I really debated about sharing another Snowman craft today, as I bet a lot of you have had enough snow already! But I also know that a lot of Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love Snowman crafts (four of the top 10 projects on Crafts ‘n Coffee last year were Snowman crafts). This Snowman Picture is so cute, he might make even those who are snowbound smile. Another plus – it’s a recycle craft made with plastic shopping bags. It’s a great Snowman craft for the kids, too, especially those with cabin fever.
To make a Plastic Bag Snowman Picture, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 8″ x 12” sheet*
- Plastic shopping bags: Approximately 3 white and ½ in a color. (The actual number you’ll use may vary depending on the size and placement of the store logo.)
- Acrylic craft paint in blue
- Pompom, one ½” orange
- Black construction paper, just a scrap
- Straight pins, extra long with large heads
- Two twigs (arms)
- Optional: Snowflake sequins
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; 1” stiff paint brush; marker; wood skewers; optional: ¼” hole punch
*Note: You can glue together two smaller 1” foam sheets to make a larger size. Or, cut a larger sheet down to size. The Top Tips show you how.
To make a Plastic Bag Snowman Picture:
1. Paint blue the front and sides of the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Let the paint dry.
2. Cut white plastic bags into 2” squares. Avoid the printed areas on the bags, and don’t worry if the squares aren’t perfect. You’ll trim away the ragged points at the end. Hint: Smoothing and folding the bag into a 2” strip will allow you to cut more than one square out at a time.
3. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, use a marker to outline a snowman and his scarf on the foam sheet.
4. Cut off the pointed end of the wood skewer and discard. You’ll use the blunt end to attach the plastic squares to the foam background:
- To start, squeeze a small dot of tacky glue onto the foam where you want to insert a square.
- Center the plastic square over the dot of glue, and center the blunt end of the skewer over the plastic square.
- Push the skewer straight down into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam about ½”.
- Twist the skewer a tiny bit and pull it out leaving the plastic behind.
- Hint: Work along the outline of the snowman first, and then fill in the inside.
5. Repeat, inserting plastic squares every 1/2” or so. Once you get the hang of it, you can squeeze on several dots of glue at a time to speed up the process. It may look a little strange, but try not to touch or adjust the plastic until the glue is dry.
6. Insert plastic squares along the bottom of the picture, creating snow-covered ground.
7. Cut 2” squares from the colored plastic bag, and insert them in the same way to make the scarf.
8. When the glue is dry, stroke your hand across the top of the plastic to fluff it out and even out its appearance. Fill in any empty spots. Use scissors to snip off any points of plastic that stick up too far.
9. Punch out two, ¼” circles from the black construction paper; or, cut them out by hand. Glue each circle onto the head of a straight pin, and then insert the pins into the snowman’s face for eyes.
10. Glue on the orange pom pom nose.
11. Carefully insert two small sticks for the arms at the sides of the snowman.
12. Optional: Glue on snowflake sequins.
Isn’t he cute? If you’re crafting with a group of younger kids, check out the Plastic Bag Flower Garden Picture, too. It’s a little easier and will take less time to complete.
Thanks for joining me today. How’s your weather? Is it snowman weather where you are? Or are you enjoying warm weather and sunshine?