Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments (and tips for crafting on a budget).
If you popped in earlier this week, you’ll know that we’ve started crafting for Christmas! It’s early, I know, but many of you have told me that you like to plan ahead, so we’ve dusted off our holiday craft supplies, and we’re all geared up to inspire you!
Did you see the Coffee Filter Christmas Trees we made the other day? They were really easy to make and very pretty – a perfect Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. They provided a great lesson in water absorption and colour-mixing too! Today we’re making Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments! These snowmen are easy for young children to make too, using basic craft supplies. And just look at them! Won’t they look adorable on your Christmas tree?
Crafting on a budget:
If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you likely know that I like to keep things easy and affordable when it comes to crafting. We generally use things that can be found around the house, or in nature, or in our recycle bin.
Crafting with kids doesn’t have to be fancy, and you can keep costs down by using common household items. Styrofoam produce trays, yogurt cups, stir sticks, plastic straws, cereal boxes, cardboard tubes, paper bags and tissue paper are all highly prized items here! Keep your eyes open at thrift shops and second-hand stores for ribbons, buttons, yarn, beads, artificial flowers and fabric scraps. And before you throw something in the recycle bin, ask yourself if you can use it for crafting. By using free or cheap essentials as the “bones” for your kids’ craft projects, you’ll can hit the dollar store for a few key craft supplies like googly eyes, foam shapes, pompoms, gems, paints, glue and pipe cleaners, and you’ll be able to craft right along with us.
Ok, let’s make ourselves a snowman craft!
Supplies for craft stick snowman ornaments:
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- jumbo craft sticks
- white paint
- googly eyes
- fabric scraps (or ribbons, bias tape, trim etc)
- black tissue paper
- white glue
- orange craft foam (or felt or paper)
Making your Snowman Ornaments:
Before we got started, the hooligans explored the fabric and ribbons, and played around in the bowls of buttons and googly eyes. While I cut their chosen fabric into strips for their scarves, they painted their craft sticks.
There was a bit of a wait while the paint dried, so they messed around in the buttons again, and then they spied the scissors in the craft bucket, and wanted to do some cutting. I gave them some thin strips of paper, and they worked on their scissor skills for a few minutes while I dried the craft sticks with a hair dryer.
Before moving on to the next step, I tied the fabric scarves around the craft stick. A preschooler could likely do this herself, but my 2′s and just-3′s haven’t worked on “tying” yet.
With their scarves on, we were ready to decorate our snowmen. The hooligans glued on their buttons and googly eyes, and their carrot noses. In hind-sight the noses look more like duck beaks than carrots. Cut your orange pieces narrower than I cut mine.
And for the final touch – the hat! When I was planning this craft I was a little stumped about what to use for the snowman’s hat. But it eventually hit me – tissue paper. The hooligans glue crumpled up tissue paper the tops of their craft sticks.
To finish, I used a glue gun to attached a loop of silver yarn to the back of each stick.
And that, my lovelies, is all there is to making our craft stick snowman ornaments! What do you think?