Things I have too much of: beer bottle caps, old candles, desire to be a redneck version of Martha Stewart
That makes this little gift in a jar I put together a perfect representation of all of the above.
A few years ago I got the bright idea of carrying around a few extra small denomination gift cards inside Christmas cards, and I have actually used a couple of them, so it seems like a good thought, but a gift card stuffed in a Christmas card with no personalization whatsoever just kind of screams "GENERIC GIFT!!!!" so I decided to take it one step further this year. Added to that is my newfound love of gifts in jars (Hello 2007, I missed the memo, thanks) and so I came up with this little cutie.
Here's how I put it together.
To make the candles, first I rounded up some beer bottle caps and spray painted them in colors I love. After they were dry, used a tiny dab of glue to put in some wicks that I got at my local craft store. Then I used a candle remnant I had already to melt and pour into the bottle caps. I Googled the best way to melt candle wax, and the internet was all "NNNNOOOOOO!!!!! YOU CAN'T PUT IT IN THE MICROWAVE!!!!!!" and I was like "Whatever, internet. I don't need your advice anyway," and I totally melted it in the microwave and nobody was killed or maimed in the process.
Last, I trimmed the wicks to a reasonable length, and other than the time it took the paint to dry it took about three minutes total.
Now I have a couple stashed in my too-large purse, and I'm ready for any sneak-attack gifters who may be out there lurking.
I love that part of the gift itself serves as the wrapping, and I love that it's not impersonal.
Now if someone would just give me a damn gift (I'm partial to shiny, geeky gadgety things, by the way) I could pull this out and act like I had it planned all along.