Are you looking for a KIDS art project that repurposes items you already may have on hand? This DIY kids art project provides just that and these snowman ornaments make the cutest handmade gift!
Today, I am going to share with you this super cute snowman ornaments craft that my kids (okay, and me as well) just completed using items that we already had on hand! My favorite type of DIY project is one that uses discarded items and repurposes them!
As the owner of a kids second-hand shop for over 17 years, I think upcycling and repurposing items just come naturally, not just to me but to my kids as well. I believe that we can find a purpose or second use for almost anything.
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We chose to make these adorable Snowman Ornament made from old jar lids. Of course, it was snowing here in the north country as we were painting ours. Which meant the perfect time to create a few indoor snow people to celebrate winter’s arrival.
For this craft, we will offer two different choices to make each feature so that you can customize it according to what you have on hand and your child’s age level.
Helpful Tips to Make Snowman Ornaments
- When putting a hole in the top of the lid to hang I would recommend not using a drill (learned that the hard way) the metal is so soft it leaves sharp pieces sticking out that are not sander friendly. Using a hammer and wide nail worked perfectly.
- Prepare your ornaments surface using fine-grit sandpaper (lightly so paint adheres better)
- Adding a thin coat of Mod Podge Sealer over your painted lid helps to prevent peeling & cracking of paint. We applied just after the two coats of white paint prior to adding on the rest of the 3D features.
- Keep in mind that some of the lids may require up to three coats of paint to cover their existing design. It’s best to apply thin coats and allow them to fully dry overnight.
Materials for Snowman Ornaments
- Metal lids – any style (1 lid per ornament)
- Permanent marker (black)
- Orange paint OR orange polymer clay (carrot nose)
- Pink Paint or pink permanent marker (rosy cheeks)
- White paint (acrylic or spray paint)
- Thin ribbon or jute (to hang ornament or use to make a scarf or bow)
- Mod Podge (or paint sealer of your choosing)
*OPTIONAL 3D Features
- Googly eyes (or you can use a permanent marker or black paint)
- Pipe cleaner & 2 small pompons (ear muffs)
- White fabric paint for textured 3d “snow hair or hat”
- Orange polymer clay (carrot nose)
Tools for Snowman Ornaments
- Hammer & wide nail
- Low grit sandpaper
- Hot glue gun or E6000 glue
- Paint Brushes (wide brush for painting lid and a smaller brush for features)
- Reusable paint tray
Prep Your Lids for Snowman Ornaments
1. Wash, dry your lids and lightly sand the top so the paint adheres easier
2. Apply white paint till you have the coverage you want. (brush paint or spray paint)
Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge after the painting has been completed to prevent paint peeling or chipping (prior to adding any 3D features)
Time to Add the Details!
- EYES– they can paint them on, glue googly eyes or even draw them on with a permanent marker
- NOSE– they can paint them on, draw them on with a permanent marker or make a nose from polymer clay only takes 10 minutes to back! (We LOVE Sculpey clay!)
- MOUTH– black paint or permanent marker
- EARMUFFS– cut a pipe cleaner a few inches long enough to glue on the top rim of their lid adding a pompom on either side
- SCARF or BOW- kids can add a hairbow, bow tie, or scarf by cutting and tying ribbon
- SNOW HAIR or CAP– drizzle white fabric paint over the top part of the lid for a textured 3D icing look
- SPARKLING SNOW– can be added using a glue and Epsom salt mixture and then just brush it on
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Thank you for joining us today for another Upcycled Craft Project! Please share with us by commenting below if your child)ren) liked making this project & what their favorite part was!
Kim & her tween team
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