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Christmas gifts to make at home by Misty from Gravitate

1 jar 3 ways!

A Christmas gift for teachers and day-care workers is always a hard one! Whether you simply don’t know them that well, have several to do or are working to a budget, it can be tricky to choose the right gift. So why not unleash your child’s creativity using a few craft items you may already have or that are readily available from a discount store, and create a handmade gift that can be used again and again and will sit with pride of place on your carers desk?

The Reindeer

What you’ll need:

  • A jar
  • Brown paper or card
  • Stick on or google eyes (you can also draw these)
  • A red pom pom
  • Elastic bands
  • PVA glue (and paintbrush) or a hot glue gun
  • Optional – embellishments

Step 1 – Cut your card to size, it should be as tall as the jar and long enough to wrap around

Step 2 – Glue card to the jar and secure with elastic bands

Step 3 -Draw and cut out your reindeer antlers from brown card

Step 4 -Attach the antlers to the sides of the jar, on the brown card using glue. Secure with an elastic band

Step 5 -Add eyes and nose and any embellishments that you like

Step 6 – Once the glue is dry, remove elastic bands and fill with whatever you choose.


The Chocolate Bouquet

What you’ll need:

  • Jar
  • Coloured card
  • Chocolates or other wrapped sweets
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue or a Hot glue gun


Step 1 – Draw and cut out your flowers from the card (many templates can be found for free online, simply google ‘flower template’) These would also look great double with different petal formations.

Step 2 – Push the skewer through the centre of your flower

Step 3 – Push chocolate or sweet onto skewer to secure.

Step 4 – Stand your ‘Flowers’ in the jar and fill





The ‘Bling’ Jar

What you’ll need:

  • Jar
  • Glitter & plate/dish
  • PVA Glue (and brush- for glitter) and a hot glue gun
  • Embellishments (diamantes, flowers etc)

Step 1 – Use the PVA and paintbrush to create your design. Whilst wet sprinkle glitter on top holding your jar over your dish to collect any extra

Step 2 – BLING. IT. OUT.  Add your embellishments in whichever design you like.

Step 3 -Fill.

NB: Lids can be painted or decorated to match

Filling Ideas

  • Chocolates
  • Lollies
  • Homemade biscuits or fudge
  • Gift card surrounded by lollies (2 Surprises!)
  • Cookie or cake mix in a jar – simply attach the recipe
  • Stationery and Stickers (always appreciated! Many companies now also make personalised teacher stickers or stamps, and as a teacher I LOVE them)
  • Candle (you could even try your hand at pouring your own)
  • Fancy Teas/loose leaf (don’t forget to tie on a tea strainer)


Misty FROM Gravitate

Misty is the owner of GRAVITATE, Mum to Tatum and Grayson and a teacher with a specialisation in Early Childhood Education. Living in a regional town in Western Australia means that being crafty and making do is sometimes a necessity, so she has brought us some crafty gifts for teachers that everyone can do with a few basic supplies from their craft cupboard.


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