Once in a blue moon we will be making a craft, and I will stop right in the middle of it and change direction. Or at least I will try to. You see, I craft with my kids and they are not always receptive to my impulsive, “Wait! I have an even better idea!”. In fact, they are often not receptive to most things … Oh toddlers.
When we were recently creating snowflake silhouettes, we were using contact paper. We hadn’t used contact paper for crafting in quite some time. So of course, my love for the sticky paper was quickly rekindled.
As I was marveling at the shear stickiness of it, in a love-struck sort of way, I spied a mason jar. My love-struck gaze then drifted to my mason jar. I do love mason jars …
“Wait!!!! I have an even better idea!!!!” (me)
“Just a minute Mom, we are in the middle of something” (my un-intrigued little ones). I must do this more often than I realize – they didn’t even lift their little heads.
So I waited, patiently, as they finished their crafting.
Then we made these adorable Christmas mason jar crafts: Fuzzy Santas!
I love mason jar crafts so much. And Christmas mason jar crafts even more! The possibilities with what to do with them when they are done are really endless.
One of these little Santa mason jars was filled with cookies for a neighbour, while the other one holds a little tea light on our window ledge.
And they are very easy to make – and full of sensory exploration, and all that good stuff too.
To create these Fuzzy Santa’s we wrapped a mason jar in contact paper sticky side out. We secured it to the jar with a little bit of tape on the bottom.
Next, I drew a Santa hat(ish) shape and a nose on red construction paper for my 4 year old to cut out.
Then, I drew a face shape (An oval really, but with a little notch cut out for the nose to fit in) on peach construction paper. It kind of looked like a bubble letter ‘C’ … or maybe an ear …. I could go on, but I will spare you.
The kids then stuck the peach face onto the mason jar, and stuck the nose on too. We left a little space above the face and then suck the hat to the contact paper mason jar too.
Finally, the sticky fun begun.
Sam and Ben took cotton balls and dotted them all over the contact paper. The cotton balls left wonderful, whispy, beard like strands of fuzz on the contact paper.
The more they dotted, the cuter Santa looked!
The cotton ball dots became Santa’s beard, hat fur, and hair.
I must say these little mason jar fuzzy Santa’s were well worth the wait! We have plans to make them at an upcoming extended family dinner, since they are so simple, and great for every age!
These make such cute cookie jars, or tea light holders. They make a lovely packaging for a Christmas gift. Or would look amazing with Christmas lights inside as well. They even look great all on their own.
Mason jars and contact paper … sigh.
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