It may be hot outside, but this little Skiing Snowman is ready for a downhill run. For a little frosty fun on a hot, summer day, Kathleen George shares a tutorial to make this refreshing Skiing Snowman. Get a group of kids together and make a whole ski team. It will be a cool blast for everyone!
To make a Skiing Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- One each 4” and 2-1/2” balls
- Two, 1” balls
- Felt: Blue square for hat; 9” x ¼” strip of green; scrap of red
- Acrylic craft paint in black and blue
- Thin, wooden skewers, two
- Cardstock, silver
- Foamies, two 5/8” circles (or cut two small circles from a foamie sheet)
- Wire, 14-gauge, 30”
- Chenille stems in white
- Googly eyes, 18mm
- Pompom, 3/8” in orange
- Blush or pink chalk
- Optional: Feather for cap
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; two thin, wood skewers; wire cutters; plastic knife; paintbrush
To make a Skiing Snowman:
Craft the hat:
1. From the blue felt, cut out a 4” circle, a 2-5/8” circle, and a 2-½” x 8-½” strip.
2. Cut a 1-1/2” long X in the center of the 4” circle.
3. Glue together the 2-1/2” ends of the felt rectangle, forming a tube.
4. Center and glue the felt tube onto the 4” circle. Gently press down to be sure the tube fits snugly on the circle.
5. Glue the 2-5/8” felt circle on top of the tube.
6. Glue the 9” x ¼” strip of green felt around the base of the hat. Optional: Glue on a feather.
Create the feet:
1. Cut the 2-½” ball in half with the plastic knife. (Children should be closely supervised while cutting with the plastic knife.)
2. Paint each half ball black.
Make the skis and ski poles:
1. Paint the two wooden skewers blue. Punch a tiny hole in the center of each 5/8” foamie circle. When the paint is dry, thread a foamie circle onto each skewer.
2. Cut two, 1” x 10-1/2” strips from the silver cardstock. Snip ends into points. Slightly curl the pointy ends by pulling the point over a pencil.
Build the Skiing Snowman:
1. Cut the wire into two, 7” lengths for arms and two, 8” pieces for legs.
2. Tightly wind chenille stems around the wire pieces, completely covering the wire with the chenille stems. You might need two chenille stems to completely cover each length of wire. Secure the ends by folding the chenille over onto itself about ¼” and pinching tightly. Cut off excess chenille.
3. Insert and glue a 1” ball onto the end of each arm.
4. Insert and glue each arm into the sides of the 4” ball.
5. Insert and glue the legs into the black, half balls.
6. Insert and glue the legs into the bottom of the 4” ball. Bend the tops of the legs slightly backwards, and then forward. Bend the knees like a skier in action.
7. Glue the feet onto the skis. If needed, bend the legs to balance the snowman.
8. Gently press the ski poles into the hands, creating grooves. Glue the poles in the grooves. Bend the arms at the elbows.
Finish the face:
1. Glue on wiggly eyes and pompom nose.
2. Cut mouth from the red felt and glue in place.
3. Brush blush or chalk on the cheeks.
4. Glue hat onto the head. If needed, carefully enlarge the X in the 4” circle till hat fits on the snowman’s head.
The Springy Snowman Ornament is another fun one the kids can craft.
Truthfully, it’s not so hot here today and it feels like fall. Our temperature is hovering in the 60s, which is unseasonably cool. And really, I’m o.k. with that. How about you? Where are you, and how’s your summertime weather?