Snowman Candy Jar & Coordinating Gift Tag

Hi all! Welcome to day 4 of Bugaboo’s 12 Days of Gift Giving!  I have a really sweet project for you today.   Grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and enjoy!

Although there is a collection for teacher gifts in each of my kids’ classes, I like to give something extra.  Something small, typically homemade and respectful of other faiths.  I saw this project on Pinterest and felt it was perfect for the teachers.

Isn’t that just adorable?  Wanna learn the steps to making one on your own?  Here we go!

Here’s what you need:

  • a terracotta pot (I used a 4″)
  • a terracotta saucer (I used a 3″)
  • a wooden doll head (came 9 to a bag for $4) 
  • glass bowl from Dollar Store or Michaels 
  • spray paint – white and color of choice for hat
  • window frosting spray 
  • paint & brushes for face, as well as a clean fresh pencil & eraser
  • buttons and ribbon
  • strong glue (I used E6000)
  • sticky tape & glitter or microbeads (optional)
  • mint candies
  • gift bag
  • Marshmallow Snowman – Candy Cane image & cardstock

Here are your steps:

  1. Soak the sticker labels off your pot and saucer, if needed.  Do this in advance as terracotta will take some time to dry.  Wash your clear bowl and thoroughly dry.
  2. Spray paint the doll head and pot white.  If you put the doll head on a wooden skewer and stick it in a box, it is a great way to paint and dry it.
  3. Frost the bowl with the frosting spray.
  4. Spray paint the (bottom of the) saucer your color of choice.  
  5. Allow your pieces to dry thoroughly.  I let them sit overnight.  A few tips — if drying outside in temperate areas, covering with a box will prevent anything getting stuck on the paint.   Drying on wax paper is also a great way to prevent your pieces from sticking to the surface.
  6. Using a new pencil eraser, dip it in black paint for the snowman’s eyes.  Paint them onto the frosted bowl.  
  7. Using a paint brush, paint on a nose and mouth.  Allow to dry.
  8. Glue your snowman head to the base.  Glue the “pom pom” (doll head) to the bottom of the saucer.
  9.  (I already glued my buttons on here)

  10. If you want, add sticky tape to the edge of your saucer.  I used Scor-Tape.  Roll in microbeads or glitter.
  11. Add a “scarf” of ribbon between the bowl and pot.
  12. Using Glue Dots, add buttons to your base.
  13. Fill your snowman’s head with mints.
  14. Top off with the “hat”.
    14. Print and color your image of choice.  Cut out with Nesties Labels and use ribbon to attach to gift bag.  
    I made six of these jars.  Here are three of them in the colors I used.
    I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are getting some great gift giving ideas for this holiday season.  This was a very economical gift — mine cost roughly $4-5 for each snowman — that was the cost of the pot, saucer, bowl, frosting spray, one can of spray paint (which I actually had on hand, but added the cost to give you an estimate.), the mints and doll heads.  Of course, I had a stash of paints, buttons, ribbon and microbeads and did not include that in the cost of the craft.
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Challenge Submissions
Crafty Sentiments Designs — Snowmen or Ladies
Shopping Our Stash — #80 Winter Holiday or Snow/Winter theme
Tuesday Alchemy — #43 Anything but a Card
Totally Stampalicious – Anything But a Card

Snowman Candy Jar
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Marshmallow Snowman – Candy Cane
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Certainly Celery
Other Stuff: microbeads, scor-tape, buttons, ribbon, supplies listed above.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


7 thoughts on “Snowman Candy Jar & Coordinating Gift Tag

  1. Oh.My.AWESOMENESS! This project…I cannot even tell you how much I love it! The frosted head…filled with candies…the fact they can reuse it every year…sheesh, what is not to love about this? Brilliant, gorgeous, and CA-UTE!! I love it 🙂 Thanks SO much for sharing with us at Shopping our Stash this week 🙂


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