How to make a 3D snowman out of tissue paper

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How to make a 3D snowman out of tissue paper
Celebrate the season with a tissue paper 3-D snowman craft project. (snowman image by Vitaliy Pakhnyushchyy from

A three-dimensional or 3-D snowman creates a cheerful decoration for a classroom, work desk, a holiday centrepiece, or to brighten an entryway or reception area. Making your own snowman offers the opportunity to create a classic coal-eyes and carrot-nose snowman, or customise the project to create a rare snow-woman or snow-alien. For an adult's craft, create accessories out of felt or fabric to dress up your snowman. This project offers an entertaining activity to occupy kids of all ages during rainy or snowy weather. You can make a 3-D snowman out of tissue paper and common craft supplies.

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Things you need

  • White tissue paper
  • Masking tape
  • Construction paper, varied colours
  • White glue
  • Lightweight cardboard, such as a stiffener from a package of paper or T-shirts

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  1. 1

    Squeeze a piece of tissue paper into a ball for the base of the snowman. You can make this any size from a golf ball to a softball. Wrap more tissue paper around the first ball and squeeze it together to make the ball bigger.

  2. 2

    Squeeze a smaller amount of tissue paper into the size you want for the middle or the head of the snowman. For example, create a basic snowman out of two round wads of tissue paper, one for the body and the smaller one for the head. Alternatively, create three round parts for a base, middle and head. The two-part snowman requires less work for younger children or if you have limited time.

  3. 3

    Wrap each tissue paper ball in another piece of tissue paper and twist the ends so that each ball is held securely inside, like a wrapped cough drop. Cut off the excess tissue paper from each ball and apply a small piece of masking tape over the twists on each ball.

  4. 4

    Tear or cut a 7.5 cm (3 inch) piece of masking tape and make it into a loop with the adhesive on the outside. To accomplish this, hold the tape and attach one end to the other end with the sticky side facing out.

  5. 5

    Put your finger in the loop and press the tape loop against the largest tissue paper ball, on top of the taped area. Press the medium-sized ball to the top of the tape loop for a three-part snowman, or stick the small tissue paper ball to the tape loop for a two-part snowman. Make another tape loop and stick it on top of the medium-sized ball and stick the head on it for the three-part snowman.

  6. 6

    Draw the snowman's features and accessories on construction paper. You can draw a pointed carrot nose on orange construction paper and two round eyes on black construction paper. Draw seven or eight small black circles that are half the diameter of the eye circles, to represent rocks to use for the snowman's mouth. Alternatively, draw a hairstyle for a snow-woman or teardrop shaped eyes for a snow-alien. Draw a narrow rectangle for a winter neck scarf that's long enough to wrap under the snowman's head and drape down the front and back.

  7. 7

    Cut out the features and accessories from the construction paper. Apply the facial features to the small tissue paper ball with white glue. Fold the flat end of the carrot nose and apply glue to the folded tab, then stick the tab to the face. Wrap the scarf around the base of the head and fold it so that one end hangs in front and the other end hangs in back. Apply glue to hold the scarf in place.

  8. 8

    Cut a piece of lightweight paper at least 5 cm (2 inches) wider than the snowman's base to serve as a stand. This will keep the snowman from tipping over. Cut the stand 5 cm (2 inches) wider than the widest portion of the snowman. Set the base on a piece of tissue paper. Trace the tissue paper. Cut out the tissue paper and glue it to the base to represent snow.

  9. 9

    Apply glue to the middle of the base. Set the base of the snowman on the glue and press the snowman down. Hold for a slow count of 20.

Tips and warnings

  • Reuse tissue paper from presents to recycle and save money on materials.
  • Wrinkled or torn tissue paper works fine for this project.
  • Teach kids to draw small items -- such as the decorations for a snowman -- at the edge of construction paper, and to save the rest of the paper for other projects.

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