I love snowmen and am so excited that my 2 year old seems to share this love. Snowmen are great because they aren’t attached to one religious tradition or specific culture. This craft is a easy and relatively mess free way to add sparkles to your holiday decor. Have fun making this snowman craft for kids with this easy tutorial.
- Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
- Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
- While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
- Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
- Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
- Add some sequins.
- Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
- Cut out the middle of the plate.
- Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
- Add the face pieces.
- Add the button eyes.
- While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
- Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
- Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.
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As always, this is super cute. Now I can’t wait for my mom to get here with paper plates so we can try it out!
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I LOVE SNOWMEN! We will do this for sure! Thank you:)
Oh how fun! And the love the look of concentration on his face. =) I’ll be linking.
What a fun craft! Tahnk you for sharing!
oh amanda @impress your kids says
I love this! My daughter adores glitter…I’m sure we’ll be making this!
Glamour Moms says
OMIGOSH this is sooo cute!! I am going to have to try this one too!!
We did it! My son loves it. He had to add arms and legs of course. Come and see on my blog!
I LOVE it! I’m always looking for new craft ideas for my 2 year old. He’s going to be so excited to make this! Thank you for sharing!
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Great idea!!You can also use a page protector instead of contact paper. After filling his belly with faux snow and glitter and whatever else you want, seal up the top with packing tape and tape it inside of the paper plate. That way the snowglobe fillings will move around when the kids shake them. Thank you! Def on my winter craft to do list!
WOW! I love this! Can’t wait to try it out with my grandkids!!!!
Really love this, but just a heads up that they are attached to a specific culture, mostly European and american as in most of the southern hemisphere it does not snow at Christmas and here in Australia we do not associate snowmen with Christmas.
Allison McDonald says
You are right I should have said they aren’t attached to a specific religious tradition. Of course there are no snowmen at Christmas during the summer!
Hi, great idea. Hope to share next month on my parenting page , http://www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach – thank you!
what is a page protector? Do y mean laminate paper?
Allison McDonald says
Similar. A page protector is a thin clear sleeve you can slide a page into to protect it much like lamination.
This is a really fun idea!! All ages can participate in this one. Thanks!!
I was thinking that a sand witch baggie would work better, in terms of letting the glitter and sprinkles move around. I would definitely make sure the baggie was secure and then put clear packaging tape over the seal. I would probably fold the seal down and tape it again. I used the baggie method several years ago to make these squeeze bags with my class. They had shaving cream and hair gel, glitter and sequins in them, and with that taping method I described above, we didn’t have any leaks!
Can you use was paper instead of contract paper? I can not find it any where… I love the cute idea though
Allison McDonald says
A better sub would be a ziploc bag with glitter inside!