Winter Means Snowmen and Snowladies!
I love the winter and the snow. Sometimes we don't get a lot where I live but when it comes, I go out and play. I also love to make snowmen and ladies inside my house, in my kitchen to be precise. I'm going to share my passion for these winter folks with you so you can have as much fun as I do in the winter! These winter activities are great for the whole family. Everyone can get into the act and play with Frosty's Buddies.
How To Make A Pop Bottle Snowman
Step 1 What You Need
- 2-Liter plastic soda bottle
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Plastic spray paint can lid (or similar size, like WD-40 or cooking spray)
- Plastic tub lid (Butter tub, Cool Whip, yogurt, sour cream, etc.)
- Red and black felt
- Pipe cleaners (Red, Green, & White)
- White and black acrylic paint
- Sponge brush
- Glue, Gorilla Glue is the best glue available and what I recommend.
step 2 Building Our Snowman
Use the fine-grit sandpaper to sand the surface of the 2-liter bottle, and both of the lids (which will be our hat). This will ensure that the paint adheres to the plastic.
Using our sponge brush and acrylic paint, apply a thin coating of white to the bottle and a thin coating of black to the lids (Make sure you clean your sponge brush thoroughly when switching paints, don't mix them together!). Allow the paint to dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer.
Once our paint has dried, cover the lids with black felt. Center the spray can lid over the butter lid and glue them together, allow this to dry as well. Then, cut a hole in the bottom of the butter lid about 1 1/2-inches in diameter (This will allow your hat to rest on the bottle).
Fill your soda bottle with pebbles, sand, dirt, anything to keep it steady. Cut a strip of red felt the desired length and width for your scarf (you can use any color felt you want, and any pattern if you can find fancy ones).
Twist a few pipe cleaners together and line them around the brim of the hat if you wish, and secure with glue.
Take some glue and put a small bead around the perimeter of the hole you cut in your "hat". Glue the hat to the top of the bottle in the desired position.
Now you can cut out circles of black felt and glue them on for the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. Feel free to add embellishments such as real buttons or goggle eyes to your snowman.
Blonde Brownie Snowmen
These are so fudgey and delicious and are made in a special mini snowman pan that you can purchase from a cooking store or from Amazon. The kids will have fun decorating them or you can surprise them and have all the fun yourself. They are simple and easy to make. The recipe makes 9 miniature snowmen so there is enough for a crowd.
Red Ready-To-Use Icing Tubes
Green Ready-To-Use Icing Tubes
Black Ready-To-Use Icing Tubes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine melted
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup walnuts chopped
Preheat oven to 350Â°F. Spray Mini Snowman Pan with vegetable pan spray.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In large bowl, combine sugar and melted butter with electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in nuts.
Fill each cavity with 1/3 heaping cup of batter.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on cooking grid 10 minutes before removing from pan.
Gently loosen edges and turn out onto cooling grid. Cool completely.
To decorate: Dust with confectioners' sugar. Add icing dot eyes and buttons, petal tip scarf, green holly leaves and dot red berries.
Some Of Frosty's Buddies - And There All Deliciously decorated sugar cookies!
1 bag large marshmallows
1 container chow mein noodles
1 package orange tic-tacs or other small orange candies
1 package multi-colored tic-tacs or mini- M&Ms
2 ounces melted chocolate
Assorted small candies and other decorations of your choice
one piece of colored fruit leather of your choice for scarves
Oreo cookies and half marshmallows for hats
“Glue” two marshmallows together by placing a small blob of melted chocolate on top of one of the marshmallows, and placing another marshmallow on top of the chocolate. Repeat this procedure with a third marshmallow, so that you end up with three stacked marshmallows, stuck together with chocolate. This is your snowman body.
Give the snowman arms by sticking two chow mein noodles in the sides of the middle marshmallow. Pretzels would also work for this purpose.
4.Make buttons by pushing small candies into the front of the middle marshmallow in a vertical line.
5. Use an orange candy to represent the carrot nose: dab a small amount of chocolate in the front of the top marshmallow, and push the tic-tac slightly into the chocolate to get it to stick.
6. Finish decorating the face and body with whatever candy or decorations you have. Try adding sprinkles, red hots, or M&Ms, or drawing on your snowmen with icing or melted chocolate. Hair can be created using shredded wheat cereal, or you can make a hat using oreo cookies and a half a marshmallow or use wafer candies and mini marshmallows. Let your creativity run wild!
Making Your Own Snowman
If you want some accessories you can use year after year, here is a kit that will be there when the first snowfall hits and will be ready to go when Frosty melt. You will have your own Frosty right in your own yard!
