Snowmen at Christmas by is a really cute book about snowmen who come alive after dark to celebrate Christmas like only snowmen can! After reading this book, Caden and I, along with Grandma made some adorable salt dough snowmen. These snowmen are now treasured Christmas decorations because of the memories we made while making them!
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The recipe for salt dough is really easy. You only need 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of warm water. Slowly add the water to the salt and flour. You might not need the whole cup of water. Caden enjoyed helping to mix up the dough.
Once the dough is formed you can get started creating snowmen! (or anything else, really.) We made the traditional three ball stacked snowmen. Caden liked to really squish the snowmen together. He needed a little help rolling the balls.
Once you have built your snowmen, add the end of an orange toothpick for the carrot nose, some twigs for arms and you can even add little beads for coal eyes, mouth or buttons. You may need to insert a toothpick into the center of your snowmen for more support to help them stay standing upright. (We obviously didn’t think of that trick until after we baked our snowmen.) Then you place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 250F for 2-2.5 hours.
Our snowmen came out of the oven a little cracked and leaning. I think it adds character! Which I used when drawing on their faces!
After your snowmen have cooled you can decorate them. Use fabric for hats and scarves. We used fleece and pompoms. I used a permanent marker to draw on the face and buttons. You could also use acrylic paint.
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Bonnie Way says
Those are super cute snowmen! My girls (ages 4 and 2) got into crafts just before Christmas, so I was looking around for ideas for them. I tried this craft too, although my recipe didn’t tell me to bake the snowmen for that long so I’m not sure how long they will last. 🙂 Ours also cracked and leaned a little bit, but the girls had fun painting them. 🙂
What a fun idea! The snowmen come out absolutely adorable!
Ashley Moore says
Looks like you ended up with some super cute snowmen!