Looking for a good cold day craft? These little snowmen are so easy to make. Plus, it's a craft the whole family can help with. The supplies are really inexpensive and the end product adorable. Here are the step by step instructions to build your own set of snowmen:
What you'll need:
- Wooden blocks. (We used generic tumbling tower/jumbling tower blocks from the local big box store. These typically come 48 to a box for about $5.)
- White acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- 1 large nail and a hammer
- 3/4 inch screw eyes - one per snowman
- Permanent markers - black and orange
- 6-inch-by-1/2-inch piece of scrap fabric or ribbon for each snowman's scarf
- 6-inch piece of twine or sisal string - one per snowman
- Glue gun, glue dots, or tacky glue to secure scarf
- Wax paper to cover your work surface (wet blocks will stick to newspaper)
- Small piece of sandpaper to finish edges
- Paint the wooden block on all sides with white acrylic paint.
- If there are any messy edges, use a small piece of fine sandpaper to fix the edges. You can also use the sandpaper to make the snowmen look a bit distressed if you like that look!
- Insert a screw into the top of each block. We first made a starter hole with a hammer and large nail, and then screwed in the screw eye.
- Using the permanent markers, draw on your snowman's face and dots down his front.
- Tie a scarf around the block just below the face. We used thin strips of fabric that were easier to work with than stiff ribbon. It's a great way to use up extra crafting supplies if you have leftovers lying around.
- Add a dot of hot glue under the fabric so the scarf stays in place. (A glue dot or tacky glue would work as well.)
- Tie a piece of string through the screw eye on top, and your snowman is ready for display!
The finished snowmen make great present toppers or ornaments. You could even take it a step further and personalize them for place cards for holiday meals. Add them to a gift card for your child's teacher for a personal touch. My daughter's Girl Scout troop just had a table at a craft fair to raise money and her snowmen were a popular item at the fair!
The possibilities are endless for these little guys and I hope you have as much fun making them as we did. Happy snowman making!
Joan Scovic is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Palatine-Barring10ton, Ill.