When the Christmas holidays are all but upon you and scraping over-excited children off the ceiling is becoming a daily occurrence, you need to find crafty ways to keep the kids busy in the run-up to Christmas…fast! We love this adorably festive Christmas jar topper, as it’s not too tricky for small hands to get on with (with a little grown-up help!), and the end result is something useful! Children can use their decorated jars to keep any Christmas money they receive in, or you could fill it with sweets, chocolates, the jokes out of your Christmas crackers… the list goes on!
You Will Need:
- An clean, empty jar
- Filler or craft clay
- Craft glue
- Festive embellishments of your choice
- Treats to put inside!
First, clean an old jar. The bigger the jars are, the better, as they can store biscuits, candy canes or even small toys, as well as sweets and chocolates. It’s also very helpful if the metal lid of the jar is a festive colour. (The edge is going to be decorated but it’s good if the colour that peeps through is red, green, white, gold, or silver!)
Cover the lid with ready-made filler (you can buy it in pots from hardware or pound shops). This is where kids might need a helping hand to mould it into a gentle mound of snow.
Then, using your forefinger, gently work in some sparkling glitter – white or silver is perfect – to make the snow glisten realistically. It’s always a good idea when working with glitter to use it over a sheet of paper that you’ve made a fold in. Then you can easily tip it back into your glitter pot!
While the filler is still workable, place some Christmas cake decorations into your snow on the lid. You could use tiny toys that suit the occasion, cake toppers, or any other mini festive figurines or objects! It also helps to use tweezers when you’re placing very small objects, especially if any re-positioning is required!
If you’d like to make a snowman, the most effective way to make a firm body for him is to mould the filler round a walnut or a tiny oval-shaped garden stone. As the snowman’s head is much smaller, just roll the filler into a small ball. You can raid the kitchen cupboard to find a clove for a nose, and black peppercorns work well for the button eyes!
I used a scrap of ribbon for a scarf and made a top hat for my snowman by cutting around a small lid for the brim (a coin will do just as well). I then coiled a small strip of the same paper and glued it on for the cylinder shape for the hat, finishing off with a smaller circle for the ‘lid’ of the hat.
The final step is to place a thin ribbon around the edge of the lid.
And there you have it! A beautifully embellished seasonal storage jar that you can fill with chocolates, sweets or other festive treats, to create the Christmas decoration that just keeps on giving! These are also a fantastic idea for children to make and give to their friends at Christmas – not too expensive, but a lovely thoughtful gift!
Make Your Own Festive Jar Toppers!
Summary: We love this adorably festive Christmas jar topper, as it’s not too tricky for small hands to get on with (with a little grown-up help!) and the end result is something useful! Children can use their decorated jars to keep any Christmas money they receive in, or you could fill it with sweets, chocolates, and other festive treats!