Winter is here! Time to get out the holiday decorations and create some decorations of your own, too. What better way to welcome in the cold weather but with some crazy cute snowman art and crafts. Plenty of inspiration is flying all around the internet, but I’ve got some favorites that are sure to keep you, your friends, family, and all the kiddos inspired to get creative and have fun!
Snowman Faux Watercolor Painting
I was so excited when I saw this painting technique come to life at CreateWithMe.com. Painting with traditional watercolors can be a little tricky at times, especially for the kids.
CreateWithMe.com shows us how you can use markers and a little water to get that same dimensional effect with little mess and even less frustration.
- High-Quality Paper
- Black Ink Pen or Marker
CreateWithMe gives you detailed pictures of each step in the drawing. Start with creating the basic shapes of the snowman and continue with the smaller details until your outline is complete.
Next use richly hued brush markers to color in the different areas of the snowman. You can really use any color that gets your creative juices flowing! The important thing is that you work your markers around the inside edge of every snowman part.
Next, you’ll take a wet brush and work the marker line into the center. As you brush inwards, the color will run and fade creating a dimensional effect that closely resembles watercolor. Once you’ve finished all your coloring, you can use pastels to create swirly designs in the background. Lastly, go over all of the outline shapes with a black ink marker, but make sure your picture is completely dry before you do this step.
Take a step back and take a look at the beautiful color-filled snowman you’ve just created that’s popping off the page!
This one is an excellent choice for little kids because of the low level of difficulty, and the super high degree of fun involved. Doily snowmen are incredibly cute and customizable. I love the one from EasyPeasyAndFun.com, but with a little added customization so the wee ones can truly make each snowman their own.
- Construction Paper or cardstock
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, etc.
- Embellishments such as cotton balls, sequins, glitter glue, pipe cleaners, beads, etc.
Let the kids pick the color paper they want to use for the background. Give them two doilies, one that’s trimmed to be smaller and one that’s unaltered. Let the kids glue the doilies onto the paper, and have them choose how to create the snowman eyes, nose, and mouth. Then let them decorate their snowmen any way they want using all the supplies available. If you’re using markers, big brush markers may be most comfortable in small child hands.
Cotton Ball Snowman Cards
There’s plenty of holiday cards flying around this time of year, but are any of them as cute as these DIY Snowman cards like the ones featured on FamilyEducation.com? I don’t think so! This is another crazy fun craft that’s simple enough for the little guys and girls in the house to do. All you need is some cotton balls, colored paper, and glue.
- Cotton balls
- Colored Paper
- Embellishments (glitter, felt, sequins, buttons, etc.)
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Fold the paper in half. Next, help your child glue the cotton balls onto the front of the card to form a snowman shape. Next, let your child use some jumbo crayons, markers, felt, other paper, etc. to decorate the snowman how he/she would like. You can also make a snowy effect with glue dots, or you can use puff paint for added dimension.