Recently I was talking to a friend about the popularity of Mason Jar projects (thanks Pinterest). While I like to repurpose the jars I already have, you might need to buy them in “bulk” or want a more traditional mason jar look. I found the real deal Mason Jars at Big Lots for just $8 for 12 pints and $9 for 12 quart size jars! That’s a great price! (Amazon runs $15 for 12 pints!). So I thought I would buy them to use in a cute DIY gift in a jar project.
How to Make DIY Ombre Candy Jars
While I was shopping at Big Lots, the candy aisle caught my attention (for more reasons than one!). But mostly for all that color! This is where I got the inspiration to make a DIY Ombre Candy Jar. Ombre is a term that describes when one color graduates in shade/tone. Think of starting with a deep navy blue and fading up to a soft sky blue. To create a sweet ombre look, I scoured the candy aisle for colors in all shades. All the candy I used (except the marshmallows that were a grocery store Easter clearance find) came from Big Lots.
To start, divide the pieces up by type. You will then start layering them in the jar. I will say certain items do better as a base (like those chocolates). So you will just have to pay around a little with the order. This project will be a bit of trial and error when you are layering in each color. In fact I had to dump the red/pink jar several times to get it just right.
I would also say, be sure to buy more of each color. For instance, I was surprised by how many Mike and Ikes it took to make one “layer”. Also don’t be afraid to “alter” the candy. I thought the licorice would be cute standing straight up in the center, but I ended up cutting them down to bite size pieces for their own layer.
Now these jars are adorable on their own with just some pretty ribbon. But you know I love a printable gift tag! 😉 So I created a few for you to use- tie them on with ribbon or tape them on like a label. These jar gifts would be perfect for a teacher gift, thank you or just because!
What color would you create? Any fave candies that you would have to include?
Originally published in 2015 as a Big Lots Ambassador for the Columbus based company. I was compensated by Big Lots for this post. All opinions are my own, and yes I am a Big Lots shopper.