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How to make a snowman craft from egg cartons

Updated on February 17, 2013

Winter crafts are great activities for kids when the weather is cold and they cannot go and play outside. Their mind may be set on making a snowman but if there is no snow or the snow is frozen too hard, what can you do? Make a snowman from egg carton!

What you need for this craft

Supplies:

  • egg carton
  • thick cardboard
  • white and black acrylic paint (or other colours)
  • white glue
  • brown pipe cleaner
  • googly eyes
  • play dough
  • a small piece of fabric

Tools:

  • big scissors
  • small pointed scissors
  • paint brush
  • glue gun

How to make the snowman

Separate the cells of the egg carton.

Cut the edge of each cell to form small "cups".

Put white glue on the edge of one cell.

Then, glue two cells together so that the edges match as closely as possible.

Then glue a third cell on the ball to form the snowman's face.

Draw a circle on thick cardboard and cut it out. The circle must be about 1/2 inch bigger than the egg carton cell on all sides.

Glue the fourth cell in the center of the cardboard circle.

Paint the body and the head in white and let dry. If necessary, add a second coat.

Paint the hat in a colour of your choice, e.g. black.

Make branches from pieces of pipe cleaner. Start by cutting the pipe cleaner in half. Then cut each half into two uneven pieces.

You will end up with four pieces of pipe cleaner, two long and two short.

Take a long piece and a short piece, and twist the short piece around the other, closer to one end of the long piece.

Do the same with the other two pieces of pipe cleaner.

Make a hole on each side of the body of the snowman. Put a dab of hot glue in the hole and
push a branch in the hole.

Do the same on the other side.

Glue the googly eyes with the glue gun. Glue a carrot made of clay or cardboard also with the glue gun.

To create the mouth of the snowman, use the back of a brush with a slender handle. Dip the tip of the handle into the paint and then paint dots where desired. Proceed in the same way to paint buttons on the front of snowman.

If desired, take a remnant of fabric and make a scarf to put around the neck of the snowman.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit and comment, Jackie! I have another version that can be hanged; the projects has to be done not totally in the same order. It makes a nice ornament for the Christmas tree!

      Have a nice day!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Know I would probably never make it but it looks like a fun idea with kids and easy. I may turn it into a hanging ornament, bet that would be really simple. ^

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your comment and sharing your souvenir! I kept all the Christmas tree projects of my children. When they left, we gave them each their box with their own Christmas ornament; the one they created themselves and the one they received as gifts from family members and ourselves :-)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is so cute. I remember making a Snoopy dog in school when I was in K. I don't have it any more, but my grandmother used to hang it on the Christmas tree every year. LOL

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for the kind comment, Kathryn :-) I don't have any kids at home anymore.... but I just can't see myself not creating :-) And I love to use affordable or recycled materials for projects. It means that a lot of my projects are very affordable :-) There shouldn't be a heavy price for kids to experience arts and crafts!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I don't have any kids right now, but I love the idea of using items around the house to make craft projects. This is adorable! I love snowmen.

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Nice idea! It's funny that you mentioned a caterpillar because in about 2 weeks, I am publishing a video about how to paint a caterpillar with younger kids. I will create a hub about that later this summer.

      As you can see, I didn't had the chance to publish a new hub recently... I was busy creating about 12 videos.

      My problem is not the lack of ideas... it's the lack of time :-(

      Thanks for your comment and suggestions!

      Have a great week!

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      angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

      AWWW! This is so cute!!! This just inspired a craft idea that I'd just come up with, and I think it would be an AWESOME hub if you wanted to take my idea and use it. Okay, so what I'M thinking is a caterpillar. Made with paper mache and balloons. It's a caterpillar that's used as storage, so very strong paper mache. Then acrylic paint. Holes cut out in each segment; for storing undergarments, or class notes, or hair accessories, or jewelry, anything the structure can withstand without busting. Then it's used as a standing shelf, or a floating storage. Could even be floated beside the bed maybe? You'reeeee welcomeeee :D Heck, it could even be made strong enough to hold clothes with enough layers of paper mache. I once made a 2 ft paper mache fish that could have been used as a weapon, no joke!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You mean that when the weather will be so hot and warm that you will need to create a snowmen to refresh you ;-) You are funny :-)

      A long time ago, I learned to create real kites. I also created a hot air balloon but even if I made it fly, I still want to tweek the pattern. When that is ready, I will publish it on hubpages. The only problem I have is I have find a place where I can make a fire, and I can't have too much wind.... and then it can fly :-)

      You can see a first attempt here : http://bit.ly/ZrnGxV :-)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      Today is beautiful outside and there is an incredible wind blowing.I thought of you and I wondered if you could make mini kites the size of book that would be a hub that can fly high in the sky.I can pass the word on visit kidscrafts hub for a craft so cool and easy especially when it is breezy.Love your hubs and if I get time I think I am going to make snowmen in June.Have a great day.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much Dream-On! Very kind of you! I started to create those things when I was a teacher and had not so much materials. It,s possible to create a lot of interesting things with little :-)

