Ask Holly: Snowman Hot Cocoa Jar

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Looking for a party favor that is not made of plastic? Perhaps you were thinking of getting a little something special for your child’s teacher for the 100th Day? This Snowman Hot Cocoa Jar is a cute easy little way to say, ” I think you are special enough to make something for instead of giving you a plastic piece of crap.”

Some people throw away those cute patterned tights when they get a hole in the toe. Not me. I also save glass jars. This is not to say that I am a pack rat. I save it, I use it and give it away. Done. The hats on these cute snowmen are made from my daughter’s old tights. They are filled with my favorite home made hot cocoa mix recipe from Alton Brown and topped with mini marshmallows.

Snowman hot cocoa jarSnowman Hot Cocoa Jar:

  • Medium sized glass jars labels removed and washed
  • Glossy paint in black and orange
  • Old tights
  • Ribbon about 3/4″ wide
  • Small pom poms
  • Hot glue
  • A semi-fine paint brush
  • Click here for hot cocoa recipe (I did not add the hot pepper)
  • Mini marshmallows

Step One: Cut the legs of the tights into 4″ lengths. Now pull a section over the lid of the jar covering the rim entirely. Glue it down from underneath on the front back and sides. Pinch the top of the tights together and glue together. Now pinch it all together and glue. Put a dot of glue on the top and glue on pom pom.

Step Two: Cut a length of ribbon about 16″ long. Tie it around the middle of your jar so it looks like a scarf.

Snowman jar2Step Three: Mix or shake your glossy paint well, as it tends to separate. Now dip the back end of your brush into the black paint. Make two dots for eyes and three or so dots for buttons below the ribbon. Now using the brush side of paintbrush paint on the noses with your orange. If the paint looks a bit thick or drippy lay the jar on its back until dry. You can lay it on a rag to keep it from rolling.


Step Four: While the jars are drying make up your hot cocoa mix. When your jars are ready to be filled make a cone shape with a clean sheet of paper and put the end in the jar. This will save you from cocoa flying everywhere. Now fill with the mix until you reach the mid point at the scarf. Top with mini marshmallows and screw the lid back on.


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If you want to go full out—print out the instructions for the mix, roll them up and stick them in the scarf.

Both the parents and the kids were thrilled to get something both homemade and that would not end up broken in the back seat of their car before they got home. I have never seen kids and parents get so excited about a party favor.

Paint, pom poms and ribbon available at A.C. Moore or Michaels

Questions? Ask Holly in comments.

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