Snowman in a jar

I just completed some extremely cute, but super simple, snowmen in a jar gifts for some of our little friends. I was inspired by this post, but made some obvious changes to make it my own. It took be about 2 hours to make four of these. 

I started by making the playdough. Each batch fills one jar, so I had to quadruple the recipe. It is a very forgiving recipe, so multiply/divide as needed. 

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp of cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 T vegetable oil 

Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring. Stir until the mixture is much thicker and begins to gather around the spoon. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool. 

The playdough needs to be completely cool before going in the jars. I left mine in a sealed container overnight to ensure it was sufficiently cooled. 

Now comes the fun part: painting the jars. I used acrylic colors to paint mine. I'm not an expert on paint, but I'm guessing that any old paint will do. 

After the playdough is completely cooled and the paint on the jars is dry, it's time to put them together. I found it helpful to roll the playdough into cylinders and then squish them down a little bit so that the top of the bottom ball stops at about the scarf line, giving the little snowman a neck. In hindsight, it probably would have been easier to line things up if I had painted the jars after filling them with the playdough, but this worked too.  

And the last step is to give each snowman a hat. I cut squares from black fabric, put them on top of the flat lid, and secured the fabric with a ring. I then trimmed the excess to make the fabric into a circular shape. You could also put the fabric on top of the lid/ring and secure it with a black string if you don't want the silver ring to show. 

And that's it. They're ready to gift.