DIY Snowman Kit
Just add snow! When you make this DIY Snowman Kit, you’re all set to create an adorable snowman who will greet you with a snowy smile this winter! It makes a great gift and stocking stuffer too. Customize your colors and size, you can even create a kit that represents every member of the family!
- Polymer clay in assorted colors of your choice for the eyes, carrot nose, coal smile and buttons
- Clay rolling pin
- Clay shaping tools
- 1/8″ Wooden dowel
- Weather-proof glue (Loctite or E6000 work well)
- Handsaw or other cutting tool to trim the dowel rod into 3-4″ pieces
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
Step 1: To create the buttons, begin with (3) 1/2″ – 3/4″ balls of clay. Use the rolling pin to create a circle approximately 1 1/2″ in diameter. If you find you want the buttons bigger, simply start over by using larger balls of clay.
Step 2: Use the clay tool to create a dot pattern all the way around the edge of the button as shown. You don’t want to go through the clay, this is for decoration only. Create four dots in the middle where we’ll place the “thread” for the buttons.
Step 3: Roll out a thin line of clay to use as the thread for the button, the color is your choice. Place the thread in an “x” pattern in the center of the button, using the clay tool to position as needed. Use the rolling pin to gently flatten the thread, ensuring that it’s secured to the button.
Step 4: Using the same color clay as the button, create a small ball of clay that’s big enough to cover the end of the dowel rod. Gently push the dowel rod halfway into the clay ball to create a holder for the dowel rod. Gently press the clay onto the back of the button, making sure it’s firmly attached to the button. Remove the dowel. Repeat steps 1-4 until you’ve made as many buttons as you need. Bake all of the buttons on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
Step 5: After the pieces have cooled, place a small dot of weather-proof glue inside the hole for the dowel. Insert a 3-4″ long dowel rod and let dry completely.
Step 6: Your finished buttons should look like this:
Step 7: Repeat steps 1-5 to create the eyes, nose and lumps of coal for the smile. You can make a variety of mouths, mustaches, ears, eyes, etc. However you want your snowman to look! It’s also fun the give the kids options! You can also include a hat and scarf if you like, even snowmen get cold!
Tip: This Snowman Kit is intended for use in snow, but you can easily create the snowman you see here! Simply attach (2) styrofoam balls together by inserting a 1/4″ dowel rod down the middle of both balls. Trim the dowel rod if it extends beyond the height of the balls. Secure the bottom styrofoam ball to a base of thick cardboard or scrap wood with weather-proof glue. Don’t use a glue gun, the glue will melt the styrofoam and it won’t hold up in the colder temps. Spray the body of the snowman with spray snow, add twig arms, the scarf to cover the gap between the styrofoam balls and fill in around the bottom with cotton-like snow. Place your snowman on a table inside or outside your front door where he’ll happily greet your guests!