How to make Sparkling, Vintage Snowmen felted with natural fiberfill

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.

Such sweet snowmen! Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices. CraftsnCoffee.com.

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
Felting for beginners: Rebekah Meier made these cuties with bamboo fiberfill and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felted, Vintage Snowmen by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Vintage, Felted Snowman:

Cute ways to embellish a vintage snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com

Look at these sweet faces and fun hats. How would you top your snowman’s head?

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.

Sparkly, vintage, and so sweet! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Sneak peek of Paper Clay Snowman tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Sneak peek!

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!

And, please remember to enter the giveaway for a Solar System Kit.

I hope you’re having a good week. See you tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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10 Responses to How to make Sparkling, Vintage Snowmen felted with natural fiberfill

  1. Patty S says:

    They are really really REALLY cute!

  2. Birgit says:

    What a cute trio! :)

    PS: I really don’t like that can’t leave a few comments in a row. That SLOW DOWN is annoying…

    • Sharon says:

      Hmm, I’m not sure what the “slow down” is? Is it a setting I can tweak? If you can provide a little more info, maybe I can look into this. Thanks! Sharon

      • Birgit says:

        Whenever a reader posts a couple of comments to different blog posts in a short time (within a minute or two), he or she gets a notification — “Slow down. You are posting too quickly.” Then you are forced to wait for a while before you can actually send through the comment. It’s a system to prevent spammers. People like me who comment on some blog posts at the same time and who are quick at typing get the spam treatment, too. Hah! ;) I guess you can’t do anything against it, Sharon, but thanks for asking!

        No fear — I will keep on commenting anyway. :)

        Hugs,
        Birgit

      • Sharon says:

        Thanks so much for the info, and always for your sweet comments! I so appreciate them. It sounds like there’s really nothing I can do to speed this up, eh? It appears to be an issue with the reader, I guess it needs time to “think.” Happy crafting to you, Birgit! Sharon

  3. ColleenB. - Texas says:

    these are Adorable. Who doesn’t like to make snowmen? They are so much fun to make and can give them their own little personalities in the process. Can’t wait to see the rest of today’s ‘sneak peak’ tomorrow.
    In the meantime, enjoy your day and have a wonderful weekend.

    • Sharon says:

      You are so right — who doesn’t like a snowman? And so many ways to make them, especially when you don’t have snow outside :-). Thank you, Colleen. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Those are great. I’ll have to see if the fabric store has that type. Love these.
    I will have to add these to my must try list.

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