Do you want to build a snowman? Marshmallow snowman topper

If you live around Portland like we do, chances are you just got dumped on. I woke up this morning to about 7 inches of thick, packable snow—the kind that makes an awesome snowball and doubles over tree branches. So naturally, we pulled an Anna and asked, Do you want to build a snowman? I answered YES! and made both the regular kind out of snow and a marshmallow snowman topper.

When it snows (or you just want an edible craft), this marshmallow snowman topper is perfect to set on a cupcake! Ten Thousand Hour Mama

Building our first family snowman

Our first family snowman was, naturally, 95% built by me.

When the family headed outside to play in all that snow, Peeper was too busy throwing flakes in the air (“It’s snooooooowing!”) and Kiwi too busy standing immobile and whining (like Randy—”I can’t put my arms down!”—haha!) to help me build my snowman. But no troubles. The snow was deep enough that I made quick work to build this guy.

I had to repeatedly ask Peeper to not wreck my snowman. She was much more interested in breaking it apart than rolling the giant snowballs. But as soon as I got the three segments together, she wanted to help. (Impeccable timing, kid.)

We uncovered a few rocks and picked up branches that had snapped off our trees. Unfortunately Finn snatched each stick arm from the poor snowman. “No, Finn, no!” Peeper wailed as he chewed the sticks. We settled for tiny ones that Finn wasn’t interested in.

And so we built our first family snowman. Peeper dubbed him Frosty—very original, I know.

My daughter's first snowman - Ten Thousand Hour MamaMy littlest didn't love the snow. Ten Thousand Hour MamaMy daughter was so proud of our family's first snowman. Ten Thousand Hour MamaThe family that plays in the snow together stays together. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

An edible craft for a snow day

Even Peeper, the snow-lover she is, has to come inside at some point. Since we’ve had more snow days than days of school lately, we’ve had to get creative with finding indoor activities that will keep the kids entertained—and not fighting.

Today, then, we busted out the marshmallows to make a marshmallow snowman topper for cupcakes. (We didn’t actually bake cupcakes; we made cookies. But when Eric went out to the store to get dog food, he got a cupcake, too. So there you go.)

The girls wanted to eat the lil’ guy immediately. It was all I could do to take a picture before they attacked the marshmallows. Didn’t the marshmallow snowman turn out cute?

Kids can't keep their hands off these adorable marshmallow snowman topper edible crafts, made with Twizzlers! Ten Thousand Hour MamaMarshmallow snowman cupcake topper with Twizzler scarf - Ten Thousand Hour MamaWho's cuter—the marshmallow snowman or the real snowman? Ten Thousand Hour Mama

If you’re snowed in and bored—or just want to make a cute (and edible!) craft, here’s how to make a marshmallow snowman topper of your own.

Make a marshmallow snowman topper



  1. Poke a dowel through the flat ends of three marshmallows so you end up with a stack of marshmallows.
  2. Poke a dowel into each side of the middle marshmallow for the snowman’s arms.
  3. Carefully peel off a Twizzlers strand (or two—especially if you have the multicolored kind). Wrap it around the space between the top and middle marshmallows. Tie the Twizzlers ends in a knot to make the scarf.
  4. With a black edible marker, draw circles for eyes and a mouth. Using a red or orange edible marker, draw a triangle for a carrot nose.
  5. Fit a plastic bottle cap on the top marshmallow as a hat.
  6. Poke a dowel into the bottom marshmallow. This is the stand so you can place your marshmallow snowman topper on a cupcake—or on your lifesize snowman outside!

Marshmallows and Twizzlers together make this adorable snowman, perfect for a cake topper. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

How about you—how are you all faring in these snow days? What’s your favorite way to keep kids entertained?

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8 thoughts on “Do you want to build a snowman? Marshmallow snowman topper

  • January 12, 2017 at 8:16 am

    What a fun day of playing in the snow! I really wanted to get out there and build a snowman in our perfect snow, but my lack of winter gloves prevented it. I should have made some adorable mini snowmen like you did – They are SO cute!

    • January 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

      I know, I need some good winter gloves, too! I used wool mittens and my fingers were pretty cold by the end of it.

  • January 12, 2017 at 9:08 am

    These are the cutest!! I also love the pics of the snowman. It’s such a good project for kids. All of the kids in our neighborhood made them and it makes me smile. Love it! Happy Snow Day

    • January 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

      I’m with you, Rachel: hearing and seeing the antics of neighborhood kids is the greatest! Hope you enjoy the continued snow today!

  • January 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like a good family snow experience! It’s so rare that we get enough snow for a proper snowman without making the rest of the yard bare!

    • January 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      I know! It’s fun to look out at the beautiful snow—at least until it all goes to grey mush.

  • January 16, 2017 at 2:38 am

    This is adorable! Something fun for the kids to do (and eat!) on a snow day. Love it! I have a four and a half month old, so I’m stocking up all of these ideas for later 😉

    • January 17, 2017 at 11:05 am

      I bet your little is keeping YOU busy these days! When the time comes they need to be entertained, crafts like this totally help! 🙂


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