It’s Just Laine has just the way to bring some holiday cheer to your home with her  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars.  

 
These little jars are easy to make and promise to leave plenty of jingle in your wallet for presents!

 

Please click here to visit It’s Just Laine and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a beautiful Christmas decoration out of jars and salt- I am in!

 

Details:

  • I had a few random Mason Jar and a glass dish/bowl that worked perfectly for this project.
  • I also found mini trees and figurines at the Dollar Store.
  • Epsom Salt can be found anywhere.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Grab your jars, use a small funnel and fill them with salt.

Use a fork or long spoon to place your trees/decorations in the jars.

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Pros:

I just love this! So easy and cheap to create.

Cons:

None!

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Conclusion:

I am sooooo in love with these damn jars. What a brilliant idea!

I have a few of them on my kitchen table and have gotten so many compliments. I wish I used or had more vintage looking jars, but I am happy with how it turned out.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I set out to spread some holiday cheer using just a handful of supplies and a creative eye. Oh and a little salt!

 

Details:

  • I ended up using Coarse Kosher Salt instead of Epsom Salt because that is what I had on hand. I imagine Epsom Salt would have been a little finer and maybe looked a bit more fluffy but the Kosher Salt worked fine.
  • I had a hard time finding really tiny trees so I feel like even the small one I found felt big and took up most of the jar. I found the trees and boy pulling the sled at the local Jo-Ann.
  • I scrounged up a jar which was not as “old” and vintage as I would have liked but it did the trick.
  • I also decided to venture out a little and use a cake stand for an additional mini display for my collectible angels.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Playdough or clay comes in handy with this little project. The inside of my jar and the bottom of my cake stand were not level so I used a little squashed up playdough on the bottom of my figures and trees to help them stay put and level them out a bit too.

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Pros:

QUICK! It was crazy easy and silly fast putting these cute little holiday decorations together and really the possibilities are endless.

Cons:

Finding tiny little figurines was harder than I thought. I did discover ornaments could make a great substitute too however!

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Conclusion:

I will definitely use this idea in my holiday decor for years to come!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: I was excited about this project for months beforehand.  I couldn’t wait to create some tiny chilly scenes with that retro look for our holiday decor!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t pre-assemble your little scene, unless you know it will fit!  I made this mistake not once, but twice.

Speaking of… for the taller jars, I think that a wider mouth works best, unless you happen to build tiny ships in bottles in your spare time.

I used a Needle Nose Pliers to place the tiny items into the jar.

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Pros:

Super easy to make and ridiculously adorable!

Cons:

None, except for the self-inflicted glue gun burns that I give myself  every damn time…

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Conclusion:

I am not sure that I could love these little jars more; I love having them around our home.  They will make great hostess gifts for holiday parties as well as presents for friends and family!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To mimic the Anthropologie Christmas tree jars for far less than the cost of buying it through them!

 

Details:

  • I had one vintage blue quart size Mason Jar at home and acquired a second one from my good friend Amanda of Be Crafty Workshops, as she has a plethora of vintage craft finds! I also had another cool clear glass Atlas quart size jar that we ended up using too.
  • With some direction in my back pocket, I headed to our local Michaels crafts store to pick up the mini Christmas trees, miniature deer and other cute finds. I was super excited to search for the items needed for this project as I am obsessed with anything miniature. I have decided that anything is adorable in a tiny form! The kids and I found the last bag of the miniature deer in the store (score!) and also found some cute miniature sleighs to put in our jars.
  • We then walked next door to the grocery store as we were unable to find Epsom salt at Michaels crafts – who knew?!? Well, we came up short at the grocery store for any unscented Epsom Salt…I was feeling dizzy just smelling the lavender scented version, so that was a no-go! I ended up picking up Coarse Sea Salt for our jars and it worked perfect! It still has the snow look and the extra will come in handy while cooking.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you have young children, use their little silverware to help guide your miniature items in place – I used a child’s spoon.

Know that you can always substitute items within a project – the Coarse Sea Salt worked perfect instead of Epsom Salt.

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Pros:

I spent about $20 total to finish all three jars vs. the $40/large jar that Anthropologie was charging.

