How to Make a Snowman Tree Topper

This year we decided to have colored lights on the tree, and because of this one change I needed to make some decorating changes – the gold and white angel on top such a vibrant tree just wouldn’t cut it.  So I came up with a how to make your own Christmas decoration, a Snowman Tree Topper.  Hope you like this tutorial and are inspired to make one too!

LilMan thought it was a puppet at first :)

The kids just LOVED it! This year our tree is so fun, festive and kid friendly – I must say I like it a lot too :)

Supplies you’ll need to make your own Christmas tree topper:

  • 10 Inch Styrofoam Ball
  • Glitter
  • Glitter Blast Clear Sealer
  • Glitter Blast Black Spray
  • Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
  • Ribbon (the Green Ribbon I decided not to use and used Red instead)
  • Black Felt
  • Orange Felt
  • Random decoration in the floral department
  • Square dowel rod
  • Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
  • Acrylic stones
  • Zip Ties
  • Liquid Nails (or a hot glue gun)

I cut the dowel rod down to 16 inches and poked into (not all the way) the Styrofoam ball.

By using the dowel rod, you’ll be able to zip tie it to the top of the Christmas tree with it toppling one way or the other (that was the only thing I didn’t like about the Angel).  And with the dowel rod in place you can handle the ball a lot easier.

I sprinkled glitter on the ball and then sprayed it with the Glitter Sealer.

While glitter and glitter sealer was setting, I sewed a simple top hat using black felt.  The pattern I used is the same that I used for the Snowman Kit (with one exception, I didn’t bother with a liner). While I used the same size hat for Snowman Topper, I used different size nose, eyes and mouth pieces.  Click here to download the eyes, nose and mouth pattern.

Once the top hat was ready, I brushed Stiffy Fabric Stiffener on the brim of the hat and on some of the sides (but not all of the sides so I could fold it in a bit for styling).  Then let that dry overnight.

The next day, the hat was dry, I then took the Black Spray Glitter and sprayed it all over the hat.

While the hat dries again,  I used a good old standby – duck tape to stand up the snowman ball so I could place the hat, eyes, nose, mouth and decorate the hat.  I used Elmer’s Spray Adhesive on the back of the ribbon and placed the ribbon on the top hat.

Some fun details:

  • The hat decoration was a floral piece.  I cut a small hole in the hat and poked it through.
  • To add a little sparkle to his eyes, I glued some acrylic gems.

How fun is this!

What is your favorite or most memorable homemade Christmas tree decoration?

  • Tracy
    October 20, 2013, 4:20 pm

    Our theme this year is Snowmen and Snowflakes…..this is a super fun tutorial! Thank you!

    • October 23, 2013, 10:04 pm

      Thank you and I’d love to see pics! Christmas is such a magical time where our imaginations can run wild, especially our child-like imaginations. After all that’s what Christmas is about, faith in a child and his birth that saved us all. Make it a fun birthday! :)
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment!!!
      Stephanie from Grinninglikeanidiot.com

  • Kelly
    November 3, 2013, 8:05 am

    What size tree did you use it on?

  • dee
    December 1, 2013, 12:07 pm

    what size head would you recommend for a 6 1/2 foot tree?

    • Stephanie Weaver
      December 5, 2013, 6:51 pm

      I’d recommend using the same size I did, it’s super cute, and with the ribbon as a scarf it’ll hep add proportion to the tree. I saw another suggestion that would be super cute if you wanted to add another touch: add a broomstick to stick out one side of the tree :). I wish I would’ve thought If that :)

      I’d love to see a picture when you make yours!

      • Dee
        December 6, 2013, 8:13 am

        Thanks for the reply. I will post a picture when done. Also I am trying to print out the pattern for the nose, eyes and mouth and its not working.
        any suggestions on how i can get them.

        • December 6, 2013, 9:58 am

          hmmm – I tried it through google drive and didn’t have an issue, but who knows sometimes these things are finicky, If you would, please send me an email at stephanie@grinninglikeanidiot.com and I’ll email you the pattern to print out.
          Many Thanks!

          • Dee
            December 7, 2013, 10:02 pm

            thanks. i was able to print it just had to use my pc instead of my ipad. one more question did you glue the hat on?

          • December 8, 2013, 10:06 am

            The floral piece that I poked through the hat really kept the hat on, you can also use floral wire it it won’t stay on. By not glueing it on, it allowed me to reshape the hat when I pulled it out of storage this year.
            I hope this helps!

          • Dee
            December 8, 2013, 12:58 pm

            you have been so nice and helpful. thank you so much.

          • Dee
            December 11, 2013, 8:12 am

            Thank you so much for your help. here is a picture of my tree. Our grandson loves it.

  • Angie
    November 16, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Stephanie, I love your snowman tree topper. I was looking for a way to do a Mr. Jingaling Tree topper for our Garden Club Christmas tree this year and I had a few ideas but I was glad I found your instructions. I never thought to use a dowel rod as a way to mount it. Not sure what part of the country you are in, but Mr. Jingaling was a holiday icon in Cleveland for many years. I attached a picture of Jingaling and my tree topper. We used dried hydrangea for the hair, milk weed pods for the mustache and brows and acorns for the eyes. I hope you like this. I can’t wait to see it on the tree.

  • Kathy
    December 2, 2014, 6:50 pm

    How wide is the ribbon that you used? I am doing this for my grandchildren this year. Thanks for the inspiration!