This is a fantastic activity for families, after school programs or winter camp. No matter your age, you can participate in making these cute characters. This craft includes a cool snowman full of fluffy marshmallows, a reindeer ready to guide Santa’s sleigh with his bright red nose and full of delicious Tootsie Rolls, a fun Skittles-filled elf, and Santa himself filled with tasty mini Hershey chocolate bars. You can choose one character to make or make this a group activity and give everyone their own character. No matter what, you are sure to have fun!
All the supplies listed below can be purchased at your local craft store, and the candy can be purchased at your local grocery store. Remember to have fun and make these your own by putting your own spin on them! Feel free to switch up the candy or even fill the mason jars with small toys.
- Acrylic Craft Paint (black, gold, red, green, and white)
- Ribbons for each jar
- Red Metallic Felt 8-inch by 10-inch sheet
- Black Metallic Craft Foam 8-inch by 10-inch sheet
- Green Metallic Felt 8-inch by 10-inch sheet
- Small Pom Poms
- Black Buttons
- Clear Buttons
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Craft Eyes
- Chenille Stems (Brown and Black)
- Quart Size Mason Jars
- Made from high quality glass, BPA-free and Lead-free, Set of 6.
- Each jar comes with a time tested airtight ceiling compound to held ensure a quality seal...
- Paint Brushes
- Paint Pallet
- Fun Size Hershey Bars
- Tootsie Rolls
- Small Marshmallows
The snowman is complete with a nice big black hat, colorful ribbon, a big orange nose, and hands!
- Take some of the white paint and paint the front and back of the mason jar. Feel free to leave the sides clear so that you can see the marshmallows inside when you fill the jar later. Let the paint dry for one hour and then add a second coat of white paint.
- While you wait for the paint to dry you can begin making the hat. You will want to lay the black felt on the table and trace the lid of the ball jar one the felt. Cut out the traced circle with a pair of scissors and glue the circle on top of the lid.
- Using the black foam that you just cut a circle out of, trace another circle that is one inch bigger than the lid of the jar. Make sure to trace this circle around the circle that you just cut out. Once the bigger circle is traced, cut it out. The bigger circle will be used as the brim of the hat. Once the paint dries, slide the large circle over the top of the jar.
- Glue on the eyes and buttons using the hot glue gun.
- Take two different colored ribbons and wrap them around the top of the jar, making sure they are about four inches wider than the jar. Cut the ribbons and tie the pieces around the top of the jar using a simple knot.
- Cut a strip of black foam that is as wide as the rim of the jar lid and hot glue it around the rim of the jar lid.
- Fill the jar with marshmallows and place on the lid (the hat).
- Take two pieces of black pipe cleaner and cut them four inches long. Bend the pipe cleaners in half and hot glue them to the side of the ball jar to make the arms.
- Glue 3 buttons on the front of the jar.
- Glue 4 orange pom poms together and glue to the face of the snowman.
Santa is making his list and checking it twice with his bright red hat and signature black belt.
- Paint a one-inch black stripe around the lower part of the mason jar to make the belt. Let the paint dry and then paint on the second coat of black paint.
- Once the black paint dries, paint a gold border around the black belt. On the front of the jar, paint a small gold square and a little golden buckle.
- Glue on the two black buttons using the hot glue gun.
- To make Santa’s hat, take the red felt and trace a large template of the hat. The template should only take up half the size of the felt. Fold the felt in half and cut out the template, giving you both sides of the hat. Fill the hat with tissue paper and hot glue the edges together, leaving the bottom open. Slide the bottom of the hat around the brim of the lid and hot glue the hat to the brim of the lid. Take some ribbon and hot glue it around the brim of the lid to complete the hat.
- Glue a white pom-pom to the end of the Santa hat.
- Fill the jar with your choice of candy and replace the lid.
This elf is full of candy and makes an awesome gift. You can also use it as a fun elf on the shelf!
- Paint a green border around the top of the mason jar with small upside-down triangles, to make the collar of the elf. Wait for the paint to dry and paint on the second coat of green paint.
- Once the green paint is completely dry, dot on some small red berries around the collar of the elf.
- Using the same method of the Santa hat, trace a smaller hat on the felt for the elf. Fold the felt in half and cut out your hat template. Stuff the hat with tissue paper and hot glue the edges together, leaving the bottom open. The bottom of this hat likely will not fit around the lid so glue the hat to the top of the lid.
- Cut out a piece of ribbon and hot glue the ribbon to the brim of the lid.
- Glue a red pom-pom to the end of the elf hat.
- Glue two clear buttons to the front of the mason jar.
- Fill the mason jar with the candy of your choice.
This awesome reindeer is ready to guide Santa’s sleigh with its bright red nose!
- Paint a three-inch tall strip around the middle of the mason jar. Let the paint dry and paint a second coat of brown paint.
- Once the paint is completely dry, hot glue on the reindeer eyes and a red pom-pom for the nose.
- Hot glue some ribbon around the brim of the lid.
- Take two brown pipe cleaners and fold them in half. Take two more brown pipe cleaners and wrap them each other to form your reindeer antlers. You will need to do this twice to form two antlers. Use the hot glue to attach the antlers to the brim of the lid.
- Fill the ball jar with your favorite candy.
Fun and Gifts
We hope you enjoy spending quality time together making these fun Christmas Characters. Not only are these crafts cute and exciting to make, but they also make amazing gifts! Use this as an opportunity to give to others and bring a smile to someone’s face. They are sure to be grateful when they see how much work you put into their gift.
Post written by Michael Candia.
Original images provided by Michael Candia.
Article and Images edited by Curt Jackson.