3 Fun & Adorable Ideas To Decorate for Christmas In A Jar

creative ideas to decorate your home for Christmas using recyclables or nature elements. Excellent for minimalists.

Let me introduce to you 3 fun & adorable ideas to decorate your home for Christmas In A Jar. I got challenged by my friend Shirley who is the mastermind behind the fourth annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop:

Today is day 8 and we’re talking Christmas In A Jar ideas. Those can be anything, of course, even food and other things. If you want to know what my friends came up with, you’ll find their creative goodness at the end of this post.

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But first let me show you what I came up with, ok?

3 Ideas for Minimalist Christmas Decor

3 frugal ideas for a beautiful and simple Christmas in a jar DIY home decor. Click through for tutorials and supplies list. #craftifymylove #simplecrafts #artsandcrafts #freetutorial #kidscraft #upcycling #DIY #Christmasdecor #minimalism #minimalistChristmas

I am by no means a minimalist. If you were to visit my home, you’d probably be overwhelmed by all the things I own. I try to be open-minded and to view things from a different perspective at times. So right now, I am thinking about the extreme opposite of my personal home decor style and am picturing a minimalist home.

Can you see one Christmasy decorated jar standing on a lean & clean side table? Bringing all the festivity into that home, that’s necessary? I totally can!

Basic Supplies For A Christmas In A Jar Project

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  • Obviously, a jar. You could buy a really pretty one or simply recycle a jar you already have at home.
  • Faux Snow (at least for the 3 decor ideas that are being addressed in this post)
  • The decor you are opting for. Keep on reading for some great ideas, supplies, and tutorials.

1 – Sparkly Bottle Brush Christmas Trees

Sparkly bottle brush Christmas tree in a mason jar for a frugal minimalist home decor

At first, I only had this Christmas In A Jar decor in mind using store-bought Christmas elements. I pictured a winter wonderland scenery. A tree, decorated in sparkly ornaments standing in a snow-covered landscape.

How to? Well, this is as simple as it gets!

It’s pretty obvious, right? You spoon a couple of inches of faux snow into your jars and place the Christmas decor elements you love into the jar. Done.

Tip: I really recommend using a spoon and not pouring the snow into the jar. You’ll have it everywhere!!! See, I don’t mind sparkle being all over, but when I (at first) poured the snow into my magical snowflake candle holders, the mess was even too much for me to handle, lol.

More goodness to come…

Because, once I sat down and started taking the pics of my first Christmas In A Jar scenery, my eyes fell on those just previously crafted cute Christmas trees and I started to play around a little.

Don’t they look cute in a jar as well? I knew they would serve several purposes (find out what else you can do with them HERE) this year 🙂

2 – Recycled Paper Christmas Trees

Christmas in a jar - part of the 12 days of Christmas challenge 2018. This project: Paper Christmas trees

The Supplies You’ll Need

  • Cardboard (I saved this lovely rose shoe box from the trash. Alternately, use any style cardboard and paint it in the color you want or layer it with cardstock, scrapbook paper, newspaper or whatever comes to mind – be creative!)
  • Yarn (This one is similar to what I used. But I guess you could achieve fun effects with other types of yarn, too.)
  • Glitter stars (I can’t find the same exact ones, but those will work, too! And they give you more flexibility colorwise)
  • Double-sided tape (this one is actually meant for crafting and hence not a troublemaker like the carpet tape I used, lol)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ruler
  • X-Acto Knife + cutting mat to protect your work surface
  • Pencil

Step-by-Step Instructions – Video Tutorial:

Find the written tutorial HERE or simply watch the following short video:

Those fellows were sitting on my Anthropologie Knock-Off Painted Dresser and wanted to join in on the fun. So I let them, of course 😉

3 – Little Pine Cones Wearing Their Christmas Sweaters

Christmas trees in a jar: Frugal home decor nature craft using pine cones and happy colourful yarn leftovers

Those are probably my favorite as I love love love everything super bright and colorful. But I also love sparkly things. Hmmm, do I really need to decide on a favorite? Could you?

List of Supplies


What yarn to use?

I found that the turquoise one (it’s sort of felted wool – if you pull too hard it will come undone easily) and the white MY BOSHI No. 1 yarn I used for my crocheted basket look the best for my taste.

I didn’t quite enjoy working with the super thin yellow yarn. Why? Because it took forever, lol. And it doesn’t look as cozy as the thicker yarns.

The ombre green yarn was fun to work with. And come to think of it, twine could look awesome, too.

Detailed Instructions – Video:

You’ll find the written tutorial HERE. If you’re a visual learner, you’ll probably enjoy watching the video I’ve made for you:

And you’re done!

Here they are again: 3 fun & easy ways I’ve come up with today to decorate your home in a minimalist way for Christmas.

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3 frugal ideas for a beautiful and simple Christmas in a jar DIY home decor. Click through for tutorials and supplies list. #craftifymylove #simplecrafts #artsandcrafts #freetutorial #kidscraft #upcycling #DIY #Christmasdecor #minimalism #minimalistChristmas
Super simple home decor ideas for Christmas using a jar, faux snow, and those darlings sparkly bottle brush Christmas trees. Click for even more fun ideas to decorate a jar for Christmas. #craftifymylove #christmasinajar #12daysofchristmas #bottlebrush #easyhomedecor #minimalistdecor
Upcycling idea for a frugal Christmas decor: Recycled paper Christmas trees in a jar. Click to see how simple & inexpensive this project really is. #craftifymylove #inexpensiveChristmas #moneysavingtips #Christmas #kidscraft #recyclingcraft #videotutorial
Fun & easy kids nature craft for Christmas that can be transformed into a beautiful home decor element in minutes. Click through for free tutorial. #craftifymylove #kidschristmascraft #kidscraftforchristmas #naturecraft #pinecones #giftidea #christmasdecorstorageidea


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Comments (16)

  1. These ideas are all so cozy and comfy! I can’t even pick a favorite because I love something about each of them. The mixed media trees are so pretty!

    1. Thank you, Jenny. So I am not the only one picking a favourite, and that’s ok. There is beauty in each and every handmade creation.

    1. Thank you for teaching me a new word, today. I wasn’t familiar with diorama. And for your lovely comment.

    1. Thank you, T’onna. Yarn is so versatile to use in crafts. Either the originally intended way when crocheting or knitting or in an entirely different way.

  2. These are all such awesome displays, I love the little pine cones all dressed up for the Holidays!!

  3. They are all so adorable. I love all 3 ideas but must admit I am partial to the pine cone trees.

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