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It’s the seventh day of the 12 days of Holiday Ideas event and it’s all about DIY Christmas Ornaments! Today, I’m sharing a Sand Snowman Ornament!

DIY Sand Snowman Ornament tutorial. Styrofoam balls, sand, and Mod Podge is used to create a fun beach themed Christmas ornament. #christmas #christmasideas #christmasornament #beach #coastal #snowman #sand #ornament

Before I get to the Sand Snowman Ornament, I want to welcome you to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event! This event is hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and myself between Nov. 11th and December 6th. There will be hundreds of new ideas for the holidays that will be shared by our fellow blogging friends! To find the printable Holiday Calendars for the event and 50+ Best DIY Holiday Ideas, go –>> HERE. And don’t forget to check out the other fun DIY Christmas Ornaments from the other hosts and enter the fabulous giveaway below!

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DIY Sand Snowman Ornament

How to Make a Sand Snowman Ornament

How to make a Sand Snowman Ornament with styrofoam, sand, and Mod Podge


  • 1 - 2" foam ball
  • 2 - 3" foam balls
  • sand
  • Mod Podge
  • Mini Santa Hats
  • Brown floral wire. See notes.
  • Crayola Magic Clay or other air dry clay
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Mini Christmas lights or some other item the snowman can carry
  • Waxed cotton rope/twine. See notes.
  • Optional - glitter flakes or white snow glitter


  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks
  • Cutting Pliers
  • Precision Razor Saw
  • Optional - fine tip felt pen
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Yarn darning needle


  1. Cutting foam balls for sand snowman ornament Using the precision saw, cut a small portion off of one of the 3" foam balls. Cut a top and bottom off a second 3" foam ball. Cut a small portion off of a 2" ball.
  2. Hot glue together the balls to form a snowman shape. Let dry.
  3. First coat of sand for the sand snowman ornament In a container, mix together sand and glitter flakes (optional). Paint the foam shape with Mod Podge and sprinkle with a coat of sand. Set aside to dry.
  4. second coat of sand on the sand snowman ornament Paint the coated sand snowman with a 2nd coat of Mod Podge and sand. Let dry.
  5. Sand snowman ornament nose While the snowman is drying, make the snowman noses. Take small pieces of clay and make into mini cones to resemble carrots. Let dry. Then, paint the carrot noses orange. Let dry. Optional - use the mini precision saw to make carrot lines on the cones. Accent the lines with black felt pen.
  6. Glue inside Santa hat Apply glue to the inside rim of the mini Santa hat. Place the hat on the snowman head. Fold the hat over and glue down.
  7. Snip off the button loop on the sunglasses. Glue onto the face of the snowman.
  8. Glue carrot nose under the sunglasses.
  9. For the arms, bend the floral wire to mimic tree branches. Make sure to leave enough at the ends to poke into the snowman. Attach smaller pieces of wire to mimic smaller branches. Use a flat nose pliers to squeeze the wires tight where they connect together. Hold the snowman facing you and add the branch arms to the sides. Remove the arms and add a bit of craft glue to the portion of the branch that goes into the snowman. Reinsert into the snowman sides.
  10. Glue lights onto branch arms Glue on a garland of mini lights to the branch arms or another item to the arms.
  11. Hanging loop for sand snowman ornament Sew on the twine loop through the back side of the Santa hat. Grab only one layer of fabric and wiggle the needle and thread trough.
  12. DIY Sand Snowman Ornament Tie a knot to make a loop and hang on the tree!


  • I couldn't find brown floral wire, so I painted white floral wires with brown paint.
  • Crayola magic clay does not dry hard, but will be sponge like.
  • Waxed twine can be substituted with another rope/twine to hang the snowman.

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