It’s hard to go wrong when you give a food gift. Whether it’s for a holiday, a birthday, or an ordinary day you’ll find that most people who are given a food gift are happy recipients. You can give a food gift by turning it into a bouquet or by placing the foods in a regular gift bag. Some foods, though, look even more appealing when you gift them in a clear, glass jar. Homemade jam, brownie mix and similar foods work well when given as a gift in a jar.
Jar gifts don’t have to be fancy. A plain glass jar with a lid is all you need. But, most people who give jar gifts prefer to decorate it just a little. That’s why you’ll often see the jars with a circle of cloth draped over the lid, and a ribbon tied around it to hold it in place. The problem with that is, if you don’t have any fabric, you’ll have to go out and purchase a piece even though all you need is a small circle. If you’re thinking of giving some jar gifts this year, and you have no suitable fabric, go look in your kitchen! There, you’ll find all the jar topper material you could possibly need!
A simple coffee filter can quickly become a jar lid cover that’s cute and appropriate. Since the filter can be decorated in many different ways you can easily create jar gifts with particular themes for holidays, as thank-you presents, and even for birthdays. The coffee filters are plain, though, so you’ll have to do something about that.
Create a doily effect for the coffee filter when you cut the edges into a scalloped pattern. Or, use pinking shears to give the edges quite a different look. It’s easiest to make the edges look professional if you fold the filter in half, then again, then again, to create a triangle shape. Cut across the edges all at the same time when you use this technique.
Hole punches are another instrument you can use to make the coffee filter look like a doily. Punch hearts, circles, half-moons or other shapes, just above the scalloped edges, to create the design you want. Or, cut a small circle of fabric or decorative paper and glue it to the center of the coffee filter. Another option is to punch tiny shapes from leftover scrapbook paper, foil, gift wrap or other sources and glue them around the edges of the coffee filter doily.
When you’re finished with the design, lay the filter on the ironing board, cover it with a thin towel, and press. This will help smooth out the creases in the coffee filter. Lay the filter over the chosen jar and tie around it with a ribbon. Test the size of the filter before decorating it at all by laying it over the jar before beginning this craft. If the filter is a little too large simply cut it down a little before contining to decorate it.