Adorable craft stick snowman ornaments for the Christmas tree: a simple snowman craft that’s easy enough for preschoolers, but so cute that kids of all ages will fall for it!
The hooligans have made a LOT of craft stick ornaments in my daycare over the years, and these simple snowmen ornaments are always a favourite. They’re easy for young children to make, and require just a few basic craft supplies that you already have around the house.
Using common household supplies and materials when you’re crafting with kids makes craft time easy, and keeps costs down. Styrofoam produce trays, yogurt cups, stir sticks, plastic straws, cereal boxes, cardboard tubes, paper bags and tissue paper are all highly prized items here when it comes to craft-time.
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.
Use free or cheap essentials as the “bones” for your kids’ craft projects, and visit 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.
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-turned 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. You can cut your noses narrower than I cut mine. 🙂
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?
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.