Dollar Store Gift Jars


Welcome to The little brown house! I have been thinking about

the holiday’s lately… I know, we are still in the midst of summer.

Don’t hate me! It is hard not to think ahead when the stores have

Halloween and Thanksgiving things out on the shelves already!

Anyway – I have been looking for some craft

idea’s for gift giving – and I came across these jars at

The Dollar Tree –

the store that lures you in with the thought

that “I will only spend a dollar or two” and then pops you out

an hour later with $25 worth of items in your bag!

Guess how much these jars were!!

I know – old joke..

But aren’t they so cute for one dollar? I don’t know what it

is about glass and jars, I am just drawn to them.

So I decided to buy some and figure out what kinds of

things I could do with them to make them into gifts.

I decided to spray paint one of them with a white semi-gloss.

It was a little breezy outsidebut I insisted on doing it anyway –

It could have turned out better, but as usual, I was in a hurry!

I gathered up some supplies from my kraft things

and began to play around with them and the jars.

I had some Chinese wrapping paper, some vinyl number stickers

and letters, and some buttons..

You might remember from my Black and White Console Redo

that I love to combine paper, numbers, and jars!

I did not take step by step pictures of how I did everything,

So I will show you the pictures and explain as I go!

OK – the first one really requires some explanation.

My son is turning 19 in a couple months, and all he ever asks

for is money. Which is usually what we give him.. but I wanted

to find a more creative way to give it to him – so this is my thought

The jar has the numbers 1 – 4 on it, and here is what I plan on putting in it,

* A $20 bill

* 2 movie tickets

* A gift card to a restaurant

* A gas card

Here is what I will write on it –

1 for the money (cash for movie treats)

2 for the show (two tickets to movie)

3 to get ready (Restaurant gift card for dinner before movie)


4 to go! (gas to get to the theater)

I think he will like it, and I know I will enjoy putting it together!

This next one is for my granddaughter Kelsi

Her birthday is in November,

I just made her these two rings she is wearing

So I thought I could do a jewelry jar for her

This is the one I painted – I cut out a square of the wrapping paper

and sprayed adhesive on the back, then put it on the jar.

Then I put a vinyl K on it, and glued a button on the top and the front.

Cute huh!

The third one I was thinking I could

fill with tea bags or those individual Starbucks instant coffee’s

I put the word Tea on it with the vinyl letters, and then

put a strip of the wrapping paper inside.

I wasn’t sure if I would keep this one, so I didn’t use the

spray adhesive to stick it in there – but it would work like this

if you just wrapped the paper around the tea/coffee.

So – tell me what you think! And please share any ideas

you might have of how to make these dollar store jars

into a great gift idea –

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  1. Staci Johnson
    7 years ago

    Those are sooo darling!! I LOVE how you spruced them up, and the black and white is just classy. Great gift idea!
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  2. Hootin' Anni
    7 years ago

    Great idea…there are boundless ways of fixing these to match a decor…you’ve shown us the way to do it.

    Here’s My SnT for the week Hope you can drop by for a visit.

  3. Jeanine at One Cheap B*tch
    7 years ago

    I know exactly what you mean about the dollar store. I leave always spending a lot more than I planned. These are so cute!


  4. Stephanie
    7 years ago

    What a clever idea!! The possibilities are endless!

  5. Carrie
    7 years ago

    I love the little tea jar. How pretty!

  6. Erin @ Where Beauty Meets Function
    7 years ago

    First I love your description of the Dollar Tree!!!! LOL Mostly because it’s so true. :)

    And the one for the money, etc…SUPER CUTE!

  7. Elizabeth
    7 years ago

    Those are super great ideas! I especially love the “1 for the money” jar – that would be a great idea for my son and his wife for Christmas and it’s CUTE! Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Brandy
    7 years ago

    What a great idea, I love the way they turned out.

  9. Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    7 years ago

    LOVE your gift ideas… you are so creative! Those jars are adorable… I haven’t been to Dollar Tree in a while.

  10. Annette
    7 years ago

    The jars are so cute! I think your son will be very pleased.

  11. Lisa
    7 years ago

    Those jars are so cute and especially for one dollar they are even better. I love the first jar for your son with the little rhyme. What a great idea!

  12. DeniseMarie
    7 years ago

    way to rock out the jars. I love the idea for your son and hope you fill K jar with lots and lots of jewelry pieces. I’ll have to see if a gift card will fit in that jar…if so..way cute idea.

  13. Jessy
    7 years ago

    Super cute! I think Kelsi will love to have a place to put her jewelry! She’s been wearing her rings nonstop all week 😉

  14. The Answer Is Chocolate
    7 years ago

    I’m going to have to make a trip to my $1 Tree. I didn’t see these when I was there last. Yours turned out so great!

  15. Carolyn
    7 years ago

    Your creativity is RIDICULOUS (in a good way, of course)!! I am so stealing the “One for the money…” thing next chance I get to give a gift. Do you mind??? Imitiation is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery!

  16. Laurel
    7 years ago

    Super cute – love this idea!

  17. norma lee good
    7 years ago

    This is such a great idea. I love the 1,2,3,4 jar. That is really clever. I am off to Dollar Tree!

  18. Donene Jones
    7 years ago

    I love these little jars! the popcorn looks good too! Thanks for your nice comments! It’s great that you’re from Idaho too!

  19. Dawn
    7 years ago

    Great gift Ideas! :o)

  20. Trudy
    5 years ago

    LOVE the idea for your son… mine also just wants cash. He is working his way through college and his hobby is running….. cash is easy :) I hope I can pull it off… very cute ideas!!