Do you want to build a snowman? There isn’t a parent, or a Disney fan out there who doesn’t understand that reference to the movie Frozen. But at Workman’s Friend we really do want to build a snowman, though in sunny and warm Texas that can be a bit difficult. So, we’re hoping to build a snowman using craft items. The following is a few examples of how to construct a miniature version of a snowman using items found around your house or at your local craft store. Not only are these crafty snowmen fun to build for adults, but they’re also a great family activity and appropriate for all ages.
If you’ve ever wondered what to do with those leftover wine bottle corks, the solution is to make snowmen out of them. This is a fun craft for children who are in middle school or slightly younger. You will need the following supplies:
- Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream
- Corks (any type of wine cork will work)
- White acrylic paint
- Craft wire or a similar thin wire
- Pipe cleaners in various colors
- Felt in assorted colors
- Black & orange pens
- White craft glue or a hot glue gun
Begin by applying a thin layer of Workman’s Friend barrier skin cream to your hands. It will keep them soft as you work on your snowmen and will make the clean-up painless. Now, add craft wire to the top of each of your wine bottle corks. Not only will it allow you to hang your finished design on the tree but it will act like a handle as you decorate it. Then paint the corks white using your acrylic paint. While they are drying take a single pipe cleaner and make a small set of earmuffs with it. This is done by twisting the end of the cleaner into a snail-like curl. Then measure it over the width of the top of your cork. Take the other end of the pipe cleaner and twist it too. Cut any excess off and glue your ear muffs onto your snowman using your hot glue gun. Reach for your felt, cut a thin strip of it, to create a scarf and tie it around the cork neck of each one. Using your black pen draw the eyes, mouth, and button of your snowman, don’t forget to use the orange one to create the carrot nose.
Paper Plate Snowmen
This is an extremely easy craft designed for preschoolers and parents who never quite got the hang of crafting in school. You will need the following supplies:
- 2 Paper plates
- Black, orange, purple, and yellow paper
- Glue or Tape
- Big googly eyes
All of these items can be purchased at your local craft store. Remember before you begin any cutting, gluing, or coloring apply a thin layer of Workman’s Friend barrier skin cream to your hands. They’re about to get gooey, sticky and stained. Nothing does a better job at protecting them than Workman’s Friend.
Begin by flipping one plate over and taping it to another plate that is facing up. Put 4 strips of tape on the back of the first plate and then roll up some pieces to put in the front so it will anchor properly. Cut out some buttons, a nose, mittens, a scarf, and boots using your different colored paper. Often it’s easier to have these decorations cut in advance so the kids can simply glue or tape them on their own. Finally don’t forget the googly eyes, they are very important and transform your child’s paper plates into a legitimate snowman.
Don’t forget, once you’ve completed your craft, simply rinse or wipe your hands off with a clean cloth. No sticky residue from glue or tape, all thanks to Workman’s Friend barrier skin cream.
Snowmen Stick Puppets
Not only will this craft keep your children busy as they construct it but it will entertain them afterwards. Get ready for a lot of holiday puppet shows this season! You will need the following supplies to build your snowmen:
- white heavy cardstock paper
- 2 white cupcake liners
- jumbo craft sticks
- googly eyes
- black hole punch circles
- orange triangle nose
You’re not ready to begin building your snowmen stick puppets until you apply a thin layer of our Workman’s Friend barrier skin cream. Then start creating your masterpieces by gluing your two white cupcake liners to your cardstock paper. Make sure the liners overlap a bit to replicate the snowman body. Using a pair of scissors cut the glued liners out of the cardstock paper. Pour a generous amount of the glue half way down your jumbo craft stick and attach your snowman to the stick. Let it dry. It usually takes approximately 30 minutes for that to happen. Then decorate your snowman by gluing your googly eyes, and the black hole punch circles as buttons and a mouth. Don’t forget to add a piece of ribbon around the neck as his scarf and glue his large googly eyes to his face.
Once you’re done with all that gluing your children have not only created a craft but a puppet or two to host a show later on. All that’s left for you is a quick rinse or wipe of your hands and you’re done!
Build a snowman
Beyond the gluing, cutting, and coloring involved in building these snowmen crafts, there is something more valuable being created and that is memories. Whether you produce works of art or snowmen that will end up in the garbage before New Year’s Eve what is most important is that you took time with your children to listen, laugh, and work together. There is no better way to spend your time. So, yes, you do want to build a snowman.
Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream is light-weight and odorless product. Apply a dime-sized portion of our non-greasy, formula on each hand. Then rub them together to ensure the cream has been properly absorbed.