Do you want to build a snowman? Follow along and learn how to make this adorable 3D Paper Snowman craft for your Christmas or winter decor. These 3D paper snowmen also have a special place on the underside for LED candles to add a warm glow to your home in the evenings.
They are designed to be cut on an electronic cutting machine. Like a Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo.
How big is one large snowman? Each snowman measures approximately 15 inches tall and 9.5 inches wide. For being made of card stock, I think they are pretty cool! Pun intended! ☃️
This Christmas craft is sure to bring big smiles!
Six 3D Paper Snowman Designs Are Available
There are a total of six 3D Paper Snowman Designs available. These digital designs are available in SVG, DXF, EPS, PNG, and PDF file formats. To learn more about the different designs available for purchase, visit the SVG Shop.
Here are the snowmen illuminated with remote control LED lights.
3D Paper Snowman Video Tutorials
The Assembly Video includes the 6 different paper snowman designs, the supplies needed to create them, and the full assembly process. The Cricut Design Space video shows you how to upload the files and prepare them to cut. The Silhouette Studio video shows you how to open the files and prepare them to cut.
Assembly Video: 3D Paper Snowman
Cricut Design Space Tutorial: 3D Paper Snowman
Silhouette Studio Tutorial: 3D Paper Snowman
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Craft Supplies To Make A 3D Paper Snowman
- SVG Snowman Designs – Digital Cut Files
- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4
- Light Grip Mat (Cricut) or Light Grip Mat (Silhouette)
- Glue Stick
- Precision Craft Glue
- Tape Runner
- 65 lb. White Paper Card-stock (Additional Colors Needed For The Hat)
- Patterned Paper (For Snowman Accessories)
- 100 GSM Vellum
- Acetate (4 Mil) (For Snowman Support)
- Weeding Tools
- Scraper Tool
- Paper Quilling Tool
- LED Lights (Color Changing With Remote)
Create The Top Of The Snowman (Snowman Head)
Be sure to cover your table surface with protective paper, preferably something that can be thrown away for easy clean-up.
Here are all of the cut-out pieces to assemble the snowman head.
Begin by folding the ends of all of the decorative panels (oval paper strips) upward.
Use a glue stick on one side of the vellum to attach it to the patterned panels.
Place the glue side of the vellum on the back of the patterned panel. The glue will dry clear with a little shine to it.
Roll over the panel with a brayer to evenly distribute the glue and help the vellum stick. Then lift the panel up from your surface, so it doesn’t stick to the paper under it. Repeat this process for all twelve of the side panels.
Select the top (small) polygon. Use the sides of the polygon as your guide, placing one panel per side of the polygon. Placing the fold on the edge of the polygon, glue the panel in place.
Work your way around the polygon attaching each of the twelve side panels. Then glue the second small polygon on top, sealing the side panels in the middle.
Once all of your sides are attached, flip the project over, so you are looking at the underside with the vellum.
There are fold lines on each end of the support pieces. Fold the ends of the four supports in a “Z” shape. Place them on the snowman head with the center fold facing up.
Now attach the four supports to the underside of the top polygon using your precision craft glue. Make sure that they are spaced out evenly, in the shape of a plus sign. See the image below as a guide.
Now begin to attach the side panels to one of the larger (bottom) polygons. Work your way around the polygon until all of the twelve panels are attached.
Now, using a weeding tool (hook), bring the inner supports up through the center of the bottom polygon. Press the snowman head down a little (if necessary) and glue the end of the support to the polygon. Repeat this process for all four supports.
Once all four supports are glued into place, add some glue to the second large polygon. Then line it up and glue it to the bottom of the snowman head for a finished look.
Here is a picture of the finished snowman head.
Create The Bottom Of The Snowman (Snowman Body)
Here are all of the cut-out pieces to assemble the snowman body.
Begin by attaching the vellum to your patterned panels. Use a glue stick on one side of the vellum.
Then place the glue side of the vellum on the back of the patterned panel. The glue will dry clear with a little shine to it.
Roll over the panel with a brayer to help the vellum evenly stick to it. Lift the panel up from your surface, so it doesn’t stick to the paper under it. Repeat this process for all twelve of the side panels.
Next, select the polygon with the 12 slits in it. Slip the small end of one side panel up through the bottom of one slit and glue it into place. Repeat this process for all twelve panels.
Once all of the side panels are attached, flip the project over. Now begin attaching each of the side panels to the large polygon. Attach all twelve sides.
Now we are going to create the clear center support for the snowman body. Begin by adding double-sided tape on each end and middle of one edge of the acetate rectangle. Note: The tabs on the acetate are facing the left side. Next, fill in the gaps with Precision Craft Glue.
I used both adhesives because the double-sided tape will hold the acetate together while the glue dries. Note: When testing, I tried to only use the double-sided tape runner and the support came apart over time. It’s important to use the tape runner and the glue together for this step.
