Inside: 3D Paper Snowman Craft for Preschoolers Learn how to make a seriously adorable little three dimensional snowman out of things you have around the house right now.
It's finally beginning to feel a lot like winter, and I am HERE FOR IT.
As the temperatures start to drop and the snow starts to fall up north, what better way to get into the winter spirit than by making this cute 3D paper snowman?
It's an easy and fun project perfect for kids of all ages, and a great way to recycle used printer paper you have laying around the house. Grab your glue, scissors, and fuzzy wires, and let's get started!
My kids loved putting their own unique spin on these, and I loved seeing what they could create. These are perfect preschool classroom crafts, or if you stay home with your little, this one is a great craft to add to your winter decorations. We ended up putting this on my daughter's windowsill.
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What You'll Need to Create This 3D Paper Snowman Craft
There are a few things you'll need, feel free to change things up, or read through these instructions and let your (or your child's) creative heart tell you how to build this adorable little snowman.
- Construction Paper (black, white, orange)
- Red ribbon (you can totally pick a different color or even a print!)
- Double sided tape
- Fuzzy Wires (pipe cleaners)
- Googly Eyes
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This paper snowman craft for toddlers is a great activity to do when you're stuck inside on a snowy day, or when you freshly pull out of all those fun winter wonderland decorations that your children desperately want to play with, but you don't want them to wreck.
This is the perfect time to make a little snowman they can play with all they want. If they wreck it, it's easy to fix!
My favorite part is that you can make it as unique to your child as you want. Each of my children chose a different color ribbon, and my middle child wanted to create an entirely different snowman altogether. This is all just a way to spark that creativity.
The cool thing about creating these crafts is you can literally do anything you want!
Give them free rein to be creative! Let them choose their favorite colors and decorations. Once everything is glued down, they can proudly display their masterpiece on the mantle, or along the windowsills. My favorite decorations are the ones my kids made.
And I LOVE decorating their rooms every season with the crafts that they created.
Don't forget to give your snowman a name! Some of the names my kid's came up with are Mr. Cutesnow, Cornelius, and Fluffyman (although he's sometimes called Fluffy Snowy).
3D Paper Snowman Craft Tutorial Step by Step Guide
To make a snowman, start by getting some white construction paper and cutting it into strips.
Then, spread the paper strips out in a circle, meeting together in the middle and spreading out like a sunburst.
Stick the strips together with double sided tape (or glue!). Gather the ends of the strips together to form a “snowball”.
Repeat the process and make a smaller one. Attach the smaller “snowball” on top of the bigger one.
Now you have a snowman!
Get black construction paper and cut 3 small circles for buttons, 1 big circle for the bottom of hat, and one rectangle to create the top of the hat.
You'll also need to cut a rectangle out of orange to create the nose. Roll the orange piece into a cone and add glue or a piece of double sided tape.
For the hat, create a tube out of the rectangle we cut out earlier. Make sure it fits on the larger bottom circle well, or keep adjusting until it looks nice.
Then cut about half an inch along the bottom of the tube towards the center. You'll fold these pieces in to create a hat shape.
Attach the hat to the smaller snowball, then piece together the face by adding the orange cone we created, the hat, googly eyes, and don't forget the smaller circles down his front to give this snowman a great classic look!
But wait! He needs arms!
Take your fuzzy wires (some people call them pipe cleaners) and twist them together. I took two longer wires and just added two smaller wires to create a little three pronged branch.
I'm all for letting kids innovate with these crafts. So if it makes your life easier and your kids are old enough to be trusted with scissors (or you're understanding that you'll have a lot to clean up later!) let them take the reins.
3D Paper Snowman Craft Tutorial PDF
Here is a great printable version if you'd like it!
- Construction Paper (black, white, and orange)
- Googly Eyes
- Double Sided Tape
- Fuzzy Wires (pipe cleaners)
- Glue Gun
- Glue (stick or white glue)
- Get the white construction paper and cut it into strips. I use 6 of the longer strips, and 3 of the shorter strips.
- Spread the paper strips in a circle, meeting together in the middle, and spreading out like a sunburst.
- Stick the strips together with double sided tape (or glue!).
- Gather the ends of the strips together to form a round shape.
- Repeat the process and make a smaller one.
- Attach the smaller "snowball" on top of the bigger one.
- Get the black construction paper and cut 3 small circles for buttons, 1 big circle for the bottom of the hat, and one rectangle for the top of the hat.
- Cut a rectangle shape from the orange construction paper.
- Roll it to form a cone. This will make the nose of the snowman. Attach the cone together with a dab of glue or a piece of double sided tape.
- To make the hat, get the black construction paper. Form a tube out of the rectangle we cut out earlier.
- Cut about half an inch into the end of the tube, fold it, and attach this to the big circle you cut.
- Attach the hat to the body of the snowman.
- Then attached the nose, googly eyes, to the smaller snowball, this is it's face.
- Then add the 3 small circles to the snowman's chest to create buttons.
- Next, make the arms of the snowman from the fuzzy wires. Cut 2 long
fuzzy wires and 4 shorter ones.
- Attached the 2 short fuzzy wires in the long fuzzy wires. Simply twist the short wires along the long one.
- Repeat the process and make the other arm. You should have two arms now.
- Attached the arms of the snowman using glue.
- Cut the ribbon and put it around the snowman's neck to make the scarf.
- Allow glue to dry completely, and this craft is complete!
Be extra careful with scissors and hot glue around little hands. If it makes you more comfortable, feel free to use regular white glue. I also love using double sided tape, it makes the whole process much quicker and easier because you don't have to wait for glue to dry.
Let your creativity flow here! You are free to change colors, paint the craft sticks, or add extra eyes. The choice is yours! I love seeing what my little's create after I show them the instructions, it's always fun and unique!