I have been having a blast decorating with soda can crafts this year. My kids loved the scary soda can bats and soda can spiders “creeping” around the house on Halloween. The soda can pilgrim man and soda can pilgrim woman sat atop my Thanksgiving table aghast at the size of the soda can turkey standing next to them.
So, I just couldn’t resist trying out some soda can Christmas crafts. I am so pleased with how the soda can snowman turned out that he will be the first gift I give to my mom this year. I know he will find a place of honor among her Christmas decor.
As with all soda can crafts, this is a fun way to recycle the can into something cute and unique.
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Christmas Craft Supplies
- Soda can
- White spray paint (some paints work well without a primer, but if you are unsure, I recommend using a spray primer before painting the can white)
- Black craft foam (sold in sheets or packs)
- White, orange and red craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
- Black pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Hole punch
- Tweezers (optional – for positioning small items)
- Snowman feature template (Be sure to print the template landscape)
Christmas Craft Instructions
Shape and paint the soda can
- Tear off the soda can tab.
- Rinse out the soda can.
- Gently crush and bend the cans so that the top of the can tilts forward and the bottom tilts back.
- Spray paint the entire can white (including the top and bottom), and let completely dry.
While the paint dries, cut out the snowman features
Cut the following pieces out of white felt using the template:
- Circle for the face (or, if you prefer, you can just print the template in color, and use the paper face as seen below).
- One small rectangle.
- One large rectangle. In this rectangle, cut two slits through which you will thread the pipe cleaners (see picture in step xx below).
Cut the following pieces out of black craft foam:
- Two eyes (these don’t need to be perfect circles).
- Three buttons (these don’t need to be perfect circles).
- Top hat.
- Using the hole punch, punch six small dots out of the black craft foam for the mouth (or cut them out freehand).
Cut out the final pieces:
- Carrot nose out of orange felt.
- Scarf out of red felt (the scarf should be at least 11 inches long, so you may want to cut it a little longer than the template).
- Cut slits into the end of the scarf to create fringe.
- Cut one pipe cleaner into three pieces. Two short and one long.
Assemble the soda can snowman
- Glue the mouth, eyes, and nose onto the face.
- Thread the long pipe cleaner through the slits in the large felt rectangle, and center it.
- Take one short piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it around one end of the long pipe cleaner to form the snowman’s hand. Repeat to form the other hand.
- Glue the white felt rectangle/arms to the back of the soda can.
- Glue the face onto the top of the soda can.
- Glue one end of the small felt rectangle to the foam hat, and then glue the other end to the soda can (this provides extra stability to the hat).
- Glue the brim of the foam hat to the top of the soda can.
- Glue the scarf around the rim of the soda can (if you want it to fit snugly against the rim, you can pull the felt to stretch it slightly as you glue it down).
- Glue the three foam buttons down the front of the soda can.