An easy snowman mason jar craft is a perfect holiday gift

A holiday decoration inspired by The Weathered Palate

Give a winter welcome to friends, teachers, or neighbors with this simple craft, combining the homespun charm of mason jars with the crowd-pleasing yums of a tasty holiday treat. Make several snowman mason jar crafts, inspired by The Weathered Palate, to give as gifts to everyone on your casual gifting list this holiday season — you can make a large group of snowmen jars in a single evening.

The holidays are a wonderful occasion to make quick homemade gifts for the important people in your life. You are already planning to give your loved ones special gifts, but what about the other key people in your life? People who make your life run smoothly are great candidates for small gifts that let them know you appreciate their presence in your life.

When making a list of VIP giftees, start from home (babysitter, housekeeper, gardener, etc.) and work your way out from your doorstep (neighbors, mail carriers, delivery person, etc.), and then beyond to people who you interact with regularly (co-workers, gas station attendant, hairdresser, clergyperson, your child’s teacher, etc.) There’s no wrong or right list of people, but the holidays are a great excuse to let people know you care and appreciate them.

Warm up your holiday display with mason jar lights

To keep it simple, choose gifts that can be made in an assembly-line style all at once, so you can work on it for an evening or two and yield several finished products. This snowman button pretzel jar is a perfect choice!

If you want to add an additional layer of homemade goodness to this project, make a special treat to fill the jars with — such as these Chocolate Kahlua Snowball cookies, or a sweet holiday mix like Muddy Buddies/Reindeer Chow.

Part of the charm of this project is found in the handmade pom-pom details, but if you want to save even more time, buy store-bought pom-poms to make snowman jars that are just as cute.

Find the materials for this project at your local craft or big-box store.

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Start pom-poms

Wrap yarn around your fingers to create two pom-poms for the earmuffs. Wrap yarn around two of your fingers about 25 times.

Start pom-poms


Secure yarn

Slide yarn off hand and tie the string across the middle of the bundle of wrapped yarn.

Secure yarn


Form and trim pom-poms

Cut the edges of both sides of the yarn bundle to form the yarn pom. Then be sure to even out the edges.

Form and trim pom-poms


Make headband

Bend pipe cleaner in half and twist together. Twist another pipe cleaner around the folded pipe cleaner to form the headband to the ear muffs. Trim off excess if needed.

Make headband


Fill mason jar

Fill the mason jar with white, yogurt covered pretzels, and put the lid back on the jar.

Fill mason jar


Form scarf

Cut 6-10 strands of red yarn approx 12” long, and tie around the “neck” of the mason jar to form the snowman scarf, tying in a knot to secure to jar.

Form scarf


Secure buttons

Hot glue three black buttons to front of mason jar.

Secure buttons


Attach headband and earmuffs

Hot glue headband to the top of mason jar, and attach pom-poms on each end of the pipe cleaner headband to make the earmuffs.

Attach headband and earmuffs


The perfect gift!

The perfect gift!


Who wouldn’t love one of these adorable snowmen?

Who wouldn't love one of these adorable snowmen?


Fun detail and a tasty treat all in one!

Fun detail and a tasty treat all in one!


Wintery gift-giving fun!

Wintery gift-giving fun!


Materials (per snowman):

  • Mason jar
  • Red yarn
  • 3 black buttons
  • White chocolate or yogurt-covered pretzels
  • 3 black pipe cleaners
  • Utility scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Directions:

To make pom-pom earmuffs

  1. Wrap yarn around your fingers to create two pom-poms for the earmuffs. Wrap yarn around two of your fingers about 25 times.
  2. Carefully slide yarn off hand and tie the string across the middle of the bundle of wrapped yarn.
  3. Cut the edges of both sides of the yarn bundle to form the yarn pom.
  4. Give the pom a trim to even out the edges.
  5. To make the headband: bend pipe cleaner in half and twist together.
  6. Twist another pipe cleaner around the folded pipe cleaner to form the headband to the ear muffs. Trim off excess if needed. (Note: don’t use your good scissors to cut pipe cleaners! Use utility scissors or wire cutters to cut the pipe cleaners.)

Next, assemble the snowman jar

  1. Fill the mason jar with white, yogurt covered pretzels, and put the lid back on the jar.
  2. Cut 6-10 strands of red yarn approx 12” long, and tie around the “neck” of the mason jar to form the snowman scarf, tying in a knot to secure to jar.
  3. Hot glue the three black buttons to the front of the mason jar.
  4. Glue the black pipe cleaner headband to the top of the mason jar lid.
  5. Glue the two pom-poms on each end of the pipe cleaner headband to make the earmuffs.