/4 cup of softened butter, with 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.

Find more ideas for gifts in a jar. Happy Holidays!

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