Sparkly Snowman

Place a battery operated candle inside these fun snowman and they will add sparkle to any winter gathering! I think I got inspiration for this project from a magazine but can't remember which!

Sparkly Snowman

Project Info

Difficulty Slightly challenging
Duration 1 hour
Age 3+
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  • Battery Operated Tea Light (Optional)
  • Black and White Tissue Paper
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Plastic Drinks Bottle
  • Ribbon
  • Smoething for Snowman's eyes and nose (Googly eyes, pom poms, buttons, foam stickers etc)
  • White School Glue such as Elmers


  • Step 4

  1. Cut the bottom off of your plastic bottle using a craft knife. This step should be performed by an adult. Remove the cap of the bottle and set aside.
  2. Use a paintbrush to paint glue all over the bottle.
  3. Tear off small pieces of white tissue paper and stick to the bottle. Continue until the entire bottle is covered in paper.
  4. Use a paintbrush to paint glue all over the bottle cap.
  5. Tear off small pieces of black tissue paper and stick to the cap. Continue until the entire cap is covered in paper. Put the cap back on the bottle - this is the snowman's hat.
  6. Choose materials for the snowman's eye and nose and stick onto the snowman. (e.g. a pom pom or a carrot shape piece of card for the nose and googly eyes or buttons for the eyes). You could add a mouth also.
  7. Cut your pipe cleaner in half. Fold one piece in half and twist, leaving about 1 cm at the end untwisted. Repeat with the other piece. Stick these twisted pipe cleaners onto the snowman as arms.
  8. Tie a piece of ribbon around the snowman about 1/3 of the way down - this is the snowman's scarf.
  9. Place the snowman on top of a lit battery operated tea light and watch him sparkle.


  1. There's some great children's story books on snowmen which would make great companions to this project - see the resources section for some ideas.
  2. Warning: Never use a wax candle inside a plastic bottle - this would be a certain fire hazard


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Useful supplies

Everlasting Tealights Battery-Operated Flamess Candles with Soft Flicker, 12-Pack
$7.53 Buy on Amazon
DMD Tissue Value Packs 20 Inch by 26 Inch 100/Package, Assorted
Creativity Street Big Box of Chenille Stems, 150-Count, Assorted Colors (AC5547)
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American Crafts Vega Helmets 3437-362 VRX Advanced Dirt Bike Helmet – Off-Road Full Face Helmet for Motocross ATV MX Enduro Quad Sport, 5 Year Warranty (Pink Venom Graphic, Small)
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Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
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Pepperell Pom Poms Pom Poms
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Related Books

The Biggest Snowman Ever, by Steven Kroll
$4.99 Buy on Amazon
The Snowman Storybook (Pictureback(R)), by Raymond Briggs
$11.00 Buy on Amazon
Snowmen at Christmas, by Caralyn Buehner
$11.94 Buy on Amazon
Snow (I Can Read It All By Myself), by Roy Mc Kie
$9.30 Buy on Amazon
Snow, by Uri Shulevitz
$7.98 Buy on Amazon
Snow, by Cynthia Rylant
$9.89 Buy on Amazon
Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn Buehner
$6.99 Buy on Amazon

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