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Handmade Holidays: Chilly Snowman


One of my favorite things about paper crafting is combining the old with the new.  For my “Snow Village” project I had a vision of a paper mâché snowman created from a vintage tin mold and a purchased paper mâché ornament; so I set off to make it a reality!

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I chose to dress him in a cone-shaped hat, but certainly you could employ any type of hat to keep him nice and warm.  I have Chilly Mac nestled on a shelf amongst some of my other snowmen collectibles…he’s made himself right at home!

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It is easy to add some sparkle to “Chilly” using some mod podge and glitter! The mod podge acts a seal to hold the strips in place and also to hold the keep the glitter from flaking off.

Holiday Project Sheet #5: Chilly Mac Snowman

Want more details? Click the image below to download today’s FREE Project Sheet that includes step by step instructions and a complete supply list.


12 chances to win! (because we still love giving…)

Come back everyday thru 12/20/13 and answer the “question of the day” for your chance to win 1 of 12 Snow Village Kre8v-kits! These kits include 368 pieces of crafty goodness including 12×12 papers, border stickers, chipboard stickers & element stickers.  It will look great under the twinkling lights of your tree!


 Today’s question:  Do you prefer Snowmen or Santa’s? Answer below to enter!


133 Responses to "Handmade Holidays: Chilly Snowman"

  • Tammy Luiz
    December 13, 2013 - 12:36 am

    I prefer snowmen because they are more versatile. I don’t like my Santa’s out much past Christmas, but the snowmen are welcome into February.

  • Michelle Mac
    December 13, 2013 - 12:48 am

    I have to go with Santa’s because Christmas is in summer here and it also doesn’t snow here!

  • Maeghan m.
    December 13, 2013 - 1:21 am

    I prefer snowmen-they’re handmade just like the projects I make during the holidays!!!

  • Rose J
    December 13, 2013 - 1:45 am

    snowmen – they’re just so darn adorable!

  • Dana
    December 13, 2013 - 2:25 am

    I prefer snowmen. You can use them all season long. I can also make them all season long so if I don’t have time to make one before Christmas I can always do it after. I also live in the south so I rarely see a snowman and that makes them even more special!

  • Debbie F
    December 13, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Snowmen can stay out all winter so I have more snowmen than Santas

  • Jacqueline Moore
    December 13, 2013 - 3:47 am

    Santa’s…. We don’t get snow at Christmas where I live, just 40 degree Celcius heat….. Snowmen wouldn’t last 5 seconds!!!

  • MichelleB
    December 13, 2013 - 4:56 am

    Love this project and thank you for the paper! Tough question… but I think it’s snowmen a little bit more than Santa.

  • barb b
    December 13, 2013 - 6:28 am

    I love Santas! To me they bring the magic to Christmas. I just have to see them to believe all over again in the magic of Christmas!

  • Kailash
    December 13, 2013 - 6:50 am

    I don’t mind both as they symbolize different meanings for me. Snowmen are just too adorable and remind us about winter but Santa’s are about hope, magic and the spirit of giving:-)

  • Randi Marque
    December 13, 2013 - 7:06 am

    I have to say I love both, snowmen are so cute ( built one with my kids this week for the first time complete with carrot, top hat and scarf!) and I love Santa because he is the spirit of Christmas and can be fun or elegant in crafting or presentation. I love your adorable snowman! Thank you for the wonderful printables and chances to win!

  • Penny Douphinett
    December 13, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Snowmen, hands down! Santa’s are too commercial for me. Snowmen are happy and adorable.

  • Heather Mills
    December 13, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Definitely snowman!! They are just so cute. Plus, we don’t use Santa as part of our Christmas celebrations, so that makes this question really easy. : )

  • Vanessa Miles
    December 13, 2013 - 9:06 am

    I love them both, but snowmen are useable for many months.

  • Niki Willaert
    December 13, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Ohhh! tough question as I adore them both. But I would have to go with snowmen. I’m a Minnesota girl and there is just something so heartwarming about a happy little snowman!

