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!
- Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait® or Silhouette Curio™
- Silhouette Studio®
- Silhouette Cutting Mat
- Silhouette Cutting Blade
- Cardstock – white, black, blue, red, orange, and green
- Design ID #35330
Step One: Set Up the Design
- 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.
- Open Design ID #35330 (snowman image) by locating it your library.
- Duplicate the design and arrange the design to fit onto the page.
Step Two: Cut the Design
- Place a piece of cardstock onto your cutting mat.
- Load the cutting mat into your machine.
- 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.)
- Your machine will cut out your design onto your cardstock.
- Once your machine has cut out your design, remove the pieces from your cutting mat.
- Repeat the process until you have all the parts in the desired colors for your craft.
Step Three: Assemble Your Pencil Topper
- 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.
- Allow your students to express their creativity by decorating their own hat for their snowman.
- 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?