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I agree with DDE to recycle and find a new use is a great idea and so much fun.All these years I never thought of egg cartons as snowmen.Now I never will look at egg cartons the same way again.Voted up and cool.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks DDE! I love recycling to create projects!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I love this idea so neat and such easy to follow steps, voted up and useful.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comments and your visit to my 3D little snowman! As you can see, I love recycling egg cartons! There are so many possibilities with them!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Another great hub, kidscrafts. I didn't realize I was already following you so I look forward to more great kids craft ideas!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Dwachira! You can learn so many other things through Art and Crafts. I always tried to connect projects with sciences, math, theater, etc. when I was a teacher. I supposed that you don't have too much snow in Nairobi! Believe it or not, we got another 25 cm this week in Ottawa! So I can still go out and roll a snowman! Everything will start to melt tomorrow because finally the temperatures are going above 0C :-) Thanks again for your visit and have a great weekend!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi kidscrafts,

      This is an awesome craft activity for kids, it reminds me of the early years in primary school and how enjoyable Art and Craft subject was. The project procedure as outlined is fairly simple and every kid will enjoy this. Great article, voted up, useful and shared.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit and your vote! Indeed, you can create so many things while recycling! I try often to recycle different containers or other things to use them in creating projects for kids! It's important for kids to realize that you can create while recycling and for school it's good too because they don't always have a lot of money for the art.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      So cute! It is a great idea in recycling too.

      Voted up and useful. :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I am glad you like it! I hope that you will have fun with your grandchildren will come to do it :-)

      Joelle

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another gem for me to save for when the grandkids come to stay.

      Have a wonderful day and I look forward to many more.

      Eddy.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      No snow, not even a snow flake. Although last January, temperature dropped to zero degrees in Benguet, one of our mountain provinces in the north. Good luck with the snowstorm - that's a too much snow for me.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I thought so! Do you have any montain with some snow? I hope that one day I can visit it! Enjoy your warm weather! We have again a new snowstorm with between 15 to 10 cm of snow :-( I am really ready for Spring!

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello kidscrafts, The Philippines is a tropical country. It's just sun and rain. I hope you can visit here.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind words!

      Do you have snow in the Philippines? I have good friends who just came back from a 5 week trip in their family in the Philippines; I have to ask them about the snow over there. If there is snow in the Philippines, I would suppose it's not at this time of the year because I think my friends wanted to have the best weather possible for their visit :-)

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Here's another awesome craft for kids. you just gained another fan my friend. :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Prasetio! I hope that your students will like this hub:-) I find that having the kids creating 3D projects help in the process of learning, especially if you can integrate art with other subjects! As a teacher, I was often doing an art project related to a subject in sciences or math. or even puppets for the language! For some kids, it's almost a miracle to see them change and understand better!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very creative and I really love this hub. Thanks for writing and show about step by step in making the snowman from egg cartoon. I'll show this hub to my students. VOTED UP and take care!

      Prasetio

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Good idea to fill the inside with chocolate treats :-)))) Thanks for the idea!

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      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Very inventive. This is a real fun activity for kids. I think I will try and fill the insides with some chocolate treats. Voted up.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for coming! I hope that you will have fun creating your own little snowman!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh, this is super cute!! Thank you for sharing... going to give this a try with my little one.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Indeed if you like them warm and not melting it's the way to go ;-) Thanks for coming breakfastpop!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This perfect for me. Snowman without the snow!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Michelle! I hope that you will try to have fun doing it :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      When Christmas comes around, it will be great to try these! Thanks for sharing this, Kidscrafts!!Sharing on!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Carol, thank you for your visit and kind comments! Except for the big picture of the snowman, all the other pictures are taken from my video so I don't have to duplicate everything I do. Thank you for pinning it to :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit Vacation Trip! I used to do this project with my grade 5 students and they just loved it!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      What a cute craft and you did a great job with super instructions. Pinning.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      This is really very creative and it looks very cute. Good job.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind comment and your vote! Do you have snow in some part of Malaysia? I never went in that part of the world so I have no idea!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      cute snowman you have created. Wonderful way for kids to learn to make snowman indoors. Voted up

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit! It can indeed be a nice project to make with kids when the weather is just cold outside and the materials is quite easy to find!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Adorable. A great craft project for a Saturday afternoon with children. Thanks for the great instructions and visuals!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      ishwaryaa22, I wanted to add as well that I don't know if you get snow where you live, but this project could be used for kids to learn about snow in other part of the world and what kids do with it :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Nice to see you purl3agony! It will go well with your surroundings if you just got snow! If you have young children, they will love the result of this project!

      About snow falls... I stopped counting the number of time we got snow here....and I know we have more coming this week :-( I like snow...but I had my quota for this winter!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for visit and your kind comment ishwaryaa22!

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      Donna Herron 4 years ago from USA

      This snowman is super cute. I love the step by step photos - great job! This craft is very appropriate for me since we got our first snow of winter yesterday :) Thanks!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub filled with clear instructions & handy step-by-step photos! Your creation is very cute! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Yes :-) And as you can see....I recycle a lot so it doesn't cost a lot to create and have fun :-)

      Thank you for your visit!

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      Dr Penny Pincher 4 years ago from Iowa, USA

      You can have the fun of decorating a snowman without even getting cold!