Make a Snowman Cloche from a Soda Bottle (plus seven more snowman crafts)

We finally have snow today, so let’s build a snowman. Our little snowman craft is displayed under a cloche or glass dome, a hot, home decorating trend. But here’s our secret – the glass dome is actually a repurposed plastic soda bottle. I thank Kathleen George for this clever idea.

This is adorable! The "cloche" is a plastic soda bottle. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

How cute is this? And, the “cloche” is actually made from a two-liter plastic bottle. Brilliant!

I think kids would have a blast building the little scene under the cloche, and they can use a plastic knife to cut the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Cutting through the plastic bottle requires a sharp knife, so be sure an adult is helping out on this project.

A snowy weekend is a good time to craft, so I’ve shared seven more snowman crafts that will warm your heart. No doubt there’s one you can make with craft supplies already in your stash, from paper and rope to felt and socks. Enjoy!

To make a Snowman Cloche, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 6” x 1” disc; two 2” balls; one each 3” & 1 ½” balls
  • 2-liter plastic soda bottle
  • Adhesive remover (such as GooGone)
  • Glitter, white
  • High-loft quilt batting, 8” square
  • Half-round beads, 5mm, black
  • Wooden skewers
  • Acrylic craft paint, orange
  • Sparkle texture paint, white
  • Micro marker, red
  • Twigs
  • Snowflake sequins
  • Clear nylon thread
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Blush, mini birds, bird seed, snow sequins & clear thread
  • Tools needed: Utility blade; sharp pencil; serrated knife & old candle; plastic knife; small paintbrush; knippers; shoe box lid or newspaper; scissors

NOTE: An adult should always handle the serrated knife, and should cut the plastic soda bottle. Kids can use the plastic picnic knife for making the snowman.

To make your Snowman Cloche:

Make your cloche:

1. Use adhesive remover to remove the label from the soda bottle. Thoroughly clean and dry the bottle.

snowman cloche

The foam ball on top should cover the threads on the neck of the plastic bottle.

2. Cut off the bottom of the plastic bottle with the utility knife. It’s o.k. if it’s a little uneven.

3. Place bottle in center of 6” foam disc and trace around it with the pencil. Remove bottle and trace around the circle again, making a deep groove. Position the bottle in the grooved circle and twist until it’s straight.

4. Using tip of serrated knife, cut a hole in the bottom of one 2″ ball so that it fits on the top of the bottle. Twist the ball onto the bottle until it completely covers the threads for the bottle top.

5. Set aside the foam ball and disc while you work on the project.

Make the snowman:

  1. Using the serrated knife cut a small slice from the bottom of the remaining foam balls. Cut a slice from the top of the 2” ball. Stack and glue the balls together, building your snowman.
  2. Insert a wood dowel into the bottom of the snowman and use it as a handle. Cover the snowman with Mod Podge. Working over a box lid or newspaper, sprinkle the wet snowman with white glitter. Gently press glitter into the Mod Podge. Place wood skewer in a jar while the snowman dries. Repeat, this time glittering the foam ball that fits on top of the cloche.
  3. Glue on beads for eyes. Paint end of wood skewer orange; let dry. Cut off orange end using knippers and insert carrot nose into snowman face. Draw on tiny mouth with red micro marker.
  4. Insert two small forked twigs into sides for arms.
This is adorable! The "cloche" is a plastic soda bottle. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Let the kids build the snowman and then assemble a snowy scene.

Create the snowman scene:

  1. Cut quilt batting into a circle to fit inside the circle drawn on the foam disc. Glue batting to center of disc.
  2. Cover outer rim of disc with quilt batting, but be careful not to cover the groove.
  3. Insert a 2” wood skewer halfway into bottom of snowman. Position snowman on the disc, slightly off center. Test to be sure the cloche will fit over the snowman. Once you like the position of the snowman, glue him in place.
  4. Trim several twigs and insert through the quilt batting and into the foam disc.
  5. Optional: Glue birds to “trees.” Glue bird seed to snowman’s “hands” and on the ground.
  6. Glue glittered ball to top of cloche.
  7. Glue clear thread to snowflake sequins; glue other end to inside of cloche.
  8. Brush textured paint onto snowman’s head, the tree branches, and on the base around the snowman.
  9. Place the cloche in place and display.

