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Grades: all | Age: all | Written by: Amanda Formaro
[Amanda is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children.]

There are plenty of crafts you can make from items found around the house, or even those headed for the garbage can. This adorable snowman was created from a condiment bottle, fabric scraps, and lots of imagination.

What You Need:

Note: If using craft glue instead of Tacky glue, small scraps of white paper will be needed to help adhere arms to body.

What You Do:


Peel all labels from empty condiment bottle, wash and dry. You may need to soak the bottle in warm water to help lift the sticker "goo". Using white (used) paper from your printer, roll up and cut into small pieces. Fill the bottle with the paper scraps until full, use a pencil (eraser end) to push down the paper to compact it. Fit in as much paper as you can to make the bottle look white.


If the lid from the condiment bottle is not black, paint it with tempera paint or color it with black permanent marker. Glue the film canister to the condiment lid. Glue strip of red satin ribbon around brim. Trim excess.


Glue 2 tiny black pom poms onto face for eyes. If you don't have pom poms, draw eyes on with black permanent marker. Glue on plastic carrot for nose. If you do not have a plastic carrot, simply cut a small triangle from orange felt and glue on. Glue three colorful buttons onto belly area. Fringe both ends of red felt strip by cutting small slits with scissors. Wrap red felt around neck as scarf and glue in place.


Fold the 4" x 4" fabric scrap in half. At the fold, cut out two oval shaped mittens. Using tiny fabric scraps (oddball sock scraps were used in this craft) stuff the mitten to give it a little height (see Figure 2). Fold over and glue together, leaving a small opening at the base of the mitten. Carefully cut out thumbs. Cut small strips of fun fur (substitute with cotton balls or cotton batting if necessary) to line the edges of the mittens. Glue in place.


Using 2 bendable juice box straws, cut one end on each straw about 1 inch short of the bend. Next, at the short end, cut a few slits up the straw to allow the slits to spread out (see Figure 1). Insert long end of straws into mittens. Add a bit of glue to adhere. Doing one arm at a time, allowing glue to dry on the first arm before beginning the next, spread out slits and glue onto side of body. If using craft glue, you may need to use small scraps of white paper over the top of the straw slits to help adhere them to the bottle.

Finishing Touches

Using red glitter glue, fill in gaps of hat brim. Add a small Christmas tree or red flower to the hat. Carefully fill in holes of buttons with red glitter glue. Spread a blob of white (or gold) glitter glue onto your finger. Carefully spread onto the red felt scarf. Use red glitter glue on fringed ends. Add a small present or ornament (present button is used in this craft) to one of the mittens.

Recommended Books/Products:

Rainy Day Activity : How to Make Playdough, Bubbles, Monster Repellent and More!
by Jennifer Rader
Rader has created a children's activity cookbook that's perfect for children of all ages. Children can learn how to make play dough, jewelry, puzzles, games, face paint, and much, much more.

Family Fun Crafts : 500 Creative Activities for You and Your Kids
by: The Editors of FamilyFun Magazine

Creating by Recycling (Crafts for All Seasons)
by Laia Sadurni, Anna Llimos
Create art with objects from around the house.

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