A snowman centerpiece can bring the spirit of the Christmas season to your table and serve as an all-purpose winter decoration. No two snowmen are exactly alike, so use these centerpiece ideas and projects as inspiration to give your winter festivities a unique look.
Make a Snowman and Evergreens Centerpiece
The key to this project is to purchase all the supplies at the same time so you can make sure the sizes are compatible and you have enough flowers and greenery to fill out the entire centerpiece.
- Snowman figurine in the size and material of your choosing
- Round paper mache box suitable for the size of your figurine (pre-printed, painted, or covered in your choice of holiday-theme paper)
- A foam block that fits in the box
- Two or three silk mums and several artificial evergreen branches
- Small ornaments to hang from the evergreens
- Craft Glue
- Wire cutters for trimming floral stems
Optional supplies (as needed) if you're decorating the box yourself:
- Acrylic paint and paint brush
Assembling the Centerpiece
- Decorate the box however you please, or use it as purchased.
- Place a large dollop of glue in the center of the box's bottom and set the foam block in the box.
- Place the snowman figurine in the center of the foam block. You can glue it in place if you like.
- Trim the silk mum stems to about 3-inches in length and stick them in the foam around the base of the figurine.
- Begin sticking artificial evergreen branches in the foam around the mums. Make sure no foam shows when you're finished.
- Hang the small ornaments around the evergreens, and the centerpiece is ready to use.
Make a Snowman "Cupcake" Centerpiece
An ordinary white tube sock and a paper cupcake wrapper can be transformed into an adorable snowman centerpiece. It can be especially fun for sitting on the kids' table during the holidays, and it gives your kids a bit of bragging rights if they help you create this easy-to-make centerpiece.
- About one cup of aquarium gravel
- Polyester fiber filling
- White thread and a needle
- Small black beads for the eyes, mouth and buttons
- Orange puff paint for the nose
- Felt fabric in two colors for the hat and scarf
- Cupcake wrapper (Christmas print or your color choice)
- Low heat glue gun and glue stick
Assembling the Centerpiece
- Cut off the ribbed elastic part of the sock and discard it.
- Pour the cup of gravel into the toe of the sock. This creates a heavier base which helps the snowman stand upright.
- Stuff the rest of the sock with fiber filling and use the thread and needle to close the sock top with a few stitches.
- Tie a piece of thread around the sock to create a section which becomes the head. Tie a second thread around the sock to create the middle and lower sections of the body, taking care to place the thread so the middle section is larger than the head, but smaller than the bottom.
- To create a hat, cut a rectangle of felt that, on the shortest edge, reaches all the way around the top of the head and overlaps slightly. Add a thin line of glue along the longest edge and bring the two long edges together to create a cylinder. Attach the felt cylinder to the head with hot glue and let it dry a few minutes.
- To finish the hat, tie a piece of thread tightly around the cylinder near the top to close off the top of the hat, leaving just enough felt on the other side of the thread to cut into strips which become the hat's tassels. Cut more felt in a contrasting color to create a brim around the hat and attach it with hot glue.
- Cut a long piece of felt and tie it around the neck to make a scarf.
- Hot glue beads to the head to make the eyes and mouth.
- Glue a few beads to the body to create the snowman's buttons.
- Use a little orange puff paint to make a carrot-shaped nose and let it dry thoroughly according to the paint directions.
- Once the nose paint is dry, place a dollop of hot glue at the base of the cupcake wrapper, firmly place the snowman on the glue, and hold it in place for a few moments while the glue sets.
- Now the snowman centerpiece is ready to place on your table.
Accessories and Accents
Once you have created either of these snowman centerpieces, consider adding the following accessories and accents to your centerpiece:
- Fake snow or cotton batting
- A small Christmas tree
- Holiday confetti
- Glass ornaments
- Candy canes
- Other Christmas figures like angels or Santa
- Other snowmen
Buying Snowman Centerpieces
If you'd rather purchase a centerpiece for your dining room table, snowmen are easy to find. Craft shows are a great source for Christmas decorations of all kinds, and you're sure to find quite a few options.
Snowman figurines are plentiful in stores during the winter months which makes them a popular centerpiece option. You'll find them in a variety of materials including textiles, plastic, glass and ceramics. Prices generally start around $10 and go up from there, so choose pieces that suit your style and your budget.
A stuffed snowman can also make a fun a centerpiece. The most common options are small plush designs like those sold at Oriental Trading which retail between $14 and $45. A basic snowman can serve as the beginning of a centerpiece you make. Simply add accents and accessories to create a stunning table display.
If you are hosting an event with multiple tables, consider honeycomb paper snowman centerpieces which are easily found at card shops and party supply stores for around $5 to $10 each. They look cute, are available in a variety of sizes, and they're a less expensive centerpiece option that will keep the celebration within budget.
When you're ready to invest in a focal piece that you can display each year, The Bradford Exchange has a Thomas Kinkade Snowman Snow Globe Holiday Home Floral Centerpiece that lights up and combines multiple symbols of the holidays. At just under $150, the centerpiece also includes a floral arrangement of red berries, white blossoms, pine boughs, and a beautiful banner.
Let Your Creativity Soar
The best ideas for snowman centerpieces for your home are the ones which capture your imagination and make you smile. You may choose one large centerpiece to serve as a focal point and then place several smaller ones at other tables to help carry out the theme. Whether you decide to buy a centerpiece or make one of your own, rely on your creativity as you set the scene for holiday fun.