Frosty Throws a Party
Don't Worry! We Weren't Invited Either
Will Work For Freezer Space-At Least That's What The Sign Says!
This is a great project for places where you don't bet snow. It is made with balls and a few simple supplies.
Gather your materials!
I used the following items to make my snowman, but you can add plenty of stuff, omit, or substitute plenty of stuff too! Everything I bought came from Walmart and the Dollar Store.
*3 playballs of varying sizes (large, medium, and small)
*Spray paint (I used blue, orange, and white)
*Black rocks/buttons (I used the kind you use for floral arrangements/crafts)
*Great Stuff expanding foam
*Foam cone (Used for floral arrangements)
*Two sticks for arms
*Magician's Hat (Dollar Store)
Assemble the base
The first step is assembling the base. Unless you want to spend forever and a day cleaning up foam from your garage floor I suggest a large sheet of cardboard as a workspace! Also take note that it is impossible to get expanding foam off of clothing. Wear something you are not attached to.
Start with the largest ball, and place it on your cardboard. It will stay in place easier if you stick it to the cardboard with some tape on the bottom. Create a base with the expanding foam as shown in the picture. It's easier to work your way up from the bottom so you are building on something.
It's okay if you need to come back later. If the foam isn't staying let some of it dry, and then add more when it's more solid. After you have a good base so that you're large ball won't move you can move on to the next two.
Add the other two balls to your assembly, and secure them with tape to keep them from moving. You'll probably have to tape three to four sides to keep them still. Then add some more foam at the bases to secure each ball to the other. After it has dried you can remove the tape.
Expanding on the base and extras!
Now that the main part has dried you can expand on the base. Adds some drips for the melted effect, and add the arms on to your snowman. I ended up taping these to the sides of the medium sized portion of my snowman. Simply add foam over top of them to hide the tape.
If you want to blend things a bit you can use anything flat as a spatula. This way you can smooth the foam over a bit to make sections look more together.
Painting (and glitter)!
The funnest part of any project! It's time to paint. Get your colors ready, and start creating. There's not a lot of 'instructions' to go with spray paint. But a few tips to get a better result..
*Start with your darkest color first and then high light.
White is pretty difficult to get coverage with. So use the darkest color first. In my case it was a light blue color. Spray the entire thing with that color until you get an even coat. No more yellow!
*Highlight with your secondary color.
After you've got a good coat of blue highlight it with your secondary color. Use the white paint over top of the blue paint highlighting the areas you want to be brighter. I also gave it some clear coat paint too.
I also added some glitter at this point. Because you know; it's Christmas. Everything needs obscene amounts of shiny! I wanted to add LEDS to this projects somehow, but wasn't sure how to do it without popping the balls.
This is just a foam cone cut in half, and carved down to size. Paint it orange, and use some hot glue to stick it on.
buttons/eye/mouth - These are black rocks that are typically used for floral arrangements.
The sign was an after addition from a comment suggestion. It's actually metal - I got it from dollar store, and painted it white. : )
Picture Gallery of Making Your Own Artificial Snowman
Some Of Frosty's Other Buddies
bocconcini cheese balls
Cut a small slice from two 1-1/2-inch (3.5-cm) bocconcini cheese balls. Set 1 ball on a plate flat side down so it sits level.
Break a pretzel stick in half and stick 1 in each side of ball for arms.
Press 3 currants into front of ball for buttons.
Cut off root end of 1 radish to make a hat. Using a little cream cheese, stick to flat side of second bocconcini ball.
Press 2 currants into ball for eyes, and the root end of a small carrot for nose. Cut a thin slice (with pink skin) from rest of radish. Cut a slit in Frosty’s face under nose and insert radish “mouth.”
Join head to body with half a pretzel stick. Serve with tzatziki “snow” for dipping.
This is such a fun lunch for a wintry day. Cut six slices of bread into three different sizes of circles, with two slices of each size circle. Butter one side of one slice of each size on a plate, starting with the largest slice and ending with the smallest slice. Place the slices in a row as shown on the picture.
Put your filling onto the bottom slice of each round. Place a log skewer on top of the filling, with the point of the skewer sticking out of the top piece of bread about 1/2 inch. Use a half a radish cut in half longwise as the hat or cut out a paper hat. Stick the radish into the skewer end. Butter the top slices of bread and put them on top of the skewer and the filling.
Use pretzels to make arms, currants for eyes and mouth and a small piece of carrot for the nose.
You can cut out a paper scarf as shown or use a piece of fruit leather.
Now it's time to eat!
