Baby Food Jar Santa Candy Jar

This is a vintage pattern that I used many years ago, but is still a popular recycle craft. It is a Santa candy jar made from a baby food jar.


  • red and white felt
  • red and white pompoms
  • 5 cotton balls
  • baby food jar with lid
  • white glue or hot glue gun
  • 6MM wiggly eyes


Trace patterns pieces on light cardboard. Lay on felt and trace around with ball point pen and cut out. Spread glue around edge of jar lid. Position base of hat over glue. Spread more glue over base of hat and add white strip for "fur". Let dry completely. Spread a thin line of glue along side edge of hat for a couple inches from tip toward the base. Line up edges and press together. Use clips, if necessary, to hold the pieces together until the glue is dry. Pull point of hat down to cover gap where lid shows and glue to edge of hat and glue to the edge of the hat. Glue white pom pom to the edge of the hat.

Spread glue on glass and position the cotton balls for the beard as shown. Position mouth behind Santa's mustache and glue in place. Glue mustache in place above the beard, leaving room for the red pom pom nose and eyes. Glue nose and eyes in position. Fill jar with peppermint or cinnamon candies. To protect the beard while storing or shipping, slip candy jars into individual plastic sandwich bags.


By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas

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About The Author: Harlean Greathouse is a mother of three who has been married for 45 years. Long time readers of ThriftyFun will probably recognize her as Harlean from Arkansas, the name she has posted under as a valuable member of the ThriftyFun community. She specializes in wood crafts and enjoys designing crafts using recyclable materials, knitting, crochet and has been an arts and crafts vendor for over 35 years.

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December 20, 20081 found this helpful

Love it!

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February 11, 20090 found this helpful

I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed the craft patterns that you've shared with us. Thank You!

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November 19, 20110 found this helpful

Very cute! my mom used felt instead of cotton balls and she made them when we (kids) were little and every year our Santa candy jar was filled with Christmas colored M&Ms.


It's a very special tradition that I love still.

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November 17, 20130 found this helpful

This is a kickback from the 70s and I still love it. I will be making these with the little kids I work with.,

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September 26, 20190 found this helpful

Trying to find instructions for sizes of felt pieces. Can you assist me with that? Want to make these for our local fire department,as well as friends. Thank you in advance. Lisa Lammert

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