Fall Treat Packaging {Welcome Neighbor Gift}

In the previous post I shared a recipe for a yummy fall treat… Pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar nuts.

Pumpkin Pie Spice & Brown Sugar Nuts

I had made them for our new neighbors as a welcoming gift. These neighbors aren’t just any new neighbors. Nope, they certainly are not. They are a part of the OTI family… Mr. OTI’s cousin… along with his wife and darling little boy! The wife happens to also be a friend of mine who is adorably sweet and one who appreciates my crazy handmade creations! So of course I just had to make a special welcome to the building gift…

Welcome Neighbor Fall Gift Basket

And that had to include a yummy treat in cute packaging! A simple treat and cute packaging… my favorite type of gift.

This project involved a jar… a recycled jar, that is! Not to sound like a broken record, but I have to repeat it… Save your jars! And if anyone wants to tease you about saving your jars… well, then you just tell them they won’t be getting any cute gifts from you. Go ahead and stick your tongue out at them too if you wish. So there… that should teach them! ;)

Okay, let’s get back to business… making the jar. I promise, this project won’t drive you nuts! Haha.

This is what I used to make it: jute, fabric flower {fall colored}, tag {wooden}, and mini pumpkins. Along with: spray paint {orange}, hot glue gun, stamp, sandpaper, and scissors.

Fall Treat Packaging Tutorial

Before starting on the jar, I began prepping the lid. I sanded it a bit first and then spray painted it. It needed 2-3 light coats. In between coats drying, I worked on the jar. First, I wrapped the center of the jar with jute, hot glueing only at the beginning and the end leaving an overhang of about five inches on each end. Then I took the overhangs, crossed them over on an angle and only hot glued the ends down. I cut off the excess jute. To seal the ends, I dabbed on a very thin layer of glue on each end.

Fall Jute Jar Packaging

Next I glued on the flower. To get the how to for the flower, check out my recent fall wreath post. Then I stamped my tag with the phrase Welcome. From your nutty neighbor. With jute twine, I tied on the tag by looping it through the diagonal strands. Lastly, I glued on the mini pumpkins.

Rustic Lid

By this time my lid was dry and ready for another sanding to give it a ruffed up look. The original color of the lid was yellow, so by sanding it the yellow peaked out along with silver. I thought that looked so cool!

Welcome Neighbor Treat Jar Gift

Jar is all dressed up for the fall and ready to be filled with a nutty treat!

Fall Jar of Pumpkin Pie Spice Nuts

Welcome Neighbor Jar of Nuts

I’m loving it! Aren’t those mini pumpkins adorable! And what do you think of my nutty phrase? ;)

Welcome Neighbor Fall Gift Basket

I also purchased a bouquet of sunflowers. I cut down the stems to the size needed to fit in the basket. I tied the flowers together with a rubber band, wrapped them up with orange tissue paper and wide burlap ribbon, and tied the bouquet up with crocheted lace ribbon. I filled a basket with moss, and in went the jar of nuts and sunflower bouquet. A cute little gift basket was created… fall themed welcome gift!

I’m so glad they moved in just in time for fall… now I have more people to split the calories of all the yummy fall treats I plan on making… right across the hall! Hey, fall treats are irresistible and I can’t eat them all by myself.. can I now! Believe it or not, I’m still doing well with my eating healthier and staying fit that I told you about back in March. I love my yummy fall treats, but I won’t let them bring me down… not alone at least. ;)

After I gifted the basket, my friend texted a picture of the basket to her in-laws along with the message… One of the perks of living in front of Maysem. Yup, just come be my neighbor and I will spoil with you treats… and I promise, I won’t be a nutty neighbor!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I always love reading your comments, so type away!


  1. September 18, 2013  9:28 am by ColleenB. Reply

    :} What a cute and charming Fall gift basket.
    Yes, I Also save my jars. They come in handy for so many different things including my homemade strawberry freezer jam.

  2. September 18, 2013  10:33 am by amy of while wearing heels Reply

    How incredibly thoughtful and clever. I'm slightly jealous you have not only a relative but a friend who moved into your building. How much fun. I almost want to pack up and move just to get spoiled by you. Loving the 'nutty' neighbor reference.

  3. September 18, 2013  3:28 pm by Esra Reply

    Omg I love this!!! ESP the witty tag! mA this is so on my list of crafts to attempt!!! Great job missy!

  4. September 18, 2013  4:06 pm by Rana Reply

    Love the gift idea and I definitely want to try out this recipe.

  5. September 19, 2013  5:13 pm by leila Reply

    so lovely! I want you to be my 'nutty' neighbor LOL. love how you aged the lid, I must try this technique.

  6. September 19, 2013  9:09 pm by Salwa Reply

    I feel so special being mentioned in your blog post!! You can share half the calories anytime ;-). This was the sweetest most thoughtful gift ever, and yes I was tempted to lick the jar after ;-). I told my mom, uncle and brother and even they were tempted to have you as a neighbor ;-). Lucky us!

  7. September 19, 2013  11:17 pm by Emily @ My Love for Words Reply

    So cute! Thanks so much for linking up to the Lovely Ladies Linky. I wanted to let you know that I'll be featuring this on my facebook page this weekend! :)

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