Playing In The Snow
You will need narrow neck bottles like clean soda bottles or smaller clean condiment bottles. You can also use pint milk bottles. You will also need a doughnut hole or cake pop dusted in powdered sugar for each snowman. Gather what you want to use for the eyes and nose. You can use chocolate chips or small m&ms stuck on with a little melted chocolate for the eyes. The nose can be a bit or orange gum drop, a small piece of carrot. Use your imagination.
If you poke a skewer through the top of the doughnut hole or cake pop and push a straw through it, the doughnut hole or cake pop will sit on top of the bottle. The bottle is decorated with yarn scarves but you can use fruit leather or modeling chocolate. Fill the bottle with the beverage of your choice and enjoy.
Easy Snowman Cookies
These delightful cookies are made using sandwich cookies, mint patties, or any other round cookies. They are easy to decorate with candy melts and ready make icing tubes. Have fun using your imagination.
Snowman Cookie Cutters
Fat Snowman Cupcakes
1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
1 Â½ cups vanilla frosting
1 tube black decorating frosting
1 tube orange decorating frosting
1 Â½ cup shredded coconut, optional
16 pieces DOVEÂ® Brand Milk Chocolate
16 pieces chocolate malted milk balls
1/2 cup M&M’SÂ® Brand Chocolate Candies
Standard cupcake pans
Mini cupcake pans
16 standard paper cupcake liners
16 mini paper cupcake liners
Resealable plastic bag
Preheat oven to 350Â°F. Line 16 standard cupcake cups and 16 mini cupcake cups with the paper cupcake liners.
Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Transfer the batter into each cupcake pan and bake minis for 12-15 minutes and the standard cupcakes for 18-21 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from the oven, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
Put 1/4 cup of vanilla frosting in a resealable plastic bag; set aside.
Frost all the cupcakes’ tops with the remaining vanilla frosting, and then sprinkle with the shredded coconut, if desired.
Place a frosted mini cupcake on its side on top of each frosted standard cupcake, using the vanilla frosting to attach it.
Decorate the snowmen as follows:
Make the hats by using the vanilla frosting to secure a DOVEÂ® Chocolate on top of each mini cupcake. Pipe a dot of frosting on top of each chocolate and attach a malted milk ball.
Add details by using vanilla frosting to attach M&M’SÂ® Brand Chocolate Candies as buttons. Pipe the eyes with the black decorating frosting and the noses with the orange decorating frosting.
Snowman Cupcake Platter
This is so easy to make using the cupcakes of your choice decorated with white frosting. The face is added with black accent frosting. The nose is orange frosting. Easy and delicious.
Another easy snowy snack. You can also make these out of marshmallow clay or molding chocolate. Just copy the picture and use your imagination to decorate.
Tree Ornament Snowmen
A Fun Winter Project
You'll need to gather these supplies together.
6 white or silvery-white glass ornament ballsacrylic paint in black, pink, and orange
scraps of fabric4 pairs of pom poms, your choice of colors
2- 14" long strips cut from flannel or an old scarf
craft or hot glue
small paint brush
Keep ornaments in their tray if possible to make for a sturdy placeholder while you work.
Using paint brush and black paint, paint on simple dot eyes and mouths. Use orange paint to give each snowman a nose, and botch on pink paint for cheeks.
Using scraps of solid colored fabric, fashion headband for earmuffs, glue in place across top of ornament, just below the top of the ornament. Glue pom poms at each end of the headband to form earmuffs.
Note: You may need to trim one side of each pom pom to "flatten" it a bit to allow for easier application.
For the snowmen that are wearing scarves, follow instructions above for faces. Next, at the middle of the strip of scarf, glue to the top of the ornament, above the snowman's eyes. Carefully glue in place, working your way around the face on both sides until both ends meet near the bottom of the ornament. Tie together and glue any areas that are out of place.
Snowman Eggnog Bowl
This is a great idea for a winter party. Just attach felt pieces with double sided tape to the bowl so you can remove them for washing. You can also paint the face on the side.
4 cups flaked coconut, coarsely chopped
3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups vanilla or white chips
2 packages (11-1/2 ounces each) milk chocolate chips
1 package (10-1/2 ounces) large marshmallows
Black, orange and red decorator icing
Green leaf-shaped decorator candies
In a large bowl, combine the coconut, confectioners' sugar, milk and butter. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and chill for 1-1/4 hours or until firm.
In a microwave, melt white or vanilla chips at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
Dip balls in melted chips; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes. Set aside remaining melted vanilla chips.
In a microwave, melt semisweet chips on high for about 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
For hats, dip each marshmallow in chocolate; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, allowing excess to drip down. Swirl the marshmallows in chocolate on waxed paper to create hat brims. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes.
