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Merry Christmas to all our readers! We’re hope you’re having a lovely day surrounded by piles of unwrapped presents and tasty treats. While you’re busy cooking, why not get the kids doing some festive crafts and keeping occupied? Here’s Part 2 of our festive craft ideas. Click here for Part 1.

Skills Required

Paper Mache Building
Painting

Materials Needed

Balloons
Paper Mache Paste
Newspaper Strips
Material or Felt (for scarf)
Masking Tape
Construction Paper
Paint

Instructions
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1. Prepare the paper mache paste and blow up the balloons. Make sure one balloon is smaller than the other. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try building a three tier snowman!

2. Using masking tape, stick the two balloons together.

3. Stick 5-6 layers of newspaper strips around the balloon. Thin strips in a criss-cross pattern works best.

4. Make sure the outer layer of paper is plain white so you don’t have to paint the body when it dries.

5. Leave to dry for approximately 24 hours. Where possible try to hang them up instead of lying flat.
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6. Once dry, burst the balloon and pull out the balloon bits.

7. Decorate the snowman using paint, pens or construction paper.

8. To make the snowman’s hat, cut out a rectangle of black, construction paper and roll it to form a cylinder by taping down the edge. Cut out two circles of black paper to form the top of the hat and the brim. The three pieces can be stuck together and attached to the top of the snowman’s head.

9. Cut out two black circles to make the snowman’s eyes or draw/paint these on.

10. Cut out four green circles to glue on as buttons or draw/paint these on.

11. Use a small cone of orange construction paper to form the nose and glue on.

12. Using a hole punch, make lots of little, black circles of paper to form the mouth. Alternatively draw/paint these on too.

13. Use some felt or spare material to make the snowman a cosy scarf!

He’d look great as a table centrepiece for Boxing Day and can take pride of place for Christmas next year too. Let us know how you get on with this one!

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December 25 2012

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