Thank God for Martha Stewart, is all I have to say. Poor tired mothers like me whose creative prowess flew south for the winter some time after baby #2, maybe never to return, can turn to her for cheap and easy craft projects your kiddos will love. Rummage through your recycle bin for glass jars with good, tight-fitting lids, wash them thoroughly and fill with water. Sand the lid a bit to rough up the metal, then use an epoxy glue to affix a small figurine to the lid (I grabbed a bag of old wood ornaments from an antique store for $2 a few years back). Add a pinch of coarse grain glitter, a drop or two of glycerine (available at most drug stores) and voila! your kids think you are a creative genius.
Caution: What these pics don't depict is the sad scene that awaited us next morn...Santa ornament had literally disintegrated overnight, succumbing to a watery grave, limbs floating every which way. It was a tad disturbing and there were tears. Next time we'll use plastic or metal.