Until I was 4 years old I lived in other countries, most of which were strict Muslin countries so they didn’t celebrate Christmas, which meant finding Christmas decorations was near impossible. As a results my parents became really good at turning things into ornaments or making them from scratch. One set of Christmas decorations we still have today, are some handmade polystyrene snowmen ornaments that my Daddy made. My Daddy is no longer with us, but every year when I unpack them they make me smile and I remember him. I thought that it would be fun to recreate these snowmen with my little ones during one of our craft play dates.

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You will need:

  • Polystyrene balls
  • Toothpicks
  • Sequins
  • PVA glue
  • Hot glue gun – useful, but optional
  • Felt
  • Ribbons
  • Needle and thread
  • Pens
  • Scissors


Use a toothpick to attach the head and the body; I added some hot glue around the toothpick to make sure that they were secularly attached. If you don’t have a hot glue gun then PVA glue will work just as well but you will need to wait longer for it to dry.

After that decorate your snowmen how every you please.


We did cut some of the toothpicks up to create noses, arms and legs.

Carefully colouring the nose.

Carefully colouring the nose.

All five of the children who took part really enjoyed making them, at first they were discussing how all the snowmen were all related, but as they got into making them they decided that they were actually superheroes and need to be on teams. Then they decided that they were in fact super villains and that they needed to be in different teams. Honestly, I love listening to them chat!


I hope that if you make these ornaments that they will become as beloved as the ones that my Daddy made all those years ago. Merry Christmas!

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Polystyrene snowmen decorations - add a little extra cheer to your christmas tree with these ornaments that our full of personality.




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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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