DIY Snowman Ornament Tutorial

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m on my annual hunt for fun crafts that my kids and I can make during the season. My family enjoys being creative and luckily there are always a ton of cute ideas to choose from.

One craft that we work on every year is an ornament. After scouring Pinterest, we choose our favorite and make one for our tree and others to give away.

Even though I live in Florida and never see them any more, I love snowmen. Almost half of my Christmas decorations are snowman related. Naturally, I fell in love with this ornament and knew we had to create them.

DIY snowman ornament


  • Lightbulb
  • Transparent glass seed beads (a small bag is plenty for one – I used transparent rainbow )
  • Small black beads (7 -9 for eyes and mouth)
  • Small orange bead (1 for nose)
  • Small red pompoms (3 or more for buttons – I used 7mm)
  • One pipe cleaner (any color – I used red)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • A piece of string or yarn (approx. a foot long – not used in finished product)
  • Twine or ribbon (used on finished ornament to hang it on the tree)

Snowman Instructions:

Get set up. Make sure all of your supplies are readily available.

Tie your piece of string or yarn around the base (silver end) of the lightbulb. Create two arms out of the pipe cleaners and cut them down to size. Put your clear beads in a bowl.

Coat the lightbulb in Mod Podge and swirl it around the bowl full of seed beads, covering the whole lightbulb (below the base).

coat with glue and seed beads

Using the string or yarn, hang up your lightbulb somewhere overnight to dry.

hang the ornament up to dry
Using the hot glue gun:
making the snowman

create your snowman’s face — add on the buttons — add the pipe cleaner arms

Make sure to cut off the string you used to hang the lightbulb to dry.

Tie your twine or ribbon securely around the base.

attach your ribbon
Voilà! You have a cute ornament to give away or add to your tree.

Make sure to cut off the string you used to hang the lightbulb to dry.
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What was one of your favorite ornaments to create with your kids?

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This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and it was written by Megan Zechman.

About Megan:  I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my children. Pinterest is one of my favorite tools for finding fun, hands-on learning activities. Connect with me @ Education Possible, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram.

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  1. Love this! Its so cute and I think we have all the supplies needed to make our own snowmen. Thanks for another great idea.

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