Here are seven more sweet snowmen, and instructions for each one are on StyrofoamCrafts.com. The photos link to the tutorials, so just click on the photo for the instructions.

snowman crafts

These Scrunchy Felt Snowmen know how to bundle up!

snowman crafts

Yeehaw! The Sledding Snow Buddies are ready for some fun. Can you believe that they’re crafted from socks and tights?!

Snowman Crafts

A square snowman? Why not! Textured paper and colorful buttons add to the fun.

snowman crafts

These no-melt cuties are made with Crayola Model Magic and are designed by Lorine Mason.

snowman crafts

Wrap ‘em Up Snowman tips his hat.

snowman crafts

Brrr! The Washtub Snowbabies, created by Lorine Mason, enjoy a brisk bubble bath.

Snowman blocks

Debra Quartermain, who is a whiz at designing with fabrics, created this ensemble from felt and foam.

Which of our snowmen is your favorite? I’d love to hear what you think about today’s snowman round up.

And finally, we have a winner of our Solar System kit – Carol Ebbers, who is looking forward to crafting a Solar System with her grandson. Congratulations, Carol, and please contact me so I can arrange for the shipping.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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28 Responses to Make a Snowman Cloche from a Soda Bottle (plus seven more snowman crafts)

  1. Ann says:

    I love the snowman cloche. I have a great bell jar that I will dress up with one of these snowmen this year. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. Brenda Krbec says:

    Thanks for posting the snowman cloche! I am going to make some of these for the clients I take care of.Simple,cheap and fun,my type of crafts,lol.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for stopping in, Brenda, and I’m so glad you’re inspired. I hope these sweet cloches bring a lot of joy to you and your clients. Sharon

  4. Sheryl says:

    Sorry for the spelling errors, my fav snowmen…are the ones in the tub

  5. Sheryl says:

    My fab is the showmen in the tub, love all the different ways to make them

  6. I just read this post again, and these are simply the cutest snowman I have seen at one time. I just love your snowman cloche. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Party! Hope you come back. So happy you like my blog.

  7. Well anytime you see a snowman in a cloche you just got to come over and check it out. How cute is this – well pretty dawn cute. Your snowman are too beyond words cute. Love all the snowman, and this post tops the list for the most cutest snowman. My fingers are crossed that just maybe you might share this over at Sunday’s Best par.tay going on right now. I sure hope snow!

  8. Karen Whitney says:

    Just love these snowmen…so cute! And with all the snow and ice outside right now, I have lots of inspiration! :-)

  9. Bethany says:

    The soda cloche is SUCH a GREAT idea!!!! And your snowman is adorable. :)

  10. Laurie says:

    So cute! I love the snowman cloche, the scrunchy felt snowmen, and the sledding snowmen, but they’re all great! So many awesome ideas!

  11. Jill says:

    So cute! Thanks for all the chilly creations!!

  12. Birgit says:

    What a wonderful idea — and I love all those snowmen! :)

  13. Oh my goodness, I love several of these cute snowmen.

  14. Katiria says:

    the soda bottle snowman is my favorite but all those are so pretty!!! I have to see if I can get my friend to make me tiny clay birds, she is good with ceramics. I just wish I had more time to make all these beautiful crafts. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Ellen Beeton says:

    These are all adorable. Make me want to get off my big (you know what) and get to crafting! I love the snowman cloche, such a great idea. Thanks.

  16. Diane says:

    Wow, love the snowman cloche what a cute idea! Kathleen is amazing.

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