Recycled Kool-Aid Container Snowman Craft

Christmas Craft Idea #1: A Recycled Kool-Aid Container Snowman!


Unfortunately, I cannot take full credit for this “cool” craft.  I saw it on Pinterest, and it is original to Better Homes and Gardens.  Here is the link.

The blue one on the left is mine, and the more traditional one on the right is my hubby’s.  We totally deviated from the original clothing and used a myriad of different materials to decorate our snowman and snow-woman.

These recycled drink mix container snowmen are a perfect and easy project. Adults and kids alike can decorate their own with buttons, yarn, paper, foam sheets, stickers, paint, and (dare I say it)glitter.


  • Recycled Drink Container
  • Foam Sheets
  • Buttons
  • Hot glue
  • Yarn
  • Markers
  • Popsicle stick


  • Hot glue gun (Be careful! Adult supervision required.)
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hook

1. Clean and dry your empty drink containers.

2. Plan your decorations:

My husband used buttons, foam sheets, markers, a hot glue gun, and scissors to make his snowman (on the right).

I used buttons for my face and crocheted a hat and scarf for my snow woman (on the left).

3. To decorate a snowman like the one here:

– Make a carrot nose by cutting a triangle from orange foam. Fold it in half and glue it together. Add wrinkle marks with a marker.

– Make coal pieces for the mouth by cutting rough circles from black foam sheet.

– Make a top hat by cutting a rectangle from the black foam sheet the desired height of the hat. The length should be the desired circumference. Cut two circles from the black foam sheet, one the diameter of the top of the hat and one larger for the brim. Cut a long rectangle about one-third of the height of the hat from the red foam sheet for the hat band. Hot glue the narrow ends of the black rectangle together. Hot glue the top of the hat to the top and the cap to the base. Hot glue the band on the hat. Add a decorative button with hot glue.

– Hot glue the hat, eye buttons, carrot nose, coal mouth, and chest buttons onto the container.

– My husband also made a Minecraft-inspired torch to go with his snowman using a Popsicle stick, foam sheets, hot glue, and markers. (The funny thing is that the snowman didn’t even melt!)

4. To decorate a snowwoman like the one here:

– Hot glue on buttons for the eyes and nose.

– For the hat: Use a 6.5 mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn.
Round 1: Ch 3. DC 12 in first chain. Sl st to top of beginning chain.
Round 2: Ch 2. DC 2 in each stitch around. Sl st to top of chain.
Round 3: Ch 2. DC 1 in each stitch around. Sl st to top of chain.
Round 4: Ch 2. [DC 1 in the next two stitches. Sk 1 stitch.] all the way around to fit the hat to the snow woman’s head.

Make a large pom-pom by wrapping yarn around the length of a playing card sized object over and over until desired fullness is reached. Cut end of yarn. Remove the yarn carefully and tie another piece of yarn around the middle of all of the yarn very tightly. Cut the loops on both ends, and trim the puff until it is relatively rounded.

For the scarf: Use a 6.5 mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn.
Ch 6.
Row 1: DC in third chain from hook. DC in next 3 chains. (4 stitches)
Row 2ff: Ch 2. Turn. DC in each stitch. (4 stitches)
Continue until desired length is achieved.
Add fringe by looping or tying short pieces of yarn to the ends of the scarf.
Wrap the scarf around the snow woman’s neck. Secure it by discretely tying the scarf together with a short piece of yarn around one stitch in each layer of scarf.

Crochet patterns were created by me, Elizabeth S. If you would like to share this pattern, please link back to this page.

Do you like using recycled materials in your holiday crafts?


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