Happy October everyone! Oof, 2019 is really almost over isn't it? Dude, it was JUST January.
Anyway, aside from Halloween, there's another day in October that might prompt one to buy candy-Bosses Day! You may not get the day off from work-neither will your boss, ironically-but it's a great day to show a good manager how much you appreciate them!
I'm lucky enough to have a GREAT boss! She's been amazing to me since I started my new job (remember when I went crazy, buying new supplies for work? Yeah, that was me-read the post here!) and I wanted to get her a little something since I actually remembered about Bosses Day this year. I'm also on the thrifty side-y'all know me! Not to mention, I'm trying to get back into the whole "reduce, reuse, recycle" thing, so I wanted to come up with a thrifty earth-friendly DIY gift for bosses day. See how to make one here!
This DIY is ridiculously easy-seriously, you might already have all this stuff laying around your house. You will need:
Step 1: Clean out your jar
Okay, so maybe don't do what I did and use a darn spaghetti sauce jar for this DIY. I washed the thing out twice and it still smelled liked Basil. *sob* In general though, a clear glass jar is great for this project because they're so aesthetically pleasing when they're filled with things! A plastic jar might work too-as long as it's very clean and has a nice lid.
If you do use a jar that had something particularly pungent in it, DO do what I did. Wash it out with very hot soapy water and let it sit with an apple cider vinegar/hot water solution for about an hour, then rinse thoroughly and let it dry. That got the spaghetti smell out. Prego! Fiat! Mario! Luigi! (I don't speak Italian if you can't tell.)
Also, if you have trouble getting the sticky parts off, letting the jar sit with really hot water helped me to scrape it off easily. Rubbing alcohol dissolved the last little bits!
Step 2: CANDY (Or you know, whatever)
The person I'm making this for really loves peanut butter cups, so that's what I chose for my project. However, you can literally fill a jar with anything you can fit inside. So think about who you're making this for and fill it with whatever they like! Some ideas:
Step 3: Decorate
I had originally planned on making a really nice label on the computer but I ran into some things and didn't get a chance to, so it was a good opportunity to practice hand-lettering! I measured the lid of the jar and drew a circle that would fit in the middle of it. If you're really good at hand-lettering, you can just made a nice message to go on here and glue it to the top of the jar! (I'm not the best but I did alright here!) Since this is for my boss, I just wrote "Happy Bosses Day" in nice letters but you can use this project as a gift for literally anything.
If you don't trust your lettering abilities, you can definitely use Word or a design program to print something out and glue it on!
Step 4: Ribbon
Seriously, what is a gift without a bow? Walmart usually has a great selection of value ribbon for $1. I would definitely suggest using some ribbon that matches whatever you're filling your jar with-I got some orange ribbon and it looked great with the peanut butter cups!
Use as wide a ribbon as possible, as it makes for a prettier bow. Tie a nice, big fancy bow and you're all set! (If you have no clue how to tie a nice bow, check out this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens here.)
All in all, I think I paid maybe $4 for this project and I just love how it came out-include a card and it's a perfectly nice gesture of appreciation for someone! Throw in the fact that it's a great way to reuse recyclable materials and it's a win-win. It's also a great last minute gift, since it uses materials that you might already have on hand.
What do you think? Would you gift this to your boss for bosses day?
Confused Millenial mommy, constantly learning and reinventing myself. College grad, budding authoress and awkward geek extraordinaire. I like the Bee Gees.