Going stir crazy with the kiddos while staying inside during these cold temps? Or maybe you’re like me and your kids have three full weeks of winter vacation—EEK! To pass some of the time, we made these super cute snowman luminaries that the kids had a blast creating!
There are many adorable versions of snowmen luminaries on Pinterest. I followed a tutorial from Club Chica Circle but made some small adjustments, and I wanted to share my experience of creating these with kids here. Kids will love doing many parts of this, but adult supervision will also be necessary!
Materials: Fake Snow and a container to put it in, Colorful pipe cleaners, Colorful pom poms, White School Glue, Orange Fimo clay, Black buttons, Mason jars, LED candles, Hot glue gun (not pictured), White spray paint (optional)
Since Fimo clay requires baking to harden, we made the noses first. Kids can easily shape the clay into a carrot nose and and then you can use a plastic knife to make the carrot marks on the nose.
Bake the noses at 230 degrees for 20 minutes and let cool on a baking tray while you complete the rest of the project. If you’d rather not deal with baking clay, you can see another option in this tutorial.
Your child pick two colors of pipe cleaners for the headband part of the earmuffs. They can also pick corresponding puff ball colors for the earmuff parts.
Take the two colors of pipe cleaners and twist them together to make one “braided-look” pipe cleaner for the headband. You can then set it aside.
Next, take a mason jar and and apply school glue to the outside of it. We covered about 1/3 of the jar with glue and then smeared it around. Doing the entire jar in one sweep would probably be very difficult, especially with little hands.
The kids’ favorite part of the project was getting messy and smearing the glue on the outside of the jar!
After smearing the glue around the jar, roll the jar (glue side down) in your container of fake snowflakes. Repeat this glue and roll process as many times as needed to cover the jar.
Once the jar is covered, shake the jar gently by patting the end of of the jar to shake the excess snowflakes off of it. The jar should dry for about 10 minutes.
You can then clear little circular areas where you need to hot glue on the buttons and carrot nose onto the face of the jar.
I spray painted the mason jar lids white to match the snowmen. After the spray paint was dry, I then hot glued on the pipe cleaner and the puff ball earmuffs the kids had made.
Finally, insert an LED tea light into the jar and screw on the mason jar lid for a completed and completely adorable snowman luminary to decorate your home this winter!
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