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How to Make Snowman Playdough in a Mason Jar Snow Globe

by Jean Van't Hul
December 20, 2011
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Snowman Playdough in Mason Jar Snowglobes

Last year we made candy cane playdough as gifts for kiddo friends. This year we’ve been making a snowman playdough gift in mason jar snow globes.

Next year we’ll probably try a non-playdough idea, but we’ve sure had fun with these last two.

Here’s a video showing how to make a playdough snowman. And don’t forget to keep scrolling for the step by step instructions!

How to Make Snowman Playdough

Snowman playdough with glitter and peppermint oil
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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Kids Making Playdough Snowman Gifts

1. Make playdough

Maia and I made a batch of white playdough on Friday.

2. Add glitter & peppermint oil

We kneaded in glitter and peppermint oil to add some pizzazz to the plain playdough then started making snowmen (and snowballs and snowforts…).

3. Gather supplies

Then, we took a break to buy some beads (from Asheville’s awesome bead store) and a box of mason jars. Then we continued yesterday when Maia’s friend Marlise was over.

4. Roll playdough

All of us rolled the playdough into balls, then fashioned it into little snowmen.

5. Add decorative features

Then we added beads and pipe cleaner pieces for snowmen features.

I added the pipe cleaners to the table expecting them to be used for arms (you know, two per snowman) and that’s it.

Playdough Snowman

Instead they were immensely popular and were used for hair, antennae, smiles, and extra arms.

Adding decorations to playdough snowman.

Daphne, at two, was as into making the snowmen as the six year olds.

How to Make Snowglobes for Playdough Snowman

Playdough Snowman in Mason Jar Snowglobe

1. Place snowman in jar & seal

Here’s one of her snowmen sitting on the mason jar lid waiting for the “snow globe” jar to be screwed on (the pipe cleaner appendages needed to be poked a bit farther in first so they would fit).

  • Unscrew Mason jar and place lid upside down on table.
  • Place snowman on top up the lid.
  • Carefully place glass jar over snowman and twist to seal.

Note :: The jars are pint-size wide-mouth mason jars from the grocery store.

Snowman Playdough in jar with label

2. Add gift tag

Next, I printed up some gift tags to glue to the jar tops. If I were extra prepared, I could have printed them on sticker paper, but instead I just used printer paper and a glue stick.

Playdough Snowman in Snowglobe canning jars

3. Admire the playdough snowmen snowglobes!

I love how these playdough snowmen look in their snow globes! And, as a gift, it is as fun for kids to make as it is for their friends to receive.

And of course, you could do this as a snowman playdough activity without turning them into gifts…

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Snowman Playdough in Mason Jar Snowglobe

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