In December, my son and I go into “make it” mode. We have a great time trying out all sorts of crafts. Some are successful and some are, well, fun to try but that’s about as far as it goes. One of our successes was our Snowguy Doorstop. We made one for ourselves and a few for other people. Of course we used ours as a decoration, not a doorstop. But they turned out so cute I thought I’d share it.
This is a really easy craft that can be done, with a little help, by all ages.
Gather your supplies:
Pick up a few keystone pavers at the hardware store: opt for the pewter color ones
White acrylic paint and a paintbrush (a 1 inch should do)
Black Sharpie or black acrylic paint
A wee bit of orange acrylic paint and maybe some pinkish color for the cheeks if you like.
Small felt piece for the bottom of your snowguy
Small piece of polar fleece or whatever type of material you like for a scarf
2 puffs for the earmuffs (for each snowguy you are making)
1 Chenille stem (pipe cleaner) for each snowguy
*optional – some type of sealer
Lay out some newspaper or something to protect your work surface. Paint each paver using the white acrylic paint – one surface at a time – allowing for drying time in between (only about 20 minutes). I found it took about 3-4 coats of paint for complete coverage.
*You may want to seal your paver before you paint it — it would probably help so you wouldn’t have to paint so many coats of white. The pavers just suck up the paint. But it’s a good painting experience for little hands.
Let it dry.
Next comes the fun part. Get out your Sharpie or black paint and go to town. Outline or don’t outline – whatever you like. You can have any words you like or none at all. Color in some eyes and some coal pieces for a mouth. We drew the outline for the nose. Use your orange paint and paint in the nose. If you want cheek color, use a spot of pinkish acrylic paint. I didn’t have any so I used a dab of my Benefit Benetint rose colored cheek and lip stain. :o) Whatever works, right?
After all the painting and designing is done, get your glue out and just smear (I hate that word) a little bit where you want your glitter – and then let your little ones glitter to their hearts content. Let dry.
Time for some hot glue now – so this is a mommy job. Cut your pipe cleaner to a good length that goes over the head of your snowman and down to the ears. Hot glue in place at the ears. Glue a puff ball (ear muffs) over this. He’s looking pretty snappy already! Now get your fabric or knit something to a good length to make a scarf for your handsome snowguy! Tie it on.
Last, but not least, cut a square of felt to fit the bottom and glue it on. This is just to protect any surface he will sit on.
Sit back and enjoy your creation without having to actually go out in the cold snow!
~ Of course your snow guy can be a snow girl as well. I would just add some cute “hair” and maybe a cute little tutu!
* I saw this craft a few years ago on Family.com and just changed things to make it my own.