Cons:

A little hard to find all of the necessary items for the project, but it was just a matter of making our rounds!

It’s a little putzy to get these together – just do them when you have patience at hand. I would not recommend having your kids help with the actual creation of the project though – it was just too much.

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Conclusion:

An easy to create Christmas decoration project! They look adorable on our shelf and add some vintage cuteness!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: These jars are absolutely adorable but I would never pay $40 for them. Making them myself? Why not?

 

Details:

I couldn’t get over how easy these were to do.

  • My only mistake was taking my 4-year old with me to the craft store to pick out some trees. He wanted every little animal there. We ended up getting a few deer, although I truly wanted the squirrels. Luckily all the figures were 40% off at my local Michaels craft store.
  • I already had Mason Jars on hand, so this was inexpensive project compared to those jars offered from Anthropologie.
  • I poured in my Epsom Salt first. Make sure you put a good ¾” to 1” in there so you can bed your figures in there well.

Place your figures, top the jar, and it’s done. It’s really that simple.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used a pencil to reach down to the bottom and place my tree and deer just so.

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Pros:

Adorable and inexpensive.

Cons:

None, except cleaning up some spilled Epsom Salt.

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Conclusion:

I’ve already gotten wonderful compliments on my little tree jars. They’re wonderful. My kids are already asking to make more. They fit my décor perfectly.

 

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars and it’s photo by It’s Just Laine

 


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Vianney from Sweet Life has concocted a special recipe showcasing her fave fruit, the grapefruit!  Her Grapefruit Margarita promises to highlight the grapefruit’s sweet Texas flavor and give it a kick!

 

Try out a tasty margarita?  Okay, twist our arms.

 

Please click here to visit Sweet Life and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: To create a tart cocktail that will knock your socks off and go well with BBQ season. Oh and to dull the pain of a crazy week on the home front.

 

Details:

  • I am a woman of refined taste (or shall I say I prefer a clean, stiff drink) so I chose a silver tequila. I prefer it to gold. I am not sure why but to me it tastes less like it is eating away at your stomach lining and more like it is preparing to take you to your “happy place”.
  • I did try to purchase Cointreau but didn’t have any luck at our local liquor store so I opted for the Triple Sec I already had in my cabinet (I am a frequent margarita maker).
  • I did splurge for the Agave and feel like that made all the difference in how smooth it was. I typically use simple syrup but it is a whole lot easier to just pour something out of a bottle than having to make simple syrup.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I doubled my batch after testing out the first mix. Um it is that good.

I found that each batch required about 1 ½ grapefruits and 1 ½ limes. This would of course depend on how juicy your fruit was but this was my experience.

Pros:

This drink is smooth, satisfying and a tad bit dangerous. Yes. That IS a pro!

Cons:

Other than possibly consuming the entire pitcher and then suffering the next day I see no cons at all!

Amanda - Margarita

Conclusion:

This will be on my summer drink rotation for sure and may even replace my standard lime margarita.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: Who doesn’t like a freshly crafted cocktail…I mean really, is there someone out there that doesn’t?!? I really love grapefruit, so that was what initially intrigued me to this recipe and I also happen to like margaritas – so it was a winning combo from the get-go!

Details:

I started by picking up the alcoholic ingredients at our local liquor store.

  • It has been a LONG time since I have purchased tequila, so I honestly didn’t know where to start. I opted to not buy the regular ol’ Jose, but went for one a step up – the Jose Cuervo Tradicional – it seemed good and was an ok price.
  • I also purchased Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau due to the price.

I still ended up spending $45 in total on the alcohol, so it wasn’t a cheap liquor run.

I then hit up our local market. They have everything you ever need and it’s just a darling boutique style grocery store. I have an obsession with grocery shopping; it is an outing for me!

  • I opted for Texas ruby red grapefruits, and since it didn’t state how many were needed within the recipe, I purchased five grapefruits and five limes.

