Snowman Ornament Tutorial

Hi! Thanks for stopping by! This is my first tutorial! We are going to be making a snowman lightbulb ornament today!

To make the snowman this is all you need! I got all the supplies at Walmart, and a stick from the yard!

*4 lightbulbs- $1.00 (I got the white kind so the snowman would look more vibrant)
You could also use an old lightbulb that no longer works if you want!
*Craft Bond Spray Glue- $8.00 (you can also get this at Joanns with a 40% off coupon)
*Tweed (you can use whatever you want to hang the lightbulb on the tree)
*White Glitter
*Stick from the yard, and a piece of paper to catch the glitter spills
*Puffy Paint (I used food gel, not the best idea to use food stuff for the snowman, but I didn’t want to buy anything else for them. I don’t recommend using food on this product though. Fabric paint, or puffy paints would work great!)

First, spray the lightbulb with the spray glue, and then douse the lightbulb in glitter. Let dry for a couple of minutes, or start to make more snowmen. Then plug in your glue gun and let it heat up!

Then tie your string to hang your ornament. You could put the string on first before you glitter the light bulb, but I wanted to do it after so it didn’t get spray glue on it!

Next, break your stick to the size you want the two arms. Then glue those on with the glue gun!

Then use your beads, puffy paint and hot glue them on, or use whatever you have around to make a face and buttons for your snowman! (if you use any kind of gel, or glitter gel, make sure you give it ample time to dry!)

Then put on your carrot nose!

Make as many snowmen as you want! I would say it only takes about 7 minutes to make and complete this ornament! (Maybe a bit longer if you are doing this craft with cute kids)

Then hang your snowman and enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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  • crafty activity director
    August 11, 2016

    Paint the metal part of light bulb snowman ornament black, and pop a donut shaped of black felt on down to glass part to make hat. Tie soft strip of fabric around neck to add colorful scarf.

    • Patricia
      July 25, 2017

      Love these. Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Barb Staub
      August 30, 2019

      Love these ideas

  • Renee Birchfield
    November 23, 2014

    I love these!! I have featured it on my Top 10 DIY ornament round up on 11/28

  • Renee Birchfield
    November 23, 2014

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  • desertskyquilts
    October 12, 2013

    Too adorably cute, and that season is coming around again!

  • Kate Kinman
    December 12, 2012

    I saw something similar at a craft festival, they had used bulbs to make personalized ornaments for children and I thought it was a fantastic way to recycle old bulbs. However, when I spoke to the woman said it is necessary to unscrew the silver tip of the bulb and remove the inner wires or component for safety. When I sat down to do that with my box of burnt out bulbs we had been collecting, it was nearly impossible, the tip doesn't simply unscrew. Thinking it was the brand I buy, I purchased another brand (in retrospect, I realize that defeated my entire purpose, but I'm like a freight train when I'm excited about an idea!). As you probably already know, the brand had nothing to do with it.
    So my question is this, is it necessary to do this? Are the bulbs a safety hazard (especially on a tree)? If so, is there a special tool or method I could use?
    I appreciate your feedback! (Especially since I have a large quantity of bulbs collecting dust in my craft closet and there is still plenty of time before Christmas!)
    Thank you and Happy Holidays!!

  • Anonymous
    December 5, 2012

    Thank you ! It's cute !

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2017

      These are just amazing

  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2012

    Thank You for sharing this idea.LOVE IT!!!! This is easy enough for my group of adults with special needs to do.Super easy and cute. Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2012

    my cousin made us reindeer with lightbulbs a few years ago!!! she spray painted the bulbs gold and glued on two google eyes and used glue pens to make a mouth and pipe cleaners for the antlers and to hang it on the tree 🙂

  • M Brothers
    November 2, 2012

    I've made these for years and love them. I ususally use cloves painted orange and glue on for the nose. I also cut the tips off womens stretchy cheap gloves and make a hat that I glue on. Then you can use a needle thru the hat to make the hanger. Also, in the past I have put a ribbon on for a neck scarf. Just a few ideas. Have fun.

  • Anonymous
    August 21, 2012

    Do you have pictures of theses light bulb penguins? How do you make them?

  • Cait
    June 24, 2012

    Im just curious why you used glitter frosting rather then glitter glue wouldn't it have given you the same effect? Then you wouldn't have had to use food products for your craft. Other then that I love this idea and will be a great one to do with my kids this year.

  • virginia in VA
    February 10, 2012

    Congrats on your first tute, Kelsey! You did a great job…very easy to understand your instructions and the photos were self-explanitory. I plan to make some next winter with a slight difference…had to share back with you…I plan to paint the silver screwin part of the bulb a bright or black color. Then cut a circle from scrap felt in same color as paint, slightly larger than the screw in part of bulb. Cut out a circle in middle of the felt so it can be pulled around it, down to top of glass and hot glued in place. Viola! You have "made" a snowman hat, complete with brim. Just take a few minutes (at most) extra, and your snowman will have a nice warm hat.

  • Anonymous
    December 21, 2011

    try using fabric paints that come in the little squeeze bottles..just let it dry over night..great re-cycling idea!!

  • Eclectically Vintage
    December 10, 2011


  • Anonymous
    November 28, 2011

    Great Idea!!! The only thing i would do different is not buy light bulbs just use the ones that are burned out!!! it's free!!!

  • 4boysisjoy
    November 24, 2011

    Thanks, I love it!

  • HipIndychic
    November 16, 2011

    I really like this , great idea and thanks for sharing

  • Danielle
    November 15, 2011

    I'm now officially following your blog after finding your adorable snowman light bulb! Something I would like for Christmas is a clean house (that's not cleaned by ME for a week) and the day after Christmas, off of work 🙂

  • Linda S
    November 15, 2011

    Posted on my facebook! Cute idea! My Christmas wish is simple…I just want everyone to enjoy their Christmas in Peace…the way its meant to be.

  • Patty C.
    November 15, 2011

    I am a follower – One of my Christmas favorites is SNOWMEN – I love them !!! You can see some I have stitched on my blog –

    Cute idea with the lightbulb
    I think I just made it on time for the Giveaway – How fun
    (By the way – I noticed your blog on pinterest 😉

  • Sharon
    November 14, 2011

    Love this ornament, quick and easy to do with children.
    For Christmas this year, would love to re-connect with my Grandson Noah who lives in lexington. Long story, but my Christmas wish every year. Also to be able to celebrate his birthday with him.
    I've never quit loving him.

  • Kim
    November 14, 2011

    I want new boots for Christmas…I love the snowman ornament!

  • Nettie
    November 14, 2011

    Gorgeous snowmen…for Christmas this year I'd love to hear that I'm going to be a Grandma next year…here's hoping!

  • Sarah Lemp
    December 2, 2012

    These are super cute!! I've included you in a post found here: 25 DIY Christmas Ornaments

  • Ross Taylor
    March 20, 2013

    Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blogs and I’m impressed! Very helpful information specially the remaining part I care for such information much. I was looking for this particular info for a long time. Thanks and best of luck.
    LED Light Bars and Lighting

  • nivmad
    December 20, 2016

    This is really fun to do and I even loved ur others cute arts😊

  • Anonymous
    August 5, 2018

    A great job on first project. Clever idea. So what you you sell them for. Thanks

  • Ken Clancy
    December 26, 2018

    Great idea great injenuity keep them coming.

  • jodie filogomo
    December 28, 2018

    Now that’s a brilliant idea!! Especially with light bulbs that aren’t working anymore!!!

  • Joy
    June 2, 2019

    I love these ideas.

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Snowman Ornament Tutorial