You need a couple of styrofoam balls - one slightly larger. It's nice if the bottom one pretty much fills the diameter of the cup. (Mine are 2" and 2 1/2".) A skewer is a great idea. It gives you something to hold on to while you're creating the snowman. There is a lot of brands of air dry clay. This is fairly reasonable and worked really well. You need white air dry clay and then in addition, a little yellow and red to create the nose. The first step is to create the body of the snowman.
First, I skewered the two styrofoam balls. A little bit of water in a bowl will be handy to dip your fingers in. The clay covers the styrofoam much easier if it's a little damp. I just pinched off a bit of clay and rubbed it onto the styrofoam. Once the balls are completely covered, mix a little yellow, red and white to create orange. Roll into a nose shape. Wet the end of the nose that will attach to the face and make a little indention where the nose will go. I just pushed it in a little with my finger. Also go ahead and add eyes. I used black brads - you could use clay, buttons, beads...
Let him dry for a little while. Add pink cheeks with ink, chalk, or marker. Paint with liquid glue and sprinkle with course glitter. (To age him, I put a couple of drops of walnut ink in water and spritzed him with it.) Let him dry again. Once you have all that done, cut off the skewer so that you have just enough left for the snowman to sit at the level you want in the cup. I put a square of styrofoam in the bottom. I found that wasn't quite enough for the snowman to stay right where I wanted, so I filled in with tissue paper.
Now he's ready to decorate. To make his hat: Cut 2 circles (mine are 1" and 1 1/2"). Cut a rectangle (mine is 1 1/2" tall by 2"). Roll the rectangle into a tube and glue the small circle on top and glue the bottom of the tube in the center of the larger circle. I just stamped the wooden spoon with a cute little snowman and "Let it snow."
The cup is decorated, too. A little felt scallop and snowflake. I know that sounds like a lot. But, really, it is actually pretty easy!
Even his backside is cute!
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