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14 Christmas Snowman Crafts for Kids

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Christmas Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

Christmas Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

Do you ever use store-bought pasta sauce?

How about salsa?

Jelly? Olives? Pickles? Applesauce?

If so, I bet you’re throwing away all those jar lids when you and your kids could be making a cute winter snowman out of them.

After reading this post, you’ll know exactly how to turn 3 of those jar lids into a snowman.

 

Materials Needed for Snowman Craft

 

Supplies for Snowman Crafts

 

Snowman Craft Directions

  1. Paint the front side of your paint stir stick white. Paint 2-3 layers for best coverage. (NOTE: We used a stir stick from a local hardware store, so we needed to cover their logo. If you’re just using a blank stick, you can skip this step and just paint it blue.)

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  3. Make sure to move your paint stick over to the other side of the paper once you paint the first layers, so that it won’t stick to the paper.

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  5. Once the paint is dry, paint a layer of blue paint over the white paint.

    Paint stick blue

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  7. While the blue layer is drying, paint the top of the lids white. Paint 2-3 layers for the best coverage.

    Paint jar lids white

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  9. While the lids are drying, flip the stir stick over and paint the other side blue.

    Paint inside of stick blue

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  11. Flip the lids over, and paint the insides white. Again, paint 2-3 layers for the best coverage.

    Paint inside of jar lid white

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  13. Cut a strip of blue felt approximately 12 inches long, and 1 inch wide.

    Cut out blue felt

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  15. Tie the felt “scarf” around the handle of the stir stick. Tie it in a double knot on the right side.

    Snowman scarf tied around stick

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  17. Hot glue the smallest lid onto the stir stick above the scarf.

    Small lid glued on top

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  19. Hot glue the medium and large lids below the scarf.

    Lids glued on to make snowman

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  21. Hot glue the blue pom poms down the middle of the medium lid.

    Hot glue pom poms

     

    Glue on blue pom poms

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  23. Remove the backing and place the self-adhesive wiggle googly eyes on the small lid.

    Add googly eyes

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  25. Cut a carrot-shaped nose out of the orange foam, and stick it to the small lid.

    Cut orange foam for snowman carrot

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  27. Stick rhinestone gems in the shape of a smile onto the small lid.

    Peel off rhinestone gems

    Make snowmans smile

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  29. Flip the stir stick over, and hot glue the twigs to the back of the stick.

    Add twigs to back of snowman

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    Add twigs to back of snowman

     

  31. Now your snowman is now ready to enjoy!

    Finished snowman craft with upcycled lids

 

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Snowman craft for preschoolers

Snowman Craft with Upcycled Jar Lids

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Paint stir stick
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Light blue acrylic craft paint
  • Paper bag or cardboard to use for paint drips
  • 3 jar lids in small, medium, and large sizes
  • Sheet of blue felt
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Orange self-adhesive foam sheet
  • Blue self-adhesive rhinestone gems
  • Small blue craft pom-poms
  • Pipe cleaners or twigs

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Paint the front side of your paint stir stick white. Paint 2-3 layers for best coverage.
  2. Once the paint is dry, paint a layer of blue paint over the white paint.
  3. While the blue layer is drying, paint the top of the lids white. Paint 2-3 layers for the best coverage.
  4. While the lids are drying, flip the stir stick over and paint the other side blue
  5. Flip the lids over, and paint the insides white. Again, paint 2-3 layers for the best coverage.
  6. Cut a strip of blue felt approximately 12 inches long, and 1 inch wide. Tie the felt “scarf” around the handle of the stir stick. Tie it in a double knot on the right side.
  7. Hot glue the smallest lid onto the stir stick above the scarf and the medium and large lids below the scarf. 
  8. Hot glue the medium and large lids below the scarf.
  9. Hot glue the blue pom poms down the middle of the medium lid.
  10. Place the googly eyes, a carrot-shaped nose cut out of the orange felt, and rhinestone gems in the shape of a smile on the small lid.
  11. Flip the stick over and glue twigs on the back for arms.

Notes

If you're using a plain paint stick with no logo or lettering, you can skip painting the stick white and simply paint it blue.

Pipe cleaners can be substituted for twigs.

