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diy tutorial for cookie jar favors for a milk and cookies party

Jennifer Carver of Banner Events is sharing a simple tutorial for making DIY Cookie Jar Favors as seen in her Vintage Milk & Cookies Party. The Anders Ruff Printables inspired the jars, displayed throughout the party… and the best part? They really do work as fabulous favors since they are affordable, act as an extension of your party theme and allow YOU to have fun gettin’ crafty! ;)

vintage cookies and milk party



I think I can safely say that creative & fun party favors are a ‘must’ at any party.  I am always trying to think of something unique and memorable that I can send home with my guests as an extension of the party theme. After all, I want guests to be thinking of my event long after the party is over. Finding something pre-made that coordinates with your theme and/or colors is not always an option. Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. I am discovering that DIY party favors are fun and can even be economical.

You may remember the adorable gumball machines Adria and Maureen from Anders Ruff made for their dessert table styled for Universal Studio’s Hop DVD release at Target.  The basic concept for the cookie jar favors is similar.

Visit the full Vintage Milk and Cookies party shoot here for more fun ideas!




cookie jar materials

Glass bowl: Small favor sized bowls at the Dollar Tree for $1 each. For the larger dessert bar size, a fish bowl would work well.
Terra cotta base: to use as the cookie jar lid. Get the appropriate size to fit the top of your glass bowl. I purchased mine at Michaels for less than a $1 a piece + used 40-50% off coupons on each one.
Wooden ball: flat bottomed. I purchased mine at JoAnns with a coupon in an economy pack.
Vinyl lettering: spelling out ‘Cookies’– Amy of A&E Design Works recreated the adorable text from the Vintage Milk & Cookies package to coordinate perfectly.
Spray paint: choose a color to coordinate with your event. TIP: I tried brushing on acrylic paint and strongly advise against it.  Spray paint is best for a quick, even coat.
Permanent glue: I used a glue gun
Mini cookies : We picked up Famous Amos brand at the Dollar Tree, 4 pkgs/$1. Mini Chips Ahoy also work well.


1. Before starting, be sure to remove any labels/price tags and thoroughly clean all items with hot, soapy water. Dry completely.

2. Spray paint the terra cotta base and wooden ball. It will take a few coats. Note: Do not spray paint what will be the inside of the cookie jar lid.

3. Once the painted pieces are dry, glue the wooden ball to the center top of the terra cotta lid using the glue gun.

4. Carefully rub the vinyl with your finger (or a wooden craft stick) and peel vinyl off of it’s sticker backing.

5. Eyeball or measure a good ‘center’ location for your vinyl lettering on the glass jar.  Carefully begin transferring it to the glass bowl. Note: Vinyl is very forgiving, so if it needs fixing, slowly peel it up and adjust.

6. Fill with your favorite mini cookies! Replace the lid, and voilà, a custom cookie jar favor!

diy cookie jar

vintage milk and cookies party



– Styling/DIYing: Jen Carver, Banner Events
– Vinyl Lettering: A&E Designworks