Chase away the winter blues with these cute snowman SVG files. This adorable 3D paper craft will warm up your winter decor by adding an LED tea light for a soft glow. They also make sweet handmade gifts for Valentine’s Day. Whether you are a Cricut, Silhouette, or hand crafter, there are several different file types to suit your needs. I’ve included the SVG, DXF, EPS and PNG printables so everyone can make these snowmen.
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I designed these paper snowmen to be cut on an electronic cutting machine (i.e. Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). Before you begin this craft, you’ll need to cut out the various pieces for assembly.
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Once assembled each snowman measures about 7″ tall and 6″ wide (including the arms). You will need (2) 8.5″ X 11″ pieces of card-stock and (2) 8.5″ X 11″ pieces of vellum for each snowman body. I recommend using 65 lb. card-stock and 93 GSM vellum. Additionally, you will need other colors for the snowman hat, face and banner. Snowman accessories, not included with the files are ribbon or fleece sock (from Dollar Tree) for scarf and hat, chenille stem for arms and string/floss for the banner.
SILHOUETTE CAMEO CUT SETTINGS FOR SVG SNOWMAN
These cut settings are for 65 lb. card-stock using a new auto-blade. You’ll also want to use a light grip cutting mat. If you have not completed the download step, refer back to the DOWNLOAD THE SNOWMAN section up above for instructions.
Open the PAPER SNOWMAN FILE in Silhouette Studio. It will be in the location you downloaded it from the library.
Card-stock Cut Settings
Blade: 5, Force: 30, Speed: 4, Passes: 2, Overcut: On
The pattern should cut completely through the cardstock, so you can lift it off of the cutting mat, leaving all of the extra bits behind on the mat.
Then you can just scrape them off of the mat.
If you are running into problems, adjust your cut settings and double check that overcut is turned on and you are making two passes with your blade.
When cutting vellum, use a clean, light grip mat. If you have debris on your mat, it may cause the vellum to snag. After you place the vellum on the mat roll it with a brayer.
Vellum Cut Settings For Silhouette Studio (for 93 GSM vellum)
Blade: 3, Force: 19, Speed: 6, Passes: 1, Overcut: Off
Be careful when removing the vellum from the light grip mat. Lift one petal at a time ending with the center of the pattern. If you try to remove it too quickly, the vellum may tear.
CRICUT UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS AND CUT SETTINGS FOR A PAPER SVG SNOWMAN
Open Cricut Design Space. Click upload on the bottom left toolbar. Then click upload image and then browse. Select the SVG version of the Paper Snowman File that you downloaded earlier from the library. If you have not completed the download step, refer back to the DOWNLOAD THE SNOWMAN SVG TEMPLATES section up above for instructions.
Click open and rename the file and add tags if you want to. Then click save. Now select the file and choose Insert Images.
Once the file is on your canvas, drag it to the right so the whole file is in view. Then right click on it and ungroup the images. Now you will need to ungroup each of the four pages as well. If you don’t ungroup the files, you will have trouble attaching the score lines later. Now, working in the layers panel, select all of the black layers (there are 4 black layers that need to be changed from cut to score. Two of them are on the blue layers and two of them are located in the gray hat layers. The 5th black layer is two circles together for the eyes. This layer should remain a cut layer. Once all of the black cut lines are selected, change the line type from cut to score.
Now go back and attach the score lines to the corresponding panel. There are two blue panels with score lines and two gray panels with score lines. If you are having trouble attaching them, check to make sure the panel is not grouped to another item.
Click Make It. If you see any random black lines at the top, you missed attaching your score lines. Click cancel and go back to your canvas and attach your score lines. Check to make sure your preview looks correct and click continue. Set your base material to Cardstock For Intricate Cuts. Load your 65 lb. card-stock on a light grip mat. Add your tools, i.e. scoring wheel, then fine-point blade. Load your mat into the machine and press Go. When you have completed cutting all of your cardstock pieces click finish.
For the vellum panels, be sure to change your material to vellum. Also, be sure to use a clean light grip mat. If you have debris on the mat, it may cause the blade to rip the vellum. After you place the vellum on the mat, roll over it with a brayer. Vellum is brittle and tears easily, so I found these two steps really help the cut process.
Note: Take care when removing your vellum from the mat as it tears easily. Lift one section at a time, finishing with the center.
ASSEMBLE THE SNOWMAN BODY
Before you begin, be sure you have all of the pieces cut and ready to assemble. You will have two snowman body panels, one large and one small, two vellum panels, and four 12 sided polygons.
The snowman hat, face and banner assembly is further down the page.
To add adhesive to my panels, I ran them through my 9″ Xyron sticker machine. This is a fast & clean method for adding the adhesive. You could also use paper cement or a glue stick. I’ve tried tape runners, but they don’t work great with the cutouts on the panels.
I also ran the 12 sided polygons through the Xyron sticker machine.
