I love these sweet, Felted Snowmen by Rebekah Meier. For one, Rebekah’s snowmen are always adorable. And two, she felted these with a natural fiberfill instead of wool roving. (If you’ve always wanted to try needle felting but you’re a little intimidated, I think this is a great way to experiment.) Three, you can dress up these sweeties however you like – jingle bells, buttons, beads, ribbons, what have you. And the final reason I love these sparkling Vintage Snowmen is that they’re just irresistible.
To make a Vintage, Felted Snowman, you’ll need:
(Materials are for one snowman)
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 1-1/2” and 2” OR 2-1/2” balls (In the photo above, the middle snowman uses a 2-1/2″ ball, and the other two snowmen use a 2″ ball. It’s up to you and your glassware which one you use.)
- Bamboo fiberfill (Rebekah used Fairfield Bamboo Fiber)
- Glitter in crystal and silver
- Round toothpicks
- Acrylic craft paint in orange
- Peppercorns (eyes and mouth)
- Embellishments: 1” jingle bell, buttons, vintage jewelry, lace scraps, white ball head pins, silver beads, small plastic snowflake, Christmas greenery
- Glassware: Candle votive, candleholder, or a small vase (Rebekah used light pink glassware — isn’t it pretty?)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle; small paintbrush; hairspray; newspaper or box
To make a Vintage, Felted Snowman:
1. Make the body of the snowman by inserting a toothpick between the 1-1/2” and 2″ or 2-1/2” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and gluing the balls together.
2. Place a small amount of stuffing on the snowman. Felt the stuffing onto the ball, inserting the felting needle through the stuffing and into the ball over and over again until the stuffing is attached to the body. Repeat, till body is covered with stuffing.
3. Glue on peppercorns for the snowman’s eyes and mouth.
4. Paint orange the tip of a toothpick and let dry. Cut off the tip and insert into the face for the nose.
5. Spray the snowman with hairspray. While still wet, hold over newspaper or a spare box, and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry and shake off excess.
6. Add buttons to the front of the snowman. (Rebekah used silver beads, pearl buttons and pearl head pins for her buttons).
7. Make the hat:
- Jingle bell hat: Glue a jingle bell to a small, plastic snowflake and let dry. Paint with a thin layer of glue. Sprinkle on glitter, shake off excess and let dry. Glue to head.
- Button hat: Glue together buttons in graduated sizes. Paint with a thin layer of glue. Sprinkle on glitter, shake off excess and let dry. Glue to head.
- Jewelry hat: Glue piece of jewelry to top of snowman (earring or brooch). Paint with a thin layer of glue, sprinkle on glitter, shake off excess and let dry.
8. Tie vintage lace around the neck for a scarf.
9. Add a sprig of greenery to the hats or around the neck (optional).
10. Display the snowman in a candle votive, on a candleholder, or in a small vase.
I’ll have one more Snowman for your collection tomorrow, when Rebekah shows us how to make a snowman using paper clay. Don’t miss it!
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I hope you’re having a good week. See you tomorrow.