How to make Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen

Hollywood comes to Crafts ‘n Coffee today. Have you seen the movie Frozen? Even if you haven’t, you’ve probably seen the goofy and loveable snowman, Olaf. As I watched the movie, you know I was thinking “we could make him out of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam”. I also knew who could make the perfect Olaf – Kathleen George. Perhaps you remember her Minions and Monster Mike? She’s amazing! So, thank you, Kathleen, for sharing with us a tutorial to make our very own Olaf the Snowman from Frozen.

He looks just like Olaf from the movie Frozen, and he's made from Styrofoam brand foam.

To make Olaf the Snowman from Frozen, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: One each 4” & 3”; three 1”; and two 1-1/2”
    • Eggs: One each 4” & 2-1/2” eggs
    • Disc: One 6” x 1”
  • Toothpicks
  • Bark wrapped floral wire
  • Brown floral tape
  • Pearl white beads, two 14mm (eyes)
  • Cardstock, small scrap of black
  • Acrylic craft paint in blue & black
  • Orange clay (this could be air-dry clay, or oven-baked clay)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Slick fabric paint in black
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; Xacto® knife; teaspoon with a pointed tip; paintbrushes: a small, stiff brush, and tiny, soft brush
This is the loveable snowman Olaf from the movie Frozen, all made out of Styrofoam brand foam.

Kathleen George designed Olaf, based on the movie Frozen.

To make Olaf the Snowman from Frozen:

Build the body

1. Using the serrated kitchen knife, cut a small slice from the tops and bottoms of the 4” and 3” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Roll the cut edges on the work surface to smooth and round the edges so your balls look like big marshmallows.

2. Insert two toothpicks between the two balls, and glue them together.

3. Cut a small slice from the narrow end of the 4” egg. Cut a ¾” – 1” slice from the wide end of the 4” egg. Smooth the cut edges by rolling on the work surface, just like in Step 1. The narrow end will be the neck, and the wider end will be the top of the head.

4. Cut a 1-¼” slice from the wide end of the 2-½” egg. This slice is the “cap” for the top of Olaf’s head. Twist together the cap and the wide end of the 4” egg till the two pieces fit together snugly with no gaps. Glue the two pieces together.

What a goofy grin!

Creating his big grin will take some time, but building the rest of the body is pretty straightforward.

Create the face

1. Lightly outline a wide smile on the front of the 4” egg using a sharp pencil.

2. Slice in half a 1” ball to make two cheeks. Using your fingertips, smooth the half balls to conform to the shape of the head, and gently squeeze them into a C shape to sit at the corners of the mouth. Glue the cheeks onto the face.

3. Using a very sharp Xacto knife, cut out the outline of Olaf’s smile. Along the bottom of the mouth, cut on an upward angle. At each corner, slightly extend the mouth into the cheeks.

4. Bit by bit, remove the inside of the mouth using the Xacto knife and a sharp edged teaspoon.

5. Once the mouth is carved out, smooth the inside surface by rubbing with the bowl of the spoon.

6. With the point of the Xacto knife, carefully carve out two holes for the eye. Position the eyes where the cap is attached to the head. If needed, push in the pencil eraser to make the holes deep enough to hold the 14mm beads. Don’t glue the eyes in place yet!

7. Insert a toothpick or two between the head and the body, and glue the head onto the body.

Olaf the snowman from the movie Frozen. Tutorial on

What a personality!

Finish the body

1. Legs: Cut a small slice from the tops and bottoms of the two, 2-½” balls. Roll the cut edges on your work surface to smooth them out.

2. Glue the legs to the center of the 6” x 1” disk. Position Olaf on the legs so he’s balanced and can stand. Press down firmly on the legs to make a small indentation so you can match them up again. Glue body onto the legs, and hold the snowman in place while glue sets. Optional: Cut a toothpick in half, and insert a half toothpick between each leg and the body.

3. Slice the remaining 1” balls in half. Using your fingertips, gently squish and shape three of the half balls into uneven chunks of “coal” to use for buttons.

4. Cut a front tooth out of the remaining half ball. Set the tooth aside.

Add the details

1. Paint the inside of the mouth blue. Be careful around the front edge, and leave about ¼”- 3/16” of white space.

2. Paint the inside of the eye holes blue.

3. Paint the “coal” buttons black.

4. Shape a carrot nose from the clay. If using oven-bake clay, bake in a toaster oven following the manufacturer’s directions.

I love this little guy from the movie Frozen. Tutorial for Olaf on

Olaf stands ready for a hug!

5. Cut two, 4-½” lengths of bark covered floral wire for the arms. Shape a small length into a tiny V for the branch “fingers”, and tape the V onto the arms using brown floral tape.

