Putting up the tree is one of my favorite parts about the holidays! Every year it is a trip down memory lane as the ornaments we hang bring back memories of family trips, milestones, and loved ones. All of our ornaments have a special place in my heart, especially those hand made by my children! Each year my children hand make an snowman ornament to add to the tree, and it has become one of my favorite traditions. Once I learned How To Make A Terracotta Pot Snowman Ornament, I knew it would be the perfect addition to our tree this year!
Benefits Of Crafting With Kids:
- Working on crafts is one of the best ways to strengthen fine motor skills and improve hand eye coordination.
- Crafting provides a fantastic way for kids to express their creativity.
- Having kids help set up and clean up crafting projects teaches organization skills and responsibility!
- Crafting projects can be excellent for sensory development and exploring materials of different textures!
How To Create This Terra Cotta Snowman Ornament For Kids:
- Terracotta Clay Pots (Small or Medium)
- White Glossy Acrylic Paint
- Miniature Black Pom Poms for the Mouth
- Miniature Orange Pom Poms for the Nose
- Small Black Pom Poms for the Eyes
- Fuzzy Red or Green Pom Poms for the Earmuffs
- Red or Green Chenille Stems for the Earmuffs
- Coiled Yarn for the Scarf
- Glue (tacky glue, hot glue, or craft glue will all work well!)
- Tweezers, if needed
The first step of this snowman ornament project is to paint your terracotta pot. This step should be done a day or a few hours before you want to build your snowman to allow it time to dry!
Paint the pots on the inside and outside. You can use white spray paint for this part, but most children will enjoy painting their pot by hand!
Allow paint to dry completely and apply a second coat if necessary.
Using a toothpick, clear any excess paint that has dried from the bottom of the pots.
Thread a ribbon approximately 6 inches long through the hoop end of a bell. Position the bell in the middle of the ribbon.
Fold the ribbon in half and knot the ribbon just above the bell and again about one inch above the first knot.
Thread the ends of the ribbon through the hole in the bottom of the terra cotta pot. Tweezers may be helpful for pulling the ribbon through the hole!
Once the ribbon is pulled all the way through the hole, add another knot close to the cut end of the ribbon to create a way to hang the ornament.
Trim the ends of the ribbon to clean up any raveling pieces.
Now it is time to decorate your snowman! Get your kids involved in the process of preparing the materials!
Have little ones sort the pom poms and chenille stems by color onto paper plates for easy access!
Make the scarf by placing the coiled yarn around the pot. Secure using glue.
Use tacky glue or glue dots to adhere the orange pom pom for the nose, small black pom poms for the eyes, and miniature black pom poms for the mouth.
To create ear muffs, fold a chenille stem in half, cut to the desired length, and glue the ends in place. Glue a red or green pom pom over each end of the chenille stem.
Allow all of the glue time to dry and then hang your adorable terra cotta pot snowman onto your tree!
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