Wood Slice Snowman Ornaments {Tutorial}

Every year I have my students make a holiday gift for their families. What they make seems to change every few years. I like to try new things, apparently. Hehe.

thumbprint snowman ornaments tutorial

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Last year, my students made some adorable snowman canvas ornaments. But this year, I switched it up, and simplified the project by using wood slices to make these fun thumbprint ornaments.

snowman ornaments tutorial

These were pretty easy to make. Keep reading!

What You'll Need
  • wood slices (with holes at the top)
  • blue acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • black paint markers (at least two)
  • orange paint markers (at least two)
  • q-tips

You can find the wood slices on Amazon.

You can find Mod Podge at your local craft store, but for ease, you can also find it on Amazon.

Here's What You Need to Do
Paint the wood slices blue. Depending upon the amount of time you have available to devote to this, you may want to paint the blue yourself. You will need to paint two coats.

Pull one or two students at a time to make the snowman. To create the snowman, paint your students' thumbs. They will make three thumbprints stacked on top of each other to create the three parts of the snowman. Be sure to apply fresh paint to their thumb before each thumbprint. Let dry.

Pull two students at a time to add details. Paint markers are easy to use and create bold lines and accents. Have students use the black paint marker to draw a hat, eyes, mouth, buttons, and arms. They will use the orange paint marker to draw a carrot nose.

*Pulling kids for these last two steps means you don't have to carve out time for the project at the expense of instruction. It also allows you to closely monitor and help students with the task (they get nervous about doing it wrong sometimes). If it seems overwhelming to pull them in small numbers, shake that feeling, it will go by much faster than you think. Chances are you have several opportunities each day to pull a few kids for 3 minutes at a time.

Use a q-tip dipped in white acrylic paint to create snowflakes. You can do this when you call students over to add their details, or you can call them over at a different time.

snowman ornament tutorial

Next, you'll want to seal the ornament with some Mod Podge. Use a foam brush to apply, it's much faster.

Finally, tie a piece of ribbon or jute through the hole. If you order the wood slices linked in this post, you'll also get the jute that is shown below.

snowman ornament tutorial

That's it!

Some of the wooden slices may crack when you paint them (see pic below). The paint dries out the wood causing any fairly significant pre-existing cracks to really open up. Have a few extra slices on hand in case this happens.

If you notice a teeny tiny crack in the slice (see below), no worries, when you seal the ornament with Mod Podge, it will be protected. In this case, simply put a coat or two of Mod Podge over the small crack, on the front and back. It's those big cracks (shown above) that you want to avoid.

Kids love to create things, and they always enjoy making something special for their families. I hope you can use this idea, or modify it to meet your needs this holiday season. :)


thumbprint snowman ornaments tutorial

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