Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I adore snowmen, and every year I try to make at least one new snowman ornament. This year I made these snowmen from corrugated cardboard and paint. I was inspired by a dollar store ornament that caught my eye on a blog post.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I had pinned this to my “Inspiration for Knock Offs” board. The post is from Today’s Fabulous Finds and it’s a tutorial for her adorable “Frame for Every Season“, so be sure to check that out! That’s when I saw the cute ornaments she bought at the dollar store. I’m not sure what they are made of, but I’m guessing like a tin material? At any rate, as soon as I saw them I knew I could make them using corrugated cardboard.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I could have used hot glue to make these, but last week I received a box of Aleene’s Dry Adhesives to play with. If you’ve been to Michael’s lately you’ve probably seen these. They are also available online at Ilovetocreate.com I knew that the Tacky Dot Rolls would be perfect for this! I was a little unsure as to how well they would hold the cardboard together considering it’s wavy texture, but they worked beautifully! So much easier than glue, and no mess. Totally love that!

NOTE: I made these in 2011. This update was added in 2014 and I still hang these ornaments on my tree every year! Never had a problem with the adhesives coming off.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I used the large dots and the small dots. This worked perfectly because there were some tiny areas (tip of the snowman’s nose for example) that the large dots were just too big for, but the small dots were ideal. I’ll show you exactly how I put this together, ready?

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I tried to match the paint colors to the photo as best I could. I used Americana acrylics in the following colors:

  • Sand (snowman faces)
  • Honey Brown (noses)
  • Deep Burgundy (Santa hat, black hat band, holly berries)
  • Hauser Dark Green (holly leaves)
  • Baby Pink (cheeks)
  • Lamp Black (Top hat, eyes, mouths)
  • Sand + White (Santa cap’s pom pom and brim)
  • White (splatter)

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

First I drew the shapes for the ornaments, using the photo as a guide. I’ve created a pattern for you if you’d like to try these too. I had just received a book in the mail and it came in this corrugated cardboard mailer. Nice! After cutting out all the ornament shapes, I practiced painting on a scrap piece of the cardboard. I wanted the paint to look like aged wood, just like the ornaments I was drawing inspiration from. So I used some strokes with the brush loaded, and then I dried the brush on a dry cloth before lightly brushing the creases.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

Once I was comfortable with the paint, I went ahead and painted all the pieces. While they were drying, I cut the holly leaves from an old silk plant I had laying around. You could use felt or fabric too. I placed the holly leaves on a scrap piece of cardboard and painted them green.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I almost forgot add the hat band, so after the black hat dried I painted that on as well. After everything was painted it was time to splatter. If you’ve never splattered before, there’s nothing to it. Just thin some white paint with water, dip a toothbrush in it, dab off excess on a soft cloth, then drag your finger across the bristles. You should always do a practice run on something before hitting your actual project. I wasn’t sure what to use for the smiles, then I remember the floral wire I had on the shelf. I shaped them into two smiles and painted them black.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

Now to put it all together! The dots come in a roll, so you just cut off a section with a dot so you can work with it by itself. Don’t touch the sticky dot, instead press the dot using the plastic backing, onto the surface where you want the dot to stay. Apply some pressure, then peel the plastic backing off and the dot will stay in place. Then you can press the item onto whatever you want it to adhere to. In the picture above, you can see that I used two different sizes on the nose.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

After you’d put everything together using the dots, add the final details. You can add the holly berries using the handle end of a paintbrush.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

To add the smiles, squeeze some instant grab glue onto your scrap cardboard, then dip both ends of the smile into the glue. Then place it on the snowman’s face. Use a small scruffy paintbrush to dab on the pink cheeks. Use the handle end of the paintbrush dipped in black paint to dot on the eyes. The eyes didn’t come out round like I thought because of the ridge in the cardboard, but they’re still cute :)

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

For the hangers I used that same floral wire, but because of the shapes of the ornaments, I made two different types of hangers. The first one I just created a loop, twisting the ends and rolled that twisted end in instant grab glue. Then I inserted that into the cardboard at the top of the snowman’s black hat.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

I didn’t want to put the hanger in the small pom pom of the red hat as I didn’t think there was enough stability. So for this hanger I made a twist higher up so that I would have two ends to work with. After dipping those two ends in instant grab glue I inserted the ends into the cardboard on both sides of the top of the hat.

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

That’s it. All done! I am really pleased with the way that these dots from Aleene’s worked. I really wasn’t sure what kind of both they would have but I am really impressed. They are holding up really well and I didn’t have to wait for glue to dry or clean up any hot glue strings. Awesome stuff. :)

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

 

If you liked this ornament, you might also like my Light Bulb Snowman Ornament and my Jumbo Vintage Snowman Ornament!

