Thursday, December 1, 2011

Let's Make a Snowman Ornament...with Amy Powers!

Matthew and I had so much fun exchanging projects for our magazines (such a great idea!) that we decided to exchange ornaments as well. And to spread the fun with you, we're sharing tutorials for how to make the ornaments with you! (Matthew is visiting my blog today with his sweet little "Christmas Mouse in the House.")

Now, here's my tutorial for making this sweet little snowman ornament.

Happy creating!
Let's Make a
Snowman Ornament
{by Amy Powers}
You will need:
  • Paper clay.
  • Small Styrofoam ball.
  • Small Styrofoam egg.
  • Toothpicks.
  • Paint, including ivory, orange, and brown.
  • Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes.
  • Felted wool scraps (or ribbon) for scarf.
  • Glue.
  • Stickles™ glitter glue in platinum or silver. 
  • Rhinestones or other embellishments for buttons.
  • Large needle.
  • Baker's twine (for hanging). 

A small Styrofoam ball and egg together make a fabulous start to this snowman! Use a toothpick to connect the two and squash the bottom of the egg to flatten it a bit.

Cover the Styrofoam completely with paper clay. Work with small amounts at a time. Use wet fingers to smooth areas if necessary. 

Use more paper clay to add details like the carrot nose, hats, and arms. Smooth out seams, using wet fingers if necessary.

Use a toothpick to add facial features. (This makes such a difference in giving your snowman personality and it makes painting the face so much easier!) Add a bit more clay, if necessary, to make cheeks and a chin.

Snip one end of a toothpick (or use a small wooden dowel instead) and insert in one of your snowman's hands. 

Poke a toothpick through the top of the snowman to make a hole of the string hanger. (I poked it through the hat, about a half an inch from the top).

Allow ornament to dry completely (overnight if possible).

 Now paint your snowman however you like. I applied a base coat of dark brown first and then painted him ivory. That gives him a little dimension and a slightly vintage look. Use the indentations you made to help you paint the facial features. Allow paint to dry.

Cut a narrow strip of wool (I used a bit of a felted sweater) to tie around his neck as a scarf.

Glue three little embellishments, such as rhinestones, for buttons down his belly. if you'd like.

Run a threaded needle through the hole in the top of your snowman. Knot to secure.

Print whatever you'd like for your banner onto cardstock. Fold the cardstock in half at the point where you'd like the pole to go and cut out the banner shape through the fold. Apply glue to the inside of banner fold and slip over the top of the pole. Hold in place.

Add some sparkle to your banner by apply Stickles™ to the edge. Add a bead of Stickles™  to the top of the pole. (Note: Stickles™ seems to take forever to dry and it's so easy to mess up your work when it's wet. Hang your snowman somewhere safe to allow the Stickles™ to dry completely.)


 Make a bunch!

 Thank you, Amy!!

You can find Amy's online magazine at It's full of great Christmas crafting inspiration, eye candy, and projects...just what you need to get motivated this season. 
 And be sure to head on over to Amy's blog to see my tutorial for an adorable "Christmas Mouse in the House." 
Here is a sneak peek:

And I am also guest posting over at Brooklyn Limestone and "greening things up for the holidays!" It is a decorating feature that I hope you will enjoy.


Buy our expanded keepsake edition of Holiday with Matthew Mead 2011 here.


  1. What a sweet holiday project! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I am in love. Thank you for the tutorial!

  3. These little snowmen are so cute! Thanks so much for posting the tutorial, Amy!!! You rock!

  4. Love both the projects. So nice to do an exchange with tutorials. Thanks!

  5. Oh these are lovely! I hope you don't mind me sharing on I'll be sure to credit you, link to you, and send folks your way. This is such a fabulous website...y'all are amazingly talented!!! j

  6. I LOVE this snowman!!! Thanks for the tutorial Amy and wishing you a Merry Christmas! xoxox

  7. Love that idea! I saw a reindeer done like that and bought the stuff to make it but never got around to doing it. Now I am motivated again! Merry Christmas

  8. Thanks so much for this great tutorial! Perfect timing---I was looking for instructions on paper clay papier mache projects just hours ago, and this looks like a great beginner's project!

  9. This is so adorable - I'll have to try this too! Have you tried AMACO's Cloud Clay? It's a wonderful air dry modeling medium. I'd be happy to send samples for you to try, or samples of any of our paper mache mediums. Thanks!

  10. My sister made the snowmen ornaments for Christmas presents - so cute!!


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