Last Minute Snowman From Glass Jars

by Amanda
7 Materials
30 Minutes

If you need quick teacher or coworker gifts, or even stocking stuffers, look no further!

These snowmen are super quick and easy to make, and most crafters already have these supplies on hand, or suitable alternates.

To make little these fillable little snowmen, you will need:

-small to medium glass jars (baby jars are fantastic for two part snowmen, or you can use a slightly larger jar to make a single jar snowman

-fabric scraps for the hat and scarf (jersey, flannel, or fleece work well because they won’t shred, but basic cotton can be used as well)

-small buttons or beads and/or googly eyes (these will be used for the snowman’s eyes and buttons. You can get creative here. Even colored paper cut into shapes would work)

-orange pipe cleaner (I used this for “carrot” noses, but again, use what you have, like colored paper or ribbon)

-paint for the mouth (I used metallic black puffy paint)

-yarn or string to tie the top of the hat

-hot glue

First, remove labels and clean your jars well. If there is any printing on the jar, it usually comes right off with a dab of acetone. Don’t worry about printing on the lids; they will be covered.

Measure your jars for the hat and scarf:

-For the single-jar snowman, measure the circumference of the middle (scarf), and around the lid (hat)

-For the two-jar snowmen, measure around both lids.

Add about 4” to your scarf circumference measurement, and cut scarf to that length by 1”.

For the hat, add 1/2” to your measurement and cut a rectangle that length by 3” (4” if you are using a larger jar, or more if you want a taller hat).

*For the baby-food jar snowmen, my fabric pieces are 1” x 10 1/2” and 3”x 7”. My single-jar snowman pieces are 1” x 13” and 3” x 9 1/4”

Fold the scarf in half longways and glue it around the lid of the lower jar (for 2 jar), or just above the middle (for 1 jar). You can use small dabs of glue to keep it folded in half or iron it if you want.

When you get to the last 2 inches on either end, fold and glue the ends diagonally.

Cut a piece of pipe cleaner about 1 1/2” long. Fold it in half and give it a half twist right at the folded end.

Glue on your eyes, nose and buttons. If you don’t have the supplies I have used, you can use beads, sequins, or small pieces of colored paper. Have fun with it!

Finish off the face with a smile! I like using puff paint for this, but you could use regular paint, or even black sharpie to draw a mouth.

For the hat, fold over about 1/4” at one end (of the 3” sides), and begin gluing the longer edge along the jar lid. Make sure you are gluing the right side of the fabric to the lid as shown in the photo.

You also want to make sure you start at the back of your snowman.

When you get around to the back again, glue the overlapped fabric together and flip the fabric up as shown.

Gather the loose side and tie yarn of string around it.

This is what a finished single-jar snowman should look like.

Fill up your jars!

I filled mine with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows, but you could also do candy, small cookies, cookie mix, etc.

***It may be easier to fill the baby food jars BEFORE decorating. Sometimes the lids don’t want to go on the exact same place and can mess with your scarf or hat placement.***

After filling the two-jar snowmen, glue the top jar (head) onto the bottom jar.

Have fun with it!

I’d love to see pictures of your snowmen in the comments!

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