Make a Christmas Snowman from Fan-Folded Paper

What You Need:

  • 3x5-inch oval wood base
  • 3/8x17-inch wood dowel
  • Small screw
  • Glue
  • White latex or crafts paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Multipurpose white paper: 3 pieces 8-1/2 x7 inches, 3 pieces 8-1/2 x4 inches, and 3 pieces 8-1/2x5-1/2 inches
  • Double-stick tape
  • Chenille stems: 4 white and 3 green
  • 12x12-inch sheet green patterned paper
  • Paper punch
  • Scraps of assorted solid-color and patterned papers: black, orange, red, purple, and green
  • String

How To Make It:

  1. Drill a 3/8-hole in the oval base. Insert a small screw about 1/8 inch from the top of the dowel. Apply glue to the bottom of the dowel, and insert it into the drilled hole. Paint the dowel and base white. Set aside.
  2. Fan-fold one piece of 8-1/2x7-inch multipurpose paper, starting with the shorter side and creating approximately 1/3-inch-wide folds. Repeat for the two remaining pieces of 8-1/2x 7-inch paper. Align the fan-folded papers, and then use double-stick tape to secure the pieces along the long side.
  3. Twist a white chenille stem around the center of the papers. Fan out taped papers, bringing the loose ends together and securing with double-stick tape to form a circle. Repeat the folding and securing process for the remaining multipurpose papers to create three different-size circles for the snowman body.
  4. Fan-fold the green paper, creating approximately 1/8-inch-wide folds, for the scarf. Gently bend paper along the long side so one side is slightly longer than the other. Twist a green chenille stem around the center of the scarf. Use scissors to cut strips on both short ends to mimic fringe.

How To Make It (Continued)

5. Referring to the photo, cut two identical carrot shapes from orange paper, leaving a base large enough to cover the chenille stem on the head, and create a dimensional nose. Glue the carrot shapes together, but leave the base unglued. Fan-fold the carrot shape and then position the nose on the snowman face, covering the chenille stem in the center. Glue or tape the base to the snowman face, which is the smallest fan-folded circle. Punch eyes from black paper, and cut a smile from red paper. Position and glue them onto the snowman face.

6. Cut two 1-inch diameter circles from red paper for buttons. Punch two small holes in the center of each button. Insert a green chenille stem through a button and center on the largest fan-folded circle. Twist the chenille stem around the circle and then around the dowel to attach the circle to the dowel. Repeat the process for adding the button and securing the circle to the dowel for the medium circle, placing it so it slightly overlaps the larger circle. Attach the head circle in the same way.

7. Punch a hole at the top of each circle. Tie a string to the largest circle. Thread the string through the backs of the circles, continuing to the top of the dowel. Make a loop; hang from the screw at the top of the dowel for extra support.

8. Attach the scarf by twisting the chenille stem around the dowel. Cut a hat shape from black paper, a band from purple paper, and holly leaves from green paper. Place a piece of tape horizontally on the back of the hat, adhering the two ends of the tape but leaving the center unattached. Slide the hat onto the dowel through the center gap in the tape; press together to secure.


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