This week and next, I’ll be sharing tips on some Do It Yourself Christmas fun… gifts, decorations, advent lessons, etc.

Part of this DIY stuff is born out of necessity… with a tight budget, you have to get creative. It is also, in part, simply because I like to be crafty. Also… I want the kids to know that gift giving is not about how much you spend.. I want them to take part in the giving that we do.

Today’s DIY is perfect for getting the kids involved… and, they are learning while they are at it… so… you can check off your homeschool for the day as well as some gifts.

Cookie Mix in a jar… I’m sure you’ve seen these, maybe given some… maybe received some. You can do all sorts of different recipes. You can also do soup mixes, bread mixes, etc in a jar.

I bought a pack of 12 quart size canning jars from Walmart for $6 and the ingredients to fill them. All in all, we spent less than $25 and will end up with gifts for 12 people/ families.

The ingredients we used for this project are as follows:

1 3/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup chocoloate chips

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup MnMs (we used the Christmas colors)

Layer the ingredients in the above order in the jar. If you have space still at the top, you can add a few more chocolate chips (you can never have too many chocolate chips).

The kids took turns measuring and pouring ingredients into the jars. We worked on measuring, turn taking, etc. We talked about who would be the recipients of our jars and how fun it is to give gifts. I placed the jar in a large mixing b0wl and made a funnel out of paper to aid in the pouring process.

When you are all finished, you can have the kids ( if they are old enough)  write directions on an index card to tape on the jar. You can add a little Christmas flair by adding some colorful fabric to the top of the jar.

Here are the directions that will go on the card:

Preheat to 375.- Beat 3/4 cup butter, 1 egg, 3/4 tsp vanilla together in large bowl- add cookie mix- mix well- drop by rounded Tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet- Bake 9- 11 minutes. – Makes about 2 dozen.

You can check out these other sites for more cookie in a jar options:

Razzle Dazzle Recipes

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DIY Christmas Part 1- Cookies in a Jar

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