Water Jug Snowmen Light Decorations


Our family loves to go camping.  We go several times a year.  This year we decided to go camping for 8 days during Thanksgiving.  Even our campsite and our camper has water hookup I am still picky about using it so I bring our own water for drinking and to cook with.  As you can imagine we go through a lot of water in 8 days.  Even though the campsite offers recycling I decided to recycle differently by keeping some of the used water jugs.  Sure my husband was not happy about all these water jugs piled up under our camper but I just couldn’t resist.


I was hoarding these water jugs so that my kids and I could use them in a craft.  I wanted to make a snowman family using these jugs.  Each one of us would have a water jug to decorate and when we were done they would light up! 



Empty and dry clear water jug

Sharpie markers

X-Acto knife

Clear Christmas lights


First, make sure your water jug is empty and dried out. Do this by keeping the top off and turning it upside down for at least a day.  Next, decorate (the opposite side of the water jug that has the handle) your snowman with Sharpie Markers.  ** Tip if you do make a mistake with the markers you can use nail polish remover on a cotton ball and wipe off the marker and start over. Using an X-Acto knife cut a large square at the bottom back side (opposite side of the snowman’s face) of the water jug.  Finally, once you find a place to display it add your Christmas lights inside the back opening of the water jug and enjoy! 


I love how our snowman family turned out. All of us decorated our own except for the baby (I decorated his).  Then I lined them up with my husband and I first and then the birth order of our kids on a shelf by our front door so when anyone who comes in our home can enjoy them.  Since doing so I have had many compliments.  They are best enjoyed at night when the lights are off because they glow through the jug and the snowman faces are bright and clear!  Have you recycled anything this year and used them in a Christmas craft? If so I would love to hear all about it! 


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  1. Those are so super cute! I absolutely adore crafts like this that are easy and have a homey feely to them.

  2. Oh look at their happy faces. How cute! I think these will be awesome additions to the outdoor decorations.

  3. How cute are these? Such an easy and fun craft to do with the kids! They’re sure to love doing this.

  4. These are so cute and seemingly easy to make. I think my kids would enjoy making these for the winter!

  5. They are so cute! Such a great idea! Great project to do with the kids!

  6. My son would think these are so fun. We haven’;t done many winter crafts – we need to start!

  7. This turned out so adorable. I think I’ll make this with my boys!

  8. I think this such a cute Christmas craft. What a great way to reuse empty water jugs.

  9. Alicia Gonzalez says:

    This is so clever! Can you believe we’ve never been camping? But we’d still love to do this. It’s so cute and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  10. These are precious! I wish we had time to make them for Christmas. I will have to Pin it to remember for next year!

  11. These are so cute at night when lit up. My grandparents did this one year and it looked so good in the snow.

  12. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Awesome idea! That is a great way to make use of those empty milk/water jugs. That would also be a nice DIY craft for Halloween decorations next year.

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