Do You Want To Build A Snowman? #HeftyHoliday

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*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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.*

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54 comments on “Do You Want To Build A Snowman? #HeftyHoliday”

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) said:

    What a super cute idea. I want to do this with my kids.

    1. You totally should! 🙂 I’d love to see a picture if you do.

  2. What a cute craft! I think my daughter would love making it.

    1. Thanks! I’m sure she would – I couldn’t believe how excited Serenity was about it!

  3. Dawn said:

    I would totally make this for my son if he was young. He’s 14 now, so this one is probably off the table… *sniff*

    1. Aww, bummer. 🙁 I understand, though. When I first saw it, even though I was all, “Yah, she’ll like this!” I was also a little dubious about the potential adorableness of something made out of a foam plate. It turned out really cute, though!

  4. Jennifer said:

    That is too cute. Unfortunately, if I tried to make it with my three fur babies, they’d just eat it…

    1. LOL!! Yah, probably should avoid that. Our dog used to eat anything remotely foam-like, so I get it.

  5. Maria said:

    This is such an adorable snowman craft to do with the kids for the holidays! I love it.

  6. Oh, that is so fun! I think I already have almost all, if not all, of the supplies. I’m definitely making this with the kids tonight!

    1. That’s awesome! I’d love to see a picture if you care to share one on my Facebook page! 🙂

  7. Such an adorable idea, I’ll do this with the kids. We just made tress from paper plates – the kids had so much fun.

    1. Oh fun, that’s a great idea! 🙂

  8. Nolie said:

    I love it but now I got the frozen song stuck in my head AGAIN! Thanks a lot lol

    1. LOL, sorry!! 😛

  9. Looks like a good craft to try with our three year old, if we can keep him from turning the plates into trampolines…

    1. I was really worried about that, but Serenity did great! I reminded her frequently to be gentle while putting on the sticker foam, but even with a fair amount of enthusiastic toddler pressure, the plates held up amazingly!

  10. Jesica H said:

    What a simple idea my kids would love love love!!! Going to try this over break! Thanks for the idea!

    1. You’re very welcome! I’d love to see pictures if you care to share them on my blog’s Facebook page!

  11. Oh my goodness. I have not seen such an adorable craft for the kids. This is unique with the hanging plates.

    1. I’m so glad you like it! ?

  12. Liz Mays said:

    I love those little snowmen. This is the perfect craft to keep the kids happy on Christmas Eve,

    1. If you wanted to get super crazy, you could use party sized plates, for mini snowmen. 😉

  13. Shauna said:

    Oh my goodness, those are super-cute. My kids would love them. Just may have to build these this week. Thanks for sharing

    1. You’re welcome! Have fun!!

  14. Okay, you’re baby girl kinda steals the show on this post! She is adorable, love that hair!!

    1. Thank you! She’s adorable, and I don’t mind saying so. ? I can’t get enough of her!

  15. Kristin said:

    What an adorable craft to do with your kids during the winter! This is also a great raft to do on a snow day!!!

    1. It definitely keeps them busy and entertained for a good while! 🙂

  16. Jenna Wood said:

    Haha so cute, my mother always loved any crafts with plates, when she was raising me. will have to make this with my niece- I can hear the song from Frozen in my head already!

    1. I know, right? Darn snowman, messing with my sanity. #lol

  17. OH my heart! That is such a cute snowman craft! And brilliant! Because we have zero snow! And my kids want to build a snowman!

    1. We live in Illinois, and we’re surprisingly snowless, too. I love that this allows the idea without the pneumonia. #lol

  18. Ann Bacciaglia said:

    I remember doing this craft with my kids when they were little. I loved doing all the fun winter crafts with them.

    1. Oh fun! How old are your kids now?

  19. LauraOinAK said:

    That’s an adorable way to build a snowman inside. I bet my 5 year old would enjoy doing this, too.

    1. Isn’t it, though?? I need to share the idea with my sister-in-law. Her kids would love this!

  20. Nancy Lustri said:

    Oh my! Your daughter is the cutest. The curly hair is too, too adorable! She’s lucky I can’t reach through the screen and squeeze her. The snowman plates are adorable too. Will share with my cousin when she comes over tomorrow. She has two younger children.

    1. Thank you! She’s my darling, and I can’t get enough of her. ? I hope your cousin has as much fun as we did!

  21. That is super creative to use plates for a snowman!! I love how it turned out and I know she will love her snowman for quite a while!

    1. She keeps walking by the little one on the wall (the big one is wrapped up for her grandparents) and talking to it. ? She loves it! #lol

  22. dawn said:

    Yes, I want to build a snow man! I love Frozen!

    1. Me, too!! Serenity watched it at least daily for months, then moved on suddenly to other things. I’m still sad about it. #lol

  23. Birute Efe said:

    How fun. Anything snowman is a good idea now. Loved how you incorporated plates and made the snowman. Pinning!

    1. Thank you! ? I’m so glad you enjoyed our craft, and thank you for pinning!

  24. susan said:

    What an adorable snowman. I am sure my daughter would love to do a craft like this, such fun!

    1. Thanks! How old is your sweetie? You should totally do it with her!

  25. Janel said:

    Those turned out too cute! What a fun and inexpensive activity!

    1. Thank you! Yes, it was very affordable. I think the whole thing cost around $8 at Dollar General, and I have 14 plates left over to save my back doing dishes for a week or two. We ended up with a lot of left over glitter foam, too.

  26. Amy Desrosiers said:

    Your daughter is so cute and has the same curly hair as my 5 year old! I love her Hefty plate creation too!

    1. Aww, thanks! Your five your old must be adorable, then – I can’t get enough of my little one! ? Is her hair red, too?

  27. Scott said:

    I think I saw that same backpack at the mall over the weekend, and you’re right, it was very cute. Great solution in having your daughter make her own Olaf! I’ll bet she’ll treasure that more!

    1. She adores her snowman. ? If she didn’t already have a My Little Pony back pack that she loves, I’d consider going back for that Olaf!

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