  • Tammy Renaud
    December 13, 2013 - 9:45 am


    Because they last all winter long!

  • Krystal
    December 13, 2013 - 9:52 am

    Snowmen are the favorites around our house. Yours is adorable!!!

  • Carlena
    December 13, 2013 - 9:58 am

    there’s just something magical about snowmen. And they are just so darn cute!!

  • Loydene
    December 13, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Santas … I have a collection of ornaments, candle, candle holders, figures of all sizes, pop-up books, kitchen toweling, table linens and napkin rings …. etc. etc. etc …. Santa it is!

  • Janetta Zeimetz
    December 13, 2013 - 10:15 am

    I like both!! I don’t have a favorite and I decorate with both. The nice thing about snowmen is that they last the whole winter!

  • Tara McCarthy
    December 13, 2013 - 10:16 am

    I prefer snowmen. They are so cute and versatile. I absolutely LOVE this little guy. I can’t stop looking at him he’s so cute.

  • Janetta Zeimetz
    December 13, 2013 - 10:16 am

    I got so caught up with the question, I forgot to tell you that the snowman is adorable!

  • Kim M
    December 13, 2013 - 10:24 am

    I love Snowmen cause you can use them all winter long. In fact, I have a big snowman timber on my front porch, it will set there until about April.

  • Barb Housner
    December 13, 2013 - 10:29 am

    snowman are a little more versatile because they are strictly not “holiday” so can go into February for decorations.

    But I love Santa also. I actually have a wall tree dedicated to each.

    Barb Housner

  • Michelle Johnson
    December 13, 2013 - 10:32 am

    I prefer snowmen. I like that you can personalize them to look however you wish. They can also be used for the whole winter not just at Christmas time. Happy Holiday’s!!

  • LaShay Sims
    December 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Snowmen for sure! While I love a good Santa, I can use snowmen for more than just Christmas. :)

  • Natalie Kershaw
    December 13, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Snowman, we don’t celebrate Santa during the holidays. Its all about the birth of Christ. So snowman all the way.

  • Cindy
    December 13, 2013 - 10:43 am

    I am a Santa girl!

  • Debbie Gauvin
    December 13, 2013 - 10:46 am

    While I love Santa (I really tried to be good this year!), I prefer snowmen. Snowmen can stay out all winter long!!

  • Ruby H
    December 13, 2013 - 10:49 am

    I like snowmen best !

  • Becky J
    December 13, 2013 - 10:57 am

    I love that snowmen can stay out here in PA long past Christmas…just not too long, old man winter -hint, hint :)

  • Melanie
    December 13, 2013 - 10:58 am

    I’m a snowman kind of girl,haha Love the Snow Village collection…very pretty!

  • Kristie Powers
    December 13, 2013 - 10:59 am

    I love snowmen…love Santa’s too but more of the traditional type santa.

  • Carolyn
    December 13, 2013 - 11:02 am

    snowmen–because they last the whole season

  • Denise Luscan
    December 13, 2013 - 11:04 am

    I love snowmen the best but I live in FL so Santa makes more sense here. No much Winter so no ‘Winter’ decorations. Christmas is over and decorations are over. :-(

  • Dorina D
    December 13, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Love both, but I use more Snowmen so that I can leave “Winter” decorations up until Feb, 1. A great way to extend the holiday feelings with those wonderful Snowmen Decorations you’ve made from your favorite Snow Village papers.

  • Sherry Michaels
    December 13, 2013 - 11:13 am

    snowmen all the way!

  • Barbara Staradumsky
    December 13, 2013 - 11:20 am

    I love both but if I had to choose I’d go with Dear Ole Santa! I especially love the old time Santa’s! I even hang pictures of him in my living room ! he he he

    I was blown away yesterday with the pocket tag but oh my goodness the Snowman is amazing! So pinning this one too! Love Love Love!

  • Kimberly Goodwin
    December 13, 2013 - 11:24 am

    I like the snowmen. I can decorate them in so many different ways.

