Hello there! Before I was married and had a family of my own, one of our Thanksgiving family traditions was after the “Main Event”, we would gather the kids (and anyone who wanted to participate) and make a craft of some sort. It was so much fun! The craft I’m sharing with you today is one that I would totally gather the gremlins to make, if we were traveling to spend Thanksgiving with our extended family. But we haven’t lived near extended family in over 15 years. My kids missed out on all that crazy fun. We would still craft on our own or with friends, but let’s just say it was a lot quieter! (Remember … I’m one of 8; that makes for lots of nieces and nephews!) After my kids and I finished the ornaments, we would mail them to the aunties and cousins, instead of delivering them in person. Because I can’t share this craft with my family in person, I’m sharing it with you! This is a kid friendly, super simple holiday craft. And they are so cute!! So pop in a Christmas movie or put on the music and get your craft on!
For this project all you’ll need is glue, craft sticks, glitter, twine, ribbon or fabric scraps and some wood slices. And don’t worry if you don’t have access to any fresh wood slices or logs to cut … I’ve seen bags of wood slices for sale at Ben Franklin, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby — you could even use Fun Foam in a pinch.
The first thing I did was sort through my bag of wood slices and pick out the right sizes for “heads” and “bodies. Then I drilled a hole in the “head” piece — using a bit large enough to thread string through. (**If you are crafting with children, I’d suggest an adult handle the drilling. The head pieces are really small!)
Then I broke a craft stick in half and glued it (with wood glue) so it was overlapping the head and body piece of the snowman. Just like this:
(Please remember, this is a kid friendly craft, which is why I didn’t use my hot glue gun. But if you’re crafting kidless, by all means, try hot gluing the head to the body … I just can’t attest to how durable it will be.) You could also use a neater method to cut your craft stick if you’re worried about the rough break … obviously I’m not! LOL
Go eat some cookies (or bake cookies!) and let the glue dry. Once everything was dry, I applied a thin layer of glue and/or Mod Podge to the front and sides of the snowman, and sprinkled it liberally with glitter — shaking off any excess. I also took a toothpick and cleaned out the hole.
Once the glitter was dry, I wrapped a scarf around the snowman’s neck and threaded some baker’s twine through the hole. This sweet snowman is now ready to be hung on the Christmas tree or even used as a gift tag. I’m sure your kids will come up with lots of people to share them with!
And may I direct your attention to the snowman’s scarf for just a second? Talk about recycling. The red flannel snowman material is from a pair of Gap Christmas pajamas The Boy had when he was about 7 years old! He looked so darn cute in them, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away after the dog got to them. When you live in Seattle, you can always find a use for red flannel fabric, right??
I think the snowman looks pretty cute hanging from our Christmas stockings!
My Christmas wish for you is that during this busy, busy time of year, you are able to make some precious memories with the ones you love most! Take care, Cynthia
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