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How to Make a Snowman's Hat Centerpiece Using a Recycled Can and Plate

Updated on November 30, 2017
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Artist, photographer, designer—Gina believes that the main purpose of the arts is to enrich lives, making life a more pleasant experience.

Christmas Is Coming!

We take out the Christmas tree, string it with lights, ornaments and other decorations.

I grab the ladder and start putting up Christmas lights on the front of our home.

Putting up a Christmas tree and adorning it with colorful ornaments, hanging stockings by the fire with care and filling them with tiny little "stuffers," hanging mistletoe and kissing beneath it are all time-honored Christmas decorating ideas and traditions that many people adhere to.

Halloween has come and gone. Everyone is still recovering from the stuffed tummies of Thanksgiving. Now it's time to decorate for Christmas, just a few weeks away.

Store are jam-packed with Christmas trees of all types to choose from:

  • live
  • artificial
  • pre-lit artificial
  • floor
  • table-top
  • all colors

Christmas music plays on the speakers overhead, enticing customers to buy those gifts and Christmas decoration which line the shelves. We leave the store with bags of pre-made ornaments and decorations, many of which could have been made at home with a little creativity, and a lot more originality.


My Snowman's Hat

Snowman's Hat using recycled materials and my choice of decorations from the Dollar Tree. It cost me less than $8 to make.
Snowman's Hat using recycled materials and my choice of decorations from the Dollar Tree. It cost me less than $8 to make. | Source

Frosty, the Snowman and His Inspiration

One of the most popular Christmas songs for both children and adults is Frosty, the Snowman.

Frosty the Snowman is a beloved family classic in which an animated snowman dons a magical hat that brings him to life, and he sets off on a variety of adventures. There are many versions of the story, but what remains the same is the signature top hat.

Frosty, the Snowman has inspired snowman building throughout the country, whether you live in an area where it snows or not. People have gotten very creative and built snowmen out of cotton, fabric scraps and so much more.

Frosty, the Snowman

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Frosty, the Snowman-inspired Christmas Tree

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Frosty, the Snowman's Hat: A Very Simple, Yet Elegant Christmas Craft

This top hat has inspired Crafters for decades.

You can certainly purchase your own pre-made snowman's hat, but it so much more fun to design and decorate your own version of the Snowman's Hat.

This Snowman''s Hat is very simple to make, and you may already have some or maybe all of the items in your home. This is perfect for older kids to do or for you you to do with our kids.

There are so many ways that you can make a Snowman's Hat, but his is how I made mine. All you need to do is simple take the basic idea and make it your own. You can't go wrong with this. I will even post some more ideas in the hub so you can see what others have done.

What You Need

A coffee can

A large plate or charger

Some Christmas ornaments and decorations of your choice

Glue gun

Glue sticks

Ribbon

Spray paint (I used black, but you can choose gold, white or other color.)


What You Do

  1. Spray paint the can and the plate in your choice of color.
  2. Glue the coffee can and the plate together to form a hat.
  3. Decorate the hat using your choice of picks, decorations, ornaments, etc.
  4. Enjoy your creation.

Step 1: Spray Paint the Can and the Plate

Spray paint both the coffee can and the plate. Make sure to spray paint both sides of the plate.
Spray paint both the coffee can and the plate. Make sure to spray paint both sides of the plate. | Source

Step 2: Glue the can to the plate.

Secure the can to the plate, making sure it is centered.
Secure the can to the plate, making sure it is centered. | Source
Cut two strips of ribbon that will be attached to the top of the can as well as the bottom, as shown in the next photograph.  Make sure to cut about a 1/4 inch extra to overlap.
Cut two strips of ribbon that will be attached to the top of the can as well as the bottom, as shown in the next photograph. Make sure to cut about a 1/4 inch extra to overlap. | Source
Attach the ribbons using hot glue.
Attach the ribbons using hot glue. | Source
I attached some tinsel with ornaments attached to camouflage the glue, plus it added some extra flair.
I attached some tinsel with ornaments attached to camouflage the glue, plus it added some extra flair. | Source
I glued the tinsel all the way around the bottom of the can so that the glue would not be visible.  Make sure to remove strings of glue as they occur.
I glued the tinsel all the way around the bottom of the can so that the glue would not be visible. Make sure to remove strings of glue as they occur. | Source

Step 3

Hot glue the various embellishments to the brim of the hat. I pulled apart my holiday picks to create a fun grouping on both sides.


