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Using paper doilies to make a snowman!

Updated on November 4, 2013

Have you ever noticed that some paper doilies look just like snowflakes?

That inspired me to design this snowman craft. When it's too cold to play outside in the snow, kids will love creating this snowman that never melts.

What you'll need

  • one sheet of dark blue construction paper 45 cm x 60 cm (18 in x 24 in)
  • a paper doily 20 cm (8 in) diameter
  • a paper doily 15 cm (6 in) in diameter
  • construction paper of different colours of your choice
  • one pipe cleaner, colour of your choice (optional)
  • thick white glue
  • white paint
  • paper doilies

How to proceed

  • Place the blue construction paper vertically and paint a strip of white paint at the bottom of the construction paper to represent snow. Let dry.
  • Place both doilies on the construction paper, the largest of the two doilies on top of the white paint and the other one on top of the first.
  • Cut strips of brown construction paper to represent the branches (arms) and slide them partially under the large doily.
  • Place the scarf (pattern B) between the two doilies.
  • Place the nose (pattern A) on the smaller doily.
  • Cut circles out of black construction paper for eyes and buttons. Put them in place on the snowman.

Source
  • On the head, you can choose to put a hat, or a tuque, or earmuffs with a piece of pipe cleaner.
  • You can also replace the branches with mittens (pattern C).
  • Make snowflakes by cutting circles from the edge of a paper doily.
  • When you are satisfied with your arrangement, glue everything in place with white glue.
  • Let dry.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Happy New Year to you, Abigail!

      You will have to wait for the project of the workshop because I want to prepare videos of it and I think I will publish the different projects over the summer but I will probably write a hub about giving workshops at the museum and my experiences and for sure, I will add pictures :-)

      Thanks for coming visiting my hub! God bless you!

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi Joelle HaPpY nEw YeAr my dear friend and fellow hubber my wish for you is that God keep his spirit near you each day. I love the snowman dollies idea the dollie holes makes it look like snow flakes :)

      I can't wait to see your workshop art.

      Peace be to you and yours

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your support, Jo :-) I must say that I see other things in those lace doilies :-) With crafts, I like to cover different levels of difficulties so for some projects I can reach younger children and for some other projects, I can reach older children. Art is important to all levels :-)

      Have a great day and thanks again for taking the time to comment!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      You are so very good at this! Where I see lace doilies, you see a jolly snowman. So cleverly done, I might even give it a go. :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank your very much, Pur3Agony! I like that this project is so accessible to younger children. It's difficult to miss for those little hands and to feel disappointed!

      Have a great day!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Flourish! It's true that in elementary school there is more room for art than later in the education system! I remember that when I didn't have any more art class in high school I started to draw a portrait of each author we were studying in French! The good thing, the teacher never complained about my drawings ;-)

      When kids are adolescent and like art, depending where they live, they might have the option to take art outside of school. I lived in a village and unfortunately we didn't have art classes outside of school.

      Thank you very much for the votes, share and pinning :-)

      Enjoy the rest of your afternoon :-)

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      I love using paper doilies for crafts and this is another great idea, Joelle! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful projects with us :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit, SallyBea! I hope you get a chance to create art with a child.... do it often and he or she will remember those special memories for a long time :-)

      Have a good day!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comments and sharing your memories, LKMore! I am glad that you loved art at school! It's important to keep that subject at school! Have a good day!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Kidscrafts - really cute, might be something I could do with a little one next week. Better get the pieces together! Thanks for sharing this one.

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      LKMore01 3 years ago

      Love this idea, kidcrafts. It reminds me of being in school and how much I loved art. Now we can share our snowmen with our own children, nieces and nephews. Thank you for the sweetest memories.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is so cute and definitely in time for the winter weather. I can just imagine elementary school kids working on theirs. I sure do miss the art they bring home; my daughter is down a teenager. There was so much art in those early school days, and I may not have fully appreciated it. Voted up +++ and sharing, pinning.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your comment, Crafty! Great idea for winter time... "snow flakes" of different size on the window :-)

      Have a nice evening!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is so cute! I love working with doilies. We make snowflakes out of them for our windows. What a creative idea!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit KoffeeKlatch Gals! If it were for myself, I would wait until next winter to do it... I am a little bit tired of the Spring not coming ;-)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your paper doily snowman is adorable. My daughter will love it to make with her daughter. Thanks. Up and intersting.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you DDE! I suppose that you have snow in Croatia.... may be not now. I like to have projects for all season. As you can imagine we can have a lot of snow where I live. I like to have easy crafts for different age groups and this one can be quite easy when you give all the materials to kids and they can have fun using their imagination and even have better ideas than myself!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Incredible another do it yourself Hub so fun to do such handy work with kids or grown ups.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You probably don't have to much snow where you live.... but believe it or not we still have so much snow right now that if the snow was good, I could build a snowman outside! I can't wait for "real" Spring :-)

      If you have time next winter that could be a cute snowman to do with your kids and those doilies are so easy to find!

      Thanks for your visit!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Kidscrafts, my kids made so many snowmen during Christmas and put them up all over the house. This idea is so easy and I will add this craft to our collection. Thank you for sharing this!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love snowmen too but at this time of the year, I can tell you that I am getting a little bit tired of the snow and I am definitely ready for Spring!

      Thank you for your visit Joanne!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      I love snowmen and these are just too cute. Again, seems easy and even something I can make.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your visit! Yes, indeed doilies are great for several crafts!

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Too cute! I have always loved those wonderful paper doilies. I usually use them for valentines,the snowman idea is clever indeed!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind comment! Materials are so expensive sometimes in art for kids, especially for teachers that you have to find inexpensive materials. I try to share some of my ideas on hubpages.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      How creative and in-expensive!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for visiting my hub and for your vote!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Your snowman looks so adorable. Thanks for sharing how to make it.

      Voted up and useful .:-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for you visit! The snowflakes from the edge was an after thought when I created the snowman :-)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      What a super cute snowman craft.. just love it! Thank you for sharing... love the little snowflakes made from the doily too!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your comment :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love this! As a former teacher, crafts such as these were a hit in the classroom as a winter project. Love the snowman pictured and this is simple enough for those older preschool children to make. Very nice!