Snowman Cutouts

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We had an amazing snowfall recently, and I found myself turning into a big kid who wanted to play outside and make snowmen. And so I did. It’s the sort of thing that helps make our endless winter seem less bleak, and inspired me to explore a  winter themed project like this one. 

Materials

  • watercolour paper
  • watercolour paints
  • brushes
  • pencil & eraser
  • compass or circle template
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • black Sharpie marker (twin tip)

Instructions

1. Divide a sheet of watercolour paper into three equal parts. Accordion fold it, pressing the creases well. Bone folders are great for this. I used a 9 inch x 12 inch sheet, 90 lbs in weight. It was a good weight for absorbing the paint, while still remaining easy to cut through three layers.

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2. Draw a snowman onto the front section. You can use a circle template, compass or draw it free hand. It can have two parts, three parts, a hat, a scarf, etc. Make sure the bottom circle extends to the edges of the paper – the bottom and both edges. Cut around the drawing, making sure not to cut the edge near the fold, so the snowmen remain joined. Also, maintain a small flat edge along the bottom, so the snowmen can stand up.

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3. Unfold the paper and lie it flat. Paint the body of the snowmen using watercolour paint, leaving the face white. The paint will provide the background upon which you will be drawing with a Sharpie once it dries. When the first side has dried, flip the paper over and paint the other side. Once dry, you can add the faces.

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4. Use a fine tip black Sharpie to add patterns, doodles, or words onto the body of the snowmen. On one side, I copied out poems about winter in different languages. The other side was all about doodles. Finally, using a thick tip Sharpie, colour in the hat, scarf and a few buttons.

Here are the snowmen I managed to make during that big snowfall, despite the fact that it wasn’t packing snow.

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Here they are, several days later, looking more like victims of Friday night’s scotch club.

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24 Comments

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24 responses to “Snowman Cutouts

  1. Oh my gosh…the melting and boozy snowmen made me giggle! Your craftiness is just awesome! You big kid, you!

  2. “Friday Night’s Scotch Club” – LOL! I think being extra-funny just comes naturally when you’re a creative person! The paper snowmen are great too, but not a lot of us can make them look as classy as you did! If I made them with the kids I’d hide your results from them first!
    We have packing snow now and it’s sunny today – been dying to get out there and make myself a little guy to stand on the front porch and watch for the mailman!

  3. ntcreations

    super cute! I love all the doodles :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays @ Nap-Time Creations. So glad you stopped by! Emily

  4. Hello Bella,
    These are so cute! Thanks for linking up on Oldie but Goodie today!
    ang

  5. these are more than cute! Good for you!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

  6. ALL very cute snowmen!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  7. These make me miss being a daycare teacher… I used to do cute crafts like this all the time 🙂 Fun to let the inner child out! Have a great weekend!

  8. Those are so cute! I’m definitely going to have to make these when fall/winter rolls around again. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Diana Rambles

    Very cute!

    Scotch club…hahaha!

  10. I really like the designs you put on the snowmen. I think the version with words would encourage kids to write.

  11. Darling! PINNED also. Thanks for sharing this. Linda

  12. These snowmen are cute! I am going to pin on my snowmen board!

  13. These are so adorable! I love the designs on them. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! Have a great weekend. 🙂
    Hugs
    Kathy

  14. Love your snowmen–inside and outside ones! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  15. Oh my these are adorable!
    Thank you so much for linking up in the Crafty Showcase last week! I’m slow at getting to do all my visit this week! We care that you link up and LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting your blog to see what all you are up to!

    have a super week!
    Susie @Bowdabra
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/03/02/crafty-showcase-link-up-anything-fun-in-the-craft-project-linky-3/

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