  • Mary Bridges
    December 13, 2013 - 11:30 am

    This is a tough decision….I love the spirit of St Nick and what he represents….but I love the memories I have of building snowmen in CO as a kid! Ok…..I pick….Santa!

  • Karen McNamara
    December 13, 2013 - 11:34 am

    I prefer Snowmen.

  • Linda Hussey Compton
    December 13, 2013 - 11:40 am

    I favorite is snowmen…..

  • stacia brandt
    December 13, 2013 - 11:44 am

    definitely snowmen!!

  • krissy clark mckee
    December 13, 2013 - 11:53 am

    I like them both! Don’t make me choose!!!!! *smile*

  • Carol Douglass
    December 13, 2013 - 11:54 am

    I like snowmen, I have a small collection and leave them out all winter.

  • sherry butcher
    December 13, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Snowmen, all winter home deco.

  • Jenny
    December 13, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    I love Santa’s! Especially vintage or old world Santa’s!

  • Marina Cavazos
    December 13, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    I prefer snowmen.

  • Debbie Siddle
    December 13, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Always snowmen

  • Mihaela Lazar
    December 13, 2013 - 12:26 pm

    Ho, ho, ho! I prefer Santa!!! “Mos Craciun” in my language

  • Cathy van Vollenstee
    December 13, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    I live in south Africa and though I dream of a white Christmas I am afraid it will never happen so for my it is Santa!

  • Maribel
    December 13, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    I like Santas more!

  • Carla Hundley
    December 13, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Quite the cute creation here!
    Very cute, and I do like snowmen
    but like Santa’s a little bit more!
    Carla from Utah

  • serena
    December 13, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    love a vintage Santa!

  • Janis in ID
    December 13, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    I prefer snowmen over Santas. Love this fun project!!! Turned out super-cute!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Karen Smee
    December 13, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Santa is first but snowmen are a close second. Merry Christmas!

  • Ana Ferreira Blanco
    December 13, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Snowmen is so cuuuuuute!

  • Patricia Zukowski
    December 13, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    I prefer the snowmen cause you can use them in pages all winter and Santa only on Christmasy pages

  • Jean A Marmo
    December 13, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Do I have to pick one? I have seen been seeing cute ones of each! This is just too cute!!

  • Kim Heggins
    December 13, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    I love Santa but snowmen are my favorite. There are so many ways to make them fun and festive!

  • Robin Buchholz
    December 13, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    I absolutely love snowmen and this one is super cute!

  • Vicki Parker
    December 13, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    Will have to go with Santa as we celebrate Christmas in the summertime so no snow for us. :)

  • Lena
    December 13, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    Usually snowmen, but more into santas this year.

  • rita timmons
    December 13, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    snowmen! this one is super cute – i will have to try to make one. thanks for the great inspiration!

  • Ruth G
    December 13, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Can I like both? For Christmas, Santa is definitely a fun guy to have around, but for all winter long, I just love those flakey snowguys!

    Thanks so much for the paper! It’s so very lovely! The colors and patterns in this collection have moved it to my wish list for sure!

  • Tonya Bedford
    December 13, 2013 - 2:30 pm

    Santa…he’s so jolly!!

  • Theresa
    December 13, 2013 - 2:42 pm

    I can’t choose – that’s why my living room tree is done in a snowman theme and my family room tree is done in a Santa theme.
    Love today’s project – so so cute!

  • Melissa Carlin
    December 13, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    Ha! What a tough question, lol. I say I prefer Snowmen over Santa. I think this has something to do with “Frosty the Snowman”. I can’t remember the story line much. I do remember crying as a little one because Frosty had to melt. It didn’t comfort me at all to know Frosty would be back again next winter. I was genuinely upset! My 3 year old son also absolutely loves snowmen (and santa as well), so that also contributes.
    This is so much fun!! I have been on this blog everyday sense the start of Handmade Holiday and I have loved every idea, project, printable and chance to win! Thank you!

  • Mary
    December 13, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Snowmen….they make me smile!

  • Deborah Dvorak
    December 13, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Snowmen!!!!! I just love how you can really change their expressions with simple little moves.