Snowman Ornaments by Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

Rating: 51

Corrugated Cardboard Snowman Ornaments

What you need:

    Supplies
  • Pattern
  • Silk ivy leaves
  • Corrugated cardboard (mine is from an corrugated cardboard mailing envelope)
  • Floral wire
  • Tools: Paintbrush, scissors, toothbrush, toothpick, instant grab glue, glue dots, scruffy paintbrush
  • Americana Acrylic Paint:
  • Sand (snowman faces)
  • Honey Brown (noses)
  • Deep Burgundy (Santa hat, black hat band, holly berries)
  • Hauser Dark Green (holly leaves)
  • Baby Pink (cheeks)
  • Lamp Black (Top hat, eyes, mouths)
  • Sand + White (Santa cap’s pom pom and brim)
  • White (splatter)

What you do:

  1. Cut the ornament shapes from cardboard using the pattern. Practice painting on a scrap piece of the cardboard. For the paint to look like aged wood, I used some strokes with the brush loaded, and then I dried the brush on a dry cloth before lightly brushing the creases.
  2. Paint all the pieces. While they are drying, cut the holly leaves from an silk ivy. Place the holly leaves on a scrap piece of cardboard and paint them green.
  3. After everything is painted it’s time to splatter. If you’ve never splattered before, there’s nothing to it. Just thin some white paint with water, dip a toothbrush in it, dab off excess on a soft cloth, then drag your finger across the bristles. You should always do a practice run on something before hitting your actual project.
  4. Shaped some floral wire into two smiles and paint them black.
  5. Time to put them together. Don’t touch the sticky dot, instead press the dot using the plastic backing, onto the surface where you want the dot to stay. Apply some pressure, then peel the plastic backing off and the dot will stay in place. Then you can press the item onto whatever you want it to adhere to.
  6. After you’d put everything together using the dots, add the final details. You can add the holly berries using the handle end of a paintbrush.
  7. To add the smiles, squeeze some instant grab glue onto your scrap cardboard, then dip both ends of the smile into the glue. Then place it on the snowman’s face. Use a small scruffy paintbrush to dab on the pink cheeks. Use the handle end of the paintbrush dipped in black paint to dot on the eyes.
  8. For the hangers I used that same floral wire, but because of the shapes of the ornaments, I made two different types of hangers. The first one I just created a loop, twisting the ends and rolled that twisted end in instant grab glue. Then I inserted that into the cardboard at the top of the snowman’s black hat.
  9. I didn’t want to put the hanger in the small pom pom of the red hat as I didn’t think there was enough stability. So for this hanger I made a twist higher up so that I would have two ends to work with. After dipping those two ends in instant grab glue I inserted the ends into the cardboard on both sides of the top of the hat.
http://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/12/corrugated-cardboard-snowman-ornaments.html

This is a CraftsbyAmanda.com sponsored post. I was compensated for my time and provided with free product with which to create. However, even though I was compensated, all opinions are truthful and 100% mine.

Comments

  1. Barbara' Cookie" says

    Looking back at these they look like tin a little ,any way look tin or cardboard they are darling Another great one Amanda,,Thank’s

  2. says

    This project turned out so cute and you did a great job with your tutorial. The project is a hit on our FB page :) Please like us and check it out if you haven’t already! facebook.com/lovetocreate

  3. janet dycus says

    i love your project i would love to have your patterns i am not good at drawing things could i use like cardboard boxes and just peel off the box part i did this last year for a orement and it work good hope to hear from you please

    • Amanda Formaro says

      Hi janet!

      There’s a link to the pattern in the post so you can print it off from there. :) I’m sure what you are describing would work!

  4. Charlotte says

    Amanda…these are the cutest! I love snowmen and will try these soon. Thanks for the detailed directions! Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Rebecca says

    Love it, thanks! I made a snowman and a Christmas tree, but what did you do on the back side?? Mine look terrible. :-(

    • Amanda Formaro says

      I really didn’t do anything on the back Rebecca. In fact you can see the back in the last step-by-step photo in this post. You could paint the backs, but since these were just for me, I didn’t. If I had made these to give as a gift I would have painted the backs, probably just white. You could splatter the back with black too :)

  6. says

    These are adorable, Amanda. I am just starting a tradition with my nieces and daughter where we make ornaments with one snowman being the star of our production. This year we turned eye glasses into snowmen.

    Next year we will use your pattern! I am off to look more on your site to see if you have posted other snowman ideas.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lila Willett says

    I would like to print just the instructions for the snowman ornaments with out having to print 16 pages. I am 78 and not all that computor literate.It would really be helpful to be able to copy instructions in a simplified manner. Thank you

    • says

      Hi Lila. I don’t have printable instructions for this particular project. If you are reading this comment, reply to it and I will copy and paste them and send them to you.

      • Carol says

        I too would to just like to have the directions and shapes for pattern of snowmen tree ornaments. So cute and looks fairly easy too! We have a very tight budget so do not want to have to download all the other pages. Thanks for the amazing idea!

  8. Beth Rossignol says

    Hello,
    What is the instant grab glue that you used to attach the smiles? I Googled “instant grab glue” and it showed construction glue.
    Thank you for posting these; they are wonderful.

  9. Susie Searcy says

    I am making 40 sets. I enlarged the pattern and used holly berries and holly leaves i boght on branches at the dollar store. I make snowmen every year to give as gifts. This has been a very fun project. Thanks for posting.

    • says

      I didn’t peel the cardboard, that piece came that way. It was the inside of a cardboard book mailer that someone sent me a book in. I have heard from scrapbookers who like to use corrugated cardboard that they lightly mist water on the cardboard to help release the glue when peeling.

  10. Phyl says

    I made 6 of these for my grandchildren. I always paint an ornament for them at Christmas and when I saw these I thought they were so cute. I had trouble finding the cardboard until I realized I had some from a long time ago. They turned out real cute. I used ribbon for the hanger instead of the wire. Thanks for all the directions. Big help..

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