Monday, December 17, 2012

DIY Snowman Gift

My 3 year old son keeps encouraging me to reduce, reuse, and recycle (seen on Bob the Builder), so I have been trying to reuse as many things as possible. My 8 month old eats Gerber Puffs a lot and we ended up with a lot of empty plastic containers.

Once we took the plastic label off, we ended up with a white container with a yellow lid. This is when the snowman idea was born. After the containers were cleaned, my son painted all of the lids with black acrylic paint. We glued Christmas ribbon around the 'neck' for a scarf.

Once the glue was dry I used a Sharpie marker to draw 2 eyes, a nose, and 3 buttons down the front. We cut out carrot shapes out of orange construction paper and glued them on for the nose. Our snowmen were complete!

I thought long and hard about what to fill the container with. I had planned on doing a chocolate chip cookie recipe, but the ingredients wouldn't fit. I decided on a shortbread cookie recipe which fit perfectly inside and the only ingredient that will need to be added is butter.  The recipe is 1.5 cups of all purpose flour, .75 cup of powdered sugar, and .25 tsp salt.  Mix ingredients together and add to the snowmen containers.

Add a tag (I used twine and construction paper) with the following instructions:  Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Add 1/2 cup of softened butter to the mixture and mix well.  Press firmly into a 8 inch pie pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.  Cut into 16 wedges while warm.  Enjoy.

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  1. Very cute Leah. I know Zackary had a blast helping you!

    1. He did love it, but unfortunately he was sick so couldn't help putting the ingredients inside.


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