I really wanted to make these adorable little Snowman Milk Bottles that Pottery Barn Kids has featured in the magazines for the past two years. I wanted to make them last year and didn’t get a chance and so this year I was totally in.
These are so easy to make and they couldn’t be cuter for a little party or I think they are nice enough to use for Christmas Dinner for the kiddos.
My girls LOVED these milk bottles. We have used these bottles a few times now- the girls get really excited each time and even though I am giving them plain milk they have informed me it tastes better in the bottles ;).
These are so cute in person and as some of ya’ll know, I tend to make lots of little crafty things and treats for my kiddos. This was the first time my husband actually said- “Hey those are really neat.” So high, high praise all around.
And here is how I made them- this is a super cheap craft once you have the little milk bottles. I think these bottles are totally worth buying because you won’t believe how many times I have recycled these bottles. They just go straight in the dishwasher and viola! Good as new.
You can save these Snowman ones for next Christmas or just pop the buttons off with a butter knife and pull off the felt scarf and back in the dishwasher and done! Plain bottle for your next celebration.
To dress them up as snowmen you need:
- Buttons or candies or poms (I found little packs of buttons for $.99 at Joann’s)
- Hot Glue Gun (mine was $5 about 10 years ago- seriously)
- Cute Straws (I get mine from Amazon in bulk but Target also has them)
- Piece of felt or fabric (my felt was $.25 per sheet at Joann’s)
- Milk Bottles – these are just Frappucino bottles that you buy at the grocery store and remove the label. I prefer the Archer Farms version from Target because the labels are super easy to peel off and they tend to be a little cheaper then Starbucks. Mine were 4 for $3.99.)
And now you simply empty or drink those little coffee drinks and wash the bottles.
Use your hot glue gun to adhere the little buttons to the bottle to look like buttons on a shirt. You can also use hard candies or poms or whatever you have. Considering my children would likely chew any candy off – glue and all- I figured I would use real buttons.
Next take your piece of felt and cut a long strip about 1 inch thick the long way (11″ side). Once you have the strip just cut the bottoms in about a 1/2 inch or so strip to look like a scarf- like this:
And PS these will fit an Elf on the Shelf if you want to make an extra. You might want to trim off an inch or two or cut the short side (the 8.5″ inch side of the felt).
And now just loop it around the top of the bottle. You can hot glue it if needed- I did not hot glue one bottle but the second bottle needed just a tiny dab of glue to stay flat.
Here is what mine look like:
And I actually made little snowmen doughnuts to go with our bottles. These are really perfect if you plan to see Frozen in theaters because the snowman looks a bit like Olaf from the movie.
To make the snowman is super easy- stack two doughnuts on top of each other. Add a dab of black frosting to a third doughnut for eyes. Next pop in a tiny orange candy or even a carefully sliced piece of carrot. I used an orange Tic Tac. Next just prop the head on top. I used a toothpick to get it to stay upright.
And how cute is that? Perfect for treats before Christmas or leave these out for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Your kids are going to love these and they really go just take a few seconds to make.
Here are a few other fun children’s treats for the holidays: