I love snowmen. You can make them different sizes, and decorate them all different ways.
I'm going to show you how to make your own snowman indoors.
Craft Supply List:
- 3 Different Sizes of Styrofoam Balls, and a Flat Base *You can find multipacks of styrofoam balls in different craft stores.
- Stick Pins
- Scrap Cloth Material, or Felt
- 2-3 Small Buttons
- Glue Sticks, and a Hot Glue Gun
- 2 Small Sticks From Outside
- Wooden Toothpicks
- 2 Different Sized Caps From Milk, Juice, or a Water Bottle
- Orange Acrylic Paint, or Yellow and Red
- Black Acrylic Paint, or 2 Dark Colors Make a Black
- A Small Paint Brush
- 4 Cotton Balls
- Let's make a Snowman!
I got a set of styrofoam balls. That was way cheaper, than buying them individually.
You're going to want some wooden toothpicks to help the snowman stay together.
It will kind of look like the below picture when we're all done, but decorated.
Now That We've Shown You the Basics of What Mr. Snowman Will Look Like, Let's Get Started!
Make a carrot nose. You can do this different ways. Sculpey is an easy clay that can be molded, and baked. Craft stores have colored Sculpey, so you can skip painting it orange if you'd like.
I was making holiday sugar cookies, and had a little extra dough. I molded it as close to a carrot as it would get, and baked it with the rest of the cookies. It was harder than the cookies because it was so small, which was wonderful because it was easier to sand down.
Whatever way you choose to make the carrot nose, make sure a wooden toothpick is in there before you bake it.
As you can see I had to sand it down a lot!
Paint the carrot nose orange. If you used orange clay you can skip this step. Just a refresher for those non artists: Yellow and red make orange. You don't need much to paint a snowman's nose.
The toothpick is there to poke into the styrofoam, but it's also handy to hang onto to paint it.
Start glueing things together.
My son Isaak got introduced to the hot glue gun. He's in 4th grade. He loved using it. I helped him. Talk about safety before it is used. For younger children, parents will need to do this step.
We took Mr. Snowman apart just to add glue to the toothpicks. Now he won't come apart so easily. Styrofoam can melt with hot glue. What we did was pt the glue on the toothpicks, let it cool for a few seconds before putting it together. It's ok if it's not perfectly aligned. What snowman is?
Cut the toothpick to insert the carrot nose. The toothpick was a little long, so we trimmed it with a fingernail trimmer. It worked great! Glue it, and attach it.
Add stick pins for the eyes, and mouth.
Add a scarf with scrap fabric, or felt. We used scrap fabric, but had to hand sew some pieces together. If you have longer scraps, or felt no sewing is necessary. Cut it to look like a scarf.
Get two bottle caps for Mr. Snowman's hat. We used a blue milk cap, and an Almond Milk Cap. The Almond Milk Cap had a lip around it, which helped in the gluing process. You'll want the two caps to be different sizes.
Fill the bottom cap most of the way with glue to attach it to the snowman's head. Then attach the other cap on top of that cap.
Find 2 to 3 buttons, or something else small and round that would work for the snowman's buttons. You could even use small washers. Attach them with hot glue.
Here's Mr. Snowman so Far:
This is why I need my son: I said, "We're done!" He said, "No! The snowman needs arms!" He wanted to add toothpicks for arms. I said, "Can you go outside to get a small stick?" He did. We just tore one stick in 1/2 for Mr. Snowman's arms.
Since I had sandpaper out, I sanded the ends that went into the styrofoam. It worked great. We put a little hot glue on the ends to help them stay in.
We pulled apart cotton balls to add to the base with some hot glue.
My Son Loves His Snowman!
Paint the top with black paint, or mix two dark colors to make a black. Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue mixed together make a nice black.
If the paint repels, add a drop of hand soap into the paint. That helps it stick.
What We Liked About the Craft:
- It's great for a wide age range of children.
- Boys and girls will like making it.
- It was easy! I think it took me longer to write the post, and go through pictures than it did to make the craft.
- It's light weight.
- It's not expensive.
- The snowman could be decorated many different ways. This craft isn't limiting.
What We Disliked About the Craft:
- Nothing really. It was fun!