Quick Gift: SNOWMAN CANDY JAR…plus FREE printable!

Last Minute Leslie………Procrastinator Patty……….Super Slow Sally.


Pick a name, any name……and give it to me.  Because yeah, it’s a little last minute.  But hey, there’s gotta be a few others who are trying to think of something fun and quick to pass around to neighbors, a teacher, a co-worker, a sweet friend, etc.  Well, you’re in luck.  Because these are QUICK! :)


Toss some candy in a jar, add a little snowman love, and let others know you are thinking about them during this holiday season!

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These little snowmen faces are what makes your gift more than just a bag of candy!  I used buttons for the face (I bought a whole bag of assorted buttons at Hobby Lobby for $3, with a coupon…..and it was enough for 6 snowmen)……but you could always create the eyes and mouth out of black felt.

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Now, fill with your (or the recipient’s) favorite candy………..or place a stack of your signature homemade cookies inside.  Or jelly!  Or salsa!  Or homemade apple pie filling!  Whatever you’d like share. :)

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Then, add a little tag…

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Need some tags??  I’ve included some down below…..but left off our name. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give the “Johnston Family” the credit for your gift! ;)

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And each little snow hat is filled with a little batting to fluff it out…..and is cinched off with some twine.

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Sweet little snowmen……you sure happy up these plain jars!

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 Now, go on…….make a few little Snowmen Jars and share your love!

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Would you like to make some too?



I bought pint sized canning jars.  You could use smaller…….or buy the quart sized.  But just remember, if you go big……you have to fill those suckers with a quart of goodies! :)


For the hats, I needed circles that were about 14 inches across (diameter).  Using a bowl is a great template…..so look for one that’s about 14 inches across.  This bowl was about 12…..so I had to add about an inch on both sides.  And then I drew a ton more circles on the wrong side of my fabric and cut them all out.





Now, take the ring off the jar…..but not the flat lid.





Then, place your fabric circle on top of the jar (right side of the fabric facing DOWN) and place the center of your circle on the center of the jar lid.  Hold the fabric down tight and screw the lid on over the fabric.





Place hot glue around the inner edge of the ring……gluing the lid to the fabric. 





Then, place a line of glue (a few inches at a time) around the lower edge of the ring.





Pull the fabric straight up and tight…….and then press the fabric into the line of glue.  Add a few more inches of glue and keep repeating, all the way around the lid.





Then, place a blob of batting (I’m not sure of how to tell you an exact amount) on top of the lid…..





…..and then gather the fabric up around it.  (If your hat isn’t filling out very well, add more batting.  If it’s too full and you can’t close the fabric around it, you have too much.)  Then tie a piece of twine around the fabric nice and tight.  Then pull on your fabric edges and even out the gathers and the shape of the hat.  Trim any uneven fabric edges, if needed.





Then, glue your eyes on, cut out a triangle from some orange felt and glue it in place, and then glue the little mouth buttons in place.





Fill your jar with candy.





Now, make your own tag…….or print off some of these….

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And then hole punch your tag and tie it onto the twine.





Done. :)

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19 Responses to “Quick Gift: SNOWMAN CANDY JAR…plus FREE printable!”
  1. 1
    natalie says:

    how do you do the hats?
    I can’t work out how the hats attach to the lids.
    We have a Pirate theme party coming up…this might be altered to have an eye patch!

    • 1.1
      natalie says:

      I thought I might by able to recycle jars…any ideas for the hats with solid lids?

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        Ellie says:

        I bet you could just wrap the fabric around the whole lid and then line the bottom with freezer paper or waxed paper or something.

        Darling idea!

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      Kim says:

      You could glue a hat to the top of the lid (make a flat bottom by placing a cardboard circle inside the hat, traced from the lid), and glue ribbon around the lower edge to hide it.

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    Denise says:

    LOVE THIS! Such a cute idea. I am absolutely going to use it! Thank you so much!

  3. 3
    Jackie says:

    What a great idea, for the mail person, newspaper person. Or just for someone special

  4. 4
    Kim says:

    I’m going to make these next year, with recycled jars. Thanks!!!!

    You could also fill jars with various mixes: soup, cookie, hot chocolate, tea…. If what you put inside is dark-colored, you could either line with white paper or use light-colored features on the snowmen.

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    Gina S says:

    You just made my day! (And my 6 year old’s who wants to help) I’ve been trying to think of something simple and creative for a family party. This is perfect!

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    Susan says:

    Thanks for this!! I ordered something for my son’s kindergarten teacher a MONTH ago and it’s still not here. This cutie will save the day. Merry Christmas!!

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    Angeline says:

    Wow !!! this is a nice idea !! some Belgians will get this this christmas :-)

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    Emma says:

    I have made your snowman candy bars and those are a great gift too!

  9. 9
    LaVonne Kindred says:

    Again, way cute!

  10. 10
    Lena says:

    Thanks for the great idea! I made a bunch for our family’s Christmas dice game an filled them with assorted treats.. They turned out so cute! My kids each chose one when they rolled doubles!

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    Margaret says:

    Love this idea….going to make these with my niece…great Christmas gift …can put peoples favourite candy in the jars..

  12. 12
    diane says:

    love the jars for the grandkids please send the faces

  13. 13
    terrie says:

    My two grand-daughters will be here next week-end for a sleep over.
    This will be a great project to do with them.
    Thanks so much