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Snowman craft with upcycled lids

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How to Make a Sensory Bottle Without Baby Oil

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This snowflake sensory is both beautiful and easy to make — plus it kind of doubles as DIY winter home decor.

 

So what’s a sensory bottle?

If you’re not familiar with sensory bottles (also known as discovery bottles or calm down jars), they’re basically a bottle filled with some sort of thick, drippy liquid, plus a lot of “stuff” that swirls around in it.

Not only do they have a calming effect on people of all ages (similar to how you feel when you watch an aquarium), but you can use them to encourage skills like counting, problem solving, sorting, and visual perception.

 

Sensory Bottle Supplies

Materials for winter snowflake sensory bottle

 

Sensory Bottle Directions

  1. Pour the glue into the sensory bottle.
  2. Glue in bottle

     

  3. Add the snowflakes and glitter.
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  5. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water.
  6. Add snowflake glitter to bottle

     

  7. Use tape or glue to secure the lid. (You might want to wait a day or so to do this and make sure that you’re happy with your snowflake-to-glue ratio first.)
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  9. Shake the contents of the bottle around until the contents of the bottle move around slowly and freely.
  10. Finished snow sensory bottle

Finished winter sensory bottle

 

And that’s it!

Want more sensory activities? Check out the posts below:

 

More Sensory Activities for Kids

 

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Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

Dinosaur Nail & Wood Craft (Easy String Art for Kids)

This dinosaur string art is a unique craft that has the benefit of teaching your kid the real-life skill of hammering (depending on their age.)

If you’ve never done string art before, this post has everything you need to know to get started. Not only that, but I’ve included some tips about string art in general so that you can continue making more projects on your own.

Now I don’t pretend to be a string art expert, but I did a little research to find the answers to common questions which may come in handy, especially if you want to continue doing more string art, and/or if you want to customize this project a little.

What is the best wood for string art?

The website Nevaska.ca had some good tips about choosing your wood:

  • Any type of softwood (such as cedar, fir, pine, or redwood) works best. Not only are they sturdier and don’t crack, but they’re easier to hammer nails into.

    (What’s not a softwood, you may ask? Oak, maple and walnut are all hardwoods.)

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  • Your wood should be thick enough to “withstand at least half of the nails hammered into its surface.” This is usually going to be about 2cm, or a little under an inch.
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  • Don’t use wood panels with any kind of melamine coating. It cracks very easily and you’ll end up with marks and holes when you start hammering in the nails.

I’ll also add that, if you’re considering your string art to be something you can set on a bookshelf, you’ll want to choose a thicker, more “chunky” piece of wood so that the finished project can stand up.

 

Can you use a nail gun for string art?

No, and you’ll see why when you scroll down and see the process photos. Nail guns are too big to get the nails as close together as they need to be.

 

What kind of string do you use for string art?

A ball of cheap crochet yarn works just fine.

The Creative Folk says you can also use cotton embroidery flossif you want a thinner, more delicate look.

(NOTE: I included the link so you can see what it looks like, but do not buy it from Amazon because it is way overpriced. You could get that amount of DMC floss for under $5 at Michael’s.)

Other recommended strings include:

 

String Art Craft Kits

Of course, you can always save yourself the trouble of finding the right piece of wood and painting it — and just buy a string art kit instead. (Or, ideally, you can both!)

There are some really cute ones out there. Most, if not all, of these kits include 3 different canvases.

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Okay … now that you’re officially a string art wizard, let’s go ahead and make this dinosaur!

First of all, you’re going to need the stegosaurs dinosaur template. (Unless, of course, you just want to draw your own freehand dinosaur, which is always an option.)

You can find the template (and a lot of other cool things, I might add) in my free printables library.)

