Thanksgiving Favors: Mason Jar Place Holders with Harvest Trail Mix

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! Every year our family has a lot to be thankful for, and this year is no different. While some of our family can’t make it for Thanksgiving, we will have a time of fun and fellowship with all the family and friends that are near. But I’m never quite sure who is going to make it. So I decided to come up with an alternatives for place cards. This DIY for mason jar place holders is the adorable and functional result.

Mason Jar Place Holders with Harvest Trail Mix. The chalkboard painted lids are great to write guest's names.

The lids are covered in chalkboard paint. So guests can be added or subtracted very easily. Filling the jars with yummy trail mix is perfect treat for your guests to take with them. It’s especially handy for people with a long way home or hoping to brave the Black Friday rush.

Let’s start by making some harvest trail mix.

This mix is a delicious blend of sweet and salty and ridiculously easy to make.

Harvest Trail Mix

All you need to do is mix together:

  • 3 cups of honeyed cereal
  • 2 cups of maple granola cereal
  • 2 cups of kettle corn
  • 1½ cups of cinnamon roasted almonds
  • 1 cup of peanut butter pretzels
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1-2 cup of craisins

No baking or anything: just combine and you are ready to fill your mason jars. This makes enough trail mix for a large party, which is perfect for Thanksgiving. Honestly this kind of mix is so easy that it’s impossible to mess up. 🙂

To make the mason jar place holders, you will need:

  • Trail mix
  • ½ pint mason jars
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalk or chalk pen
  • Pinking shears
  • Fall fabric
  • Ribbon or twine (if you want)

I recommend spray painting all the lids with a few coats of paint at least the night before making these place holders.

When you are ready, fill the mason jars up to the brim. But you do want to make sure that you can secure the lid without crushing the mix.


Drape a piece of fabric over the mouth of the jar and screw down the lid. You want to make sure that you have enough fabric all the way around to trim for the decorative edge. Next using pinking shears, trim the fabric all the way around to get the pretty, rustic look.

You can precut circles of fabric 1 or 1½ inches large than the lid. Then center the circle over the mouth of the jar. But I think this way is easier and faster because you don’t have to line up the fabric so it’s even on all sides.

You can embellish the jars with ribbon or twine. Or you can leave them the way they are. Whether you choose to add more or not, all you need to do next is write the names of your guest with chalk or a chalk pen.

And voila! You have an adorable place holder that is also a delicious little Thanksgiving favor.

Place Setting with Mason Jar Favor

Isn’t it just charming? I just love these, and I’m sure that these will be a hit at the Thanksgiving table. Guests can reuse the jars for spices, scrubs, or whatever and label it accordingly. These also work great for thank you gifts and hostess gifts. Or just keep them for yourself and use them for whatever you want. 😀

If you are looking for something else new to try for Thanksgiving, why not trying frying something? Right now, Heartland America has an Air Fryer on sale for a fantastic price.

Savoureux Pro Line Air Fryer at Heartland America

Air fryers give you all the crispy deliciousness of deep frying without the oil. Just place fresh or frozen food in the basket, and hot air circulates around food to fry it. With no oil to mess with this fryer is awesome and safe for Thanksgiving. Supplies are limited so get one while you can.

As you get ready for your Thanksgiving feast, I hope you take the time to enjoy not only planning the day’s festivities but also the family and friends that surround you. I’ll be back next week with another delicious recipe for your Thanksgiving table. Until then please remember, you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.


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