This Toilet Paper Roll Snowman craft is a fun and simple way to celebrate the winter season while upcycling!
Looking for a fun arts and crafts project that you can do with your kids or your students in the winter or during Christmas break? This is the perfect indoor craft for when you want to do anything BUT go outside (though it does require a quick venture outdoors to get the arms)!
I love this toilet paper roll activity because it is simple, kid-friendly, and doesn’t require anything overly complicated to make. These little guys are so cute on your mantel, as decorations on your entryway table, and even as puppets! You can dress them up or down as you see fit, and have fun choosing your color scheme for the earmuffs and scarf.
For this craft, you will need real twigs for the arms, which is a great excuse to get the kids outside and on the hunt for the perfect size and shape. Try to look for something that has a little body to it to give the appearance of hands.
This activity is appropriate for kids of all ages, but particularly toddlers or preschoolers. Steps such as placing the buttons/gems are great for working on fine motor skills while creating something fun. Younger children will need some help with the glue (especially if using a hot glue gun), and older kids can get creative by choosing their colors independently.
What you’ll need:
- toilet paper roll
- two small twigs
- craft paper (cream/off-white and orange)
- ribbon or a strip of felt
- pom poms (2)
- pipe cleaner
- black gems or buttons (3)
- marker (black and pink)
- hot glue gun or Elmer’s white glue (for pom poms and cotton balls)
- glue stick (for paper)
- craft scissors
You can use either a hot glue gun or regular crafting glue such as Elmer’s. I was working fast so I used Elmer’s for the paper and embellishments, and my hot glue gun for the twigs (arms), but if you have time to let the craft glue dry, that would work just fine.
If you’re looking for other crafts you can make with a toilet paper tube, check out this christmas tree project!
How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll Snowman
Ready to make a toilet paper snowman craft? This is the perfect activity for a cold winter day when you’d rather stay cozy inside with the kids! Let’s get to it!
Step 1: Assess your supplies.
I recommended using two colors for the earmuffs, so choose one color for the pipe cleaner and another color for the pom poms.
If you don’t have any spare toilet paper rolls, you can use paper towel rolls as an alternative and just cut them in half.
Step 2: Cut your craft paper.
The white paper is for the body and the orange paper is for the carrot nose. You can opt to use white paint, but I prefer to use paper to keep this craft simple and mess-free. Plus, you don’t have to wait for the paint to dry.
The carrot should be a simple elongated triangle, and the white paper should be cut into the height of the toilet paper roll, which is typically about 4.5″. The paper should be just long enough to roll fully around the tube and overlap the edges.
Step 3: Glue the white paper to the toilet paper roll.
Place the paper on a flat surface and add your glue, ensuring that each end has enough to keep the seams down. Place the tube on top of the paper and roll from one end to the other.
Step 4: Your piece of ribbon or felt will be the snowman’s scarf.
To attach it to the tube, start by placing the ribbon face-side down at a slight angle. Add a dot of glue to the center and place the toilet paper roll on top. Next, wrap the ribbon around on both sides and connect them in the center with another dab of glue.
Feel free to use scissors to add fringe to the ends or to snip the ends into an inverted triangle for some extra pizzazz.
Step 5: Glue on the gems to create the snowman’s coal buttons. Alternatively, you can use real buttons, pom poms, or even draw them on with marker.
Step 6: Glue on the carrot nose by adding a dab of glue to the larger end and sticking it to the center of the little snowman’s face, allowing the tip to hang off for dimension.
Step 7: Draw on the eyes and mouth with the black marker and the rosy cheeks with the pink marker.
If you would rather, you can use googly eyes.
Step 8: Create the earmuffs.
First, cut a 3 inch piece of pipe cleaner and bend it into a half circle. Put a dab of glue on the inner part of each end and slide it over the top of the snowman’s head.
Next, glue pom poms to either end of the pipe cleaner to complete the ear muffs.
If you are making more than one snowman, try using different colors for the pipe cleaners and pom poms!
Step 9: Finally, create the arms using the twigs! I found that a glue gun worked best for attaching the arms since they have a little more weight to them than the rest of the supplies.
And there you have it! You have your toilet roll snowman!
If you make this toilet paper roll craft, I’d love to know! Please feel free to tag us on Instagram – @my_craftymama.
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