My brother and his wife are moving to our tiny little Northwest Iowa town this week. They live in Virginia and I am afraid their first winter may just do them in. Right now our temperatures are in the mid twenties which isn’t too bad. In this part of the Midwest our temps usually go negative at some point and the wind chills are even worse. I decided to put together a little welcome gift for them. A mason jar winter basic survival kit!
Mason Jar Winter Basic Survival Kit
This winter basic survival kit is packed with all of the things needed to get through a cold, harsh winter.
I love to make plain items into cute items by covering them with patterned papers and cute tags. So for this winter survival kit I am using papers from A Perfect Winter by Lori Whitlock sold by Echo Park Paper. Adding these special touches really makes the gift…in my opinion!
- Cut patterned paper to cover each item
- Ink edges of paper with black ink
- Use adhesive and wrap paper around each item
- Add bakers twine and a tag to each item
- Place items into the mason jar
- Cut a 2.5 inch circle, ink the edges and adhere to mason jar lid
- Wrap scarf around the jar and tie with bakers twine
- Add large tag to the front
Inking the edges of the paper pieces is optional but it gives it a nice look.
If you purchase a fleece blanket instead of a scarf - cut the blanket to create a scarf
Covering The Items In the Kit
It really makes the gift if the items inside are covered with fun papers and cute tags. Check out the before and after for each of the items. There are two of each item because I made two kits.
I folded these guys and used a 3″ x 8″ piece of patterned paper to cover them. As mentioned above I used black ink around the edges of all of the pieces and added bakers twine and a little tag of some sort.
For these I cute pieces measuring 5.5″ x 6″ to wrap the bar then a smaller piece 2″ x 6″ as a little accent piece.
I found these individual packets at my local grocery store and added two flavors to each mason jar kit. They are covered with a paper measuring 5.25″ x 8.5″. The paper comes with a border page and I cut one of these to add as well.
When I purchased these I wanted a red and blue. They are different sizes so I just varied the cut sizes a little bit for these.
The red chap stick used a 2″ x 7.5″ piece of fun paper and the blue took a 2.75″ x 7.5″ piece.
These are a little slanted but it still worked great. The wrapped pieces measured 5.5″ x 2″ and instead of a ribbon and tag I opted to cut out a small snowman from one of the papers and used some mounting tape to stick it on. Cute right?
These were cut into 2.75″ x 6.5″ pieces to wrap around the travel size bottle. The tag was wrapped around the neck of the bottle just for something different.
No paper was wrapped around the gloves. I just used the bakers twine and a fun tag.
Cut the 2.5″ circle for the top of the lid. I used my Silhouette cutting machine to do this but if you don’t have one you can trace and cut or purchase a 2.5″ circle punch.
Putting It All together
The fun part is trying to get it all to fit in the jar. Here are the steps I took to do that. The scarf would not fit so I wrapped it around and tied it with the bakers twine.
Start with a few items. The gloves, the cocoa and the candy bar were first in the jar.
Then the rest of the items were added and stacked until they were all in.
Here is the back side view. It is jam packed!
Add the scarf.
Once you add the final large tag on the front you are good to go! What a cute gift.
They turned out so cute. This is why I love mason jar gifts!
Thanks so much for stopping by,