Paper Cube Snowman

Dash through the snow - or the craft aisle - to find clever cubes of STYROFOAM™ Brand foam and embossed paper for this very square fellow.  Makes a great quick gift!

Completion time – 2 hours

Designer – Kathleeen George


  • Block, 18" x 4" x 4"
  • Cubes: 5"; 3"
Other Materials
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • White embossed scrapbooking paper, three 12" x 12"
  • Coordinating decorative papers: stripe; polka dot;
  • black solid
  • Wooden dowels, 1/8" x 6", two
  • Pom poms, two each: 1/4" light pink; 1" dark pink
  • Dark pink chenille stem
  • Assorted buttons, 1/2", nine
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8", two


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden chopstick
  • Round paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Hole punch, 3/8"
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Craft knife with sharp blade
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin; cut 4" cube from
    foam block. Set aside remainder of foam block for future project.
  • 2. Cut the following strips from white embossed paper to cover
    foam cubes: one 3-1/2" x 12"; two 4-1/2" x 8-1/4"; two 5-1/2"
    x 10-1/4". In addition, cut one 2-3/4", one 3-3/4", and one
    4-3/4" square from white embossed paper; set aside.
  • 3. Overlap two short ends of 4-1/2"-wide strips 1/4" to create
    one 4-1/2" x 16-1/4" strip; glue overlapped ends to secure.
    Repeat with 5-1/2" strips, creating one 5-1/2" x 20-1/4"
    strip; glue ends to secure. Score and fold each paper strip
    1/2" from top of long edge to make sharp crease.
  • 4. Beginning and ending in center of one side of each cube to
    prevent visible seams, wrap appropriate paper strip around
    four sides of each foam cube, allowing paper to extend 1/2"
    above top edge of cube; do not glue yet. Use fingers to crimp
    paper at cube corners; remove paper and crisply fold at crimp marks.
  • 5. Glue and pin paper strip around cube sides, overlapping
    ends. Clip paper corners above foam and fold excess down to
    top of each cube; glue and pin to secure. Glue paper squares
    to tops of cubes. Use glue gun to glue cubes together as
    shown; align all seams at back of snowman.
  • 6. Cut two 1" x 6" strips from striped paper; glue paper
    around dowels. Glue light pink pom poms to dowel ends. Use
    craft knife to poke small hole into each side of body; glue
    dowel ends into cube for arms.
  • 7. Cut two 3/4" x 12" strips from striped paper for scarf,
    noting stripe position. Wrap and glue one piece around
    snowman's neck; cut second strip in half. To curl scarf tails,
    gently pull paper strips over side of pencil. Glue tails to
    neck as shown. Cut 3/4" fringe into scarf ends.
  • 8. Paint chopstick tip orange; let dry. Use craft knife to
    poke small hole into center of face; glue nose into hole.
  • 9. Refer to photo to glue wiggle eyes to face. For cheeks,
    punch two circles from pink paper; glue to face. Cut narrow
    "C" shape from black paper for mouth; glue in place.
  • 10. Cut 1/2" x 10" strip from polka dot paper and glue down
    center front of snowman. Glue buttons to paper. Trim and bend
    chenille stem to fit over head; glue ends into head and tinsel
    pom poms over ends for earmuffs.