Crafting Winter Magic: Jolly Jar Creations

In the cozy corners of our home, where crafting dreams come to life, my 4-year-old and I recently embarked on a delightful journey into the heart of winter magic. Our mission? To turn plain mason jars and votive candle holders into the most enchanting snowman and penguin duo the season has ever seen.


Gather common craft items from around the house. We used white glue, various salts for texture, and a dash of white glitter for our snowman. The penguin involved glue, black construction paper, white paint, and assorted decorations like eyes, scarves, and sparkly embellishments.

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Salt
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn/String/Tule
  • Sequins/Buttons/Pom Poms
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Mason Jars
  • White Paint & Paint Brushes

Crafting the Magic!

In this tale of crafting whimsy, our supplies were nothing out of the ordinary, yet the magic that unfolded was extraordinary. White glue became our artist’s brush, various salts transformed into the snowy landscape, and glitter added that touch of winter sparkle that can only be described as magical.

The snowman, a creation in white, wore its textured coat with pride. As my little one reveled in “painting with glue,” I marveled at how everyday materials could become vessels for such joy. We rolled the jar in the salty mixture, turning it into a winter wonder, and then patiently waited as our creation set, ready for the final touch.

Meanwhile, the penguin, wrapped in the elegance of black construction paper, awaited its moment in the crafting spotlight. White paint transformed its surface into a canvas, and carefully chosen decorations brought our penguin to life. It was a dance of creativity, a delightful ballet of glue, paper, and paint.

And so, the whimsical winter scene unfolded. The snowman stood proudly, adorned with eyes, a carrot nose, and a scarf tied snugly. Its companion, the penguin, radiated charm with its painted face and stylish accessories.

There Must Have Been Some Magic in That Old Top Hat

But, dear reader, the magic didn’t end there. Oh no, for the lids became canvases for top hats. Black paper was carefully wrapped and glued, forming hats that added an extra layer of charm to our frosty friends.

In this tale of crafting enchantment, lessons were learned. We discovered that hot glue is a steadfast ally when securing a paper top hat and that crafting is not just a task but a journey of joy.

As we sat back, admiring our whimsical winter creations, I couldn’t help but feel the warmth of the season enveloping us. For in the dance of glue and glitter, in the careful placement of eyes and the wrapping of paper, we found not just art but a shared moment of magic that will be cherished long after the winter winds have blown.

And so, our mason jars, now transformed into vessels of winter whimsy, stand as a testament to the joy found in the simplest of crafts. May your winter be as enchanting, your crafting as whimsical, and your moments as magical as ours. ❄️🎨

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