Recycle plastic shopping bags to make a Snowman Picture

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.

This cute Snowman Picture is made with plastic shopping bags. Genius!

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.

This is such a cute snowman, and it's made from plastic shopping bags. Genius!

You’ll use the colored plastic bag to fashion a scarf.

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.

This snowman picture is so cute! And he's made from recycled plastic bags. Love this idea!

Plastic Bag Snowman Picture by Kathleen George.

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.

A craft idea that teaches kids about repurposing -- the flowers are made from plastic bags! #GreenCrafts

Plastic Bag Flower Garden Picture by Kathleen George.

Thanks for joining me today. How’s your weather? Is it snowman weather where you are? Or are you enjoying warm weather and sunshine?

Happy crafting.


This entry was posted in Christmas Crafts, Craft Tutorial, Kid's Crafts, Recycle Crafts, Wintertime Crafts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

24 Responses to Recycle plastic shopping bags to make a Snowman Picture

  1. Pingback: 22 Fun and Creative Winter Crafts For Kids - mother2motherblog

  2. Pingback: Over 100 Fantastic Upcycled Kids Crafts -

  3. Pingback: 17 Winter Craft Ideas For Kids - mother2motherblog

  4. Pingback: Snowman Crafts & Recipes | Fun Family CraftsFun Family Crafts

  5. Lynne says:

    Love the idea,not he kids will love this to make, thanks for the instructions. does anyone know how to make a Christmas Tree using white polystyrene drinking cups or disposable polystyrene plates in different sizes, have seen one but cannot work out how it is made, love to hear

  6. Pingback: 25 DIY Snowman Crafts For Kids - Mom Knows It All. : Mom Knows It All.

  7. Pingback: Holiday Break Fun with Winter Crafts! -

  8. J. Bridges says:

    Wonder if you could use this to make a Santa…would need red bags for the suit, white for the fur hair and beard, black for the boots & belt, blue for his eyes and pink for the cheeks…I think it would look good…will have to see if I can find red bags.

    • Sharon says:

      Oh my gosh — I love this idea! If you can’t find the right bags, you could paint on his face and just use white bags for the beard and fur. What fun! Let me know how it goes and send a photo of your Santa Picture — I’d love to see him. Happy crafting! Sharon

  9. Kelly says:

    Where did you purchase the styrofoam board? Thanks.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for stopping in. You’ll find the sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam at Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores, Hobby Lobby and WalMart. Look for the foam that sparkles in the light and has a rough surface — this is the STYROFOAM Brand and it has the strong grip you need to hold your plastic squares in place. Have fun with this and please share a photo of your Snowman Picture. Happy crafting! Sharon

  10. Joni says:

    OK here’s one for ya. My husband asked me my I put carrots on Frosty nose ? Then he said sing the song. Well I did and yes we all know it says he had a button nose. So he did have a good question. But it does look better with a carrot. So want to hear what ya’ll have to say. And Happy 2014 to all Crafters

  11. Birgit says:

    The first thing I heard on the radio today was the big snowstorm blowing nearly all over the USA. Here in Germany, we have nearly spring weather right now. But I am sure we are in for massive snowstorms in the near future. (I could do without them!)

    Anyway, the snowman is so very cute. What a clever idea!

    Happy creating (as always!) — and be sure to stay warm and cozy,

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you stopped in today, Birgit, and thanks for the “warm” wishes. We’re at minus 3.5 F. right now and I know it’s going go get a lot colder tonight. Fortunately, it should pass through quickly and by Wednesday we’ll have more typical winter weather. It’s a good day for hot cocoa! Enjoy your warmer weather for all of us over here! Sharon

  12. ColleenB. says:

    WOW! That sneak peek had me fooled. Could had blown me over with a feather when I seen this bagged snowman. Very creative mind Kathleen has and who had thought after seeing this that it was made with plastic bags.
    The flower picture is darling and real Spring like

    Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm if it’s cold where you’re at

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Colleen. It’s snowy here, and the subzero temperatures are on their way . . . but maybe we can get out and make a real snowman today while it’s still warm enough to go out. Happy crafting! Sharon

  13. Angie Dyer says:

    How fun! With the major snow storms this weekend, this would be a great project for parents and kids to do together!

    • Sharon says:

      Crafts are a cure for cabin fever! Especially when it’s so cold that the kids can’t go out and play. I hope you’re warm & toasty. Glad you enjoyed the Snowman Picture. Sharon

  14. That is really cute, and very clever!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much, Kathie. As you can see, Kathleen George is a whiz at making irresistible snowmen. I hope you’re keeping warm & snug! Sharon

  15. Katiria says:

    This is a great craft and it can be adapted to every holiday- even a birthday. I made a #1 for my niece’s first birthday

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s