Friday, January 10, 2014

Mix and Match Snowman from Chicken Babies

 Erin from Chicken Babies is the last guest blogger for my maternity leave, which means I'll be back next week! But Erin is here today with a fun snowman project. Take it away Erin!

Hello!  My name is Erin. I'm a wife, mother of 4, musician, writer, teacher, and all around crazy lady. I blog over at Chicken Babies.  On my blog you will find simple ideas to help you have fun with your family, teach your children at home, celebrate the holidays, plan awesomely fun birthday parties, and maybe some things that will make you laugh. I love sharing ideas and hope you will hop on over and say "hi!" or follow me on facebook, google, and/or twitter
I'm excited to be here as a guest poster on "A Glimpse Inside" while Allison takes some time off to focus on her sweet new addition.

"Do you want to build a snowman? C'mon, let's go and play! . . . "  That tune has been stuck in my head since we saw Frozen last month.  Am I the only one here who's kids won't stop singing those songs?  

Today I'm going to show you a fun craft/decoration/toy that the kids have been enjoying at our house.  It's a snowman, of course.  Actually, I guess it's 4 snowmen.  Actually, I guess it's really 24 snowmen because you can switch them around and mix them up.  

 I bought three square blocks at Michael's, but you could also just cut your own if you're crafty like that. These squares are a bit bigger than 3x3x3in. Sand them (although I actually skipped sanding because I'm lazy). Paint them white and let them dry.  Now find felt, ribbon, buttons, paint, googly eyes, and other assorted crafty things to make your snowmen!

We made a regular old snowman . . .

 . . . a yellow snowman . . .

 . . . a sporty snowman . . . 

 . . . and a Valentine snowgirl, because it's getting to be that time of the year.   

Honestly, I didn't take a lot of time thinking about what to make each side look like.  I figured since it's purpose was to be something the kids could play with a lot, I didn't want to invest too much time and money into it because then I'd just get cranky with them if they were rough with it.  I'm sure all you crafty ladies out there can make some super cute snowmen.  

The only tip I would have in your snowman construction would be to advise you to use some glue on the ends of the ribbon/lace to keep it from fraying.  I also tried using burlap for one scarf with lots of glue to try and freeze it in place.  I mean lots and lots and lots of glue. The buttons I stuck on with glue dots.  

I couldn't really think of what to put on the bottom block to make each one unique, but my daughter thought I should paint little animal friends, so that's what we did.  Another option would be to add more buttons.

The kids like switching our snowman around. You never know what you're going to find when you come in to the room.  What's our snowman friend going to look like today?  

I hope you enjoyed this kid-friendly craft.  I'd love for you to come over to chicken babies for more winter crafts and valentine’s ideas.  Stay warm and have a great winter!

That is super cute Erin! I bet kiddos will love changing up their snowmen! Thanks for sharing! 

As I stated in the beginning, Erin is my last guest blogger and I will be back next week. Yay!! 
I can't wait to be back to blogging and I have a couple of fun projects just waiting to be debuted. 
See you next week! 


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