  • CallyAnn Cornwell
    December 13, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Your snowman is super cute but I prefer Santa!!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  • Mary Mac
    December 13, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    I am a Santa girl all the way.,

  • Carole Hepburn
    December 13, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    I would have to choose Santa – vintage Santa’s for sure !

  • kaatje
    December 13, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    snowmen because sometimes Santa’s look scary and snowmen are always friendly

  • Alexia Misso
    December 13, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Amazing projects and prize package! Thanks for the chance.

  • Fiona
    December 13, 2013 - 4:25 pm

    Living in Africa, I’m going to have to go with Santa – I get to use him annually, snowmen – not so much!

  • Ange
    December 13, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    Cute project!
    For me it depends on what the decoration is, but I do like that the snowmen can be left up to decorate longer. That’s a bonus.

  • Lynda
    December 13, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    I guess I like snowmen better, but I must say that I never imagined I’d have to choose between the 2 icons!

  • Robyn Crowningshield
    December 13, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    I am a snowman type of gal all the way! I love the rolly polly look of them.

  • jpscraps
    December 13, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    Santas :)

  • Betty Sue
    December 13, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    Such a cute project. I love snowmen!!!

  • Sandy D
    December 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm

    BOTH!!! Love each for different reasons.

  • Traci Severson
    December 13, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    I’m a snowman girl. I have a collection and my daughter loves to help my find fun ones each year!

  • Brenda Lubrant
    December 13, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    I have to vote for snowmen because you can keep them out for decorations all Winter.

  • Heaney
    December 13, 2013 - 8:19 pm

    I prefer Santa of course…for the presents…

  • Cheryl Hutcherson
    December 13, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Oh my. That snowman is too cute! I used to be on a huge snowman kick, but I’m kind of going for Santa more now. Love them both, though!

  • Bethany Becker
    December 13, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    I like then both, but for scrapbooking I prefer Santa. I live in Arizona and don’t have much use for snowmen.

  • Pam Ellis
    December 13, 2013 - 9:16 pm

    Santa all the way! I still believe!

  • Tammy McKenna
    December 13, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    I love both! Santa is a magical, loving old fella that brings hope and joy during the Christmas season and snowmen make the winter months fun even if you grow up or live in an area without snow. They are a symbol of the winter season. I love the snowman project, got it downloaded.

  • Pam Sohan
    December 13, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Oh my goodness that snowman is totally adorable !!!!!!! I vote for Santas.

  • Jennifer Reynard
    December 13, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Oh, isn’t he just the cutest little guy. Love how an paper mache ornament
    was used to make this adorable snowman! Wish my brain was that creative!!! :)
    I used to collect vintage looking Santa’s, but lately, I have been so attracted
    to the wonderful different snowman people are creating. Today I just went
    and bought 2 snowman that were sewn out of felt. They are so soft and warm
    looking. Thanks for another opportunity to win and the directions for the snowman!

  • Denise Bryant
    December 13, 2013 - 9:56 pm


  • Carrie Purkis
    December 13, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    december is santa month and january is snowpeople. Have been collecting bothis for many years. this whimsical creation would look right at home with all the others. thanks, i”ll be trying him soon

  • cheryl
    December 13, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    Snowmen. I never liked santa

  • Julie A. Shearer
    December 13, 2013 - 10:50 pm

    Snowmen .

  • Tracey McNeely
    December 13, 2013 - 11:10 pm

    as much as I love Santa, and i love. I have to say that snowmen have a place near and dear to my heart!

  • Teresa Melling
    December 14, 2013 - 1:15 am

    I like them both…but my favorite is snowmen. They’re so cute!

  • Libeeti Frenkel
    December 14, 2013 - 2:54 am

    Snowmen for me, please! It has been snowing here for 3 days already… Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jennyfer l
    December 14, 2013 - 4:46 am

    Snowman please!!! You can always “see” and feel it whenever the temperature drops!

  • Laura G.Turcotte
    December 14, 2013 - 5:25 am

    That is adorable! I am a snowman girl!

