Melting Snowman Craft for Preschoolers

This melting snowman craft is easy for kids to make with recyclables. Kids will love stacking jar lids to make this cute little snowman. This simple activity engages fine motor and creative skills in a fun winter themed craft.

easy jar lid snowman craft

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Do the kids want to make a snowman that won't melt away?

This 'forever snowman' craft is just what they need!  Kids can make the cutest snowman ever, that will never completely melt away! 

With a few jar lids and scraps of felt, kids can have fun with a 'melting' snowman in this hands-on creative project.

Luckily for us, crafts that use recyclables like jar lids are inexpensive and easy to set up, and provide lots of learning opportunities for kids.

Everyday materials promote discovery and creativity as they engage developmental skills

  • math (choosing sizes and shapes)
  • language (discussing)
  • creative (building)
  • fine motor (handling materials)
  • sensory (observing colors, feeling textures).

This is a fun project to add to a winter theme, or to use as a Christmas tree ornament.

Melting snowman craft

Use materials you have on hand to be creative with your melting snowman.

  • If you don't have white jar lids, you can paint the ones you do have with white paint.

I used a glue gun to secure the lids to each other, and white school glue for attaching the other parts of the snowman.


Supplies for a melting snowman craft


Supplies for a melting snowman craft


  • jar lids, 3 different sizes
  • felt scraps - orange, white, brown, black
  • craft eyes
  • black construction paper


Instructions for snowman craft

Glue felt snow to jar lid for melting snowman crafts


Step 1. Build the snowman.

Cut out a round piece of white felt with wavy edges to form a base for the ornament. The felt base will resemble melting snow.

Glue the lids together, from biggest to smallest. Place a piece of felt between each lid as you stack them together.

  • The felt will cover any print on the lid, and resemble melting snow!


Glue a hat made from construction paper to the top of the snowman


Step 3. Add features and details to the snowman.

Eyes: Glue craft eyes (or black felt eyes) to the edge of the smallest lid.

Arms: Glue felt arms to the bottom lid.

Boots: Cut two pieces of black felt for the boots. Glue the boots to the felt base next to the lid.

Nose: Glue a felt carrot nose to the middle lid.

Hat: Cut out a top hat with a brim from black paper. Fold under a portion of the brim as shown in the photo, then glue to the top of the snowman.

Scarf: Glue a narrow length of felt around the small lid to make a cozy scarf.


Melting snowman winter craft for kids


If you want to use as your melting snowman as Christmas tree ornament, simply glue a piece of narrow felt or ribbon to the back of the snowman with a glue gun.


Melting snowman winter theme jar lid craft for kids


These cute little snowmen will add some fun to the Christmas decorations.

Or make an awesome display of melting snowmen during the winter season!


melting snowman preschool craft with recyclables


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