Next, roll the acetate over to form a tube (like toilet paper rolls). Press the areas of the double-sided tape to hold the tube together.
Then slide a bone folder over the acetate to spread out the glue.
Add double-sided adhesive to the top of each tab on the acetate support tube.
Now slip the support tube into the bottom of the snowman body. Use a thin object like a paintbrush handle or a bone folder to support the inside of the bottom of the snowman while you press the tabs in place.
Locate the second large polygon and add some craft glue to it and press it in place on the bottom of the snowman body. I slipped a bone folder up through the slots to support the inside of the snowman while pressing the bottom polygon in place.
The last piece of the snowman body is the propeller-looking cutout. Fold this piece along all of the score lines. Then add a dab of craft glue to the end of each of the tabs and press it into place. This creates a tray to hold the snowman head during assembly.
Now add craft glue to the top of the snowman body and attach the tray.
Create The Paper Snowman Hat
I made all of the hats different colors to match their scarves. These hats are so much fun to make and would be cute all on their own. The best part is they don’t take a lot of time to create.
Locate the two side panels for the snowman hat. Draw a pencil line on the score lines for the two ends so you can see them better. Don’t fold them, they are for measurement purposes only.
Line up the two panels and glue them together. Use the pencil line as your guide. This measurement needs to be precise, so take your time with this step. Note: The angled tab with glue goes on the inside of the hat.
Now bring the other ends of the side panels together to create a cylinder. Add some glue and press them together.
Fold the small tabs on the bottom of the cylinder and add a dot of craft glue to the top of them.
Slide the bill of the hat over the cylinder. Then press the tabs with the craft glue to the underside of the hat bill.
Fold the small tabs on the top hat circle and add a dab of craft glue to each tab.
Place the top circle with the folded tabs facing up on a flat surface. Now place the assembled portion of the hat over the top of the circle with the bill facing up. Start by pressing just a few of the tabs to the inside of the hat until they stick.
Then tilt the hat sideways and work with one hand inside of the hat and the other on the upper outside edge of the hat. Press and hold each tab until it adheres to the inside.
Note: Work in one direction attaching each tab before moving to the next. Once all of the tabs are in place, go over them a second time to be sure the glue has adhered.
Add some craft glue to the second circle and place it over the bill to hide the tabs on the bill.
Here is the completed snowman hat. Notice that both the top and the bill of the hat have a curve for a more realistic look. Aren’t these fun hats?
The snowman accessories kit includes a scarf, bow, ribbon for the hat, snowflake, nose, and eyes. I’ve used patterned paper to give them a fun and realistic look. The exact patterned paper I used is from Hobby Lobby. It’s called Mistletoe Lodge Cardstock Paper Pack.
Create The Snowman Scarf
Let’s begin by making the scarf. You will use the four thickest rectangles for this part of the project. Begin by lining up the two rectangles with the slanted ends. (See the image above). Glue them together. These are the hanging pieces of the scarf.
Now take the other two rectangles and fold them along the score lines. Once both pieces are folded along all the score lines, glue the ends together to create a circle. The fold lines will look like ridges on the neck of the scarf. Lastly, glue the hanging pieces to the neck piece to look like the picture below.
Create The Snowman Bow
Now select the paper piece that looks like swim goggles. Bring both of the ends in towards the middle, line them up and glue them in place.
Now select the smallest rectangle and fold it along the score lines. Then glue it to the center of the bow.
Create The Ribbon For The Snowman Hat
Select the two thin rectangles. One of the pieces has a curved cutout. Glue the ends of the two pieces together to create one long strip. There are score lines to show you where to line them up.
Wrap the long paper strip around the hat and glue it into place.
The curved section rests on the curved portion of the hat.
Create The Snowman Face
Using a quilling tool, roll up the long, thin rectangle to make the snowman’s nose. Then finish shaping the nose with your fingers until you get the desired look.
Add a small amount of craft glue to hold the paper closed on the nose. Then add another dab of glue to close the end of the nose and make it flat.
Set aside the nose and the cutout eyes for the next step.
Building The Paper Snowman: Putting All The Pieces Together
At this point, you have the assembled snowman head, body, hat, and accessories. Now we are going to put it all together.
Begin by placing one LED light under the snowman’s body and a second LED light in the center of the tray on top of the body. Then place the scarf around the tray.
Now place the head in the tray on top of the body.
Then add the hat to the top of the snowman.
Add the snowflake to the scarf and the bow to the hat.
Now glue the nose and eyes in place.
You’ve now completed making a 3D Paper Snowman. These cute snowmen look adorable on the buffet in my dining room. I have them bunched together like they are carolers. Where do you plan to put yours? They would make a lovely hostess gift, too!
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I hope you enjoy this winter craft and may these frosty fellows add a special touch to your holiday decor. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!