When I was in middle school or so, the women in our family would sometimes set aside Thanksgiving afternoon as Christmas crafting time. After the guys retired to the living room for naps and football my Aunt would set out the project she had selected for us. We did gift bags, ornaments, snowmen made from socks, and lots of other stuff.
Our snowmen crafts and projects were always some of my favorites. I love decorating with winter-y things as they can stay up and be enjoyed for a longer season. So when I saw these cute bottle cap snowmen ornaments on Pinterest I knew I had to try them. They’re very inexpensive to make and easy enough that your kiddos can make them with you.
DIY Bottle Cap Snowman Ornament Craft
Bottle caps, washed and dried
White acrylic paint
Orange acrylic paint
Fine point black Sharpie marker
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Small piece of yarn or ribbon (optional)
Start by painting your bottle caps white. It’s going to take probably three or four coats to both entirely cover the the surface and also to get it look nice and smooth. Don’t worry too much about the back as it will be pointing away from you on a tree or if hanging in a grouping on the wall, etc.
Once the caps are dry, cut a piece of narrow ribbon about two inches longer than the length of three stacked caps. Dab the back of each cap with hot glue and attach the ribbon, leaving the excess ribbon hanging from the top. Once dry, flip over and put a small dab of glue between each bottle cap to secure. At the top of the snowman fold the excess ribbon over to the back, creating a loop, and adhere with a dab of hot glue.
Once all glue is completely dry, use a fine paint brush and the orange paint to add a carrot-shaped nose to the first cap. Then use the Sharpie marker to dot on eyes and a mouth on the top cap, and three buttons on the middle cap.
At this point you can certainly leave your snowman as-is – they’re already really cute! But you can dress them up even further by adding a bit of string, yarn, or ribbon around his neck and make a little scarf. I love them both ways, and plan to make up a small army of them to add as package tie-ons for my Christmas gifts.
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