I set up shop and got everything measured and all of the fruit squeezed then mixed with a whisk right in the pitcher. I set it in the fridge to chill while I prepped the glasses for drinking. We have a plethora of Mason Jars, so that is what I used for serving this cocktail – seemed festive and fun! I used a slice of grapefruit to wet the rim of the glass and then dipped it in a plate of sea salt.

We just so happened to be making tacos for dinner that night, so it was a perfect pairing! We drank the first batch quickly, so I ended up making a second batch with the extra fruit I had on-hand. My hubby and I loved this recipe!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You need about 1.5 – 2 large ruby red grapefruits and 2 limes to get the amount of juice the recipe calls for.

Use the lime or grapefruit slice you wet the glass with for the salt within the glass as garnish. Don’t leave any delicious fruit behind!

Pros:

Easy to make and easy to drink

Cons:

A bit pricey for the ingredients if you don’t have them on-hand, but many of you may already have all of the goodies in your liquor cabinet at home.

Sarah - Margarita

Conclusion:

Super tasty and easy to whip up. They go down a little TOO easy! And, if you love grapefruit like me, any left over make a great snack or breakfast treat.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission: You had me at “margarita” but lost me at “grapefruit.” However, my mama loves both. So treating her to this fruity cocktail on Mother’s Day was a must.

 

Details:

I’ll tell you right now that my bartending skills encompass popping off a beer cap or a swift twist and pull of a corkscrew. This was a new venture for me…aside from some crazy college nights over a decade ago. For this mixing novice, this concoction was simple.

  • I didn’t add the agave and it still came out great.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Sip carefully.

Pros:

Pretty and delicious.

Cons:

Not a single one.

Sheri - Margarita

Conclusion:

Mom was delighted with this margarita. It was a great icy and refreshing treat for our lounging afternoon.

Although I am completely anti-grapefruit I had to give it a try…and not too bad. I may just have to make one for myself with oranges.

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Maren

Mission: I don’t actually love tequila or margaritas, but what the hell – I’ll try anything!

 

Details:

  • I was afraid that going with good-ol’ Jose might have me dancing on my kitchen island at 6:30 on a Tuesday, so I went one shelf up and landed on Camarena Reposado Tequila.  I don’t drink a lot of tequila these days (or any), so I had no idea what I was doing.  This particular brand had recently won a big “booze award” and was about half the price of Patron, so I went with it!
  • While I did squeeze some fresh grapefruit juice for this, I swiftly forgot about it before it went bad.  I used Simply Grapefruit Juice instead.
  • I used my new favorite thing, Madhava Agave Nectar Light.
  • I stuck with the program with the rest of the ingredients.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you use bottled grapefruit juice, like I did, use a little more agave than suggested.  As Vianney mentioned, if you don’t use a Ruby Red grapefruit, the taste can be a little overly tart.  The agave is a quick fix!

Pros:

I liked the sweet, but not-too-sweet flavor!

Cons:

Blaghk!  Too much salt for me!  But, that’s just a personal preference.

Maren - Margarita

Conclusion:

Although margs aren’t my personal favorite, I could tell that this one was a winner!  I am excited to have this easy recipe on hand for our patio guests this summer!

 

 Margarita Conclusion


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Apartment Therapy tells us that we can clean our bathtubs with a Grapefruit & Salt!

After some slight hesitation, we built up the courage to share our dirty tubs with you once again.

Apartment Therapy always shares great ideas and tricks, so we felt confident that the results would be worth the initial embarrassment!

 

Please click here to visit Apartment Therapy and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission:  Try something new and freshen up the sink while cleaning it.

 

 

Details:

  • I used this very refreshing cleaner on my vintage sink instead of the bathtub which is currently not in use!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you have a very ornate tub or sink you may want to be careful when using the grapefruit around the faucet and knobs. I found the pulp got stuck and it was a little fussy to clean up.

Pros:

WOW! The smell was pure heaven. It made cleaning almost fun.

Cons:

Just the pulp issue but it really was minor.

You may even want to bust out a sponge or brush to get hard to reach areas like around knobs.

Conclusion:

I will definitely try this again. The original post actually suggested to use it in your toilet too and I think I could definitely get on board with that! Imagine…your face is in the toilet but it smells like grapefruit NOT pee. Sign me up!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission:  Always want to know of an easier way to scrub my gunk.

