I always save our toilet paper rolls because I always end up crafting with them. They’re just a really easy medium. If you can call them a medium. And when we have kids come to visit, it’s a lot easier for them to hold a toilet paper roll in their hands and paint it. So knowing that, you have to know that I was going to come up with a Toilet Paper Roll Snowman craft.
I thought about also making a toilet paper roll snowwoman to go with this, but I didn’t. It would have been so easy to paint a bow on one of these, though, if you wanted to make a snowlady.
This Toilet Paper Roll Snowman is just one of the snowman crafts that we have one Drugstore Divas.
If you want more, check out all of our Snowman Crafts And Snacks Ideas.
Toilet Paper Roll Snowman
What You’ll Need:
- 3 empty toilet paper rolls
- White acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Black card stock
- White card stock
- Orange card stock
- 3 rolls of 1/4-inch ribbon
What You’ll Do:
Paint the three empty toilet paper rolls completely using the white acrylic paint.
When they’re completely dry, paint a second coat of white paint over the toilet paper rolls. Let it dry completely.
Cut a piece of ribbon, about five inches long, for each toilet paper roll. I prefer a different color ribbon for each one, just to give it a little personality, but you can do whatever you like.
Don’t worry if the piece of ribbon is too long. You’ll trim it at the end. But better if it’s too long than too short.
Put a dab of glue in the center, halfway down the toilet paper roll. Stick the ribbon there, making sure to leave some hanging over to act as the end of the scarf.
Wrap the ribbon around the toilet paper roll tube and glue it down when you get to the center again. Let it dry.
While that’s drying, cut six larger circles from the black card stock. These will be your “buttons,” so don’t worry if they’re not perfectly round.
If you did want to make them uniform, you can always use a one-hole punch to make them.
Glue three of them in a vertical row on the bottom half of the toilet paper roll, under the ribbon scarf.
Cut three carrot-shaped noses from the orange card stock. Glue them on to the top half of the toilet paper roll, about two-thirds of the way down.
It doesn’t matter which way you point the nose, but if you’re making multiples of these, I would suggest you vary the direction.
Cut five small square-ish pieces from the black card stock per toilet paper roll.
Glue them below the nose to make a smile.
Cut out two white circles per toilet paper roll and glue them down to the black card stock, leaving room between them.
Cut them out, making sure you leave some black as an outline around the white.
Glue them above the nose to be your eyes.
Dab a very small dot of black paint on to them for the pupils. Just a quick note. Whatever way your the points, that’s the direction you want the pupils to point as well.
Paint a little black, about a quarter inch wide, around the top of the toilet paper roll snowman (now that he has a face, we can start calling him a snowman).
Don’t worry about going all the way around. I only painted the front and sides, not the back, since that’s all you can see.
And don’t worry about the line bring perfectly straight either because you’re going to cover it.
Let the black paint dry completely.
Cut a long, thin strip of black card stock. Don’t worry if it’s too long. You’ll trim it in a minute.
Put a dab of glue in the middle of the black line you just created. Affix the black strip of card stock there. Voila. You have a hat.
When everything is completely dry, you can trim the brim of the hat and the ends of the scarf if you think they’re too long.
Tips for making Toilet Paper Roll Snowman with kids
At first glance, this looks like a craft you can make with kids. But, I made a similar craft with kids (our toilet paper roll ghosts) and while I trusted the kids to paint the roll just fine, it was the details that caused pause.
So, if you want to make this with kids, set up a station for each kid with scrap paper for them to lean on, a paper plate to pour the white paint on, and black and orange markers.
Let the kids paint the toilet paper roll tube and when it is completely dry, have them use the markets to draw on the face, buttons, and the top of the hat. That’s a lot easier than asking the kids to cut all the pieces from card stock.
Depending on how old the kids are, you’ll either want to cut out the black strip for the brim of the hat for them or let them cut it out using kid scissors (while supervised of course).
The kid should be able to put a little drop of glue on the toilet paper roll to glue on the brim of the hat.
Cut the pieces of ribbon for the scarves, but let the kid glue it on.
Of course, the toilet paper roll snowman will look a little different that way, but if you did want to use card stock to make the buttons and face, I would suggest that you cut the pieces out beforehand.
Set all the pieces (eyes, mouth pieces, nose, buttons, and hat brim) out at a station for each kid before the kids start making the craft. That way, the kids have all the pieces ready to go and aren’t waiting on you to cut them.
Want more snowman crafts?
This toilet paper roll snowman isn’t the only snowman craft you should be making this season. Check out a few other fun ones below: