I found myself needing a hot cocoa item to add to a silent auction basket, and what’s better than a super cute snowman? I shared a pic of some I made for a craft booth last year along with some other quick to craft gift ideas, but I wanted to show you just how stinkin’ easy these things are to put together!
I’ve seen them made several ways, including in baby food jars (I’ll share what I’m saving mine for here soon), and really don’t know who to credit.
So here’s the ones for the booth:
They were made in four-ounce canning jars. Today we’re using 8 oz. because that’s all I could buy.
I buy the bulk can of cocoa for these, but you could empty in packets if you wanted. You’ll also need to make a tag or use a glue stick to give instructions.
If you’re making it for someone specific suit it to their tastes. Caramel hot cocoa with white chocolate chips instead marshmallows and caramels instead of mints sounds
great like I’m going to make me a cup and be back to this in a minute! (Really! I just took that incredibly artsy pic above just now when I got the cocoa out…now I’m wrestling the mouse away from a six month old cause I took too long and she woke up…and reminding myself of the name of this blog…)
To start paint some features on two of your three jars. You’ll need a head and a body. Only the buttons on the body…arms just didn’t look right (again…I’m not a painter). I used the end of the paintbrush to dab on my black dots.
Now hot glue a square of fabric to the band for the head.
I cut it about a quarter-inch longer so that it would overlap. Make sure you start at the back of the head. Those jar bands land in the same place every time you put them on, so your seam will always be in the front if you start in the front.
Just work an inch or two at a time down the length of your strip, glueing only to the metal band.
Gather the loose fabric. You can make it as tight or as floppy as you want, but I would recommend you have at least a 4″ height to work with.
I just tied it closed with some thin twine. A different more homespun fabric would’ve looked better for this sort of rustic feel, but I had this fabric close by.
We just had book character day at school and I had used it to make an apron. Can you guess what book they were from?
Cut a strip about four inches longer than needed to go around your body jar for a scarf. I found center on my strip and glued from the back moving forward on each side. It looks better if your about 3/4″ off-center back on your band so that the scarf ends meet at one side rather than dead center over your buttons.
Tie it closed. Use scissors to make the ends look better. I just sort of made a wavy cut across these.
Now glue your jars together. Add hot glue to the ridge on the bottom of your jar, then put it on top the next one. Easy. These larger jars glued the jar to the lid of the next. The smaller jars glued the jars to the band of the next. It really doesn’t matter.
I thought it was way too much red or something, so I went back and glued some white bias tape to the edge of the hat.
I forgot to get a pic of the label before he was leaving for school, so here they are fixin’ to leave…
The back of the label gives instruction of how much mix per how much water…you’ll need to use your own cocoa to know that.
‘Til next time…let me know what you think! Did you guess the book?