 

Details:

  • Kosher Salt
  • Juicy Plump Large Grapefruit
  • One dirty tub (yes, I refrained from cleaning for many, many weeks) I am embarrassed to show this to the world!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I sprayed water so I could get the salt to stick and then get that dirty, nasty tub thickly coated.

Pros:

Simplest project, good for the environment!

Cons:

It still used a lot of elbow grease, it was a workout scrubbing!

Maybe a waste of food but ugh, I hate grapefruit so iI think it puts them to better use!

Conclusion:

I have a happy [future] hubby again, he is so thankful to have a clean tub! I am still a fan of my Comet, but when in a jam…this could work great! Now wondering if oranges would work as I usually always have them on hand.

 

 

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The Imagination Tree suggested their absolutely cute Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakefor a quick and cost effective Father’s Day present!

Intrigued by the allure of a personal and thrifty gift, the girls of The Crafty Collaborative rolled up their sleeves and dove in!

 

Please click here to visit The Imagination Tree and the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Mandy

Mission:  Bond with my nephews and make a cute (and cheap) keepsake that they can give to mom, dad, grandma and grandpa!

 

Details:

  • I followed the recipe as written except for being strict on the time. Well, actually used Kosher salt as that’s what I had available. 

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used more water than the recipe called for so make sure you plan accordingly.

Mine didn’t look as smooth as the photos in the original recipe did. Maybe it was the Kosher salt?? It is a bit grittier than normal table salt.

Pros:

Easy and kid-friendly! Plus, when I put my pup’s (Ruthie) paw in it, she totally didn’t mind as I think it tasted good to her when she got to lick it.

Cons:

Takes awhile to cook. Make sure you are not in a rush and can be at home while it’s cooking. Also, don’t forget about it like I did.

With such a long cooking time, I totally spaced on watching the time! Whoops.

Conclusion:

When I finally remembered to take the creations out (which I still think ended up being around 3 hours later), they cooked up just fine and didn’t burn at all. They could have maybe even gone longer as the centers were still a little moist. Definitely will make these again with my nephews for fun, affordable gifts for the fam!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission:  To create a keepsake of my children’s footprints with salt dough.

 

Details:

  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Darling kiddos!
  • Acrylic paint

Tips & Tricks Learned:

You have to push the kids hand or foot into the salt dough a bit firmer than you may think to make a good impression of their print.

Pros:

SUPER easy to do and we had all of the materials on-hand.

Awesome keepsake for yourself or a gift for a loved one. 🙂

Cons:

My kids are a bit young to really understand the acrylic painting technique – but it all turned out great.

This project is somewhat time consuming – due to the bake time and then paint and dry time. We did the project over the course of two days.

Conclusion:

The kids and I had a great time making the salt dough forms – they turned out really cute too!

This is a sweet family project that you can cherish for years to come – and you could even do this as a yearly project. It would be a great project to do as a new mom with your infant as a keepsake of those cute tiny hands and feet 🙂

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Amanda

Mission: To turn dough into art! I am creating shapes for my kids to paint on a rainy day.

 
 

Details:

  • I went into this craft knowing there would be some things I would change and may do differently.
  • I decided that I would use my KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer
    instead of doing the work manually. At first this seemed like a great idea but then I could tell that no amount of mixing, adding flour and water was going to make it smooth. So I opted to take the dough out of the bowl and knead it like bread dough. This was the trick!
  • I lightly floured the counter and kneaded for about a minute and then used the roller to make it smooth and about 1/4 inch thick so I could cut out shapes.
  • I used small cookie cutter in various shapes. 3 of each to keep it fair with my kids of course!
  • I also used Kosher salt since the recipe didn’t call for specifics. I wonder if that may make a slight difference in texture.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Hand kneading is key and adding just a little water and just a little flour at a time is best. I only ended up adding about 1 tablespoon of water and about 2 tablespoons of flour to get the desired texture.

Pros:

This recipe requires cheap ingredients in small amounts so it is extremely economical and fairly readily available if you need a rainy day project.

