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Lightbulb Snowman – Cute Christmas Light Bulb Craft

This adorable lightbulb snowman uses a common light bulb with some inexpensive craft supplies to make the sweetest Christmas decor idea ever.

Don’t you love to recycle common household items into cute decor projects? It’s a fun, eco-friendly way to make something new out of something old!

This fun little snowman would make a great ornament or gift for a special friend. I love the way the top of the light bulb makes his hat and matches the plaid scarf so well!

Our whole family has a love of snowmen and they end up being featured in many ways at our house, from bottle cap snowmen ornaments to snowmen cake pops.

Today, it’s time to turn a lightbulb into a snowman. Keep reading to find out how.

A lightbulb snowman on a table, next to a plain lightbulb and craft supplies.

Recycling old items into new holiday decor is one of the fun parts of the holidays for me. See my alphabet block Christmas tree for another fun example of turning old items into new treasures.

Up cycling household items is good for the environment and keeps the cost of your projects to a minimum.  See another fun light bulb snowman ornament here.

What is so much fun about these projects is how quickly they come together. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids.

More snowman DIY projects

Don’t you love snowman projects? They look so great around the holidays but can also be left out on display in the winter months when the snow is all around us. Check out these snowman projects for more fun ideas.

For more holiday themed fun, make sure to download our free Christmas word search and Christmas word scramble and look for the word “snowman” in them.

Note: Hot glue guns, and heated glue can burn. Please use extreme caution when using a hot glue gun. Learn to use your tool properly before you start any project.

Handmade light bulb snowman project

To make the project, you will need the following materials.

  • Lightbulb (appliance-sized bulb shown)
  • Oven-bake clay—orange and white
  • Baking sheet
  • Foam plate or palette
  • Paper towels
  • Water container
  • Acrylic craft paints—black, dark green and white
  • Paintbrushes—small flat and liner
  • Black fine-line permanent marker
  • Two 1-inch-long forked twigs for arms
  • Two 3mm red beads
  • Textured snow medium
  • Clear glitter
  • 1/2-inch x 12-inch torn strip of red-and-green plaid fabric for scarf
  • Cotton swab and powdered cosmetic blush
  • Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

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Making the snowman

This idea was originally shared by Nify Mag from an old issue of Country Woman Magazine. Nify appears to be having server issues and the link to directions has not worked for the last few months.

These are the instructions for the snowman Christmas decoration as I can remember them. Hopefully, the original site will be back up soon so that I can link to the original tutorial.

Start by forming some white oven bake clay into a round base that will fit the top of the light bulb. Form an indentation in the clay.

Take a piece of orange clay and make a carrot shape for the nose. Use a toothpick to make lines on the nose. Bake in the oven until they are set. Allow to cool.

Paint the base of the light bulb dark green and add some white paint on the top.

Paint the whole snowman white and add some glitter when the paint is still wet. Allow to dry.

I painted the face free hand using this printable as a guide with black and white acrylic paints. You can print it out here. (it will open in a separate tab.) Be sure to let the face dry before you try to add the nose.A cute black and white sketch of a snowman face.Hot glue the baked white foam base to the top of the light bulb and allow it to set.

Use the textured white craft paint and paint it near the base of the snowman to resemble snow. Add a bit of glitter. Paint a thin line of the textured snow around the bottom of the green hat for a rim.

Use the hot glue gun and attach the nose to the face, and the red beads for buttons.

Attach the small twigs for arms on the side of the snowman with the hot glue gun and wrap the scarf around his head.

The foam base allows you to stand the snowman on an occasional table so that you can easily display it with pride.

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Carolyn Scott

Tuesday 2nd of November 2021

Nice ideas


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

where do you get the textured snow at?


Wednesday 30th of October 2013

Hi Tina, They may have a better idea at Crafty Woman where the project originated but I did find lots of this type of snow paint on Amazon:


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