Repurpose socks, stockings & sweaters to make these snowman crafts

How’s the winter weather where you are? I live in the land of snow, in the city that Forbes has declared the snowiest in the country. But not this year. Every time it snows, my daughter gets so excited, only to have her heart broken when it melts the next day. So, let’s put away the hats and mittens, get out the glue gun, and craft a snowman! Better yet, these snowmen are made with repurposed socks, stockings and sweaters. To help you get started, I’m also giving away a six-pack of 4” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Repurposed sweater snowman

If you like to knit, this one is for you! Or, it’s a great gift for someone you know who loves to knit.

First up, the Sweater Snowman, which Kathleen George fashioned from a sweater. If you don’t have one handy, check out a second-hand store.

To make a Sweater Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: one each 4”, 5” and 6” balls
  • Cream or white sweater
  • Buttons: ½” with shank for eyes; 5/8” pink for cheeks; heart shape for mouth; ¾” black for chest
  • Orange felt, just a scrap for the nose
  • ¾” pompom for the hat
  • Low temperature glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: two chopsticks for knitting needles; yarn
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; wood skewer; Exacto blade; thread

To make a Sweater Snowman:

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap. This will help make the cutting easier. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the 5” and 6” foam balls; cut a small slice from the bottom of the 4” ball.

2. Spread out your sweater BEFORE you cut anything apart, and experiment with different sections to see if: 1. there is enough to wrap around each ball; and 2. you like how it looks.

3. Cut 6” – 8” off the end of one sleeve for the hat. Cut out three squares of sweater fabric that are each large enough to wrap around a ball and gather tightly at the top. It’s best to make the pieces slightly larger than needed, because you can always trim away the excess.

4. From the bottom edge of the sweater, cut two 6” x 4” rectangles for the arms. Spread a line of glue along the 6” edges to stop the fabric from fraying. Set aside to dry.

5. Using the serrated knife, cut a hole 1” deep and 1” wide in the center top of the 5” and 6” balls. Do the same on the cut side of the 4” ball.

6. Place your largest sweater square face down, and center the 6” ball, hole facing up, on top. Pull the fabric up and around the ball, and using your skewer, push the fabric down into the hole. Secure with low-temp glue. If there’s too much bulk, trim away the excess sweater.

7. Repeat with the 4” and 5” balls.

8. Assemble your snowman by stacking and gluing the balls together. The flat side of the 4” ball should be glued to the top of the 5” ball. If needed, use straight pins to help hold the balls in place.

9. Make arms by rolling up the 4” x 6” pieces along the 4” edges. Secure the ends with glue. Using an Exacto knife, carefully make a vertical, 1” cut on each side of the 5” ball. Squeeze white glue into the cut, and using the skewer, push the ends of the arms into the slits. Position the arms so they point down.

Decorate your recycled sweater snowman

You can knit a mini scarf or simply tie on a strip of fleece.

10. Cut a 1” triangle from orange felt, roll into a cone shape, and glue together. When glue dries, trim the curved bottom so that it will sit flat on the snowman’s face. Glue the nose in place. Add on the button eyes, cheeks, mouth and chest buttons. If needed, hold in place with straight pins till glue dries.

11. Turn the hat fabric inside out. Tightly gather one end with a needle and thread. Turn the hat right side out, fold up the bottom cuff, and glue the hat onto the snowman. Top it off with a pompom.

12. Knit a small scarf that measures 2” x 18” and wrap around the snowman’s neck. Or, cut a scarf from fleece or other fabric and wrap around the neck.

13. Optional: Sharpen two wooden chop sticks in a pencil sharpener to make knitting needles. Poke the knitting needles through the ends of the arms. Knit a small length of scarf.

This sweet Snowman Swag is made from a man’s tube sock! No matter what the weather, you can hang him on your front door and he’ll never melt.

how to make a sock snowman

Did a man’s tube sock ever look so cute?

To make the Snowman Swag, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM brand foam: four, 3” balls
  • White tube sock, large size
  • Twist ties
  • Embellishments: pompoms, buttons, felt, sequins, chenille stems
  • Knit or fleece fabric for hats and scarves
  • Ribbon, 10” length (for hanger)
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle & thread

To make the Snowman Swag:

1. Push a foam ball into the toe of the tube sock. Pull the fabric tight around the ball, and fasten with a twist tie, wrapping the twist tie around the sock as close to the foam ball as possible.

2. Repeat with the other balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. After the last twist tie, cut off the excess sock, leaving a ½” tail.

3. Arrange the sock so that the four balls hang in a straight row.

4. Add faces using your chosen embellishments. We used felt for the eyes and mouths, pompoms for the noses, blush and snowflake sequins for the cheeks.

5. Cut 14” x 1-1/2” strips of double knit or fleece fabric, and tie scarves around necks. Pre-tie the last scarf and glue it to the bottom of the last snowman.

how to make a snowman from socks

Decorate your swag with what you have on hand.

