by Scraptivity, Berlin
Did you see that tease of snow we had the other day?! How exciting and scary is that? The air has a bite in it and is making us dig out the hats, scarves, mittens and boots. I'm not quite ready for full blown winter yet but the yard covered in a sprinkling of sparkling white makes me think about snowmen. Get out the glitter and glisten! It's time to get ready. This weeks craft will also double as your Christmas decoration.
2 Styrofoam balls
2 pipe cleaners
A bit of felt in what ever colors you choose. ( I matched my spring)
Hot glue gun if you don't want to wait for glue to dry
A couple of black buttons - or felt for the eyes
A puff of orange for his nose
1/2 dowel or pencil
Using a toothpick as a handle, spread white glue completely over and around your stryfoam balls. I did one at a time using a paper under everything so that I could pour the unused glitter back in the container. Cover each ball completely with glitter and let dry.
Wrap one pipecleaner around your dowel or pencil to form a spring. Slide your spring carefully off the pencil. Straighten each end, add a dot of glue and insert into each Styrofoam ball.
Now it's time to dress your snowman! I used a bit of white felt about 2 inches by 1/2 inch to make 2 arms. These I hot glued to the bottom of his head. Cut 2 small mittens and glue to the bottom of his arms.
Cut a nice long scarf to wrap around his neck. This will cover the fact that you have glued his arms to his poor head! There may be a bit of drying time at this point. Go have a quick snack and come back.
His legs and boots are the same as his arms and mittens. Cut your shapes and glue together. I did use hot glue to speed up my process.
Now for his face. A couple of buttons for his eyes or felt if you like. An orange puff for his nose and you are ready to add his ear muffs! 2 small pom poms on the end of a pipecleaner will do the trick. Just cut and bend your pipecleaner to fit.
Cut in half and fold one more pipecleaner. Dab a bit of glue on the end and stick it straight into the top of his head for a hanger.
Done! Hang in the window or on the tree and think of the next snowfall!
Books to extend the activity:
Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie
Elmer in the Snow by David McKee
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen