How to Make a Snowman Gift Bag: A Printable Pattern and Instructions

Updated on June 23, 2017
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Adele has been a youth librarian for 20 years. She has learned lots about making crafts easy and inexpensive.

How to Make an Easy Snowman Gift Bag
How to Make an Easy Snowman Gift Bag

Quick, Easy, and Good for the Environment

A few years ago, I had a craft program in my library and gave the children pieces of patterned scrapbook paper to decorate snowmen. The results were so charming, that I put together this pattern. You can use leftover scrapbook paper and some markers to make your own snowmen to decorate a gift bag.

I’ve designed it to be easy on the environment. The great thing about gift bags is that you can use them over and over, cutting out the waste that comes with wrapping paper. Also, with this pattern, you draw the snowman outline directly on the bag so that you don’t use any extra paper making the snowman himself. Add a few bits of leftover paper from your scrapbooking projects, and you have a quick, one-of-a-kind bag for the presents you give.

Materials Needed

  • White bags, around 10.5”H X 7.5”W (They can be a little bigger or a little smaller than this and still work fine
  • Heavy card stock or cardboard
  • Black Sharpie pen or other marker
  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Colored pencils or crayons

Step 1. Print out the template and trace it onto heavy card stock.

The following template is loaded as a photo. Click on it, and then right click to copy and paste it into a program like Word or Publisher. You can enlarge or minimize the picture as you’d like.

Then, you want to transfer the outlines to a fairly heavy piece of card stock to use as your tracing template. I save the backing on pads of paper to use for template, but any kind of sturdy material will work. To transfer the pattern onto cardboard, you can use carbon paper, or simply cut the patterns from the paper and trace around them onto the cardboard.

Printable Snowman Template

Snowman, hat, and scarf template
Snowman, hat, and scarf template

Cardboard Snowman Template

Cardboard template you can use to trace the snowman shape onto your bag.
Cardboard template you can use to trace the snowman shape onto your bag.

Step 2. Draw some hills of snow towards the bottom of your white bag.

Draw a few gentle curves toward the bottom of the bag. These will make it look like the snowman is sitting on the snow.

Drawing Hills of Snow on Your Bag

Draw the hills of snow first. Then you can trace the snowman.
Draw the hills of snow first. Then you can trace the snowman.

Step 3. Trace the outline of the snowman onto the bag.

Set the bottom rounded portion of the snowman below the hills of snow that you drew, but stop tracing when you reach the line that makes a snowbank. The first few times, you may want to trace with a pencil so you can erase any mistakes. But once you get the hang of it, you will probably be able to make the process faster by tracing directly with your marker.

Tracing Outline of the Snowman

Outline of Snowman on Snowbanks

Note that you stop tracing the outline of the snowman when you get to the snowbank.
Note that you stop tracing the outline of the snowman when you get to the snowbank.

Step 4. Trace the outlines of the hat and scarf onto patterned paper. Cut them out.

One trick to make this faster is to cut several pieces of paper at once. Trace your pattern onto one piece, then put 3 or 4 other pieces under it and cut them all. You can hold the edges of your paper in place with paper clips, or you can put a removable glue dot on each piece so that it will adhere to the others. Then, when you are done cutting, you can peel them apart and peel off the glue dots.

Step 5. Position the hat about ¼ of the way down the head. Glue in place.

I cut a little red piece of paper to make a hat band. You could also draw on a hat band, if you like.

Positioning Hat on Head

Position the hat so that it covers about one-fourth of the head.
Position the hat so that it covers about one-fourth of the head.

Step 6. Position the scarf on the neck. Glue in place.

Place the scarf between the top circle (head) and the next circle under it.

Positioning Scarf

Position the scarf where the "neck" would be.
Position the scarf where the "neck" would be.

Step 7. Draw in the face.

I start with the nose, a sideways oval in the middle of the face. Then I draw in two eyes which line up with either end of the nose. Then the mouth. The sample mouth here is a straight line, but you can also draw it a little crooked for a whimsical effect.

Drawing the Face

You can see the pencil outlines of the rest of the face. I like to start by drawing the nose. It gives me a reference point for drrawing the eyes and mouth.
You can see the pencil outlines of the rest of the face. I like to start by drawing the nose. It gives me a reference point for drrawing the eyes and mouth.

Finished Face

This is how the little guy looks with eyes, nose, and mouth.
This is how the little guy looks with eyes, nose, and mouth.

Snowman with Hat, Scarf, and Face

This is how the snoman looks up to this step. All that needs to be done now are buttons, a little coloring, and outlining the scarf and hat.
This is how the snoman looks up to this step. All that needs to be done now are buttons, a little coloring, and outlining the scarf and hat.

Step 8. Color in the face.

Put a little pink where the snowman’s cheeks would be. Color in the nose, either dark red or orange.

Coloring in the Face

Put a little pink on the cheeks and a little red or range on the nose.
Put a little pink on the cheeks and a little red or range on the nose.

Step 9. Draw buttons and color them in.

You can make the buttons circles, stars, or any other shape you fancy. Color in with whatever color you like.

Drawing in Buttons

Step 10. Trace around the hat and scarf with your black marker.

This outline helps unify the image of your snowman.

Outlining Hat and Scarf

If you outline the patterned paper, it helps to unify the whole image.
If you outline the patterned paper, it helps to unify the whole image.

Ta-da! A snowman bag!

Snowman gift bag with polk-dot patterned paper
Snowman gift bag with polk-dot patterned paper

Here’s another version.

The snowman bag, using paper scraps with a floral pattern
The snowman bag, using paper scraps with a floral pattern

Snowman gift bags, all ready to go

Two different snowman gift bags
Two different snowman gift bags

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