Easy Jam Jar Craft Ideas

hot chocolate gift jar

These Jam Jar craft ideas are perfect as gifts all year round!

The Jam Jar is no longer just for jams and chutneys, and these gifts ideas prove just that. Take one Jam Jar and create a variety of different gifts, sure to delight anyone.  Wel love these at The People’s Friend offices! 

Used as mini planters, ready-made hot chocolate, or simple tea-light holders, the possibilities are endless. Enjoy this latest craft idea from The People’s Friend. 

cati jam jar


Cacti are meant to be a good luck symbol for a new home, but they also look great around any home…especially in a Duerr’s jar!

You’ll need:

  • Duerr’s jar(s)
  • Potted mini cactus
  • Loose gravel, chippings or decorative stones (you’ll find these in garden centres)
  • A spoon

Here’s how to create your own tropical display:

Empty out and clean your Duerr’s jar so it’s ready to house your prickly new pal

Carefully remove your cactus from the plastic pot it arrived in, but keep the soil around the bottom.

Pour half an inch height of gravel into the bottom of the jar to make a base for the cactus

Drop the cactus into the pot and wedge it into the gravel (watch your fingers!) until it can stand upright

Then simply spoon more gravel into the jar to steady the cactus and cover the soil.


tealight jam jar

Tea Light Holders

The texture of these jars creates a cosy, warming light once tealights are placed in them!

You’ll need:

  • Duerr’s jar(s)
  • Tealights
  • Twine
  • Thin bendy wire

Clean out your empty Duerr’s jar

Twist two pieces of thin wire together to create a sturdy handle for your jar

Place the wire in an arch shape over the jar, attach to the jar by wrapping twine around the top of the jar several times, then fasten by either tying the two ends into a bow or by using glue to stick them down

Place your tealight into the jar, then light using a long match stick


hot chocolate gift jar

Hot Chocolate

Create a thoughtful handmade gift for the chocolate-lover in your life.

You’ll need:

  • Duerr’s jar(s)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Hot chocolate mix / cocoa powder
  • Ribbon
  • Gift tags/labels
  • Hessian

Clean out your empty Duerr’s jar

Layer up your jar starting with the cocoa and then topping with mini marshmallows (And chocolate chips if you want it super ‘chocolatey’).

Pop the lid back on the jar

Cover the jar with hessian (cut to appropriate size) and secure with decorative ribbon


We hope you enjoy making these! Why not try some easy Easter crafts now?

We used https://duerrs.co.uk/inspiration/ for inspiration!

Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.