Turn Baby Food Jars into Snowmen
It’s becoming clear that I cannot resist a craft challenge. We were asked to come up with a repurposed gift under $5 for a holiday event and I opted to turn baby food jars into snowman hot chocolate kits. Of course.
I think I actually first saw a version of them in a craft book when I was a kid (I’m pretty sure I read every single craft book in our public library several times over).
These little snowmen are fun and easy to make, and you can reuse them. Plus, things with cute faces always seem to sell out first at fundraisers as I learned with these reindeer cupcakes.
I’ll walk you through how I made them.
You could use any size jar but it will take quite a lot of supplies to fill anything bigger than baby food jars.
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For One Snowman
- 3 baby food jars and lids, clean, with labels removed
- Hot chocolate mix
- Mini marshmallows
- Candies – choose ones small enough to fit a bunch in the jar
- Eyes: chocolate chips and dab of white icing
- Arms: small twigs
- Felt (or any scrap fabric) for scarf and mitts
- Embroidery floss for mitten strings
- Star sequins to decorate mitts and scarf
- Polymer clay (orange) for carrot nose. You could also use orange beads, twigs, or anything else that looks nose-ish. Or paint them on.
- Mini candy canes for buttons and hats
- Santa hat
- Marking pen for glass (black) for button mouth
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Snippers for cutting twigs
- Scissors for cutting felt
1. Fill jars with marshmallows, hot chocolate powder, and candies.
- I’ve got 9 jars (below) to make three snowmen total.
2. Hot glue the eyes and nose onto the marshmallow jar.
- If using chocolate chips for eyes, let the glue cool a few seconds before applying. Unless you want them melt.
- If you don’t want to make a nose out of polymer clay, you can always draw one on the jar with a marking pen for glass.
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3. Dab a bit of white icing or paint to give the eyes detail.
- Often it’s easier to use the wrong end of paint brush for tasks like this.
4. Apply twig arms with hot glue.
- Cut the twigs on an angle (as shown below) for a better seal with on the jar the hot glue.
5. Prepare scarf and mittens.
- Measure how long you want the scarf first before cutting the felt.
- I folded the scarf in half lengthwise and glued it shut to make it thicker.
- I used a star sequin to hide the hot glue attaching each mitten to the embroidery floss.
- I also applied star sequins to the scarf using hot glue. Fancy, I know.
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6. Hot glue the jars together
- Decide if you want the jars upside-down or right-side-up. The lids on top can give the look of the brim of a stove-pipe hat.
- I chose upside-down because I like the marshmallows showing on top of their heads.
7. Add rest of decorations
- I broke up mini candy canes (carefully), keeping them in their wrappers to form little round hats. Or halos. Depending on how you look at it.
- Broken candy cane pieces are used for the buttons.
- If you’re giving them away, be sure to provide mixing instructions for the hot chocolate mix.
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