If you're ready to start some Christmas crafting, I have the most adorable, handmade canning ring snowman for you to make!
Do you have any rusty canning jar rings just lying around? Then let's use them to create a thrifty handmade Christmas decoration!
If you've been following me for very long, then you know that I love to make something from nothing.
Not that canning rings are nothing, but when the rings get rusty, I don't know what to do with them!
For a long while, I was holding onto them thinking I'd make one of those cute canning ring pumpkins that we've seen all over the internet.
But one day, I was on Pinterest and I saw a snowman made from them! I just adore snowmen and have a collection of them.
So I knew what I was going to make for our Christmas Edition of the Thrifty Style Team!
Isn't he just darling? I'm so excited about him and how quickly I was able to put him together.
This project was very thrifty for me because I already had a ton of canning jar rings, but you can find boxes of 12 of them at discount stores or on Amazon for a very good price.
Or perhaps you have a family member or friend who is into canning, and you can beg them for all of their canning jar rings!
Once you have your canning rings along with a few more craft supplies, you're good to go.
What you need to make a canning ring snowman
- 25 wide mouth canning jar rings (for the bottom layer)
- 24 regular size canning jar rings (for the middle layer)
- 17 regular size canning jar rings (for the top layer)
- 1 snowman head ornament (mine came from Dollar General)
- 4 white pipe cleaners
- white spray paint
- clear glitter
- 3 buttons
- hot glue and glue gun
- strip of fabric for scarf (I used an old sock)
- twigs for arms
Learn how to make a canning ring snowman
Once you have gathered your supplies, learn how to make a canning ring snowman with my step-by-step instructions.
The first step is to make the bottom layer of the snowman. Take 2 pipe cleaners and join them together by making a knot.
Thread all of the wide mouth rings onto the long, making sure you turn them in the same direction.
Pull the pipe cleaner until it is taut and then twist and knot it. Cut off the excess with scissors.
Spread out the rings evenly to make a circle. Using the regular size rings, repeat the procedure to make the second layer of the body.
And do the same to make the third layer.
Spray paint the 3 layers of rings with white spray paint.
This is the spray paint that I used and while the paint was wet, I sprinkled some clear glitter on the paint to give it a snow effect.
I did two coats of each on the layers, but I didn't worry about getting the rings painted on the inside.
After the paint was dry, I stacked the layers to form the body. I added just a bit of hot glue to each layer so they wouldn't move around. Next, I hot glued 3 buttons onto each layer. I really like these buttons from Hobby Lobby because they have a flat back.
The next step was to hot glue a head to my snowman. I found this one at Dollar General, and his head lights up!
A few twigs from the yard for arms and a scarf made from an old fuzzy sock completed my handsome man!
Doesn't he look adorable? I took this photo near dusk so that you could see how he looks at night!
And he's mighty cute during the day, too! After making him, all I want to do is decorate for Christmas!