Paper-Mache Snowman Family Craft

Winter is all about snowman for my kids, but this year we didn’t have snowman snow yet.  We compensate by doing lots of snowman crafts.  I have told you earlier about my love of papier-mâché (paper-mache) projects, so it only stands to reason that when I saw an empty apple juice bottle I immediately visualized it covered with paper and turned into a cute paper-mache snowman.  And once we made snowman we decided to add a snow-woman and throw in some snow-kids for good measure.

Paper-mache Snowman Family.  Three ingredients take center stage in this fun papier-mâché project: (1) newspaper, (2) glue and (3) plastic bottle.  Repeat layering until you are happy with the shape.  Paint and decorate!

Three ingredients take center stage in this fun project: (1) newspaper, (2) glue and (3) plastic bottle.  Tear up some newspaper and glue it to the plastic bottle.  Voila!  For a smoother finish you can make the final layer out of printer paper, but I only recommend it, if you are making a snowman as a present and want it to look store-bought perfect.  For decoration you can paint with white color, add eyes, hat, scarf and buttons.

This project is great for artistic expression.  My kids had a lot of fun designing their snowman babies and making them.  There is a lot going on: tearing, gluing, making decisions about where each piece is going, smoothing it out, imagining the final product.   In addition, if you are using hands for scooping up glue (and not a spoon), it’s a great sensory experience.  We love sticking our hands in glue and smoothing out the wrinkles.  We can do it all day!  I like that the final product is a sturdy 3D toy.  In fact, kids will be playing with it until next winter. 


What you need for papier-mâché Snowman

Empty plastic bottle

Glue (flour, water and salt)



Decorative touches

Printer paper (optional)

White paint (for body)

Black paint (for eyes and buttons)

Scarf and hat (I crocheted ours with leftover yarns)


Paper-mache snowman project combine artistic expression and sensory play.


How to make papier-mache glue (for 1 snowman)


1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup water

1 TBSP salt

Stir together until smooth, bump-free mixture is formed.  If it seems to thick to you, add an additional drop of water.


Papier-mache snowman family.  Artistic expression and sensory play combine in this fun and easy craft project.


How to make a paper-mache snowman

  1. Tear a small piece of newspaper.
  2. Cover it with glue.
  3. Stick paper to the plastic bottle and smooth it out. 
  4. Cover the bottle completely.
  5. Let it dry over night.
  6. Repeat with more layers, if desired.

Note: if you don’t let it dry completely between layers, snowman will get moldy. 

Note 2: depending on the quality of newspaper edges sometimes don’t blend as well as the middle sections.

Note 3: Repeat the layers, if needed.  One layer makes a fine snowman, but more layers mean sturdier, drop-resistant exhibit.  My 7-year old loves doing it so much, he said, I need to make at least five layers.  And he did just that!
    Three ingredients take center stage in this fun papier-mâché project: (1) newspaper, (2) glue and (3) plastic bottle.   The final product is a sturdy 3D toy that can stand up to some rough play.

Note 4: Any time your glue gets too thick, just add a drop of water to thin it out. 

Copy our decorations or invent your own.  I think our snowmen are awfully cute, if I can say so myself.  Baby turned out a bit grumpy perhaps. 


Artistic expression and sensory fun combine in this simple papier-mache project.


How to decorate a paper-mache snowman

Here you are in the land of endless possibilities. This is what we did:

  1. Painted snowmen white and let them dry overnight.
  2. The next day we painted on eyes, mouth and buttons.  Some buttons were made using glitter glue. 
  3. Added crocheted hats and scarfs. 
  4. Added a red nose: red construction paper triangle bent in half and glued on with regular school glue. 


Oh no!  It’s snowing especially hard today! 


Papier-mache snowman family.  Artistic expression and sensory fun combine in this easy project.  Just find an empty bottle cover it with paper, then paint it and decorate as you desire!


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  7. I can’t remember the last time I got to work with paper mache. :'( I miss being a kid! I used to volunteer at a children’s hospital in therapeutic recreation/child life and it was an awesome excuse to get to goof off with the kids there! :]! Great tutorial!

  8. I love this. Recycled crafts are my favorite. These snowman are so cute. Yes perfect for this time of the year. 🙂 Another great idea. 🙂 I also loved your video.


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