Cons:

It is clear that you need to perfect the amounts and your kneading technique to make this a “quick” project.

Plus the amount of time it has to bake might make the waiting unbearable for little ones.

Conclusion:

I still think this will be a fun project to surprise my kids with and I KNOW they will love decorating them. I even cut out some small shapes that we could add magnets to.

I will definitely try this again but may try heating the water and salt together to make the dough smoother. Much like you would with a playdough recipe.

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Maren

Mission: The second I saw this project there was just one thing was one my mind.  Pawprints!  I couldn’t wait to stick my pup’s paw in some dough!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I don’t think that there really is an exact recipe to make this stuff.  Having said that, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to make it work.  You just have to wing it.  I tried to keep track, but in the end, I have no idea how much salt, water or flour was in the bowl.  I did use warmer water though, in hopes that it would help the salt dissolve.

After over-thinking everything, I finally just approached the dough as if I were making cookies.  I floured my work surface, and rolled the dough out to an even thickness.

Make sure that you wipe your pups paw off after pressing into the dough.  I think that Rosie’s paw was like a mini salt-lick in the end.

My paw print ornaments were not more than 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick, however they felt moist and soft in the center of the underside after baking for 3 hours.  I decided to bake for another hour, and then leave in the oven overnight.  The following morning they still felt damp on the underside’s center (I wonder if it’s because I used parchment paper?).  Since the top part was totally dried out, I flipped them upside down and baked them for another hour at 200 degrees.  Wa-lah!  Perfect!

When they were done baking, the ornaments looked like they were a little grainy, but they were totally smooth to the touch.

Upon painting my little paw prints, I noticed the dough sucking the paint into tiny air holes, the surface was pretty porous in some areas.  Lightbulb!  A porous surface should be sealed first with gesso!  After this brilliant idea, and after trying one with and one without… it was determined that they looked almost exactly the same in the end.  Damn it.

In terms of these bad boys being kid-friendly – it should be noted that I dropped one of mine [unpainted] onto the granite countertop from about 2 feet above, and another one [painted] from my hands onto the wood floor and neither one of them broke.  Yay!

Pros:

Totally easy.  Super cute!

My doggie was a good sport.  We were both happy about this being a pet-safe activity.

Cons:

There was a lot of guesswork in the bake time, but since it was such a low heat – it wasn’t a scary thing.

Conclusion:

This was an easy, fun project!  I am happy with how my puppy keepsake turned out, too!  I am already thinking of other things that I can make with this quick and easy dough!  I think that I might have to steal my nephew’s hand or foot to make a keepsake like The Imagination Tree’s!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: Okay here’s that word that I’m not too comfortable with… “Dough.”

Dough needs the right flour to water ratio to work right. Dough gets sticky. You add more flour and then dough get crumbly. I often have a problem with dough. This project should be interesting…especially seeing the boys will be helping me.

Details:

  • After reading the instructions I was a little more at ease. 1 cup salt, 1 cup of flour, and half a cup of water. Easy. I let the boys help. They were super excited.
  • You simply combine the three ingredients and form a ball of dough.
  • The boys flattened their dough and of course wanted to make dinosaurs instead of handprint keepsakes.
  • We put them in the oven at 200°F for two and a half hours.
  • Logan decided to get creative and make a dinosaur egg fossil. Seeing he put plastic bones in it we couldn’t put it in the oven. I think it’s going to take weeks to dry.
  • The following day, they painted.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I found that the dough was a little too sticky. The predicament I hate to be in.  I added a quarter cup of flour and the consistency was much better.

Also, don’t use your kids tempera paints…you really should use acrylic.

Pros:

First and foremost the kids had fun. Clean-up was easy. Only 3 ingredients!

Cons:

Kids asking if they’re ready yet 50 times over a span of 2.5 hours.

Conclusion:

I have to admit it was a really easy dough to make. They boys had fun. Big bonus was that the clean-up was easy. I’m already thinking of things we can make with the stuff as gifts.

 

Adorable shot of the Salt Dough Footprint Keepsakes taken by The Imagination Tree


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