If you are looking for a quick craft to do with the kids then this Polystyrene Peanut Snowman Craft is for you.
Recently a package arrived packed in polystyrene peanuts so instantly I wondered what to do with them. Our girl’s favorite thing to do is craft so I knew they would adore making their own polystyrene peanut snowman craft!
Polystyrene isn’t great for the environment being predicted to take up to A MILLION YEARS to break down if it ends up in a landfill or floating in our seas! We wouldn’t recommend going out to buy polystyrene to do this craft but it is a great way to reuse it if you have some floating around your house. Using cotton balls would be another great alternative product to make your snowman with.
As you can see from the photos at the bottom of the page my interpretation of a snowman was vastly different from Miss 5 and Miss 2’s. I decided not to give too much direction as there is something lovely about watching their creativity flow. Miss 5 explained that she wanted a square body and to draw on a head, while Miss 2 discovered the butterflies so it turned into a picture of butterflies in the snow! There really is no right or wrong here!
- Polystyrene peanuts
- Googly eyes
- Wooden sticks
- Other craft decorations
How To Make It
This polystyrene peanut snowman craft is so simple that it really doesn’t need a tutorial!
-For younger children, you could draw the outline of a snowman onto a piece of card otherwise organize the polystyrene peanuts into the desired snowman body shape and then glue. We used a PVA glue but many other types of glues are also suitable.
-Glue on the googly eyes.
-Bend a small wooden stick in half and piece into a polystyrene peanut to attach for a nose. Glue on two other wooden sticks for arms.
-Use any other craft materials you have on hand to decorate your snowman. We used a sparkly pipe cleaner for a scarf and sticky foam for buttons. We also put some glitter glue over the polystyrene to add some sparkle. Pom-poms, feathers, ribbon, buttons and colored paper all would make fun additions.
Now what to do with the rest of our polystyrene chips? If you have any ideas please let me know!