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Candy-Shop Gifts

The sweets are nestled all snug in their jars; soon they'll be given to friends near and far.




Before delivering these playful presents, you can set them out for all to see in a candy-counter-style display. Collect peanut-butter, jelly, and olive jars -- or buy inexpensive containers at a discount store -- and fill them with treats for loved ones. Soon visions of sugar will dance in their heads.


  1. Step 1


    Layer peppermint sticks, jelly beans, chocolate straws, jawbreakers, foil-wrapped chocolates, and other colorful candy in a jar or arrange them to form patterns.

  2. Step 2

    Coat metal lids with red spray paint (working in a ventilated area); cover plastic tops with decorative paper.

  3. Step 3

    Finish packages with ribbon and gift tags.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2003



Reviews (4)

  • hayleeshotmom 2 Dec, 2008

    I love the idea janedoethreads had about using this for Easter. Im going to keep this idea stored in the back of my mind for then.

  • AnnetteSimpson 13 Nov, 2008

    I've already started filling my apothacary jars for a display in my dining room. Now I can make a few more from mason jars and recycled jars to add to my collection. They'll also make a great gift to have available for drop in holiday guests! (Not to mention, probably cheaper than buying a case of wine to have on hand!)

  • CraftChallanger123 22 Jun, 2008

    Awsome idea! I gave this to my roomate for her birthday (she has a sweet tooth) and she loved it!

  • janedoethreads 17 Nov, 2007

    Now This is Genius! What a Brilliant way to recycle all those peanut butter/jelly jars, and save them from landfills. Will be passing this on to my recycling/reconstruction pals...not only that, but you could utilize this idea for Halloween, Birthdays, a set for a teen girl's room such as one for cotton, Q-tips, etc. And I love the display idea, could be used too for Easter, filled with almonds and jelly beans. :)