As I am writing this post, the temperature is in the 70’s here in central Missouri. In February. Strange. We are having this weather for at least a week and it tricking everything into thinking it is spring – the flowers, the birds, and me. It didn’t even snow enough to make a snowman this winter. That makes me sad. So, before I launch into posts about spring, I am committing to one more week of winter. This is my tribute to the winter that should have been.
In direct response to my snowman-less winter, I am making a great classic kids craft – stain-glassed snowman. Mothers of small children, do not have a coronary. It is not really made of glass, but of tissue paper. These crafts are always a favorite for my boys and they are not messy which is great for mom. No glue, no paint, no markers. Nice!
You can adjust this craft for age and difficulty. If you have young ones, cutting the circles may be tricky. You can cut out the pieces for them and it becomes an assembly craft. When they are a bit older, you can draw the lines and let them cut the pieces out. They will all probably need help with the contact paper. That stuff can be so static-y and it rolls up. No matter their age, cutting the squares of tissue paper is good practice for scissor skills.
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What you need
- Construction Paper – white, black, orange, and red
- Contact Paper – the clear kind that comes in a roll (it is sticky on one side so it’s like a big, clear sticker sheet)
- White Tissue Paper
Let’s Get Started
First, you need to cut out all your pieces – the eyes, carrot nose, circles for the mouth, circle for the head, hat, and the red band on the hat. You will also want to cut a few rows of the white tissue paper into 1” squares. Next, cut out a big piece of contact paper that your entire head and hat will fit on. Cut another piece the same size and set aside. You will need it in a few minutes.
Remove the backing from one of the pieces of contact paper and lay it on the counter sticky side up. Place your hat down first and then the circle for the head. Keep in mind, you are placing them face down. Look at it from the other side to see the front. Make sure you line up the band on the hat and position the hat on the head like you want it. Next, place the face pieces down. Again, look at it from the other side to make sure everything is correct.
Now the fun part. Let the kids add the tissue paper squares. They should overlap and it doesn’t have to be neat. It can be as organized or chaotic as they like. Don’t worry about the eyes and nose pieces, it is the back so they can put tissue paper over them. The overlap creates the dimension, so they can go crazy!
Once the entire head is covered with tissue paper squares, it is time to use the second piece of contact paper. Remove the backing and place this piece sticky side down. This way the two non-sticky sides are on the outside. Smooth it down and trim the extra contact paper from around your creation. All done!
That was easy – right? You can make these stained-glass crafts in any shape or color. You will see many of my versions as we make our way through the holidays this year. So, that is the only snowman it looks like I am getting this year. (Watch it snow in April now!) I hope your kiddos enjoy this as much as mine do. Please let me know how it goes and share a picture of your creation. As always, you can find me at [email protected] or leave your thoughts in a comment below. Don’t forget to sign-up for my weekly newsletter so you won’t miss any new crafts!