After the weather we’ve had this week, I don’t know how you’re feeling about winter . . . but these little Mitten Snowmen look pretty happy about it all. At least you can make this “Winter Welcome” sign while warm and toasty inside. Designer Paula Bales made this sign with a wood plaque, but if you’re a fan of pallet wood or barn wood, feel free to substitute. Or, you could skip the plaque all together and make a few pairs of Mitten Snowmen to hang on your Christmas tree.
To make a Winter Welcome Sign, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Four, 2-1/2” balls
- Wood plaque, approximately 6” x 15” (or use barn wood or pallet wood)
- Acrylic craft paints: Green, red, white
- Black beads, 3/16″, eight (eyes)
- Red beads or artificial berries, 1/4″, four (noses)
- Permanent markers: Opaque white, 5mm; fine line black
- Child size mittens, two pairs
- Fiberfil stuffing, small amount
- Plaid flannel fabric, 6″ x 12″
- Buttons, ½”, eight in coordinating colors
- Snowflake sequins, 22 or so
- White transfer paper
- White, plastic-coated craft wire, 18-gauge, 12″ length
- Low-temp glue gun or thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; wood skewer; paintbrushes: medium flat; stiff bristle round; disposable palette; wire cutters; utility knife; optional: sandpaper
To make a Winter Welcome Sign:
1. If needed, lightly sand the wood plaque, and wipe clean. Paint green; let dry.
2. Insert skewers into foam balls and use as a handle. Paint balls white. Let dry.
3. Glue eyes and a nose onto each snowman head. Use black black marker to draw mouths and eyebrows. Using a stiff brush, dry brush a very small amount of red paint onto cheeks (you could also use your own powdered blush for this).
4. Lightly stuff each mitten with fiberfil. Glue snowman heads into the cuffs of each mitten. Be sure to reverse the thumb direction for each pair. Glue buttons onto mittens.
5. Cut four, 1-1/2″ x 12″ flannel strips for scarves; tie around snowmen.
6. Use a pencil and white transfer paper to transfer the lettering pattern onto the sign. Trace the letters with a white marker. Outline letters with black marker.
7. Insert wire ends through holes in sign; twist to secure. Glue snowmen to sign. Glue snowflake sequins onto snowmen and sign.
How has your weather been this week? Are you slipping and sliding on ice? Suffering through sub-zero temperatures? Or, did you escape this week like my brother did, and you’re basking on the beach somewhere?
P.S. Today is the last day to enter the craft magazine giveaway.