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How to Make a Snowman with Baking Soda and Cornstarch

DIY Snowman craft with baking soda and cornstarch. How to make dough with baking soda and cornstarch. This winter activity is so fun and easy to make with a play-doh consistency you can play with over and over!

Christmas is coming to a close, the cold weather is here to stay for a while as winter is settling in. This is a wonderful activity for homeschooling, sensory play, or a cozy snow day! You can turn this fun activity into a treasure hunt. Look around the house, or outdoors for items, you could use for eyes, arms, scarves, and a hat.

This adorable and fun snowman craft is made with items from your pantry. If your looking for an affordable winter craft idea in a pinch this is it. This cornstarch, baking soda dough can also be used with cookie cutters. Once the dough is dry it can be painted or left its natural pretty white color. When this dough dries it turns into a clay-like material. The snowmen on the other hand don't dry as well I explain why below.

Will This Ruin My Pan?

No, this will not ruin your pan. When you are done cooking your dough you may think so, but soaking your pan in hot water for a few minutes will dissolve everything leftover in the pan.

Can the snowmen dry like salt dough?

Snowmen are thick and don’t dry well without cracking here and there. You can certainly keep them but they won’t stay completely smooth. Not to worry though becasue this dough works well with cookie cutters. Roll the dough with a rolling pin as you would with any dough. Let the shapes dry completly and then they can be painted.


½ cup of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda

½ cup of cornstarch

1 cup of warm water

Toothpicks for arms, nose and to hold your snowmen together

Orange and Black marker

NOTE You can use anything you have on hand for the arms, nose, buttons, etc…I colored the ends of toothpicks black for the arms, and orange for the nose. Get as creative as you’d like.


In a pot add baking soda, cornstarch, and warm water stirring well until dissolved. Over medium heat stir until a mashed potato consistency starts to form. Once your dough has formed remove it from the heat and let it cool. Once it’s cool enough to touch knead it with your hands until the dough is smooth.

You’re ready to make snowmen! Roll 3 balls, and use a toothpick to hold them together. I place the toothpick in the base of the snowman and slide the next two balls on the toothpick.

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1 Comment

Dec 22, 2021

Great idea!


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