For our Frozen inspired birthday party I wanted to incorporate a theme worthy craft the girls could work on after lunch. There’s no shortage of ideas out there if you troll Pinterest and the web. From paper snowflakes to ice painting to cute cutouts and printable pages like these.
Hands down a family favourite from the movie is the loveable character, Olaf. I just had to come up with a fun and easy way to create him. At each place setting the girls found a small box with a ribbon tied card asking “Do you want to build a snowman?” – just like in the movie.
Here’s how I put it all together.
For the snowman kits, I gathered supplies from the local Dollar Store. Anything I could get my hands on that could help put together our snowman, Olaf.
- styrofoam balls in two sizes for the body, head and feet
- googly eyes
- sparkly round gem stickers in black and silver for buttons and ice
- pipe cleaners (brown) for stick arms and hair
- modelling clay in orange (nose) and blue (ice)
I decided to pre-assemble the kits to save time and make it easier for the kids to just jump right in and get to the best part of building their snowman. Each kit included:
- 1 brown pipe cleaner
- 2 googly eyes
- 2 small styrofoam balls
- 2 larger styrofoam balls
- 1 strip of black gem stickers
- 1 strip of silver gem stickers
- 1 slice of orange modelling clap
- 1 slice of blue modelling clay
- 2 toothpicks
In the centre of the table I put out scissors, black markers (probably best to use washable – don’t mind the sharpie in this picture below), and glue sticks. Plus a few extras of each item just in case.
I had already tested out the idea and put together my own little “Olaf” in advance just to ensure the idea worked and the craft would be doable by little hands. When the girls gathered around the table I simply went through the steps with them, giving them hints along the way, but for the most part they just looked at the sample one and ran with it.
The head and lower body are the larger styrofoam ball, while the upper body is the smaller one. For the feet I cut one small styrofoam ball in half.
Hint: By rolling the head ball in your hands you can compress the styrofoam into an oblong shape that resembles Olaf’s head a bit more than leaving it round.
Insert one toothpick through the small ball leaving a bit poking out of each end. Dab glue on the oblong ball and insert onto the top of your snowman. Dab glue on the remaining large ball and insert onto the bottom of your snowman. Cut the other toothpick in half and insert into the bottom of your snowman. Dab glue on the feet (one small ball cut in half) and insert into the toothpick ends.
The glue with help keep your snowman together once it dries. Otherwise the parts kind of spin around on themselves.
Hint: Leave a bit of the toothpick sticking out of the bottom of each foot. This will be important when you go to stand him on his little ice platform.
Cut the pipe cleaner in half. Cut that piece in half again to make two arms. Bend the ends of each arm to create little stick hands. Cut the other half into three small pieces for hair. Dab glue on the ends of the pipe cleaner before inserting them into your snowman to keep them in place.
Mould a small piece of orange clay into the shape of a carrot for Olaf’s nose and glue in place. Mould the blue clay into a small lumpy mound to give him a little platform of ice to stand on. Glue on the eyes. Stick on the buttons. Draw a smile. Place Olaf on his icy island.
The boxes were sourced from Target’s party section and the blue and purply-pink were perfectly on theme. I created the tags on my computer using some clip art of Olaf and attached one to each box.
The craft was a big hit with all of the girls and I loved seeing how totally unique all of the snowman turned out to be. Some with eyelashes, some with hair, some with hats, all totally fabulous!