Christmas in July: DIY a Party Hat Snowman

Thanks to Expo International, we’re celebrating Christmas in July this week. Donna Budzynski is back today with her adorable Snowman in a fancy party hat! (Did you see Donna’s Rustic Christmas Trees yesterday?) I’m a little intimidated by painting, but with Donna’s tutorial, I think I could paint this snowman’s cute face. I might even use birthday print cardstock and pompom trim and make his hat a birthday party hat. Be sure to check out the Christmas in July giveaway, too!

DIY Snowman

I’d love to make this snowman for a winter birthday, and make his hat a party hat!

How to paint asnowman face

Donna makes it easy to paint this sweet face.

To make a Party Hat Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Expo International Trim Pipa Eyelash Trim – Red
  • Acrylic craft paint in black, white, pink, holly green, and canyon orange (Donna likes DecoArt)
  • Papier mache pot
  • Wood skewer
  • Cardstock for hat
  • Microbeads, clear*
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil with eraser; flat paintbrush; small round paintbrush; water/container

*Donna used clear microbeads from Martha Stewart. If you can’t find microbeads, substitute crystal glitter instead.

To make a Party Hat Snowman:

  1. Make a carrot nose: Cut the wood skewer to size and paint orange. Let dry.

2. Paint face onto the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam:

  • Dip pencil eraser into black paint, and make a dot for eyes and mouth.
  • Dip pencil eraser in pink paint and dab on cheeks.
  • Draw line for eyebrows with small round paintbrush.
  • Add a white dot to each eye and and a fine, white line in the mouth.
  • Insert nose in face.
  • Let paint dry.
How to paint a snowman face

You’ll use a pencil eraser to add the eyes, cheeks and mouth. Easy!

3. Mix white craft glue with water so that it’s the consistency of paint. Brush mixture onto the snowman’s head, and sprinkle with clear microbeads. (Note: You can substitute crystal glitter for the microbeads). Let dry.

How to paint a snowman face

If you can’t find microbeads, substitute clear glitter.

4. Roll cardstock into cone for hat. Check fit on snowman’s head and trim away excess paper. Glue hat together. Glue eyelash trim to top and around bottom of the hat. (Donna recommends Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive for this step).

DIY Snowman

Add your trim around the pot and the hat.

5. Paint pot green and let dry. Adhere trim around the top of the pot.

6. Glue hat to snowman’s head, and glue snowman head into pot.

 DIY Snowman

How would you change up this cutie?

Christmas is five months from today! So, be sure to check out the Christmas in July giveaway. It will put you in the mood for Christmas crafting! Here’s how to enter.

If you’d like to see more of Donna’s beautiful designs, don’t miss her blog!

I’ll see you tomorrow more another Christmas in July tutorial!

Happy crafting!


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8 Responses to Christmas in July: DIY a Party Hat Snowman

  1. How fun! This is one snowman that loves to party! Such a cute idea for the winter months. Thank you for sharing, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Angie. Imagine this cutie as an ornament, too. You could use a smaller size ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and a smaller pot, add a hanger, and you’re good to go. Wouldn’t that be a fun gift? Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. LisaM6 says:

    What a cute snowman. Is he singing or waiting for falling snow to eat??? Lol

  3. How darling is this? Totally in love with his quirky look! Another one to add to my want to make list! TFS!

  4. annehaun says:

    Five months from today – hard to believe! Love the idea of the snowman head in clay pot – he if a cute fella.

    • Sharon says:

      I know, especially when it’s going to be a scorcher today. It’s hard to imagine that the Christmas season is right around the corner. I’m so glad you like Donna’s lovely snowman. Thank you! Sharon

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