  • Wendy A
    December 14, 2013 - 9:12 am

    Love Snowmen specially since we live in FL and can’t get any snow, lol!

  • tammy b
    December 14, 2013 - 9:50 am

    I collect both, don’t make me choose!

  • Debbie Ramos
    December 14, 2013 - 10:25 am

    I collect a little of both but I prefer snowmen because you can leave them out past christmas thru the rest of the winter to decorate your home ane projects.

  • Dolores Q.
    December 14, 2013 - 11:16 am

    I prefer snowmen. I have quite a few and love having them decorate my home well past Christmas.

  • Maria Gail Hutchinson
    December 14, 2013 - 1:59 pm

    I love my Santa’s but I think I have a little more love for Snowmen. Snowmen can hang out all winter whereas the Santa’s usually are packed away right after Christmas.

  • Cristina
    December 14, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    What an adorable project!!

    How can you pick between Snowmen and Santa?? It’s impossible!! But I do prefer snowmen for decorations. :)

  • Staci G.
    December 14, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    Santas – I love Santas with twinkling eyes and rosy cheeks!

  • Ashley Horton
    December 14, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    Shellye this is absolutely adorable!! Such a fun project and he would be cute as part of any Christmas decor!

  • Jenell S
    December 14, 2013 - 8:16 pm

    I like both Santa and Snowmen, but Santa has a special hold on my heart. Your snowman is adorable. Love the colors of the new Snow Village collection. Very nice.

  • Mel H
    December 14, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    I prefer snowman. They can be on display longer!

  • Shawn Wenrich
    December 14, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Has to be Santa especially a vintage one!

  • Linda Storey
    December 16, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Love the project! We never took family pictures for Christmas cards, not even when I was a kid.

  • Barb
    December 16, 2013 - 11:07 am

    love snowmen best

  • Tabitha
    December 16, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    I love them equally the same

  • Debra Watson
    December 16, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    I love snowmen!!!!!!!!!!

  • karenladd
    December 16, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    I LOVE snowmen! All types and styles….especially funny ones!

  • shartl
    December 16, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    I love them both, especially vintage Santas. But have to admit that I can’t resist a cute snowman!

  • Yvette F.
    December 17, 2013 - 8:01 pm


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    December 18, 2013 - 10:07 am


  • laura
    December 18, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    I really love Santa’s but have many friends I make things for that love snowmen

  • Caryn S. (Scrapnsing)
    December 19, 2013 - 11:43 am

    Love this paper! How do you pick between snowmen and Santas? I can’t. There are so many variations of both too.

  • Debbie Fisher
    December 19, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    What a fun project! I love the paper too. Definitely snowmen for me. I love that I can keep them out til Valentine’s Day as it is usually still snowing here then.

  • Lisa p
    December 20, 2013 - 12:58 am

    I am a snowman girl! Love this cute snowman from today!

  • Linda Dreiling
    December 20, 2013 - 5:21 am

    I like them both but prefer Santa’s as “I believe”.

  • Donna M.
    December 20, 2013 - 7:15 am

    I guess snowmen are easier to color, if that’s what my project involves. Can’t say I prefer one over the other!

  • Shelley Graham Turner
    December 20, 2013 - 8:12 am

    I prefer snowman (shhh, don’t tell Santa!). Snowman are just so cute!! And the one you featured today is adorable!!

  • Lea Sorley
    December 20, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    Snowmen hands down!

  • Tammy Lever
    December 20, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Oh my! this is just way too cute! I really love this! I am definiately a snowman kinda girl. I just think they are so adorable!

  • Melinda
    December 20, 2013 - 10:35 pm

    Santa’s owing to the fact that we have ZERO snow where I live :) I would love to visit somewhere one day that has enough snow to build a snow man with my little men 😀

  • Jennifer Scull
    December 21, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    I actually like both! :)
    I have a collection of Santas that come out for Christmas and then the Snowmen come out for January. that way I cover both bases! grins!

  • Gypsy
    December 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Vintage Santas! :-)