Felt Snowman Craft

January 30th, 2013

The fact that it has recently been in the upper 60s is no reason to discontinue producing winter craft projects.  (It may be a reason to worry about the continued survival of our planet and our species, but that’s a whole other story.)

Inspired by the felt Christmas tree that I made for the kids around the holidays, I decided to try branching out into additional felt activities.  For the remaining winter months, I decided on a snowman that the kids could decorate.

Mom and I cut out three big white felt circles and sewed them to a blue background to give the thing some stability (it also made it much easier to hang on the wall than the tree was, with all its pointy bits).  Then, we cut out an array of accessories:

  • Hats (top, baseball, and winter)
  • Gloves
  • Assorted Coal Lumps
  • Carrots
  • Buttons
  • Arms
  • Boots
  • Scarves
  • Neckties
  • Miscellaneous Snowflakes

 

The kids could then decorate their snowman at will.

It was a good concept, but did have a bit of trouble in the execution.  My biggest problem was that I made the thing too big.  The big snowman meant big accessories and the big accessories were hard for the kids to stick onto the wall.  They required a more nuanced “smooth it out” approach rather than the usual “whack it onto the wall” approach preferred by small people.  Thus the scarves in particular tend to leap off the wall regularly.

But the smaller items like buttons and carrot noses were a big hit and I think both kids got a kick out of creating wild snow beings that would make Picasso proud.  If I did it again, I’d probably make two smaller snowmen rather than the one big one.

I plan to continue our felt-toy adventures by creating a scene or activity for each season.  In the spring, I’m hoping to make a green background with garden add-ons — butterflies, flowers, etc.  Jack-0-lanterns for Halloween.  Maybe a beach scene in the summer?

What else would make a fun seasonal felt tableau?

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