6. Optional: Add hat and earmuffs:

  • To make earmuffs, cut a length of chenille stem to fit halfway around a snowman head, and shape to fit. Glue each end to the sides of the snowman head and glue pompoms over the ends of the chenille stem.
  • To make a hat, cut an 11” x 7” piece of double knit or fleece fabric. With right sides together, fold in half, forming a 7” tube. Sew along one 7” edge, and stitch across one end. Pull thread, gathering end; knot thread. Turn the tube right side out, roll up bottom edge to form a cuff. Glue pompom to the top.

7. Knot ends of ribbon together, forming a loop. Glue and pin the ribbon to the back of the top snowman.

Here are two more snowmen made from an assortment of socks and tights, including my favorite, the Super-sized Snowman. Click on the photos for the tutorials on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

DIY a sock snowman

Your old tights will stretch right over this Super Sized Snowman.

DIY sock snowmen on a sled

Make these Sledding Snowbuddies from socks and tights.

How’s the winter weather where you are? Have you had a mild winter, or have you been snowed in? Tell me about your winter weather and you might win a six-pack of 3” balls of STYROFOAM brand foam, plus one of our craft aprons. I’ll pick a winner next Monday, March 5, after 10:00 p.m.

how to make a glove snowman craft

I have another repurposed snowman on tap for tomorrow!

P.S. In honor of Leap Year, I have an extra day of crafting inspiration planned for you tomorrow!  Here’s a sneak peek . . .

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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43 Responses to Repurpose socks, stockings & sweaters to make these snowman crafts

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  2. sharon says:

    Inquiring minds want to know where Forbes considers the most snowiest?? I hail from Vermont but have friends in Findley Lake, NY and Edinburgh, PA. They get dumped on. Is this close to you?

    I just found your blog thanks to Facebook and the re-purposed socks/sweater snowman

    • Sharon says:

      So glad you found us, Sharon, and thanks for stopping in. Forbes has dubbed my hometown, Cleveland, the snowiest. We’ve had about 8″ on the ground this week, but it’s supposed to rain all weekend, so I’m not sure if we’ll have a white Christmas. Where are you from? And please, can you tell me which page on Facebook shared these snowmen? I’ve noticed a lot of traffic from Facebook yesterday and today, and I’d like to say “thank you” to whoever shared Crafts ‘n Coffee. Thanks! Sharon

  3. Geraldine says:

    Wishing you a magical Christmas season and all the good things in 2014! :)

  4. potianiraye says:

    These are all just too adorable! Thank you for the tutorials.

  5. Sue Viola says:

    Reblogged this on SueStitches and commented:
    Had to reblog this, it’s just so darn cute!!!

  6. Elnora says:

    We have bitter cold weather with enough snow to do us awhile.. love to recreate those snowman crafts, my very favorite crafting

  7. Ana says:

    I live in Portugal, no snow here, but they are so cute!!, that me and the kids made the four snowman swag. Thank you

  8. Karen Kopera says:

    love love LOVE!!!

  9. These are soooo soooo adorable! I LOVE them…All of them! Thanks for tutorials!! :)

  10. lorraine says:

    These are adorable!! Thank you so much!

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  12. mary says:

    I live in minnesota and we have little snow yet. I have been collecting snowmen for years and these are about the cutest I’ve seen. Great craft!!! I’m going to make them for my grandkids.

  13. Linda Neveu says:

    Love all of them!! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. janet dycus says:

    yes i love the swag of the snowmen but i would love to know how you made the snowman sledding with the little one in front please

  15. LUCY says:

    I LOVE THESE SNOWMEN,THEIR SO CUTE,I CAN,T WAIT TO TRY AND MAKES. YOU HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS.

  16. julie ellis says:

    I love the sock snowman. How do I contact you to get the free pack of styrofoam balls.

  17. Jeannie (blue) says:

    Such cute snowmen. Snow has been non-existent here this year.

  18. Meagan Vaughn says:

    These are super cute!!! I live in Texas and we have not had a Winter at all this year, while i do love mild winters they make for brutal summers. I guess I will stay in the air conditioner and craft from May-September :)

  19. Violet says:

    Our winter has been warmer than usual. I don’t like freezing cold but it has confused the plants. Not a very good sign if you ask me. The cold also kills some of the bugs. So I guess I will be buying lots of bug repellant! Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. Birgit says:

    What cute snowmen!

    As for winter weather, well, Europe had quite a harsh winter in January and February. Here in Munich, Germany, most snow has melted in the last few days, and I really hope that there won’t be much snow anymore! Personally, I long for spring and at least slightly warmer weather. :)

    Happy creating,
    Birgit

  21. Lisa says:

    Ahh, it is going to snow here tomorrow and then the next. I miss all the snow we used to get. But it was 12* when I sent the kids out the door this morning. Brrrrr. The snowman sway is too darling…… I will have to see if my hubby has any new socks left. I so want to make this one.

    • Sharon says:

      Sounds like you’re having a snowy winter, Lisa. So glad you like our Snowman Swag — do post a photo of the one you make on our StyroCrafts Facebook page! Sharon

  22. annehaun says:

    Wow these are great projects – I live in Texas so we do not have any winter – at least not what I call winter. If the temps here get down in the forties, people think they are going to freeze to death. This year we have had not cold weather at all! I grew up in Minnesota and really miss the snow and snowmen!! Maybe I need to make some of these and pretend it is winter – sounds like fun. Thanks for the chance at the balls!!

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