6. Push the arms into Olaf’s sides. Use a dot of white craft glue to secure.

7. Cut two small pieces of bark-covered wire for the top of the head. Add a wire branch or two using brown floral tape. Insert into the head, and secure with white glue.

8. When the paint is dry, glue the eyes and tooth pin place.

9. Add a tiny dot of black paint onto the bead eyes. (Optional: Use slick black fabric paint if you want the eyes to have a realistic shine.)

10. Glue the nose in place.

11. Cut out two tiny curved eyebrows from black cardstock. Glue in place with white craft glue.

Did you see the movie Frozen? Did you like it? (Or, did you feel like you were living on the set of Frozen this week?)

Happy crafting.


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32 Responses to How to make Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen

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  2. CraftyB says:

    So cute!!

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  4. Susan says:

    This is absolutely FANTASTIC! I am looking to make hanging ornaments for gifts for people for Christmas. I was disappointed to see the dimensions are so big. Do you have relative sizing to suggest for a Christmas tree ornament? I would be ever so grateful! I am for sure going to follow you! Great talent! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Susan, It sounds like you’re another Frozen fan! And didn’t designer Kathleen George capture the spirit of Olaf in her design? I think you could easily downsize this cutie, though I don’t have exact dimensions for you. I would suggest picking up a few smaller size shapes and giving it a whirl. Please let me know how it works out and share a photo of our minis! I’d love to see them. Thanks so much for stopping in. Sharon

  5. Margie says:

    This is fabulous! I’m going to attempt this for my flower shop’s Christmas window display. How tall is the finished product!

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  7. Cynthia Blanco says:

    Wow I absolulety Looove this! How much would you say this would cost to make?

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Kathleen George did an amazing job when she created Olaf. Depending on where you purchase your STYROFOAM Brand Foam, the foam shapes will cost around $8 – $9. I don’t know about the other materials, but I bet you’ll have a lot of them in your stash already. (And remember — always shop with your coupons!) Happy crafting. Sharon

  8. kidosmom says:

    You sure are creative people.

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  12. Jackie says:

    OMG!! This is amazing… We are prepping for my nephew’s 2nd birthday who’ birthday theme will be “Olaf in Summer”. I will creating Olaf for table centerpieces. I can’t wait to leave work now and rush to Michael’s Crafting store straight to get this crafting started.

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  16. David says:

    I eould like to dee more picture of the process. Because you only show the rnd product. And no picture during it.
    That would help more in creating Olaf. Especially for people who do not understand100-% the explenation of it.



    • Sharon says:

      Hi David, thank you for stopping in. Unfortunately, I do not have photos of the process. Designer Kathleen George did not take photos as she went along. I hope the instructions are clear enough to follow, but if you have specific questions, please let me know. I would be happy to contact Kathleen for an answer. Sharon

      • David says:

        Hi, thank you very much for the reply. I will give it a try. As I am from europe I will first have to find out the size, as they are different here in Europe. I am sure the material will be different. I just came from a chinees store (they seell everything) and saw sone round balls, which might be used as the parts of olaf.
        Well the rest will be looking at your picture and try doing it. If I finally will do it, depends on the final price of the parts, i will make some pictures and send them you. Because I just hope it will not cost more that the teddybear olaf I am goong to buy for my kid next week in Disneyland Paris 🙂

        Thank you again!


      • Sharon says:

        Yes, you will have to substitute when you make your own Olaf. Good luck! And have a wonderful trip to Disneyland! Enjoy! Sharon

  17. Birgit says:

    I have already watched FROZEN twice — it’s very high on top of my favorite Disney movies. 🙂 You can often hear me singing songs from FROZEN — hah!

    Anyway, Olaf is just cute. When I have set a bookmark and hope to find some time for creating him some time!

    Happy creating,

    • Sharon says:

      I hope you find time to create your own Olaf, too. He is so cute! Kathleen George really nailed the character. Such a fun movie! Thanks for stopping in, Birgit. Sharon

  18. Debbie Kaste says:

    Oh my gosh, this is simply incredible. LOVE him!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Kathleen George really captured Olaf and his personality, didn’t she? He’s a lot of fun! Did you see the movie? Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  19. LisaM6 says:

    I went to see it and thought it was great. Living in the ice and snow again here now.
    Great tut…Olaf us too cute. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      It’s a lot more fun to watch the snowy scenes on the big screen vs. living them in real life, eh? We’ve warmed up here and I hope you have, too. Sharon

  20. Katiria says:

    Wow he looks great! We haven’t seen the movie but he looks just like in the commercials.

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