Easy Last-Minute DIY Hostess Gift: Holly & Ivy in a Jar!

This post is by Sarah Powers, Happiest Home contributor and Managing Editor, and blogger at Powers of Mine.

Easy DIY Holiday Centerpiece Hostess Gift

Remember my jar-hoarding? It came in handy this past weekend when I used a repurposed glass jar to create this quick and easy hostess gift:

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Yes, it’s technically some store-bought Christmas floral stuff in an old glass jar, but with some pretty twine and a little artful arranging, I think it turned out pretty!

I had everything except the holly and greenery in my house already, and picked those up at the grocery store. I chose one bouquet of just holly berries (I just love the look of them, don’t you?), and another of assorted holiday evergreens and ivy. The assembly took about 15 minutes for four of the gift jar bouquets.

To dress up the glass jars I used leftover lace and some red-and-white baker’s twine, and I wrapped them both pretty haphazardly around the jar for a more shabby-chic look. A velvet ribbon, strip of burlap, or soft yarn would all be pretty too.

Fresh flowers always make a nice hostess gift, and I thought this was a fun twist on that idea for the holidays. The glass jar means your host doesn’t have to hunt around for a vase, and the look of holly and ivy together is fresh and classic. These would also make sweet little centerpieces for a Christmas party, or even a teacher gift.

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What you’ll need:

  • glass jar or vase
  • assorted holiday greenery
  • ribbon, twine, lace, or string
  • gift tag

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  • Wash and dry a glass jar or vase
  • Cut assorted holiday greens and holly to desired length and arrange
  • Wrap ribbon or twine around the jar and secure by tying in a knot
  • Attach gift tag

Jars continue to be all the rage, don’t they? How have you used your glass jars in holiday decorating or gifting? I have a LOT more – so I need your ideas!

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