Holiday DIY: ‘Frozen’ Olaf snowman and Frosty ornaments to make with the kids
Gather up the little ones because we’ve got two festive DIY snowman projects to keep them busy when the snow starts to fly and that also work perfectly as gifts.
“HAND-PAINTED” SNOWMAN ORNAMENT
Who it’s perfect for: Grandma and Grandpa—find a version of this craft on the blog Little Bit Funky.
What you’ll need:
- Brightly colored, round ornaments (Target has a wide selection of glass ornaments that will work perfectly.)
- White acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush
- Black and orange markers
- One egg carton
- Optional: Felt scraps, scissors, glue
Make it happen:
- Paint your child’s hand, from just inside the wrist to their fingertips with the white paint.
- Place the ornament in their hand (hook side up) and have them grip it like a ball for a moment. (Tip, have them practice holding the ornament before you paint their hand so they know they don’t have to squeeze it).
- Set the painted ornament upside down on the egg carton to dry.
- Once dry, use the black marker to draw eyes, arms and buttons on the five snowmen (one for each finger).
- Use the orange marker to give the snowmen carrot noses.
- Write your child’s name and the year on the bottom of the ornament.
- Tie a ribbon on the ornament hanger so it’s all set to hang on Grandma’s tree.
- Cut pieces of felt into little strips to make scarves for your snowmen, then simply glue them on.
- Use the black marker to draw hats on your snowmen.
- Dip fingertips into the white paint and dot them around the ornament to create the illusion of falling snow.
OLAF SOCK SNOWMAN
Who it’s perfect for: Let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with Frozen-themed fun, so this one is a sure-fire hit your kids can give to their friends. Note, there is hot glue involved, so you’ll definitely need to help them create this fun project that we found on the blog One Creative Mommy.
What you’ll need:
- One white sock
- About 1⅓ cups of rice
- Two 1-inch white pom poms
- Two large googly eyes
- Adhesive-backed black felt (one sheet is enough for 12 Olafs)
- Small piece of orange felt
- Three clear hair elastics (medium size)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Free Olaf features printable
Make it happen:
- Pour about ¾ of a cup of rice into the bottom of the sock. Then squeeze the rice down until you have a shape you like for Olaf’s bottom, but while also making sure the sock is centered. Then wrap one of the clear elastics tightly around the sock, just above the rice.
- Using less than ⅛ of a cup rice, repeat step 1.
- Using a little less than ½ of a cup of rice, repeat step 1 again. Note, be sure that Olaf’s head is taller than it is wide.
- Make sure Olaf keeps his shape by creating a ring of hot glue where the middle section rests on the bottom section.
- Repeat step 4, but this time where Olaf’s head meets his middle.
- Glue the free Olaf features printable to the paper side of the adhesive black felt sheet.
- Cut out Olaf’s hair, arms, mouth and buttons from the printable sheet/felt.
- Starting with his mouth, peel off the paper backing and place the felt onto Olaf’s head. Then add his arms wrapping from the side of the middle ball. And finally add one button to his middle section and two to his bottom section. (Tip, if you’re giving as a gift, use hot glue to attach the pieces more permanently.)
- Cut out a small triangle from the orange felt and use the hot glue gun to attach it to Olaf’s face.
- Use the hot glue gun to attach Olaf’s googly eyes.
- Cut two thin strips of black felt and glue them on above the eyes for Olaf’s eyebrows.
- Glue Olaf’s felt hair on—with the bottom right on the clear elastic.
- Glue the two white pom poms on the bottom section to serve as Olaf’s feet.
What do you say, do you want to build a snowman?