Step 3: Start Adding The Decorations.

I left the space between the ribbon and the can  so that I could tuck some items into the space.
I left the space between the ribbon and the can so that I could tuck some items into the space. | Source
I played around with placement of some of the decorations until I was happy with where I wanted them.
I played around with placement of some of the decorations until I was happy with where I wanted them. | Source
Start gluing the decorations in place.
Start gluing the decorations in place. | Source
Can you see the design coming together?
Can you see the design coming together? | Source

Step 4: Continue Building on the Design

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I added some extra tinsel to camouflage the extra lip on the plate.  I actually used a charger, and I did not like how this part looked.  It worked out well with with the tinsel, plus it gave the design some extra glamour.
I added some extra tinsel to camouflage the extra lip on the plate. I actually used a charger, and I did not like how this part looked. It worked out well with with the tinsel, plus it gave the design some extra glamour. | Source

Paint Some Snow Using White Acrylic Paint.

I painted some snow, but you can also use Snow-Tex or some other method to indicate snow.
I painted some snow, but you can also use Snow-Tex or some other method to indicate snow. | Source

Add Some Train Tracks. (Optional)

I glued on some broken pieces of a train track that  had lying around from my Christmas Village.  As you work, ideas will come to you.
I glued on some broken pieces of a train track that had lying around from my Christmas Village. As you work, ideas will come to you. | Source
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Add the Train. (Optional)

It took some to place the wheels exactly where I wanted them to be.
It took some to place the wheels exactly where I wanted them to be. | Source
I glued on a train that was broken.  This was not part of my original plan, but it worked out beautifully.
I glued on a train that was broken. This was not part of my original plan, but it worked out beautifully. | Source
To give the impression that the train was abandoned, I placed a small tree at the end of the rack.  This also helped to camouflage the broken end of railroad track.
To give the impression that the train was abandoned, I placed a small tree at the end of the rack. This also helped to camouflage the broken end of railroad track. | Source
Add some more pain to the railroad track and the train to give the Winter, snow-covered effect.
Add some more pain to the railroad track and the train to give the Winter, snow-covered effect. | Source
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Don't Forget Touch-ups.

After I was happy with the overall design, I checked around to see where I could add some more snow or more decorations,
After I was happy with the overall design, I checked around to see where I could add some more snow or more decorations, | Source
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Completed Snowman's Hat
Completed Snowman's Hat | Source

For those of you who like to see it being done, here is the video.

Here's one using an old record.

You can even create a Snowman's Hat using a hatbox.

You Can Use the Snowman's Hat as a Gift by Leaving the Top Open, and Filling It With Items

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Use Icicle Ornaments to Create Snow Effect

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This was a super easy and fun project and it will make an excellent addition to my growing Winter decorations. I'm so glad I saved those coffee and formaula cans...I wonder what I will do with the others?

.....Maybe Make The Whole Snowman?

If you have extra can's, you can even create the rest of the Snowman.  So cute!
If you have extra can's, you can even create the rest of the Snowman. So cute! | Source

Have a Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think by posting in the comments section below. If you do try this, let me know.

Enjoy decorating for Christmas and the Holidays.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      11 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi Chitrangana Sharan. Thanks for stopping by. So glad you liked the article. Yes, adults and children alike enjoy making these snowman hats. My kids certainly do.

      Hi Manatita. Good to see you as always, and thank you for your kind words. The creativity bug never quits. I am doing well... Thank you for asking....a few new issues, but I never give in to them.

    • manatita44 profile image

      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Ever the artiste as usual and nicely done. It's amazing that you have time for all this creativity. How's your health?

      You convey the Spirit of Christmas well and I would remember you for our Christmas circus coming very soon. Much Love, Gina. Much!!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and creative article! I think the children and adults alike, would love to make it with the detailed instructions and pictures, which you have provided.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      11 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Thanks for stopping by, Sharon, and thanks for your kind words. I know you will enjoy making yours. Merry Christmas!

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      Sharlee 

      11 months ago

      Wonderful! I so enjoyed your hub, and I will be making one of your creations to add to my holiday decor.

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