When babysitting my nephew, it hit me that I should keep some of the baby food jars on hand for an upcoming project – but I didn’t know what that project would be. Perhaps the jars would be used to store some small items, or maybe I’d make a candle holder out of them, or they could have just ended up in my supplies for a long-time and not be used.
However, because my holiday decorating and fun juices are still flowing, I decided to create little decorations by using them to house a mini snowman. These little decors could be easily used as ornaments (just attach a string on the top to hang) or as seating nameplate holders at a holiday table. Whatever the use, sometimes its those “little” embellishments that are the most fun.
Here are the items used:
- Buffalo Snow (found in bags in retail stores)
- A miniature snowman florist pick
- Small baby food jars (find a new Mom!)
- Chenille wired pipe cleaners (12″ lengths used)
- Glue gun with glue sticks
- Red berries
- Golden metal leaf (or other fun small decor)
- GooGone Spray Gel
- Snips to cut pieces
- Tweazers as a tool
The first step was to tear off the label from the baby food jar and clean them in soapy water. To remove the remaining sticking material holding on the label, I used a product called GooGone Spray Gel which removes sticky or gummy materials from surfaces. Just spray it on the glue, let it sit for a minute, and use a cloth to rub it off. It works pretty good.
Cut the pick off the bottom of the snowman so he can stand level in the jar. With a dab of glue from the heated glue gun, apply him to the bottom of the jar and hold in place for a few minutes. After secured, take bits of the Buffalo Snow and place it gently around the miniature snowman.
From there, it was pretty straight forward, adding the little red berries and a metal jewelry gold leaf decor by just putting a dab of melted glue on the ends and pressing it into the Buffalo Snow in the jar. I used a pair of tweazers for areas difficult to reach with my fingers.
Using a 12″ piece of Chenille pipe cleaner, I decorated the top cover a bit. To do this, be sure to put the cover onto the jar first, it is easier to work with this way. Apply some heated glue around the cover’s rim (being careful to not allow the glue to drip onto the glass), and press the pipe cleaner around it.
After I was all done, it occurred to me how much easier the whole process would be if I turned the jar upside down and put all the materials on the inside of the jar cover. This kind of reminds me of a snow globe homemade style. This time I glued everything onto the inside of the cover, and then placed the jar over it.
I decided to create mini candycanes with my left over pipe cleaners. Taking one end and bending it over a nut cracker and then snipping the other end for the desired size.
With a dab of glue, it was easy to put the miniature candy cane into the Buffalo Snow. It stood up with no problems.
Tip: Be sure you avoid placing the front of the snowman facing a seam in the glass jar.
I feel like there should be something on the top to finish this little decor off. Maybe a mini green tree, or a holder to insert a name tag if this were to be used for table settings. As usual, there can always be more added.
FYI: For my class attendees reading this post, the miniature snowmen will be available at the December 7th class!