He’s a keeper! DIY a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

You’re familiar with Pineapple Ornaments or Paper Pine Cone Ornaments, also known as Prairie Point Ornaments, right? Maybe you’ve even made one or two? Debi Schmitz started with a paper, Pineapple Ornament and embellished it to create the DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament she’s sharing with us today. Yes, this ornament involves lots of paper folding (or use fabric, if you prefer), but it will keep your hands busy while watching your favorite Christmas specials over Thanksgiving weekend.

DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

Prairie Point Snowman Ornament by Debi Schmitz.

To make a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 4” and 2-1/2” Balls
  • Scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”, two sheets in white (Debi used glitter paper)
  • Wood dowel, 3” x 1/8” dia.
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. (for hat and collar)
  • Pom pom, 1” in white
  • Textured snow paint (Debi used Snow-Tex from DecoArt)
  • Nylon monofilament, such as fishing line
  • Snowflake buttons or sequins, four
  • Buttons, two ¼” in black
  • Beads, five 5mm with flat backs in black
  • Craft foamie, scrap of orange
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; paintbrush; needle & thread; straight pins, 7/8”; optional: cutting mat, acrylic ruler and rotary cutter

To make a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament:

1. Insert and glue a 3” dowel halfway into the bottom of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Brush on textured snow paint and let dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the ball upright while the paint dries.)

2. Cut one sheet of the scrapbook paper into 1” x 2” strips. On each strip, mark the center along the 2” side with a pencil. Fold in the end of each strip to the center, forming a point. Burnish the folds with a burnisher, ruler or other tool. (Watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes if you’d like to see a demonstration on folding the points.)

DIY folded paper prairie points

How to make paper prairie points.

3. Pin four points on the bottom center of the 4” ball, with the points meeting in the middle. Place a pin on each side and the point. Add another row, offsetting the points with the first row, and overlapping the row slightly. Pin the sides in place, but do not pin the points.

4. Continue to add rows, keeping them as even as possible, and overlapping the row below it by about 3/8”. Make more prairie points as needed. At the top of the ball, leave the center 1” – 1-1/2” uncovered.

DIY folded paper prairie points

Here’s what the bottom of the ball will look like as you add more rows.

5. Make the collar:

  • Stitch a basting stitch around the outside edge of an 8” fabric circle.
  • Pull the thread tight, gathering the fabric to make a yo-yo. Tie off the thread.
  • With the scissors, make a small hole in the center of the yo-yo.
  • Spread glue on bare spot on top of snowman’s body.
  • Center yo-yo on glue.

6. Spread glue on wood dowel at the bottom of the snowman’s head. Insert the dowel through the yo-yo and into the snowman’s body. Let glue dry.

7. Make the hat: Repeat Step 6 with a 6” fabric circle. Glue the hat on an angle to the snowman’s head. Glue the pom pom on the hat.

8. Snowman’s face: Glue on ¼” buttons for eyes and half-round beads for mouth. Cut a small nose from the orange foamie and glue in place.

Dress him up!

9. Make the paper bow:

  • Fold in half a ½” x 6” strip of white glitter paper and glue under the chin, with the tails pointing down.
  • Overlap ends of a ½” x 5” strip of paper, forming a loop.
  • Glue a ½” x 1” piece of paper around the center of the loop to create a bow.
  • Glue bow over the paper ribbon tails.

10. Glue a snowflake button or sequin to the hat, and three to the bow.

11. Knot together the ends of a 12” length of monofilament. At the center top of the snowman’s head, poke a tiny hole through the hat and into the head. Push a straight pin through the knot and insert and glue knot the knot in the head. Let dry.

DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

If you prefer, substitute fabric strips for the paper.

If your Netflix queue is long, I have more ideas to keep you busy! Debi recently shared her  Prairie Point Santa with us.

DIY prairie point Santa

Add a hanger and he’s an ornament!

These are classic Paper Pine Cone Ornaments, though the colors are fresh and updated.

DIY Paper Pinecone Ornament

Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament

Don’t forget that if you’d like a little more instruction for folding the paper points, watch our video 5 Ornaments in 5 minutes. You might find a few more ornaments you’d like to DIY, too.

DIY easy Christmas ornaments

Coming on CraftsnCoffee.com -- a fun craft for kids!

Sneak peek!

Do you have a Christmas special that you love to watch and cannot miss each year?

I wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving as you gather with family and friends! I’ll see you on Friday with a fun Christmas craft for the kiddos!

Happy crafting!


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14 Responses to He’s a keeper! DIY a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

  1. Debbie Gutman says:

    This is the most amazing craft site that I have ever visited. So many beautiful crafts. I just get awe struck every time I receive one of your emails. I get weekly inspiration from you. I love making crafts. Cards, jewelry, wreaths, well anything I think I can tackle. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful ideas.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I am so glad that I stumbled upon your website.  Your crafts are very cute and easy to do.  I love all of them.  Keep up the good work.Thank You,Stephanie Vaupel

  3. Katiria says:

    Thank you for inspiring me every week. Have a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you for following along and for all of your sweet comments! I am very thankful for readers like you, Katiria! It makes sharing these creative ideas so much fun! Here’s to a wonderful holiday season for you and yours! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. Everybody loves a cute snowman! Thank you for posting. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • Sharon says:

      I agree — you can never have enough cute, DIY snowmen! There’s always room for one more in your collection. I hope you had the most wonderful Thanksgiving, too, Angie! Let the holidays begin! Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. annehaun says:

    Cute snowman – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. OMG! I am in love! These are so gosh darn adorable that I am grinning from 👂to👂 ! I make each of the kids (now adults) and their children an ornament every year and even though I am almost done with this year’s ornaments I am pretty sure they will each get 2 this year because I MUST make these! 💖💝💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝💖💝

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, thanks, Barb! Debi did a great job on the Snowman and Santa, didn’t she? Your family is so lucky to have your handcrafted treasures — I’m sure they’re favorites! Have fun with these! Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. Debbie Kaste says:

    These ornaments are so cute! Will have to try making them as they look simple enough for me to do:) Our favorite movie to watch is ‘Home Alone’. Never tire of seeing that one.

    • Sharon says:

      That’s a good one! Maybe we’ll add Home Alone to our list this year – thanks for the suggestion. Let me know how your ornaments turn out, I’d love to see a photo. Happy crafting! Sharon

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