Donna
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Snowman and Santa Figures Made From Recycled Salt and Pepper Shakers


What do you make with some old salt and pepper shakers, a toilet paper roll, a few buttons, some wire, scrap fabric, and the tip of a never-used crayon?
snowman and santa figures made from recycled salt and pepper shakers
My aunt gave me this old salt and pepper shaker set. They were beautiful, with a lovely cut glass design, but badly scratched and damaged. However, the design on them looked a little like snowflakes.
Then I had the idea that I could used these see-through containers as the bodies for some Christmas figures and fill the shaker with fake snow to make some festive holiday decorations.
snowman and santa figures made from recycled salt and pepper shakers
So with a few materials I had around the house, I repurposed these shakers into a cute snowman and Santa figure.
I decided I didn't want to buy any materials to make my figures. So I grabbed a couple of leftover round drawer pulls, a toilet paper roll, a few buttons, and an old sock.
The first step was preparing my salt shaker by making a cardboard collar for my figure. You can see the step by step directions on my blog.
snowman and santa figures made from recycled salt and pepper shakers
Then I started working on my snowman head. I added a few layers of paper mache to give my snowman a little texture. Then I drew on some eyes and a mouth with a black Sharpie. And I used a pink crayon to give him some rosy cheeks.
At first, I didn't know what to use for his nose. But while I had my crayons out, I noticed that my orange crayon was unused and the perfect size and shape for his nose. So I cut off the tip and glued it on his face. I think this is my favorite feature on my snowman :)
snowman and santa figures made from recycled salt and pepper shakers
Back to my snowman's body, I used some bendable black wire to form his arms and hands. This is optional, but all the directions are on my blog.
Then I glued some buttons down the front of his body to give him some formal attire. When my snowman body was complete, I filled my shaker with some fake snow for a little extra festive feel.
snowman and santa figures made from recycled salt and pepper shakers
A top hat of buttons and a knitted scarf finish off his winter wear. I think he looks pretty spiffy! And his friend Santa looks good too.
Visit my blog to learn how to make this Santa figure for the holidays!

Suggested materials:

  • Salt and pepper shakers
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Round bead or foam ball
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  • Kathy Lohman
    on Jan 27, 2018

    I have done something similar with baby food jars. I made santa faces and snowman faces. But I like your idea better!
    • Donna
      on Jan 28, 2018

      Your ornaments sound adorable! You can really use any small container. I was lucky to find these salt and pepper shakers that were the right shape and size for my project. Thanks so much for adding your suggestion!

  • Bonnie
    on Dec 10, 2018

    I will try this with my grandkids. I know that they will love to make them.

    • Donna
      on Dec 10, 2018

      Sounds like fun! I hope you have a great time and a wonderful holiday!

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