I came up with this fun melted snowman craft and I'm excited to share it with you! After giving it a trial run I know my kids are going to love making it!
1. Start by painting the outside of an empty plastic fruit cup white. My little girl is a huge fan of Mandarin Oranges so we always have tons of these around.
2. Once dry, turn it upside down and add googly eyes, an orange carrot nose made from a foam sheet, and black circles (made from a hole punch) for the coal mouth.
3. Next, cut a circular shape out of white cardstock paper. It doesn't have to be perfect, in fact I think it looks better not perfect. Just make sure to make it quite a bit bigger than the plastic fruit cup.
4. To make the melted snow, mix white acrylic paint and flour together until it is a paste consistency. I start with a 1:1 ratio of the paint and flour and then add more paint until it gets to the paste consistency. Spread it all over your white circle, leaving thick amounts in places. At this point I sprinkled some silver glitter on the paint to make the snow sparkly.
5. Press the snowman head down into the white paint while it is still wet. You can add more snow (paint) around the snowman if needed.
6. You can also press down a couple small buttons into the white paint to act as the buttons that melted off the snowman. I also cut a couple small twigs off of one of our bushes in our front yard for the arms and pressed them right into the white paint. The paint is so thick with the flour in it that they stuck right in. I positioned mine differently on each side to give it more effect.
7. The paint is really thick so it will need to dry overnight.
After taking these pictures I thought it would have been fun to add a scarf around him with extra fabric scraps. Oh well, next time...
These are our favorite snowman stories this time of the year:
Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner.
They are wonderful imaginary stories about what snowmen might do at night and on Christmas night.