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3 Crafty Cookie Containers

If you're hosting a holiday cookie exchange, your guests are going to need a way to bring home the delicious assortment of cookies they'll gather at your party. Here are three fun, easy projects to create containers that are part party favor, part practical accessory. If you're planning to do the jars or the take-out food box projects, we recommend completing them yourself prior to the party. If you choose the cookie boxes, decorating them can be a fun craft activity for kids during the party. They'll love to customize their box and fill it with delicious cookies to enjoy at home!

Glass Cookie Jars

Materials:

  • One-quart wide-mouth glass jars (available at craft and hardware stores; purchase one per child)
  • Adhesive-backed white felt
  • White pom-poms
  • Small pine cones (available at craft stores; two per jar)
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Narrow red satin ribbon
  • Approximately 1/2" red linen ribbon
  • White paper
  • Standard hole punch
  • Craft tags (one per jar)
  • Twine
  • Letter stamps (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • White craft glue

1. Use the lid of one jar to trace circles on the white felt (one per jar you're making). Adhere a circle of white felt to the top of each lid. Cut a long strip of white felt for each jar to wrap around the edge of the lid.

2. Attach a layer of white pom-poms to each lid with hot glue.

3. Use hot glue to attach pairs of pine cones to approximate the shape of a deer's head and body. Twist together pipe cleaners and wedge them into the pine cones to create each deer's tail, antlers and legs.

4. Use your hole punch and white paper to create a pair of eyes for each deer and use craft glue to attach them to the deer's heads. Tie a small length of red ribbon around each deer's neck.

5 Use hot glue to wrap a decorative band of red linen ribbon around the edge of each jar lid, on top of the white felt. Glue a reindeer on the top of each lid.

6 Use stamps or pretty lettering to put the name of one of your guests on each tag. Attach one tag to each jar with twine.