A Handmade Holiday: Button Snowman Ornaments

button snowman 2Here is a cute project to do with kids! These button & pipe cleaner snowmen ornaments are fun, easy, and cute. Add a little paper banner to the ribbon to have your child sign & date it, too.


  • white pipe cleaners/chenille stems (we used 2 white pipe cleaners for each of our snowmen)
  • brown or any color pipe cleaner (for twig arms; I didn’t have brown on hand so we used purple)
  • white buttons
  • three black buttons
  • ribbon for hanging
  • scissors

Start by cutting one white pipe cleaner in half. These pieces are the middle and bottom pieces of your snowman. Then cut off a third of your second piece of white pipe cleaner. This is the head of the snowman. Reserve the rest of the pipecleaner.


Take your white buttons and start putting them on your three pipecleaner pieces. Space the buttons as close or far apart as you want, just leave room at either end of the pipecleaner so you can twist each one into a circle and twist the circle closed.


Do this for all three body pieces. Then cut two small pieces of white pipecleaner from your reserved piece. Use these two pieces to attach the parts of the snowman together.

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Time for those branch arms! Cut two equal sized pieces of your branch pipecleaner. Fold a v-shape at one end of each branch piece to make a “hand.” Then attach the branch arms to the middle part of the snowman by twisting the pipecleaner on.

DSC_0030 DSC_0031 DSC_0032 DSC_0033 DSC_0034 DSC_0035 DSC_0036Now add some “coal buttons” out of your three black buttons. String them onto a leftover piece of white pipecleaner, leaving space at the top and bottom of the pipecleaner. Then attach the string of buttons to your snowman, one end where the top and middle circles meet and one end where the bottom and middle circles meet.

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Just add a ribbon for hanging and you are done!

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Your little one can also make “snowballs” out of pipecleaners and white buttons, too. You may need to inform him/her that they are purely decorative, though, and should not be thrown across your dining room.