Snowman Craft from Tin Cans!

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This snowman craft (that’s also a wind chime) was so fun. I’ve had this idea in my the entire fall and couldn’t wait to have the time to do it with the boys!

Things started rocky, for sure, but I do love the end result.

It started out that I didn’t have any white paint. Well, honestly, I did. Just not very much. I had a small jar of it from the washable paints that the boys used.

But we needed enough to cover 3 giant tin cans (coffee can size!).

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Snowman Craft Painting Tin Cans

I asked my fellow craft friends over on G+ (are you on there? you should be! Join me please!) for ideas to use for white paint. I’ve made homemade paint before. But honestly, white threw me for a loop.

Our solution was the good ol’ shaving cream and glue mixture. Its puffy paint and it gave the tin cans the perfect effect for a snowman!

George covered a tin can with the paint mixture using a sponge. I painted the others myself. Henry was just too busy at the time to help, or so he said…

With the paint still wet, George sprinkled on a lot of Frosty Snow flakes (affiliate link). I had a lot of this on hand, so that’s what I chose to use. White glitter would look awesome too.

Adding Snow to the Snowman Craft

And then the snowman parts.

I pulled together 2 eyes, a nose, a mouth and three buttons from the idea from our interactive snowman fridge. I made them all magnetic by hot gluing it onto magnetic buttons (affiliate link).

The eyes are made from black pom poms. The nose is 2 orange pom poms and a small part of a pipe cleaners (though I now think it should just me 3 pom poms, with the last one being a smaller one). The mouth is a red pipe cleaner (magnets on each end). The 3 buttons are black foam pieces cut into circles.

Red ribbon was also used as a scarf.

Tin Can Snowman Craft Parts

I tied the three tin cans together with yarn and washers.

This was actually trickier than I thought. Its easier to start at the bottom of the snowman and work your way to the top. Tie a washer one, thread through a hole at the top of the tin can [made using a nail, be careful of sharp edges]. Figure out the distance to the top of the next can with some spacing in between and tie another washer. And so on.

(Note: I didn’t add additional nuts and washers this time to make this a true wind chime. If you’d like to, just add more washers along the yarn when you’re stringing it through. It’ll clang against the side of the tin cans.)

Then hang it somewhere low enough that the kids can decorate it!

A snowman craft made using marshmallows is an easy beginner hands on activity!

I just simply tied the ribbon around the yarn loosely for the scarf. The rest Henry did!

Tin Can Snowman Craft

I took our snowman craft outside and hung on the porch.

(The Frosty Snow flakes (affiliate link) fall off every time you bump it, so if you’d like to keep it inside, maybe don’t use them).

The boys wanted to be able to see their snowman from the windows, so I had to make sure it was strategically placed!

Tin can snowman wind chime


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    • Jamie Reimer says

      I don’t remember how long it took to dry. Just like glue I guess. It stays on fine, but we ours on the edge of our porch and by the end of the season, it was washed off on the outside.

  1. Crystal McClean says

    I love using the puffy paint for added texture! Thank you for linking up to Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you this week at Castle View Academy.

    Happy New Year!!

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