Since our family eats a lot of peanut butter, I decided to recycle some of the jars into gift containers. I used supplies I had at home. If you do not have googly eyes, you can make eyes from construction paper or felt. I liked the contrast between the cotton for the hat trim and tassel and the fiberfill for the mustache and beard. However, you could use cotton or fiberfill for both. I used fiberfill from an old pillow for this project.
I filled my Santa containers with chocolate, but these would be great filled with hot cocoa mix, chocolate, or fudge. As a bonus, the lid is a Santa ornament that can be hung on the tree when the treat is finished. You could also make these with a large peanut butter jar if you wanted a larger container for cookies or other treats.
I think these would make a good kids' craft. In that case, you would probably want to glue the thread hanger on instead of making a hole with an ice pick. I'd love your opinion if you try this project.
Step 1: Materials
18 oz. red (creamy) peanut butter jar and lid
2 1/2 " square pink construction paper
1" square red construction paper
2 15mm googly eyes
handful of fiberfill stuffing
10" piece pearl cotton thread/embroidery floss
Step 2: Tools and Supplies
Tools and Supplies:
Nail polish remover
Step 3: Make Face and Mouth
On the pink construction paper, draw and cut out an oval for Santa's face. You do no need to be exact. Most of the pink will be covered with fiberfill to make Santa's mustache and beard. Make sure the pink does not cover the part of the lid that will be Santa's hat.
On the red construction paper, draw and cut out a jelly bean sized mouth. Again, you do not need to be exact since most of Santa's face is his mustache and beard.
Step 4: Glue Face and Hat Tassel
If there are black label marks on your lid that might show, remove them with nail polish remover.
Glue the pink construction paper face on the lid with tacky glue.
Make a ball from a small piece of the cotton ball to be Santa's hat tassel. Glue on jar lid.
Step 5: Glue Hat Brim
Pull off a piece of the cotton ball to make a hat brim. Glue to top edge of Santa's face.
Step 6: Glue Eyes and Mouth
Glue on the googly eyes and red construction paper mouth
Step 7: Glue Mustache
Tear off and glue on a piece of fiberfill for Santa's mustache.
Step 8: Glue Beard
Tear off a beard shape piece of fiberfill. Glue on Santa's face.
Step 9: Make Hole for Hanger Thread
Using an ice pick, carefully poke a hole in the jar lid for the hanger thread.
Step 10: Insert Hanger Thread
Insert both ends of the cotton thread through the hole. Knot together. Your Santa ornament is now complete.
Step 11: Fill Santa Jar With Treats
Fill the peanut butter jar with treats, close with ornament lid, and give your special gift.