Snowman Craft Ideas

Looking for snowman craft ideas for kids? Try this easy project, using polymer clay.

These can be completed even by young kids in part of an afternoon. Each one of the snowmen turn out a bit different. You can even make a partially melted one! 

Age: 7 and up

Difficulty: Easy

Time Scale: 2 out of 5

easy-polymer-clay-snowmen

Supplies:

  • white sculpey®
  • small amount of orange and blue sculpey®
  • small black beads
  • Buttons or black beads
  • light gauge Wire
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • tin foil
  • 1 inch x 6 inch piece of flannel material for scarf (or use sculpey)
  • Small sticks from bush
  • hot glue gun or white glue (age appropriate)
  • needle shaped sculpting tool or skewer stick
  • pasta machine (not necessary if you don't have one)
  • roller or rolling pin if you don't have a pasta machine

NOTE: *Do not use rolling pin for food products later.


Thanks to my niece Kimberley and my Great nieces Rebecca and Amy for using their snowman craft ideas to create these.

Start by conditioning the white polymer clay. This is Sculpey® original which is quite soft and easy to work with.

Run through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. If you don't have a pasta machine, just roll the sculpey out on the counter. 

Flatten-clay-in-pasta-machine

Decide what size of clay snowman you would like to make. Small ones can be balls of sculpey rolled up. If making one larger than marble size, roll tin foil into 3 different sized balls. Actually, you can make this however you want, using your own snowman craft ideas. Three balls together, four or maybe just two. It is fun to come up with your own design.

After running the clay through the pasta machine, wrap it around the tin foil balls.

Stack the balls together. Biggest one on the bottom, medium in the middle and smallest one on top. (If you decide to use the standard 3 balls that is)

Stack-balls-of-clay

Use a needle end sculpting tool or skewer stick to poke a small hole in the top ball. Cut a wire to about 3 inches long. Loop around and twist the ends together using pliers. Poke this into the hole in the head. If you will be adding a hat to your frosty, make that first and put it on, before you make the hole.

Add black beads for the mouth.

Use a small amount of orange sculpey and shape into a carrot shape. Attach to the face of the snowman.

Add two small black beads for the eyes. Now use either black beads or buttons for down the front of the body. If using buttons, push into the clay slightly and then remove, just to make a bit of an indentation.
They will be glued on after baking the piece.

The scarf can be made either from the sculpey or a piece of material can be cut, to tie on the neck of the clay snowman later. Rebecca chose to use material and Amy used sculpey. If using sculpey, make the scarf and add now.

Use some very small, thin branches that are 2-3 inches long for the arms. Poke them into the sides of the body and then remove, until after baking.

While making their creations, one of the snowman craft ideas was to make partially melted snowmen. First a blob of snow was made and then a ball for the head and maybe another one for part of the melted body. The stick arms, sculpey nose and bead eyes were put on the melted blob. Poor snowmen have certainly seen colder days!! They are melting away!!

Bake in a preheated oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness. Directions will vary depending on the brand of polymer clay you have chosen, so check the instructions. Don't overcook or these little critters will look like they were rolling around in the mud.

Cool and then attach the arms using hot glue. Younger kids should use white glue to avoid burnt fingers!

Don't forget, when using a hot glue gun, have a glass of cold water sitting nearby. (Saved me from blisters just today!)

Another way to avoid burns is to hold your piece that you want to glue, with pliers to keep your fingers well away from the glue gun.

Hot-glue-buttons-on

Add the buttons now if that was your choice for the front of the clay snowman. 

Tie the scarf on now, if you chose to use material.

These are so easy and fun you may want to use your snowman craft ideas to make a whole collection.

Variety-of-sculpey-snowmen

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