Use @Elmers to create DIY frugal Snowman Lanterns from recycled bottles #ElmersHoliday #GlueNGlitter #cbias

The holiday season is here!  This year has been pretty eventful in our household so I am trying to help the kids to spread the true spirit of Christmas & constantly reminding them that Christmas is not about how much money we spend.  Instead we are helping them to focus on the fact that  Christmas is about doing things for others no matter how big or small it seems.  I have seen these adorable Snowman lanterns and decided that these would be perfect to give to teachers & hostesses for Christmas!

Walmart is a great place for one-stop shopping.  I was able to search for gifts, craft supplies, and more without dragging the boys from store to store.  I won’t lie that I love shopping at Hobby Lobby & Michael’s, but only when I have a 40% coupon does it make it worth going.  However, then I feel like I can only purchase one item at a time, which makes me make several trips to those craft stores.  As far as Walmart, with so many departments it just makes it easier for me to find exactly what I need at a reasonable price.  My only complaint is that the Elmer’s craft supplies, scrapbooking, and similar items could be located in the actual department that has a sign that says “Crafts & Sewing” rather than in between the party supplies & stationary.   It is misleading to have to go to 2 sections that should be combined.

 

Supplies:  

What is so great is that many of the supplies you may already have laying around the house, but here is the list of what I used to create them.  I used Elmer’s Painters Markers & Elmer’s CraftBond glue spots for Halloween and fell in love with them, but some of the other products were new to me.  Feel free to search your junk drawer & craft boxes/baskets/etc to eliminate the need to buy everything on the list.  However, I can’t say enough about having craft items on hand that you find reliable & consistent.  Sometimes it is worth splurging a little!

Unit Price to make each snowman lanterns = $4.60 
*please note that some of those items (i.e. scissors, glue spots, etc…) will go will beyond just creating the snowman, which makes for an added bargain!

Directions:

Collect empty bottles around the house

We used Pomegranate juice, single serving juice, family size juice, gatorade, & a water bottle, but use what you have available

 

Remove the caps to get ready to paint them

Replace the “top hat” caps after painting

We used Painters Markers in black. However, based on the coverage needed you may have to use spray paint or even black tissue paper.

Use orange Painters Markers to color the fishing sinkers into carrots

Use Elmer’s CraftBond Flexible tip glue pen to apply tissue paper.

My husband preferred to put it directly on paper while I liked to put it on bottle & add paper.

Just figure out what works best for you. Optionally, you could use Elmer’s school glue or glue all

 

 

 

Use Elmer’s Glue Spots to apply buttons for eyes, mouth, & coat

 

 

Ta da!

 To see more images of our Walmart shopping experience & creating the project, check out my Snowman Lantern album on Google+

 

 one lucky reader can win the ENTIRE Elmer’s Memory Keeping Wall from Walmart (that’s a $250 value!)

 

 

 

*For more information about companies & products included check out these links:

www.elmers.com
www.facebook.com/elmers
http://twitter.com/elmers
www.facebook.com/xacto

Please note: This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #ElmersHoliday #gluenglitter #collectivebias #CBias  However, as always I provided my honest opinion for this post.

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  1. What a great idea!! I love it!!
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  2. Those are really cool. They look great and I love you are recycling old plastic bottles!
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  3. Very cute! I love the idea of using items you already had in your home to make these snowmen!
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  4. Great idea for using plastic bottles – these would be perfect for the kids to do over their winter break.
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  5. I love that there’s an entire family of snowpeople! It looks great!
    Amy @ The Mom Hood recently posted..Holiday outdoor decorating #KmartHoliday #cbias

  6. You have made great use of the bottles, like so you can make use of bottle caps too.

  7. Very cute! We started to make snowmen like this, but haven’t finished them yet. Ours weren’t lanterns, though! Very cool and still appropriate even after Christmas!
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  8. I love this craft so much. I will have to make these soon. Thanks for the instructions.
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