Snowmen ( Made from empty cans of chew)





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Snowmen (made from empty cans of chew) 

Due to the amount of money my husband spends on chew, I have been trying to find ways to recycle the cans. Last week I showed you the Christmas Candies I made using some of his chew cans. This week I’m showing you how to make these adorable Snowmen Ornaments. I am so in love with these! They’ll look great on the tree and they will also make super cute and inexpensive Christmas gifts! Your friends will never know these cuties were once an ugly can of chew!

Materials:

  • Empty Chew Cans
  • Coffee dyed T-shirts or Muslin material
  • Material for hat ( You can use anything from an old coffee dyed flannel shirt to an old coffee dyed T-towel)
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Puff paint ( Black & Orange)
  • Blush ( If you don’t have any on hand check the Dollar Tree!)
  • Q- Tip

Step 1: Clean the Chew cans in some dish soap and let dry

Step 2: Wrap the chew cans in coffee dyed muslin material. I cut mine in about 15 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ squares. Wrap the cans twice so the brand of the chew doesn’t show through the material.

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Step 2: Cut hat material about 20″ x 20″. Using a hot glue gun fold and glue the hat at the bottom to make a small lip. Then use the hot glue gun to attach the hat. I like to stuff a little piece of napkin in the hat to give it a little puff. Then use twine to tie a bow. Trim any excess material above the bow. ( After making this I decided to add a jingle bell to the hat. I just slipped my twine through the jingle bell, pushed the bell to the front and tied my bow. 

To make ornaments: 

  1. Make a loop out of a piece of twine and tie a knot on the end.
  2. Hot glue the knot in the hat.
  3. Tie Bow.

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Step 3: Use Puff paint to draw on eyes and nose and let dry for 24 hours. I would practice doing this on a scrap of paper first. I’ve found the easiest way to get the perfect nose is to squeeze the puff paint and draw a line that slightly curves up.

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Step 4: Dip a Q-tip in some blush and apply in a circular motion for some rosy looking cheeks.

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Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans!)




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Decorative Christmas Candies ( made from empty snuff cans) 

My husband is a dipper. You can spare us all the “it’s horrible for your health” talks. He knows and I know, so there’s nothing you’d be telling us that we don’t already know. I hate the amount of money we spend on chewing tobacco so I wanted to create something with the snuff cans that made me feel a like some of that money was going back in our pockets. So this year, instead of spending tons of money on Christmas decor I’m using up some of these snuff cans! I have two amazing DIY’s using snuff cans and first up are these Decorative Christmas Candies.

Here are a few ways you can use these Decorative Christmas Candies:

  • Lay them in a decorative bowl with some pine.
  • Glue on a loop of twine and use them as a Christmas ornament.
  • Glue some into a piece of garland.
  • Tie to the front of a Christmas gift OR use as Christmas gifts!

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Materials:

  • Empty Snuff cans ( If no one in your family chews snuff ask friends or co-workers.)
  • Fabric ( I found this beautiful red and white fabric with diagonal stripes at JOANN FABRICS. 1 yard will make about 12 candies)
  • Coffee ( Coffee dying fabric is optional)
  • Thin Twine
  • Rusty Jingle Bells ( 2 per candy)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

How to:

Step 1: I don’t have a picture of this but you are going to want to wash those cans first! I just wash mine with regular dish liquid in the sink. Make sure snuff cans are completely dry before you begin.

Step 2: Cut material into squares that are about 7 1/2 in. X 9 1/2 in. Lay can in the middle of the material, brand-side up, and neatly glue material to the back (brand side) of the can. Think like you are wrapping a gift but don’t do anything with the ends yet.

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Step 3: Cut two pieces of twine. Place a jingle bell on the twine and tie the twine around one end of the material bringing the jingle bell to the front and tie a bow. repeat this process with the other end.

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That’s it! They are literally that simple to make! Enjoy! =)



DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments

Pine Cone Ornaments

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DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments are a cute and inexpensive way to spruce up your home for the holidays. I gathered all my pine cones at a local park and I had plenty of mason jar rims laying around. These also make great gifts!

What you will need:

  • Lots and lots of mini pine cones ( I filled a brown paper lunch bag a little over half way and that made 10 ornaments)
  • Mason jar lids ( you only need the rims)
  • Red ribbon ( Depends on how many you make the amount you will need. I bought a few spolls of the $1 ribbon)
  • Sprigs of pine ( 1 sprig per ornament)
  • Fake snow and white glitter – optional

The how to: 

Step 1: Begin by gluing pine cones around the rim of the mason jar lids. The first few are the trickiest, you have to hold them in place for a minute or two until the glue dries and they stick. Once you get the first few to stick the rest go on much easier.

  • If the pine cones are closed it means they are damp. If you lay them on a cookie sheet for a few hours they should dry out and open back up. You can also put them in the microwave for a few seconds ONLY to open back up.

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Step 2: Once you finish gluing pine cones to the rim then begin gluing them around the front of the rim. Make sure to hold each pine cone in place for a few seconds so they stay secure.

  • You can pick off the excess glue when you are finished.

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Should look like this:

DIY canning jar

Step 3: Using a hot glue gun, embellish with sprig of pine and red bow for hanging. I also sprayed a little fake snow on them, this is optional.

pine cone ornament

Send us a face book message! – If you try these DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments I would love to hear from you!



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