Adele has been a youth librarian for 20 years. She has learned lots about making crafts easy and inexpensive.
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 to make 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.
- White bags, around 10.5” height x 7.5” width (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 another marker
- Patterned scrapbook paper
- Colored pencils or crayons
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 the 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.
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.
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.
4. Trace the Outlines of the Hat and Scarf Onto Patterned Paper and 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.
5. Position the Hat About ¼ of the Way Down the Head and 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.
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6. Position the Scarf on the Neck and Glue in Place
Place the scarf between the top circle (head) and the next circle under it.
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.
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.
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.
10. Trace Around the Hat and Scarf With Your Black Marker
This outline helps unify the image of your snowman.
© 2017 Adele Jeunette