It’s Day Three of the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas and we’re sharing Snowman Crafts!
Our Icy The Snowman Craft is probably one of my favorite crafts from this year. We have quite the love affair with snowmen in our home. I made this Chilly The Snowman ornament for my exchange partner several years ago and have wanted to make one for myself ever since. Icy The Snowman is finally here! Chilly’s big brother!
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How To Make An Authentic Looking Snowman Craft
- Three Styrofoam balls (I used these) (4″, 3″ 2 1/2″)
- Epsom Salts
- Three round wood toothpicks (one for his nose)
- Mini black felt craft top hat
- Orange Color pencil
- One Holly Berry Button (Hobby Lobby)
- Glitter Ribbon
- E6000 glue
- Mod Podge
- Two black buttons
- Berry floral pick
- DecoArt Black Acrylic Paint
- Small piece of scrap fabric for scarf
- Small piece of felt
Icy The Snowman is a fun home decor craft to make especially if you enjoy working with Mod Podge. Let’s get started.
First, I sliced a thin piece to create a flat edge on top and bottom of the two largest foam balls. Create a flat edge on only one side of the smallest ball for the head. Notice in the picture above how thin the piece is I cut off.
We need a flat bottom which will allow our snowman craft to sit alone and be used in a holiday decor vignette. The remaining flat sides allow the pieces to fit more comfortable as shown in photo above.
I used E6000 glue to attach the three styrofoam balls together.
Now I am ready to begin adding my snow aka Mod Podge and Epsom Salts which is the fun part for me. It is messy so I place my project inside of a box to catch the snow as it falls.
I began at the top and worked my way down and around painting on the Mod Podge with a brush in small sections. As each small section was painted I would shake the Epsom Salt onto the glue using the cup shown above allowing the excess salts to fall into the box.
Just as with any Mod Podge project, I kept a small cup of water handy to place my brush into from time to time. The salt crystals will build up on the brush and need to be removed occasionally. Clean the brush by swishing around in the water and wiping on paper toweling.
Icy is made up of two coats of snow. Allow ample drying time between coats. I allowed mine to dry overnight before adding the second layer of snow.
After the second layer of snow had dried, I added two top layers of Mod Podge as a sealer allowing a couple hours drying time between each. These are the layers which give Icy his name.
Making the Nose and Hat
It doesn’t get much easier than a toothpick nose! I used an orange coloring pencil to color the end of the toothpick. Then I used my snips to make a clean cut the length I needed for Icy’s nose. His nose is simply pushed into place.
I actually have a small arsenal of these mini top hats in my craft room. They were ordered by mistake several years ago and rather than send them back, I thought they were so cute, I’d surely come up with a way to use them. Fast forward a few years (do you see the humor?) and I finally found a way to use one of them!
Icy’s hat is my favorite thing about him. It is such an easy task. Simply cut the glitter ribbon to fit. Glue the ribbon on with E6000. Then glue the pretty little Holly Button on. Now add some icy snow using Mod Podge and Epsom salt.
Making the eyes
Icy’s eyes are a couple of little berries from a Fall floral pick in my stash. Using toothpicks I simply rolled the berries around in a tiny bit of black paint. Then stuck them into a piece of Styrofoam to dry. His eyes are then attached using a dab of Mod Podge glue.
Finally Icy needs a plaid scarf.
We are incorporating plaid decor all throughout our home this Christmas and Icy is a part of that process. The fabric I selected for his scarf is a scrap piece left from the Cone Christmas Tree shown in the photos. Both Icy and the tree will be a part of my Hot Cocoa Bar vignette coming on Day Seven.
The edges of his scarf did get a little hem on the sewing machine but that really isn’t necessary. He would have been fine with a scrappy scarf.
Because Icy is part of our decor, I glued a small piece of felt to his bottom to protect the furniture from scratches.
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