Canning Jar and Holly Treat/Gift Holders

December 19, 2016


Hi everyone, Annette Green here today with Susan’s Garden Team. With the holidays quickly approaching, you might find yourself short on time and in need of quick, inexpensive gift ideas with a personal touch. Today I’m sharing an easy treat holder idea using Susan’s die, some pattern paper and trims. These sweet little holders could be filled with candy (like mine), a gift card, money or even a small gift. Let me show you how fun and easy these are to make.


1. Using Susan’s Canning Jar & Lid die, cut out two of each from pattern paper. Ink edges, if desired, with Vintage Photo Distress ink.


2. To make a box which will join the two canning jars, cut a piece of pattern paper 7″ x 6 1/2″ and score at 2 1/2″ on all four sides.

canning-jar-treat-holders-annette-green-03 3. Flip paper to darkest side to see the score lines, then make the four cut lines as shown for the box’s flaps. Cut away 1/2″ from the corner pieces as indicated in this diagram.


4. Place clear double-sided adhesive tape on the four corner flaps as shown.


5. Peel and stick the flaps to start forming a box by folding in the two side flaps first, then bring the center flap up. In this photo, only one side has been assembled.


6. Complete the other side of the box and you should have a open box like this.


7. Adhere the canning jar to each wide side of the box as shown.


8. Die cut the three largest holly leaves from Olive Twist Soft Finish cardstock using Susan’s Holiday Holly & Berries set. Score the leaves down the center and fold away from you, then apply bright green PanPastel on the score line of each. Ink the outer edges of each leaf with Peeled Paint Distress ink to add shading for dimension.


9. Place the holly leaves on the leaf pad and use the leaf tool to score vein lines as shown.


10. Use the reverse tweezers to pinch and shape the leaves.


11. Add gold trim to the canning jar below the lid, then adhere holly leaves as shown. You can adorn the center with a button, Prills, or a little red bell like mine.


12. Stamp a sentiment onto ivory cardstock and attach. I used the Holiday stamp set by Karen Burniston and embossed it with gold. As a finishing touch, you can coil some colored wire and wrap it around the bell.



Mix and match coordinating pattern papers to make each one different, or make them all the same. It’s up to you! Fill them with goodies and you have an instant gift. These would be great for teachers, a school bus driver, crossing guard, the mailman… well just about anyone!



Canning Jar and Lid

Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Tape

Holiday Holly & Berries

Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock

PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 1

Leaf Pad

Susan’s Tool Set

Holiday stamp set



Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress ink

Graphic 45 St. Nicholas paper collection

Gold embossing powder

Gold trim, red bell and wire

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  • Melanie December 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Adorable design! I love your eye for detail.

  • Rosemary Paul December 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Awesome idea and now I know what to give to our poor over burdened mail lady (she delivers packages to our house at least 3 days a week)! I am going to fill it with homemade candy & cookies!
    Thank you for the great idea!

  • Lisa Duggin December 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Love what you came up with. The colors are so perfect this time of the year. The holly looks so real. Very nice. Christmas Blessings, Lisa

  • Joset van de Burgt December 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Oh this is fun Annette. Love it!

  • Kathleen Adams December 19, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Annette, I just love this project! Thanks so much for the tutorial! I’ll be giving this a try!

  • Tona December 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Fantastic project! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  • Martha Cueva December 19, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I love this and am trying to make it, but I can’t get it to fold properly. It appears to me that the measurements aren’t correct. Can you tell me what I am doing incorrectly? I have cut enough paper to make 15, which I need completed by Thursday, help!

    • Annette Green December 19, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Martha. Sorry you’re having trouble. I’ve e-mailed you a short video that might help make things more clear. -Annette

  • Debbie Kaste December 19, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Just adorable! This idea could be adapted for so many holidays, not just Christmas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Nancy Yoder December 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Great way to use the canning jar die! And such perfect timing…with the Christmas crunch on! So cute!

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