Make your own adorable snowman ornaments from corrugated cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

There was a link on Amanda’s blog to another post, Today’s Fabulous Finds. I followed her link and there is an awesome project using the little snowman ornaments on another project. I might just have to try that one as well.

These cardboard snowmen turned out so stinkin’ cute and were so simple to make. I know that I’m going to have to make some more.

Winter Kids Crafts

They would make a wonderful kids craft. What a great way to up-cycle some cardboard and have some fun with your kids. Make them for teachers, grandpa and grandma, or friends. Use them for gift tags that can be used to hang on the Christmas tree.

Materials You’ll Need to Make Your Own Adorable Snowmen

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Craft paints in white, red, orange, black. (I used Deco Art Acrylic Paints)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Little bits of felt, beads, etc. for embellishment on hats (optional)
  • Paint Brush
  • Old “Scruffy” paint brush
Using Cardboard to Make Ornaments

First cut out your pieces. They reason I cut them out first, is that you’ll have so much less work in the end.

Now you’ll have to do a little card board dissection.

Using a craft knife, slide it between the top paper layer and the corrugated layer and remove just that upper layer of paper.  If you don’t quite get all the fuzzies, it’s okay.  You don’t have to remove the paper layer on the other side.

cardboard snowman Christmas ornaments
Corrugated Cardboard Pieces

The acrylic craft paints work great for this project. Paint your pieces and then you are ready to assemble your snowmen.

You can use whatever colors you want for painting your project, but I used pretty traditional Christmas colors. The acrylic paints dry pretty quickly and pretty soon you’re on your way to finishing these adorable little guys.

For painting the eyes and mouths, I just dipped the tail end of a small paint brush into the paint and dotted it on.

cardboard snowman Christmas ornaments
Close Up of Hat Detail

Assembly of Snowman Ornaments

I didn’t have any of the adhesive that Amanda had in her tutorial, so I used a glue gun. She also used wire, and I didn’t have any, so I figured out a way to use some twine that I had in my stash.

Felt for Hats

I cut the holly pieces from scraps of felt. These are really tiny, maybe 3/4 of an inch long. Using a little paint to “grunge” them up a bit, help to complete the vintage look.

Buttons or other embellishments would also work for decorating your ornaments. Use what you have in your stash. Maybe you have some old buttons that would work just as well.

The scruffy paint brush to add a little snow to the hats, also helps to add a nice touch. Likewise, you could probably use some thinned white paint and splatter paint the hats before you assemble.

Adding Reinforcement

I added a piece of cardboard to the back when assembling. It gives the ornaments a little bit of stability and I sandwiched some jute twine between the layers, using a good glob of hot glue to secure the ends.

how to make ornaments from corrugated cardboard


Finished Ornaments

Pinterest is wonderful inspiration for other cardboard ornament projects. These rustic looking snowman ornaments will be a great addition to our tree. I think I’m going to make some for stocking stuffers too! I hope you’ll make some of your own.

corrugated cardboard snowman ornaments

Thank you for stopping by Say It With Simplicity. I hope you’ll spend some time crafting for your home and family for the upcoming Christmas season.



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