Wooden Holiday snowmen on a porch

How to Build Festive Wooden Holiday Snowmen

Get into the Holiday spirit and entertain the little ones with this fun festive craft that makes a set of adorable wooden snowmen in just 5 simple steps. When you’re done, you can enjoy choosing the perfect everyday objects to decorate them with as well.

Few Hours
Less Than $100
  1. 1

    Cut the Planks for the Snowmen

  2. Steps:

  3. 1.1
    Cut the planks for the individual snowmen to the desired height using a mitre saw. For a more decorative effect, make each snowman a different height.
Person measuring wood with a measuring tape
Person using a mitre saw to cut wood
  1. 2

    Cut Out the Head Shape

  2. Steps:

  3. 2.1
    Use a 5.5" bowl to trace the shape of each snowman’s head.
  4. 2.2
    Use a jigsaw to cut along the traced line and keep some wood scraps to use for noses.
Person measuring a white round bowl
Person using a bowl to trace a round shape
Person using a bowl to trace a round shape
Person holding a small piece of wood

Pro Tip

For a more stable and cleaner cut, use clamps to attach each plank to a workbench before cutting.

  1. 3

    Sand the Planks

  2. Steps:

  3. 3.1
    Sand down all of the planks, including the cut ends.
Person operating a power sander
  1. 4

    Paint All the Snowmen

  2. Steps:

  3. 4.1
    Use a roller to paint all of the planks with two coats of white exterior stain and sealer.
  4. 4.2
    Paint the top hats black and the noses orange.
Person applying white paint with a roller
Person applying black paint with a large brush
Person applying orange paint to a wood scrap
  1. 5

    Decorate All the Snowmen

  2. Steps:

  3. 5.1
    Now it’s time to decorate the snowmen exactly how you desire.
Person adding hot glue to a small piece of wood
Person sticking a small orange piece of wood
Person placing a grey winter hat on a wooden snowman

Pro Tip

Let your imagination loose and use this as a chance to upcycle some day-to-day objects. Here are a few ideas:

  • Scarf: An old strip of fabric
  • Coat buttons: Old buttons or screws
  • Top hat: A black paint stir stick
  • Nose: Painted orange wood scraps
  • Winter hat: Old or orphan socks

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