I love snow… it is beautiful to look at out the window from a warm home. The one thing I don’t like about winter is the lack of gardening. I mean who doesn’t love warm earth, packets of seeds and terra cotta pots? Oh how I miss fussing about with planting. And so as the snow deepens, there sat my pots, empty and alone…. such a sad state to be in. But fear not, at least for a few of them, I decided, why not play with terra cotta pots in the winter!
These little snowmen are made from terra cotta pots. We used smaller pots for ours, but really you could use any size you wanted to create these whimsical little fellows. Just imagine the army of snowman you could make with all your empty (or newly bought) pots!!!
We started by giving the pot a base coat of white. Working with terra cotta is great for children since the pot sucks in the paint and it dries very fast. Trust me, the oldest country kid REALLY slaps the paint on. Once we had the pot painted white, it was time to break out the creativity. As you can see, no two snowman will be alike, as each person puts their personal touch on painting the face and picking decorations.
I used a baby sock that my youngest had out grown to make a hat and scarf for my snowman, while the oldest country kid chose puff balls and a pipe cleaner to make ear muffs! The oldest country kid did a great job! Your only limitation on this craft is your creativity. So bust out your craft supplies, scrounge around your home for things you can give new life, and make a magical family of snowman to decorate your home this holiday season.
And just an FYI, these would also make wonderful handmade gifts for friends and family. What grandparent wouldn’t cherish one of these cute snowmen made by their grandchildren?