Easy Jam Jar Craft Ideas

Cacti in a jam jar craft project

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 like mini planters, ready-made hot chocolate gift sets, or simple tealight holders – the possibilities are endless.

Create a cacti jar

Cacti are meant to be a good luck symbol for a new home, but they also look great around any house…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:

  1. Empty out and clean your Duerr’s jar so it’s ready to house your prickly plant.
  2. Carefully remove your cactus from the plastic pot it arrived in, but keep the soil around the bottom.
  3. Pour half an inch height of gravel into the bottom of the jar to make a base for the cactus
  4. Drop the cactus into the pot and wedge it into the gravel (watch your fingers!) until it can stand upright.
  5. Then simply spoon more gravel into the jar to steady the cactus and cover the soil.

Tealight holders

tealight jam jar

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

How to make your tealight holder:

  1. Clean out your empty Duerr’s jar.
  2. Twist two pieces of thin wire together to create a sturdy handle for your jar.
  3. 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.
  4. Place your tealight into the jar, then light using a long matchstick.

Hot chocolate gift jar

hot chocolate gift jar

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/twine
  • Gift tags/labels
  • Hessian
  • Gift label

How to make your hot chocolate gift jar:

  1. Clean out your empty Duerr’s jar.
  2. Layer up your jar starting with the cocoa and then topping with mini marshmallows (And chocolate chips if you want it super ‘chocolatey’).
  3. Pop the lid back on the jar.
  4. Cover the jar with a circle of hessian (cut to appropriate size to cover the lid and top of your jar) and secure with decorative ribbon or twine.
  5. Tie a gift label to the ribbon or twine with your own message attached.

All jam jar craft ideas courtesy of Duerr’s


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.