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Paint Stick Snowmen – Crafts by Amanda


If you need a fun winter craft for kids, these paint stick snowmen are so cute and make fun puppets! After coloring the sticks, this craft is ready in less than 15 minutes.

Snowman made of paint sticks

Why this project works

Snowmen are simply the star of the winter season, so many snowman crafts to make, so little time!

If it’s too cold outside, this adorable paint stick snowman is a great way to pass the time on a snowy afternoon. You probably have most of the ingredients available!

young boy holding paint stick snowman

Useful project information:


  • Age Level: 4 and up
  • Dirt Factor: medium (glue)
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Completion Time: 30 minutes, plus dry time
  • Cost estimate: Less than $0.50 each

Craft Materials You Will Need

Labeled Supplies for Paint Stick Snowman
Find the full list of supplies and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.

How to Make a Paint Stick Snowman

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to print out the instructions!

  1. paint stick to Whiten and let dry. Repeat on the other side.
  2. Cutting felt In 3″x3″ squares. Wrap around the top of the stick and hot glue the back side together. If you have more time, you can use white craft glue or felt glue and attach a wooden clothespin to the stick and cap to hold it in place while it dries.
Wrapping felt around paint sticks
  1. Tie the yarn around the top of the hat and trim the ends. Fringe the top of the hat with scissors if you like.
Tying string around felt to make a hat
Cutting Fringe in Felt
  1. Cutting fabric Into 8″x1″ strips. Wrap the strip of material around the neck, tie in a knot. Fringe the ends with scissors.
Wrapping a cloth around the neck of a stick
Cutting Fringe in scarf material
  1. Use black marker or a toothpick dipped in black paint to make the mouth and eyes.
Drawing a face with marker.
  1. Cut an orange toothpick in half. Stick half of an orange toothpick on the nose.
Adding toothpicks for sticking
  1. Use white craft glue To attach 3 buttons or beads to the bottom of the scarf.
adding a bead to a stick

Let everything dry before doing the puppet show!

Paint stick snowman near a pine bush

Expert Crafting Tips


  • Check Walmart, Home Depot, or any large store with a paint department. They will be happy to give you some free paint sticks if you don’t have some available.
  • If you’re doing this project with a group and need to keep the mess to a minimum, you can do some prep work. Paint the sticks white and let them dry, and pre-cut all the felt and fabric pieces.
  • If you can’t find orange toothpicks, you can paint a regular toothpick or color it with an orange marker ahead of time.

This is a fun wintertime project, especially during a snowy day. create one Crockpot Filled with Hot Chocolate bake some more cookies For a sweet gift to accompany your day of crafting!

Collage of children making snowman with paint sticks
We originally created this project in January 2010 when my son was in 5th grade.

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young boy holding paint stick snowman

print project

paint stick snowman

In less than thirty minutes you can transform a simple paint stir stick into adorable paint stick snowman puppets!

crafting time30 minutes

total time30 minutes

age category: kids crafts

Project Type: winter

Author: DIY Craft Ideas Hub

supply

  • wooden paint stir stick
  • white acrylic craft paint
  • 3″ x 3″ cap felt
  • 8″ x 1″ strip of material or felt
  • 3 button or pony beads
  • 1/2 of an orange toothpick
  • 6″ piece of yarn
  • white craft glue
  • black marker or black paint

Instruction

  • Paint the stick white and let it dry. Repeat on the other side.

  • Cut the felt into 3″x3″ squares. Wrap around the top of the stick and hot glue the back side together. If you have more time, you can use white craft glue or felt glue and attach a wooden clothespin to the stick and cap to hold it in place while it dries.

  • Tie the yarn around the top of the hat and trim the ends. Fringe the top of the hat with scissors if you like.

  • Cut fabric into 8″x1″ strips. Wrap the strip of material around the neck, tie in a knot. Fringe the ends with scissors.

  • Use black marker or a toothpick dipped in black paint to make the mouth and eyes.

  • Cut an orange toothpick in half. Stick half of an orange toothpick on the nose.

  • Use white craft glue to add 3 buttons or beads to the bottom of the scarf.

Expert Tips and FAQs

  • Check Walmart or Home Depot, or any larger store with a paint department. They will be happy to give you some free paint sticks if you don’t have some available.
  • If you’re doing this project with a group and need to keep the mess to a minimum, you can do some prep work. Paint the sticks white and let them dry, and pre-cut all the felt and fabric pieces.
  • If you can’t find orange toothpicks, you can paint a regular toothpick or color it with an orange marker ahead of time.

This post was originally published here on January 9, 2010 and has since been updated with new photos.

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