In my neck of the woods, if we do get any snow, it’ll be in January. I always hope there will be enough for my son to be able to build a snowman. Snowmen are my favorite winter decoration. We made this adorable Snowman Doorstop, but we just use it as a simple decoration. He is adorable!
This is a really easy and fun craft that can be done, with a little help, by all ages.
Gather your supplies for your snowman:
Pick up a few keystone pavers at the hardware store: opt for the grey color ones
*White acrylic paint and a paintbrush (a 1 inch should do)
*Black Sharpie or black acrylic paint
*A wee bit of orange acrylic paint and maybe some pinkish color for the cheeks if you like.
*Small felt piece for the bottom of your snowman
*Small piece of polar fleece or whatever type of material you like for a scarf
*2 puffs for the earmuffs (for each snowman you are making)
*1 Chenille stem (pipe cleaner) for each snowman
*optional – some type of sealer
Lay out some newspaper or something to protect your work surface. Paint each paver using the white acrylic paint – one surface at a time – allowing for drying time in between (only about 20 minutes). I found it took about 3-4 coats of paint for complete coverage.
*You may want to seal your paver before you paint it — it would probably help so you wouldn’t have to paint so many coats of white. The pavers just suck up the paint. But it’s a good painting experience for little hands.
Let it dry.
Next comes the fun part. Get out your Sharpie or black paint and go to town. Outline or don’t outline – whatever you like. You can have any words you like or none at all. Color in some eyes and some coal pieces for a mouth. We drew the outline for the nose. Use your orange paint and paint in the nose. If you want cheek color, use a spot of pinkish acrylic paint. I didn’t have any so I used a dab of my Benefit Benetint rose-colored cheek and lip stain. :o) Whatever works, right?
After all the painting and designing is done, get your glue out and just smear (I hate that word) a little bit where you want your glitter – and then let your little ones glitter to their heart’s content. Let dry.
Time for some hot glue now – so this is a grown-up job. Cut your pipe cleaner to a good length that goes over the head of your snowman and down to the ears. Hot glue in place at the ears. Glue a puff-ball (ear muffs) over this. He’s looking pretty snappy already! Now get your fabric or knit something to a good length to make a scarf for your handsome snowman! Tie it on.
Last, but not least, cut a square of felt to fit the bottom and glue it on. This is just to protect any surface he will sit on.
Sit back and enjoy your creation without having to actually go out in the cold snow!
~ Of course your snow guy can be a snow girl as well. I would just add some “hair” and maybe a cute little tutu!
* I saw this craft a few years ago on Family.com and just changed things to make it my own.