I have used STYROFOAM TM Brand Foam on previous craft projects. It comes in handy for so many things that I actually had a hard time deciding what to make. Then I decided a snowman was in order.
The materials you will need for this project are:
from STYROFOAM TM Brand Foam
- one 6" white ball
- one 5" white ball
- one 3.5" white ball
- one 2" white ball
- one 8" x 2" white disc
You will also need:
- one wooden skewer
- low melt glue gun and glue sticks
- white craft glue
- spray adhesive
- black cardstock
- epsom salt
- coarse white or clear glitter
- fine iridescent glitter
- red grosgrain ribbon
- green grosgrain ribbon
- misc black beads
- black buttons
- two small sticks
- an ice pick
It's time to start adding the "snow". First, let's make sure we have the materials. Epsom salt looks like little bits of ice, while rock salt looks like, um, rocks. We don't want rocks.
Take your snowman and lay him down on an old cookie sheet (to catch the excess salt and glitter.) Support his head in a shallow bowl or ramekin if necessary to keep him from rolling. Brush craft glue over the top half of his body and sprinkle generous amounts of epsom salt over the glue.
Once he's completely dry, take him outside or to a well ventilated area and give him a nice coating of spray adhesive. Sprinkle coarse glitter, then the fine, iridescent glitter all over him.
When he's dry, bring him back inside so we can dress him and give him arms and a face.
Your snowman will need to stand up so that you can display him nicely. This is where the 8" x 2" disc of STYROFOAM Brand Foam comes in. It is the base for your snowman. Apply a generous amount of low melt glue to the center of the disc and press the snowman down on top of it. Brush the surface of the disc with craft glue and sprinkle more epsom salt. For the sides of the disc you can add more glue and epsom salt, wrap with ribbon, or cut strips of glittery cardstock and glue it on, which is what I did.
Take the black buttons and use the low melt glue to attach them down the center of the 5" ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
To make his scarf:
Slightly off center, glue the longer of the two hanging pieces, then the shorter piece, slightly overlapping. Glue the long piece around his neck and secure with glue.
For his arms:
For his face, you can use beads, more buttons, whatever you like. I used the ends of little sticks and dotted them with a black marker. It is important to make your snowman very happy. Depending on the angle of his arms, if his smile isn't big enough he will look like he's under arrest as opposed to being jolly. (Don't ask me how I know this.)
Every snowman needs a hat.
While the hat was still slightly wet with the glue, I applied low melt glue to the bit of the STYROFOAM Brand Foam that was still peeking through under the hat (#2) and attached it to the top of my snowman's head. The damp cardstock curved around his head just right and dried looking like it was meant to be there.
You're done! Add a few sprigs of greenery and a couple of ornaments around his base and you have a cute, sparkly snowman!
Stephanie Lynn and STYROFOAM Brand Foam for the fun crafting opportunity!