Really Cool DIY Gifts In A Jar Just In Time For Christmas

Five Bean Soup

This is a great one because it is so easy to make. Only takes about 10 minutes to put together once all the ingredients are gathered. Once all the ingredients are in the jar just cover it with some pretty Christmas material and ribbon. You can make and print your own labels with directions or follow the link below. This makes a nice gift whether it be a planned gift or a last minute one. A perfect gift for a college student who doesn’t live at home. And being that every ingredient is already in the jar, there is no measuring, just simply preparing the beans to go into the pot.

Here is a list of what you will need.


4 clear quart Mason jars plus lids and rings
Parchment paper OR small zip-top baggies
Tape or stickers
Fabric and ribbon to cover top

1 pound pinto beans
1 pound split green peas (or green lentils)
1 pound great northern beans
1 pound black beans
1 pound kidney beans


1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons dehydrated onions (found in the spice aisle)
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
8 bay leaves
4 vegetable bouillon cubes

Start with layering the beans in the jar:

In each of the four Mason jars, layer 2/3 cup of pinto beans—shaking – for a nice even layer, gently shake the jar to level them out. Then repeat with 2/3 cup of green peas and so on ending with the kidney beans. Set jars aside while you prepare the seasoning packet.

How to make the seasoning packet:

In a small bowl, combine all remaining spices except bay leaves and bouillon cubes.
On a 10″ x 10″ piece of parchment paper, spoon 3 tablespoons of the spice mixture in the middle. Place two bay leaves and one bouillon cube on top. Fold parchment around spices to make a small spice packet. Seal with tape or stickers. Repeat three more times to create four total packets. Squish the packets into the top space of each of the four bean jars. You can also package the spices into plastic zip-top baggies if you prefer.
Place lids on jars, cover in fabric and ribbon and label as desired.

Directions for cooking: (These should be printed on one of the labels)

Carefully remove spice packet and set aside.
Rinse beans and place in a large stock pot.
Cover beans with water with an inch of water above them.
Cook on high heat, once at a boil let cook for one minute.
Then remove beans from the heat and let soak for one hour, covered.
Rinse and drain beans and return them to the pot.
Add in the spice packet then add 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes, and 6 cups of water.
Cook on high heat until it comes to a boil, once at a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours.