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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mini Craft (Popsicle) Stick Snowman

Snowman's Valentine
by Leland B. Jacobs

I have a jolly snowman,
The best I've ever had.
I'm giving him a valentine
that ought to make him glad.
For though he's very handsome
and sound in every part,
I noticed only yesterday
he hasn't any heart.
So quickly with my scissors
and paper red and fine
I made a fancy little heart;
my snowman's valentine!


Left: Back of piece
Middle: Front of snowman, partway through project.
Right: Completed snowman project
This is a nice little craft that uses supplies you may already have on hand. I sent this craft in for my son's 2nd grade class to do at their Holiday Party, but it is a cute craft to do on a snowy day or decorate your snowman with a heart, attach the above poem, and give it out for St. Valentine's Day!

Popsicle Stick Snowman

Supplies Needed:

  • Four craft/popsicle sticks
  • Glue (I like using a glue gun, but tacky glue is probably better for little ones)
  • White tempera or acrylic paint
  • Markers (we used black and orange)
  • Felt scraps, assorted colors. You'll need a 3.5" x 4.5" rectangle for a hat and a 9" x 1" rectangle for a scarf
  • One to two 6" pieces of yarn
  • Sticky-backed felt shapes or paper to make a heart, optional
Directions:

1. Line up three of the popsicle sticks next to each other with their long sides touching. Cut the remaining popsicle stick into 1" sections. Glue two of the small sections onto the back of the larger popsicle sticks for support, using tacky glue or hot glue. This is your snowman's body. Let dry.

2. Flip the popsicles sticks over and paint the front of the snowman white. Let dry.

3. Fold one of the long edges of the 3.5" x 4.5" rectangle to make a hat brim. Using the photo as a guide, attach the hat to the snowman (you'll need to glue it to the front of the snowman and the back). Then, use a piece of yarn to gather the hat and give it some shape. Knot the yarn and trim excess. If you are making the snowman an ornament, make a loop with the second piece of yarn and attach it to the back of the piece.

4. Using the markers, draw features on your snowman such as eyes, carrot nose, mouth and buttons.

5. Cut 1/2" long slits for fringe at either end of the piece of felt you will be using for a scarf. Tie the scarf around the snowman and secure with a dot of glue. 

6. Add a paper heart if you are sticking with the poem above.

You're done! Enjoy your little snowman!

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