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