Papier Mache Snowman

We made these before the holidays to make our home a little more festive, but now that most of the holiday decorations have been put away, this little snowman is staying the course. In it for the long haul. Thought some of you might like a special little winter decoration of your own and given all the short, cold, dark days of winter this might also be the perfect thing to do!


  • Three Balloons
  • Newspaper Strips
  • Flour and Water
  • White Tempera Paint
  • Serrated Knife
  • Hot Glue
  • Markers
  • Snowman Accessories (scarf, hat, etc)


  • Inflate the three balloons into graduated sizes, appropriate for a snowman.
  • Mix up a papier mache paste using the flour and water, 1 part flour to 2 parts water.
  • Dip the newspaper strips into the papier mache paste and cover the balloons with them, overlapping is good! Leave the stem of the balloon hanging outside of the papier mache.
  • Let the papier mache dry.
  • Paint the balloons with the white tempera paint.
  • Let the paint dry.
  • Pop the interior balloons and use the serrated knife to cut off a small layer on the bottom of each balloon (where the balloon stem was). This will help the snowman to stand properly and for all the balls to sit on top of one another.
  • Use hot glue to assemble the snowman.
  • Using markers and other accessories, decorate the snowman as you wish!

This is a project that can be easily adapted depending on the skill level of your little one. Ewan at a bit over a year and a half really enjoyed the papier mache and painting. He didn’t participate in the decorating, though he did watch! Now the snowman lives in our entryway and he admires it each time we pass, remembering its’ humble beginnings by pointing out that it was made with a “balloon.”

  • Joyo Senoj

    Thanks for posting this! I am making one now.. It’s drying as I type this. I’ll try and post a pic when it’s done.