How to Make Christmas Jar Toppers in 6 Simple Steps
These Christmas jar toppers are a great last-minute gift or lovely addition to your festive decor. This is a project that a child would especially enjoy making (with only a little help!). — Julie Peasgood
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 readymade 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 ‘Frost’ glitter (from Tattered Lace at Create & Craft) 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 even use any tiny toys that suit the occasion. It also helps to use tweezers when you’re placing very small objects — especially if any repositioning is required!
If you’d like to make a snowman, I found that 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. But as the snowman’s head is much smaller, just roll the filler into a small ball. Raid the kitchen cupboard to find a clove for a nose. 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. I found that the Glitter Foam ribbons from Create & Craft worked really well for this as they are adhesive and embossed with various patterns. They’re pretty to look at and have good coverage, too!
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