*Today’s post is sponsored by Hefty; all opinions are my own.*
It’s a fair bet that you’ve got a Frozen fan in your household, and not even necessarily if you have a little girl. My two year old daughter LOVES everything Frozen, and lately her favorite character has been Olaf. The other day, we encountered a plush Olaf backpack at the mall, and she totally flipped out! “Oh, Olaf! I lub you! I mees you so much! You wanna come my house an’ play wif me??” He did NOT come home with us, and it was traumatic.
So when I saw this adorable snowman craft from Hefty, I had to do it with her! Especially since we’re stuck inside today, thanks to Influenza and a horde of other nasty bugs flying around, infecting everyone we know (including my 6 week old nephew and his 2 and 5 year old sisters – prayers deeply appreciated). Most people can probably make this holiday craft using things they already own, but since we’re just getting started as parents, we had to pick up a few things. It was a bit of a trick getting the supplies, since my poor husband succumbed to the stomach flu and I didn’t really want to take Serenity out, but I finally managed.
This holiday craft is super easy to do, which makes it perfect for all ages – a necessity when you’re crafting with a toddler! Bonus: you get 18 plates in a standard package of Hefty Strong and Deep Foam Plates, so you can make as many of these bad boys as you want (and have other supplies for).
Because I’m a major overachiever, I ended up changing a lot of things in this very simple design, and while it complicated things, I love the way it turned out. Hefty’s snowman tutorial suggests using construction paper and glue to create simple features for your snowman, and real buttons for the lumps of coal. We opted for sparkly foam sheets that are sticky on one side, eliminating the need for glue (and substantially increasing the need for Mommy’s help, as it turned out). I also picked up peel-and-stick hearts and stars instead of buttons, and peel-and-stick jewels for decorating. Serenity requested a scarf instead of a bow, so I cut up a pair of cheap tights to make one, and used the “bottoms” upside down to create a pompom hat. She loves it, and I think it’s pretty darn cute, too! She also requested gloves, hence the fancy arms.
The only remotely complicated thing about this snowman craft is stringing the plates together for hanging; Hefty’s snowman tutorial recommends a simple setup of holes and gift ribbon, but I don’t own a hole punch, and forgot the ribbon, so I had to improvise. We ended up using fabric ribbon and packing tape, and so far it seems pretty sturdy.
This project took longer than I’d expected because of the materials I chose – including writing Serenity’s name in stickers on an optional 3rd plate, discovering the stickers don’t stick for crap, and having to spray it with an acrylic sealer (what I had on hand, for some reason) which almost destroyed the plate by partially melting it. For a two year old, I thought Serenity did very well considering the entire process took over an hour!
The best part was that once Serenity helped me design her snowman to her satisfaction, she asked to make another one, and was absolutely delighted to stick everything together however she wanted. She really went to town! A little too much – I had to unstick foam glitter hearts and stars from each other and from her several times because she wanted to hold all of them while applying them to her snowman, and it just didn’t work out that well. But I absolutely LOVE her finished snowman – it’s all her, with only the tiniest technical help from Mommy (since no way on earth was she getting loose with permanent markers, m’kay).
So…do you want to build a snowman? ?
Be sure to check out these easy holiday crafts for families – homemade ornaments and holiday treat bag toppers – and these tips and tricks for making the holidays more organized and manageable – how to go about freezing holiday cookie dough and how to create clever and safe ornament storage for packing away the decorations when you’re ready (I’ll admit, we usually do that mid-January).
Will you make this cute snowman craft with your kids?
*This post was sponsored by Hefty; all opinions are 100% my own, and I only promote products and brands that I’m comfortable using with my own family.*