Level the top of coated coconut balls. Attach marshmallows hats, using reserved melted vanilla chips. With black icing, add eyes and a mouth to each face; with orange icing, add a nose. Use red icing and leaf candies for holly on hats. Store in an airtight container.
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon mint extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 drop blue food coloring
1 drop yellow food coloring
1 drop red food coloring
Colored sprinkles and cake decorator candies
In a small bowl, combine the butter, corn syrup, extract and salt. Gradually stir in confectioners' sugar. Knead by hand for 1-2 minutes or until mixture becomes pliable.
To 1 tablespoon of dough, add blue food coloring; knead until blended. Add yellow food coloring to another tablespoon of dough and knead. Add red food coloring to another tablespoon of dough and knead. Leave remaining dough white.
Roll white dough into a log; remove one-fourth of the log and set aside. For the snowmen's bodies, divide the remaining log into 8 pieces and roll into balls. For the snowmen's heads, divide the reserved dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Stack 1 smaller ball on top of each larger ball. Use the colored dough to form hats, scarves and earmuffs as desired. Use colored sprinkles and candies to make eyes, nose and buttons.
Maraschino Cherry Snowmen
Easy to make with melted white chocolate and a little orange and brown or black melting chocolate. Dipping them by the stems is easy.
Snowmen Aren't Just For Christmas
Anytime during those long winter months is a good time to have a snowman party. It's fun and you can invite the whole neighborhood.
Tealight Snowmen Lights
White frost spray paint
Orange oven-bake clay, such as Sculpey
Glass baking dish
Black glass paint
Silicone glue, such as E6000
Round can, such as an oatmeal container
In a well-ventilated work area, spray-paint the fishbowls. Let dry.
To make a nose, form a carrot shape from orange clay. Push a golf tee in the wide end for extra strength. Place on baking dish. Bake in the oven according to the manufacturer's directions. Let cool.
Glue a clay nose on each fishbowl. Let dry. Use glass paint to make the eyes and mouth. Paint quarter-size dots for the eyes and smaller dots for the mouth. To make snowman winking, paint one eye as shown with eyelashes in the corner.
To make a hat, wear work gloves. Cut an 18-inch circle from crafting mesh. Center the mesh over the can. Form the mesh over the can, folding the edge into a brim. Tie a ribbon around the brim.
Put a tea candle in the globe. Place the hat on top of the snowman.
Fudgey Brownie Snowman Pops
This guy looks like he is melting but you can make it look any way you want by forming fudgey brownie into the shape you want. Stick the end of a lollipop stick in melted chocolate and stick it in the top of the head. Let it set for about 30 minutes in the fridge before dipping in the melted white chocolate.
When the white chocolate is set, decorate the face and front. Enjoy!
Two clean and empty plastic shampoo bottles
Acrylic craft paint
Ribbon or scraps of fabric
Orange clay (if you want)
Fill the bottles with sand and tighten the caps. Then soak the bottles in warm water, long enough to easily remove the labels.
Dry off the bottles and brush a few coats of white paint on them.
For the hats: Paint the caps and tops of the bottles as shown.
For the scarves and coats: Tie on ribbons or thin strips of fabric. Then glue on buttons, as shown.
For the faces: Glue on wiggle eyes and paint the dotted mouths. Then glue on a red button or an orange clay carrot for a nose. Or, make up your own face designs.
Let your snowmen hold up a few books or just decorate your desk. You’ll never have to worry about them melting!
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 pint of vanilla ice cream
1 Small & 1medium ice cream scoops
8-12 Mini chocolate chips (or peppercorns)
4-6 Small pieces of carrots, cut into tiny spears
In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate squares and microwave them for 35-40 seconds, just enough to soften. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the chocolate, then return to the microwave for 50-60 seconds. Remove and stir until the chocolate is fully melted and a thick hot fudge sauce forms.
Spoon hot fudge sauce into the bottom of 4-5 small shooter glasses. Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, scoop some of the vanilla ice cream into a rounded ball and plop it carefully on top of the hot fudge sauce. Use the small sized scoop to do the same, placing the second scoop on top of the first one to create the snowman’s head.
Gently press the carrot nose & chocolate chip eyes into the snowman’s head. Return to the freezer and allow to freeze until ready to serve (to ensure your shot glasses don’t freeze & crack, I recommend making these just about 1 hour ahead
Do you like playing with Frosty Too?
squid-pinkchic18 on March 23, 2011:
I Loved this lens!! These are such wonderful ideas - I had to favorite it so that I can come back in the winter and bake some of these treats! Great job - blessed by a squid angel :)