Puffy Snowmen

My kids had so much fun creating these puffy paint snowmen. The paint, puffs up as it dries.

Puffy Snowmen Puffy Snowmen

Project Info

Difficulty Slightly challenging
Duration 15-30 minutes
Age 3+
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  • 1/4 cup Shaving Foam
  • 1/4 cup school / PVA glue e.g. elmers
  • Card (or alternative) for hat
  • Orange pipe cleaner - for nose
  • Paper
  • Pom Poms (or buttons or card circles) for eyes and buttons
  • Ribbon for scarf
  • Twigs (or pipe cleaners) for arms and mouth


    1. Make the puffy paint by thoroughly mixing the shaving foam with the glue
    2. Using the glue, paint a snowman on to the paper, and color it in (for younger children, it is advisable to draw the snowman shape onto the paper and have them color it in with paint).
    3. Attach the arms, buttons, eyes, nose and mouth (simply laying these items over the paint will cause them to stick - the paint is 50% glue after all!).
    4. Cut a hat shape from the card and place on the snowman's head. Create a scarf from the ribbon and attach.
    5. Optionally: paint snow flakes in the sky around the snowman.


    1. If the puffy paint doesn't look too puffy - don't worry, it puffs as it dries.
    2. Although it is tempting, don't poke the painted snowman when it is dry - as your finger will go right through the paint leaving a nasty hole! It is just air under the surface.


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    Useful supplies

    Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
    $1.99 Buy on Amazon
    Pepperell Pom Poms Pom Poms
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    Creativity Street Big Box of Chenille Stems, 150-Count, Assorted Colors (AC5547)
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    Extreme Value Ribbon Seasonal Pack by American Crafts | 24 pack | Includes 24 spools of printed and woven ribbon in various seasonal patterns
    $14.05 Buy on Amazon
    Neenah Creative Collection Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 12" x 12", 65 lb, 18-Color Assortment, 72 Sheets (46408-02)
    $7.29 Buy on Amazon

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