Making a Winter Snowman Scene

Celebrate the winter season and all its fun in the snow with this artwork. Turn a paper plate and polystyrene balls into a beautiful artwork that will wow your friends. Some good entertainment for the festive season!


Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: one artwork


  • standard white economy paper plate
  • polystyrene ball with a diameter of 65mm
  • polystyrene ball with a diameter of 55mm
  • white cotton filling
  • pair of 10mm pink wiggle eyes
  • small piece of black felt
  • strip of red felt
  • two sewing pins with black heads
  • one sewing pin with a yellow head
  • any small dry twig
  • powder blue acrylic paint
  • black, blue and yellow felt-tip pens
  • paintbrush
  • sharp knife
  • pliers
  • standard scissors
  • needle and strong thread
  • polystyrene glue
  • quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)


  1. Use the powder blue paint to add an uneven layer of paint over two thirds of the plate.
  2. Add the snow by gluing the cotton filling to the bottom third of the plate.
  3. An adult will need to do this step ~ use the knife to cut both polystyrene balls in half.
  4. Use the polystyrene glue to affix the one half of each ball to the plate to make the snowman. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  5. Use the polystyrene glue to add the eyes and allow to dry thoroughly.
  6. An adult will need to do this step ~ use the pliers to snip the yellow and black pins shorter.
  7. Push the yellow pin into the snowman's head to make a nose.
  8. At both ends of the red felt strip make small incisions, so that it will look as if the scarf has fringes.
  9. Glue the scarf to the snowman's neck.
  10. Cut half-a-hat from the black felt.
  11. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman's head.
  12. Use the black felt-tip pen to add a mouth. Add icy cheeks with the blue pen and then use the black pen again to add small freckles.
  13. Use the shortened black pins to add two buttons to his body.
  14. Break the twig into two small parts and glue a winter tree to the left of the snowman's body.
  15. Use the yellow pen to add a winter sun behind the snowman's head.
  16. An adult will need to do this step ~ use the needle and thread to add a hanging thread.
  17. Hang and enjoy your artwork!
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January 19, 2011

Two darling snowmen on a fence with a snowflake backing proclaim to "let it snow". So easy and economical to make and yet such a nice sight to see. A must have for all snow lovers.

snowmen against fence with a large snowflake

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February 2, 2009

Easy for the youngest of crafters! First, make a snowman. I wanted to use big marshmallows dipped in paint to make the print of the snowman body, but we were out. Instead, we glued on cotton balls. I used the large type. Then use a marker to add a hat, eyes, nose, buttons, and arms.

A simple snow scene with paint and cotton balls.

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