If you don’t already have the super-secret password to access the library, just fill out the form below and I’ll send it to you within minutes:


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Materials Needed for Dinosaur String Art

  • Yellow, Orange, and Green Craft Paint
  • ½”x7”x12” piece of smooth flat wood (we used scrap wood that was leftover from home projects, but you can also get these at a craft store)
  • Craft Paint Brushes
  • 17×1” Wire Nails, or any small hardware nail
  • (we used 86 nails to make our dinosaur, but your mileage may vary)

  • Hammer
  • Green Yarn
  • Pencil
  • Dinosaur Template (see note above)
  • Scissors

 

String art supplies

 

Dinosaur String Art Directions

  1. Paint the outer edge only of the wood with the orange craft paint. We just painted it freehand, but it you want to be extra careful, you can line the edges with painter’s tape first.
  2. Painting wood edge orange

     

  3. Paint a second coat after the first one dries.
  4. Painting edge of wood orange

     

  5. Paint the front side of the wood with the yellow paint.
  6. Painting wood yellow

     

  7. Again, paint a second coat once the first one dries. If you want a really solid color, you could go on to give it 3 or even 4 coats, but we stopped at 2 because we wanted to still see the wood grain behind the paint.
  8. Second coat of yellow paint

     

  9. Use scissors to cut out the dinosaur from the template provided.

    Cut out dinosaur template

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  11. Place the template centered on the yellow painted side of the wood, and outline with a pencil. If you make any stray marks, you can always cover with additional yellow paint.

    Set djnosaur template on wood

     

    Trace dinosaur template with pencil

     

    Dinosaur drawn in pencil

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  13. Paint the outlined dinosaur with the green paint. Again, paint a second or third coat depending on your preference.

    Painting dinosaur green

     

    Dinosaur all painted green

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  15. After the green paint is dry, begin hammering your nails along the outline of the dinosaur.

    Adding nails

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  17. When you’re going around the spikes on the back of the dinosaur, make you’re placing the nails close enough together to outline the shape of the spike. If they’re too far apart, then the shape of the spikes will be distorted.

    Adding nails to dinosaur spikes

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  19. Once you get to the tail and legs you can begin to space them a little further apart.

    Adding nails to dinosaur legs

     

    All nails on dinosaur

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  21. Tie the yarn in a double knot around one of the nails.
  22. Green string on nail

     

  23. Start outlining the dinosaur with the yarn, making sure to wrap the yarn all the way around the nail before moving to the next one.
  24. Wrapping green strings around nails

     

    Wrapping green strings around nails

     

    Tying string

     

  25. Once you make it all the way around the dinosaur with the yarn, start crisscrossing the yarn back and forth across the nails in any pattern you choose. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, so just have fun with it.

    Criss crossing string art

     

    Stringing dino tail

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  27. Once you have finished, tie the yarn in a double knot again around one of the nails. Use scissors to cut the yarn close so that where you tied off is not noticeable.

    Cut string with scissors

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    Knot tied in string

     

    Now you’ve got a cool dinosaur you can give as a gift, display on a table or hang on your wall.

    Dinosaur string art craft for kids

     

    If you haven’t already discovered Command Picture Hanging Velcro Strips, I suggest you check them. It’s an easy way to hang art projects, and they won’t damage your wall.

     


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    Dinosaur string art craft for kids

    Dinosaur String Art

    Active Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Materials

    • Yellow, Orange, and Green Craft Paint
    • ½”x7”x12” piece of smooth flat wood
    • 17×1” wire nails
    • Dinosaur template

    Tools

    • Craft Paint Brushes
    • Pencil
    • Hammer
    • Scissors

    Instructions

    1. Paint the outer edge only of the wood with the orange craft paint. Let it dry, then paint a second coat.
    2. Paint the front side of the wood with the yellow paint. Paint a second and even third coat, depending on how you want it to look.
    3. Cut out the dinosaur template, then place it centered on the yellow painted side of the wood, and outline with a pencil.
    4. Paint the outlined dinosaur with the green paint. Again, paint a second or third coat depending on your preference.
    5. After the green paint is dry, begin nailing your nails along the outline of the dinosaur.
    6. Tie the yarn in a double knot around one of the nails and then start outlining the dinosaur with the yarn, making sure to wrap the yarn all the way around the nail before moving to the next one.
    7. Once you make it all the way around the dinosaur with the yarn, start crisscrossing the yarn back and forth across the nails in any pattern you choose.
    8. Once you have finished, tie the yarn in a double knot again around one of the nails. Use scissors to cut the yarn close so that where you tied off is not noticeable.
    9. Hang your dinosaur on the wall or place him on a bookshelf!

    Notes

    When you’re going around the spikes on the back of the dinosaur, make you’re placing the nails close enough together to outline the shape of the spike; otherwise the shape of the spikes will be distorted.

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    Dinosaur String art

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