Salt Dough Snowman Pops

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far! All of the festivities lately have gotten me in the mood for some Christmas crafting so I decided to try my hand at recreating the “snowman pop.” I bought a snowman pop ornament at a craft show years ago, and used it as my guide for this project. Here’s the how-to!

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Start with your standard salt dough recipe. I used 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour and 1 cup water (which you’ll add slowly – you may not need the full cup). It made a small batch, so double it for larger quantities! Mix the ingredients til your dough is firm but not too sticky.

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Treat them like sugar cookies! Use flour if the dough sticks, and roll them out to the thickness you want. Mine ended up being about 1/3 inch thick. I would suggest making them on the thicker side if you plan on inserting the lollipop stick; otherwise they crack or bulge.

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I did not have any round cookie cutters on hand so I improvised with this wine glass. It was the perfect size!

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These are the lollipop sticks I used. They can be found in the baking/candy making section of any craft store.

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Don’t forget to pre-poke your lollipop holes before baking!

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I also made some chunky little noses. I made them after I was all done with the snowman faces. When I went to stick them on, the faces had already dried a bit, and they would not stick. I decided to glue them on after baking. If you want to stick them on, do it while the dough is still a little sticky.

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Bake at a VERY low setting (100-150 degrees) for 3 hours. Flip them and bake for another hour. Too hot and they will burn, so be careful! Once dried, I used some artist acrylic paints. These will also help seal the ornaments.

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For the faces I did a white wash (watered down white paint), as these acrylics are really thick. It soaked into the porous surface quite nicely. I then glued on the noses with regular craft tacky glue. I’d recommend doing this BEFORE painting the faces white, as they did not stick well with the layer of white paint…oops. Now I know!

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I decided to stick with rosy cheeks and little dotted eyes, and that’s it. These are the more “prim” looking snowmen that I love!

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Next, insert the sticks. Put a dab of craft glue on the end of the stick, and carefully stick them in the pre-made holes. Use a gentle twisting motion to stick them in; be careful not to crack the thin walls of the snowman head.

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For the tags, I used heavy stock kraft paper from A.C. Moore. I used our regular ink jet printed and Microsoft Word to write “Snow Pop, 5 cents.” You could write any holiday wish you’d like, or even put someone’s name on the tag!

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I hand cut them into little tag shapes and punched a small hole.

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For the wrapping, I used pretzel baggies, which are also found in the baking/candy making isle at the craft store. They are actually made to package chocolate covered pretzels, but my snowman pops fit in them perfectly!!! They are tied up with homespun and twine, and each have their own little tag. I also made some candy swirl ones where I just free-handed a red swirl. I like the snowmen better but I guess they’re kinda cute too.

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The other lady had inserted a string through the top plastic wrapping to hang them up. I decided to leave them as is and just prop them up in a jar of buttons or marbles. They’d made great favors for a Christmas dinner with all of the guests names on the tags!

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So what do you think? There are many directions to take these. Try different faces, use other types of tags or ties, or try gingerbread men or Santa faces!

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I will probably sell them in my Etsy store, for around $3-4 each. If you give these a try, please send me a pic and I will post it here! Thanks and hope to be back soon!!! 🙂

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer G.
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 23:27:38

    These are cute~I always enjoy your posts and tutorials. Thank you for taking the time to share 🙂 Oh, and I love the falling snow on your page, too!! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Connie Barbour
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 23:34:29

    Too cute – will have to try these!

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  3. Lisa Copher (Booth555)
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 00:15:02

    Awesome!!!! simply adorable. my sis in law collects snowmen so this may get tied to her gift. I think I have everything on hand to try these this week n I will for sure send u a pic. love them, great job!
    -lisa from booth555

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  4. sarah
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 02:06:34

    I agree with Jennifer, I always love seeing your posts. I got all excited to see a post in the inbox tonight. And the snow makes a fun addition to your blog. I love it.
    This ornament will be a great addition to our teacher’s baskets. My kids will have lots of fun making these cute little snowmen. And if these come out half way decent, I will send a pic your way 🙂

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  5. Kristi
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 06:30:34

    Adorbs! Nice work! Very nice to see a post. Have been wondering what you have been up to lately! Love your blog.

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  6. Cheryl Weaver
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 12:09:19

    Great job:) I have been hoping to get into the messy for some salt dough ornies. I have a nice collection of small cute cookie cutters that are kind of old, and I have been thinking about trying them with salt dough. Shows are finally over and just have Etsy to keep me busy till Christmas so maybe I can play with this over the holidays:) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Angel
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 12:30:26

    These are so cute! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

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  8. Maria Matter
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 15:42:58

    oh my, these are fabulous Audrey!
    I’ll be putting these on my ‘to do’ list!! love this idea!

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  9. Barbara Briggs Ward
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 17:12:15

    Just the right touch! Love these little guys!

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  10. pinkstorm183
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 18:05:07

    I love them when you showed them awhile ago. I tried them but make them with felt. I didn’t even think of salt dough ! There so nice as with all the things you make !

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  11. pinkstorm183
    Dec 08, 2013 @ 18:37:42

    Make mine with felt

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  12. ALLISON
    Dec 17, 2013 @ 09:33:12

    I made these last sunday, they turned out so cute ~ I’m making more tonight

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