At this point, I peeled off the top thin layer of plastic and trimmed the sticker backing down. See the below image.
Then I flipped the image over on an old cutting mat (use light grip mat), using it as a third hand. Now peel the sticker paper back and fold it over at the halfway point (see image below). Don’t pull sticker backing up towards the ceiling, roll it back flat along the mat.
Leaving half of the sticker paper covering the card-stock will give you more control over placing and lining up the vellum while sticking it to the panel. Use the center circle as a guide for lining the vellum and card-stock up.
I peeled back the paper a little at a time, finishing with the last three petals. When done, I pressed the vellum into place on each petal one last time and removed it from the light grip mat.
Each of the petals has a score line for folding on the end. Once folded, remove the sticker backing from the polygon and begin attaching each petal along the 12 sided polygon. Remember, the large snowman panel goes with the large vellum panel and the large 12 sided polygon. The small panels also all go together.
Work your way around the polygon until all of the petals have been attached.
Then remove the sticker paper from the other large polygon and stick it on top. Using the two polygons helps to hold the petals firmly in place, so they don’t pop off and gives the bottom a smooth finish.
Flip the completed snowman round over and press it down slightly to round out the snowman bottom. This pushes the side petals outward and gives it a rounded snowball effect.
Once you have completed the top and bottom pieces, glue them together. Use hot glue or quick drying tacky glue for this part, since it’s more sturdy and will hold up better.
Here is an image of the top and bottom pieces when completed. Don’t worry if they aren’t lined up perfectly, the snowman scarf will cover any imperfections.
Here it is starting to take shape.
HOW TO CREATE THE SNOWMAN FACE
To create the snowman nose, use the long skinny rectangle, cut from orange card-stock or paper. Fold the long strip in half to make it thicker.
Roll the double-thick paper around a skinny paint brush handle or kitchen skewer. When you get to the end, one edge of the paper will stick out further than the other. Snip off the extra material with a pair of scissors.
Use some adhesive to glue the two loose ends together. Then, add a little adhesive to the inside of the folded end and roll it tight.
The adhesive will hold the tip of the “carrot” nose together. Add a little more adhesive to the inside wide end of the “carrot” nose to keep it from unraveling. Then use scissors to cut the edge of it flat, so it will fit flush against the snowman face.
Fill the cone of the nose with hot glue. To prevent the glue from oozing out on the snowman’s face, take care not to over fill it.
Then press the nose in place on the snowman.
Use the two tiny black circles for the eyes. Since the eyes are so small, it might be easier to use your crafting tweezers to place them. Add a tiny bit of glue to the circles and stick them into place on your snowman.
ADDING THE SNOWMAN ACCESSORIES
You can use ribbon or fabric for the snowman scarf and hat. For my snowman, I used some dollar store socks. I just cut them into 1/2″ strips and then pulled the material outward (left & right). Since the material is fleece, the fabric curled into a skinny strip, hiding the raw edges.
Then I tied one strip around the hat and used the other like a scarf.
At this point, I slid a chenille stem through one side of the snowman and out the other. If you are having trouble with this, press the snowman downward and it will open up the gaps between the petals/panels.
To make the mitten hands, fold the end of the stems in a zig zag motion like a sideways letter “M”.
Place the middle of the “M” on the main part of the stem and twist it under and back to the top. This gives the impression of a mitten.
Now thread some floss or thin string through the hearts and tie them to the snowman hands.
To create the hearts, use a adhesive to glue the solid white heart behind the pink “letter” heart. The side holes should line up.
HOW TO CREATE A PAPER SNOWMAN HAT
I designed the snowman hat bill to have a downward curve effect once it’s assemble, so there is a bit of tension on the hat. I recommend using hot glue or quick drying tacky glue to hold it together instead of a tape runner or glue stick. The picture below shows the 3 pieces cut for the hat.
Start by folding along all of the score lines on the tabs.
Now roll up the long panel, so it fits inside the bill of the hat. Slide it through the center circle of the bill, so the tabs stop on the bottom of the circle. Then use hot glue to hold the tabs into place on the bottom of the bill.
Now hot glue the ends of the panel together. Make sure to assemble the hat in this order, as the bill of the hat sets the circumference for the side panel. The top of the side panel should be flush.
For the top of the hat, you can use a tape runner to add adhesive to each of the tabs.
Then fold all of the tabs downward and slip the circle into the middle of the top of the hat. Once it is flush, press the adhesive on the tabs into the inside of the hat to hold them into place.
You can cut out a second bill (circle) and add it to the bottom of the hat, so the tabs don’t show underneath. You can see how the bill of the hat is rounded in the picture below.
Here is a hat made from patterned card-stock.
Now place a battery operated LED light under the base of the snowman. The hole in the middle of the top and bottom layers allows the light to shine up into the top of the snowman. The cut pattern shows during the daylight hours and the illuminated pattern is really cute in the evening.
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