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Snowman Popsicle Stick Ornament
A snowman popsicle stick ornament is the perfect craft if you have some craft sticks just lying around. If you’re like me, you have an abundance of them leftover from various crafts you’ve done with the kids.
We’re going to make several ornaments for Christmas this year and I’ve started accumulating a list of some I’d like to try. This snowman popsicle stick ornament is one I put together myself with different basic craft supplies.
I can’t wait for my kids to make their own snowman popsicle stick ornaments. In an effort to be more intentional with the time I’ve been given, I’m looking more toward making great memories with my kids. To do that, we’ve decided to spend some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas doing something all the kids and I like to do… CRAFTING.
I’m putting aside my fear of spilled paint and messy floors to make way for the joy and laughter of making memories. Children are only young once and spilled paint and messy floors can be cleaned. I’ll never get this time with my kids back.
Preparing to get Messy
To cut down on the mess, you’ll need a large piece of old newspaper for each crafting child. You may even want to use some blue painters tape to secure the paper to your table. This will keep paint and glue off of your table and makes it easy for you to gather up the mess.
Have your kids wear old clothes or an old oversized shirt to cover their clothes, if you don’t have art smocks.
Snowman Popsicle Stick Ornament
What you’ll need to make your ornament:
- 13 – 4 1/2 inch Popsicle or craft sticks
- 1 – 4″x5″ orange sheet of fun foam
- 1 – 4″x5″ green sheet of fun foam
- 1 – 5 1/2″ red pipe cleaner or sheet of red fun foam
- 1 sheet of black felt
- chalk or chalk pencil
- 3 tiny red pom poms
- black pom-poms (optional)
- 1 paintbrush to paint a larger area
- 1 small paintbrush to paint details
- White acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- 12″ piece of Jute cord
- Glue, this can be wood glue for the craft sticks or hot glue that you can use for everything
- Regular glue to adhere other items to craft sticks, if not using hot glue
- Snowman ornament templates (Get them below.)
Step 1 – Assemble Craft Sticks
First, place two craft sticks vertically to brace the horizontal sticks. Then, begin gluing on the horizontal craft sticks. I added small amounts of hot glue to the vertical craft sticks and only glued two sticks down at a time. You don’t want the glue to dry before you can get the correct placement.
If you use hot glue, you’ll be able to paint immediately after gluing. If you’re using wood glue, you’ll need to wait for the glue to dry.
Suggestion – To make this craft move a little faster and/or less messy, steps 1-3 could be done ahead of time.
Step 2 – Painting
Once the glue is dry, paint the front side of your craft sticks. (The front side is the side that does not show the two vertical craft sticks.) Allow them to dry before moving to step 3. Drying time will depend on how heavily the craft sticks were painted. I waited overnight due to a having a fussy baby, but you could probably wait 15 to 30 minutes and test them to see if they’re dry. If you have a fan, you could put it nearby to speed up drying time.
Step 3 – Using the Templates
While you wait for the paint to dry cut out the snowman accessory templates.
Place the hat template on the black felt and trace around it with chalk or the chalk pencil. The holly leaves and scarf templates should be traced on the green foam with a pen. Trace the nose onto the orange fun foam.
Cut out the traced pieces.
Step 4 – Assemble the Accessories
Glue the ends of the scarf pieces together at an angle as I’ve done in the photo.
Glue the bases of the holly leaves together, also as seen in the photo, you may also add one or two of the red pom-poms at this time as well.
Step 5 – Adding the Eyes and Mouth
You could use black pom-poms instead of using paint for this step, if you want to avoid even more of the mess.
If you decide to use paint, on approximately the fifth craft stick from the top, you’re going to make your snowman’s eyes. Mine took up part of the 5th and the 6th craft sticks. Get creative! You can make smiling eyes you can make closed eyes, small eyes or large eyes. Whatever suits your fancy.
Don’t forget to make his mouth. Again, you can make whatever kind of mouth you want with pom-poms or with paint.
Suggestion – This step is interchangeable with step 6 if working with paint, depending on your comfort level, who you’re working with, and your patience for that day. I added the face after gluing on the hat and other pieces so that I didn’t have to wait to add those until it was dry. If you’re working with children, it may be more feasible to do the painting and wait until it’s dry to finish.
Step 6 – Adding the Hat, Nose, and Scarf
On the felt cutout of the hat shape, center your pipe cleaner just above the brim of the hat and securely wrap each end around the sides of the hat. Secure each end on the back with a little bit of glue. Then, add your holly leaves and berry or berries with a bit of glue.
Decide where you’d like the nose to be and at what angle. Glue securely in place.
Add the scarf to the very bottom craft stick with a line of glue from one end of the craft stick to the other. The scarf should cover any overhang you may have of the vertical craft sticks from the back.
Step 7 – How to Hang Your Ornament
Once your glue is dry, you can turn your ornament over and add your jute cord to hang the ornament. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the center of the top two or three wooden craft sticks. Twist both of the ends of the jute cord together and push down into the hot glue. You may have to hold it in place for a minute to make sure it stays adhered. You can also add a small amount of glue on top of the twisted cord to further secure it.
I think this adorable snowman popsicle stick ornament would be perfect for an ornament-making party for a group or for an ornament exchange party.
I hope you and your family make some wonderful memories and have a very Merry Christmas!