Gingerbread Men Gift Jars

All the ribbons for this project can be found HERE in our Gingerbread Collection.

You need to start with a clean dry glass jar, and you will need the following:


  • 5 g baking powder
  • 5 g baking soda
  • 440 g plain flour (3½ cups)
  • 4 g ground ginger
  • 2 g ground cloves
  • 2 g ground cinnamon
  • 2 g ground allspice
  • 220 g packed brown sugar (1¾ cups)


In a bowl mix together half of the flour with the baking powder and soda.  Put this into the jar first making sure you do not "splash" it up the sides of the jar.  I bent an old spoon so that the flour would not touch the sides of the jar, it was also great for slightly packing it down.

Next into the jar goes the brown suger.

The finally layer is made up of the balance of the flour and all the spices - ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Mix together so that you get an "Off White" flour colour.

Place the top of the jar in place, and have fun decorating. 

I did not have any gingham fabric handy so I made my own from two lengths of 40mm Gingham ribbon (here), I ironed the ribbon onto a piece of iron on vilene to form a square large enough to cover my jar lid.   Place the fabric on top of the jar and hold it in place by using an elastic band and trim to fit. Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the elastic band and finish with a bow.  (Bow instructions can be found HERE).

Aound the jar I stuck our very own Gingerbread ribbon (HERE)

Next I made the tag, you can print off a copy below (both images are jpeg files so you should be able to right click and copy) or you can purchase them HERE.  The making up instructions are not printed on the inside of the tag but you can simply write them on, attach the tag to the jar with a small amount of ribbon.

This project was part of our 2010 Advent ideas truck, to see all the other ideas, click on the truck

On the front of the tag, the black lines are a guide as to where to cut the tag and the black arrows are a guide for the fold of the tag. Roughly cut the tag out along the black lines, fold the tag in half and then cut around three sides of the grren dotted line (not the fold side) to create the tag.

This is what I wrote on the inside of my tag. Either print on the reverse of the tag, or hand write inside the tag.