How to Make a Cute Snowball Character: Winter Crafts with Children

I love occasional teaching in terms of its flexibilty in my schedule but also because I am constantly finding new ideas for teaching that can be reused in other classes that I teach and also at home with my own children. I was recently in a lovely grade 2 class just before the Christmas break and happened upon this lovely snowball craft. Each child, with the help of their teacher, had created a snowball with personality. As well, they were writing a story about their snowball creation. Each child was extremely proud of their creation so I thought I would share this craft with the hubpage community.

This snowball person craft is very easy to make with minimal materials. It also has some interesting possiblities for application over the winter and Christmas season apart from the pure joy of creating a wonderful craft with personality.

Materials Required for Snowball Sock Craft

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Assembling the Materials

The following materials are required to complete this craft. As you can see, the list is not extensive and you may have some or all of the materials on hand.

  • long, clean white sock
  • uncooked rice
  • pipecleaners
  • googly eyes
  • pom poms
  • needle and thread
  • craft glue

Putting Together the Snowball Sock Person

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Step 1:  Fold down the cuff of the sock.Step 2:  Pouring the RiceStep 3:  Roll down the cuff some more until the 'hat' looks good.Step 5:  Adding pipe cleaner edge to hat.Step 6 and 7:  Googly Eyes and Pom pom on hat.Step 7:  NoseStep 8:  Mouth
Step 1:  Fold down the cuff of the sock.
Step 1: Fold down the cuff of the sock. | Source
Step 2:  Pouring the Rice
Step 2: Pouring the Rice
Step 3:  Roll down the cuff some more until the 'hat' looks good.
Step 3: Roll down the cuff some more until the 'hat' looks good.
Step 5:  Adding pipe cleaner edge to hat.
Step 5: Adding pipe cleaner edge to hat.
Step 6 and 7:  Googly Eyes and Pom pom on hat.
Step 6 and 7: Googly Eyes and Pom pom on hat.
Step 7:  Nose
Step 7: Nose
Step 8:  Mouth
Step 8: Mouth

Assembling your Snow Ball

  1. Roll down the open end of the sock, creating a two to three inch cuff, to within 6 or 7 inches from the toe of the sock.
  2. Carefully fill the toe of the sock with rice. I kept the opening open with two fingers, filling the toe while holding it over the rice container.
  3. Set your snowball on the counter to make sure it is filled enough to create a round snowball.
  4. The cuff will become the hat of your snowball person. When you are satisfied that you have a round fat ball, carefully stitch the opening of the cuff closed, trying to keep the stitches invisible.
  5. Cut a pipecleaner to fit around the cuff as trim for the hat and glue into place.
  6. Glue a pom pom on top of the 'hat'.
  7. Glue a pom pom and googly eyes onto the 'snowball' to give your snowball person a face full of personality.
  8. Add a mouth using the remaining piece of pipecleaner.
  9. Other accesories could be added to create your own unique craft!

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I can think of a number of fun uses for this interesting, yet easy craft. Create a snowball family to adorn a fireplace mantleplace. Each member of your family could have their own unique creation. Use this craft in the classroom as a story starter as in the class that inspired this hub. They could be created a name tag holders for a holiday party for children or for adults. Regardless of its use, this craft is a charming, easy project on a cold winter day to be enjoyed by children young and old!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This is cute. I like it.

Voting you UP . .


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Au fait. Hope you try it out. It is a very fast make!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Yes, it looks easy, and it's so cute!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

These are so cute! I love projects to make with children that are easy to do. I was just thinking that if you used baby socks you could use them as an ornament on a tree.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

How cute is that? If my granddaughter were small she would love doing that.


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Moo lake, your granddaughter might love making one anyway. Susan, great idea about using baby socks. I had thought myself of modifying the project for tree ornaments, baby socks would make it doable!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

He's a cutie in any size! Thanks for sharing this snowman idea!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much for stopping by my hub. Hope you were inspired to make one yourself!

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