Cookie Jar Christmas Craft

I thought I’d sneak in one last Christmas craft before it’s officially time to back away from the Christmas decor. 😀

Evan and Layla

I met up with my friend Evan yesterday morning, and we had the best time making our Christmas cookie jars. We were super inspired by the one Tamara created for Becky on Instagram, and spending that time crafting yesterday was just what the doctor ordered. Unfortunately, we found out our hard drive is officially toast, and none of our photos/files/footage are recoverable. :-( The good news? We don’t have to pay Data Savers thousands of dollars to recover anything. The bad news? Two years worth of work and my almost-finished episode 3 for The Design Network was on that hard drive. We’re especially bummed to have lost all that video footage, but I do still have all the photos from Kathy’s new space (I hadn’t uploaded them yet), so I look forward to sharing the before and afters with you here on my blog very soon!

Anywho- back to Christmas crafting! 😀 Evan brought over the cookie jars, glitter paper, star punch, bird nest, wooden beads and tapered corks, and I picked up the Epson salt, miniature fence and Christmas lights. I already had the twine, and we gathered the twigs from our front yard.

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft | Epson Salt | Picket Fence from Hobby Lobby

Becky‘s talented friend Tamara put a cute little camper ornament in her cookie jar too, and I immediately thought of our Airstream ornament when I saw hers pop up in Becky’s Instagram feed. Evan and I used twigs to support the lower strand of Christmas lights and create the campfire, and I cut the flames out of a translucent piece of gold scrapbook paper.

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft | Mini Lights Hobby Lobby | Epson Salt | Airstream Ornament from Michaels | Picket Fence from Hobby Lobby

(Miniature fence, trees and lights: Hobby Lobby, Airstream ornament: Michaels)

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft | Airstream Ornament from Michaels | Picket Fence from Hobby Lobby | Epson Salt

Our nativity jar turned out super cute, too:

Christmas Cookie Jar Craft | Espon Salt | Tapered Corks Wrapped In Twine | Nativity

Here are a few in-progress shots so you can see how that one came together:

Cork Twine Wooden Bead Twig Nativity | Cookie Jar Christmas Craft

Christmas Cookie Jar Craft | Espon Salt | Nativity

(Wooden beads, nest, glitter paper and tapered corks: Hobby Lobby)

Christmas Cookie Jar Craft | Nativity | Espon Salt

These jars were SO much fun to make, and I think it would be a great craft for kids, too. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you fill them with, and where you can display them. Thanks again to Tamara and Becky for inspiring this fun project and to Evan for always making everything so much merrier!

Merry Christmas! Hope you’re having a calm and creative weekend, too!

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  1. says

    Love the jar craft. I am saving this one! I am so sorry all your work was lost. :( I want to wish you and Kevin a wonderful, joyous Christmas! Thank you for the gifts you give to me through your posts! :) You brighten the days of so many through your writing, sharing, photos, ideas, and amazing, radiating spirit and smile!

  2. Kitty Johnson says

    May I suggest: get Carbonite online backup! I’ve been using it for a year — it’s automatic, everything is safe and recoverable, it’s cheap and it’s safe.

    I got a new computer last spring — just downloaded all my data and files into it. Well worth the investment. And no, I’m not a troll for Carbonite. Just a satisfied customer. :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much for that suggestion, Kitty! I actually mentioned Carbonite to Kevin last week, but after a bunch of research he discovered it won’t work for us. I think he’s got another solution that will work figured out though, and I hope to never have this happen again! 😀

  3. says

    Hi Layla,
    So sorry you lost all of your hard work! I’m sure you and Kevin will make even more amazing video footage the second time around.
    Thanks for sharing the cookie jar craft. I might try that with my kiddos this week!

  4. says

    Layla, I’m so sorry to hear about your lost work. I’ve been there, done that before and it really is such a bummer. Mine had all of my business forms/templates, etc., on it which I did not back up (silly I know).

    Thank you for sharing these lovely Christmas container crafts-how fun!!! I’ve been looking for the perfect nativity scene, I think I just need to make this one, it’s ADORABLE! Homemade always has so many wonderful memories. Since it’s our first Christmas with our baby girl I’ve been wanting to make it extra special.

    Merry Christmas to you and Keven!! :)


  5. says

    so cute! a vintage tree lot snow globe! lucky me i just picked up the same ornament yesterday : ) I need to make one since i picked up the perfect sign from mary at her shop urban farmgirl. sorry for the computer bad luck – good reminder to all of us (me). hope you have a happy holiday.

  6. donna z says

    love the cookie jars decorated with evan…….just signed up for his blog too — I always enjoy yours and am very happy with your good news for a bundle of love to arrive soon.

  7. Marianne in Mo. says

    That’s not good news on your hard drive. :( Wish they had warning signs.
    The cookie jars are cute! I may try that next year, or make some fake snowballs to put in one. (Saw that on another blog!)
    Merry Christmas Layla and Kevin!

  8. Dawn says


    It looks like you guys had so much fun and the jars turned out super cute! I wish I could have been crafting with you guys! I would have brought cookies for us to snack on and plastic deer to add my jar.

  9. DebZorn says

    These are so darn cute! I’ve seen similar vignettes in canning jars but these have so much more impact. Thanks for sharing.

  10. says

    I’m so so sorry about your hard drive. Last year, I didn’t back up my laptop and lost so many pictures – so bummed, so I know your feeling.
    I love the cookie jars, I did something similar last year based on a picture you showed here but this year I’m not quite sure if I have time…
    Hope you’re not too busy these last days before Christmas.

  11. says

    I love this project!
    I saw it on Becky’s IG feed, too.

    I need to try this with my kiddos next year! Maybe I could figure out a winter version?!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Stacy! I’m not sure about the size. Maybe Evan can jump in here and let us know! 😀

  12. Vicky says

    Where did you find the jars and what is the snow? Sorry for your computer problem. Been there, done that.

  13. Leah: ) says

    Okay – that nativity is dang cute!!!
    What a sweet idea! ; )
    Merry Christmas from California ~
    Leah: )

  14. Molly says

    This is hands down the cutest Christmas craft I have seen! Those jars look so magical and fun for all ages to admire. The nativity is awesome!

  15. Mary Jamieson says


    I am a faithful follower of your lovely, refreshing blog! Usually I don’t comment but just “follow.” But….I had a similar experience with my hard drive which contained all my photos of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil…of course, the only copies. I was desparate – when EVERY computer tech from the local firms who looked at my hard drive said it was toast…I still took the chance and sent it away to a commercial data saver company…I thought it was worth the risk and what more did I have to lose than my photos? For $800, they WERE able to recover my photos even though all the other local tech firms who tried failed. Don’t give up….send it to Datasavers. You may be out a few hundred dollars but….if they recover the photos it will be SO worth it!! Merry Christmas from Oregon. Mays yours be blessed!

    • Layla says

      Hi Mary! Data Savers is actually who we sent it to. :-( They gave us an initial estimate of $700-2700 (for economy service) and $900-$3900 (for rush service) depending on what was wrong with it, but after a couple of days, they called to tell us the card was completely ruined. We learned a very valuable lesson, for sure!