Candy jar crafts make decorative gifts that children can give to family, or can double as both an activity and as gifts to the children themselves. Unbreakable plastic jars are a safer choice than glass if the children are very young; they can be found in different shapes and sizes in craft stores and online. Fill with Christmas candies like candy canes or sticks, Christmas taffy or foil-wrapped chocolate Christmas balls. Red, green and/or white gumballs, candy-coated chocolate pieces, jelly beans, gum drops or lollipops also make good fillers.
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For kids old enough to work with glass jars, turn empty baby food jars into candy-holding tree ornaments filled with small candies. The candy itself can serve as the decoration, or cover the jar and lid with glitter. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the jar for hanging, or attach through a hole punched in the lid. These candy jar ornaments may be on the heavy side, so advise recipients that they should be hung from sturdy branches.
Stacked Snowman Jars
The stacked snowman is a popular Christmas design that often uses round wooden boxes or tins. This candy jar variation uses two different sizes of clear plastic cylindrical jars filled with all-white candy such peppermints, mini marshmallows or Jordan almonds. Embellish with a face, hat and scarf made of felt.
Turn an empty jar into a familiar face by reusing plastic peanut butter jars to make candy jar Santas. Use felt and cotton balls for the primary details such as the hat and beard; to make it simpler for children, put out buttons for eyes, pom-poms for noses, and pieces of yarn for mouths. For older kids, making a cone out of felt for the hat can be part of an applied geometry lesson. Fill finished Santa jars with small candy canes or Christmas taffy.
Snowflake Apothecary Jars
A candy jar covered in paper snowflakes is a more advanced kid's project that starts with cutting small snowflakes out of folded white and light blue tissue paper (see Resources). Snowflakes are applied to a plastic apothecary jar with clear découpage medium. Alternately, strips of red and green tissue paper can be decoupaged onto the jar for a Christmas-themed abstract design. Snowflake apothecary jars look especially decorative filled with a single colour of gumballs, jelly beans or gum drops, or with a mix of white and blue or red and green candies.
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