My name is Chad Boender, and I am a kindergarten teacher and author of a blog called Male Kindergarten Teacher. Creating seasonal crafts if one of my favorite things to do with my students. I love creating crafts that allow my students to express their creativity and that showcase a specific theme or season. This DIY winter pencil topper is a fun and creative craft that will have your students excited for the winter season!

Today I am excited to share how I created this fun and easy DIY winter pencil topper in Silhouette Studio®. Let’s grab our supplies and get started!

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Set Up the Design

  1. In Silhouette Studio®, select the Page Setup Panel (this icon can be found on the toolbar on the right-hand side of your page) and adjust your page to 8.5 x 11 inches.
  2. Open Design ID #35330 (snowman image) by locating it your library.
  3. Duplicate the design and arrange the design to fit onto the page.

Step Two: Cut the Design

  1. Place a piece of cardstock onto your cutting mat.
  2. Load the cutting mat into your machine.
  3. In Silhouette Studio®, select the Send tab in the top right-hand corner. Select the “Cardstock, Plain” cut setting, and select Send. (Remember that if you don’t have an Autoblade, you will need to adjust your blade settings.)
  4. Your machine will cut out your design onto your cardstock.
  5. Once your machine has cut out your design, remove the pieces from your cutting mat.
  6. Repeat the process until you have all the parts in the desired colors for your craft.

Step Three: Assemble Your Pencil Topper

  1. Adhere each piece to one another by using any form of adhesive. Adhere your topper to your pencil with tape. For a permanent solution use hot glue. 
  2. Allow your students to express their creativity by decorating their own hat for their snowman. 
  3. Extend this craft by reading Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner. After reading the story, have your students make a larger scale of the snowman and write about what they would do if they were a snowman.

What kind of classroom crafts, bulletin boards, or activities would you like to see?

This blog post was originally posted on the Male Kindergarten Teacher blog. It has been edited and republished with permission from the author.