Happy December! I’ve been busy decking the halls of my home this week, getting it ready for my absolute favorite time of the year! Even though I have more decorations than I have places to put them, I like to create a few new ones each year to add that handmade touch to our holidays – like this adorable DIY snowman!
I was recently playing with Model Magic, and realized that it would make the perfect base for a little DIY snowman decoration. Add a few more basic supplies, and you’ve got yourself a cute little snowman. This is a great craft for the kids to craft along with you. They’ll love making their own unique DIY snowman, and you’ll love that they are off the computer, iPad, iPod, and iPhone!
Clay DIY Snowman Decoration Supplies:
- Crayola Model Magic
- Darice Carrot Noses
- Small Darice Buttons
- Red Felt
- Aleene’s Glitter Snow
- Thin Twigs
- Glue Gun
Step 1. Roll a small, medium, and large ball out of the Model Magic. Model Magic is very easy to work with and to get smooth. You don’t have to cook it, but it will take a few days to air dry on its’ own.
Step 3. Poke the medium ball on top of the large ball, so they are stacked like a snowman. Add the third ball, making sure that the stick is smaller than the height of the head before you place it on top. If the stick is too long, just trim it with some scissors.
Step 5. To make the DIY snowman look more realistic and to add a bit of shimmer, I used a small paintbrush and “painted” some Aleene’s Glitter Snow onto the snowman. Glitter Snow is SO much fun to use, and adds a bit of texture too, which is great because it will also hide any fingerprints or small dents and any imperfections that you might accidentally make in your snowman. I applied it so that you couldn’t see brush strokes, rather just some added texture.
It’s a nice effect to add some Glitter Snow to the top of the stick arms, too, to look like the snow has been piling up on our snowman. The Glitter Snow takes 24 hours to fully dry, so try not to touch it once the snowman is painted.
Step 6. A proper snowman needs a warm scarf, so I cut out a long thin piece of red felt, measured around Frosty’s head the length that I would like it, and then cut little fringes into each end. A dab of hot glue where the two scarf ends meet is the perfect way to keep the scarf in place.
Now for the hardest part- waiting for the Model Magic and the Glitter Snow to harden! If you are impatient (like me), or have kids who like touching (also like me), then you might want to put this little guy up somewhere where he won’t be disturbed for a few days.
Once your DIY snowman nice and hardened, he will be the perfect little homemade decoration!
You can display your DIY snowman on a table, create a snowy winter scene like I did with some mini bottle brush trees and Diamond Dust (which is made from finely ground glass and is not to be used where children could touch), or let the kids have him (or her) as a decoration for their bedroom. They’ll love you forever!
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Laura is a wife, mom of four, and the owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and more. A former elementary school teacher, Laura loves getting crafty, planning parties, going on adventures with her family, and eating frozen yogurt.