You’re familiar with Pineapple Ornaments or Paper Pine Cone Ornaments, also known as Prairie Point Ornaments, right? Maybe you’ve even made one or two? Debi Schmitz started with a paper, Pineapple Ornament and embellished it to create the DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament she’s sharing with us today. Yes, this ornament involves lots of paper folding (or use fabric, if you prefer), but it will keep your hands busy while watching your favorite Christmas specials over Thanksgiving weekend.
Prairie Point Snowman Ornament by Debi Schmitz.
To make a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 4” and 2-1/2” Balls
- Scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”, two sheets in white (Debi used glitter paper)
- Wood dowel, 3” x 1/8” dia.
- Fabric, ¼ yd. (for hat and collar)
- Pom pom, 1” in white
- Textured snow paint (Debi used Snow-Tex from DecoArt)
- Nylon monofilament, such as fishing line
- Snowflake buttons or sequins, four
- Buttons, two ¼” in black
- Beads, five 5mm with flat backs in black
- Craft foamie, scrap of orange
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; paintbrush; needle & thread; straight pins, 7/8”; optional: cutting mat, acrylic ruler and rotary cutter
To make a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament:
1. Insert and glue a 3” dowel halfway into the bottom of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Brush on textured snow paint and let dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the ball upright while the paint dries.)
2. Cut one sheet of the scrapbook paper into 1” x 2” strips. On each strip, mark the center along the 2” side with a pencil. Fold in the end of each strip to the center, forming a point. Burnish the folds with a burnisher, ruler or other tool. (Watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes if you’d like to see a demonstration on folding the points.)
How to make paper prairie points.
3. Pin four points on the bottom center of the 4” ball, with the points meeting in the middle. Place a pin on each side and the point. Add another row, offsetting the points with the first row, and overlapping the row slightly. Pin the sides in place, but do not pin the points.
4. Continue to add rows, keeping them as even as possible, and overlapping the row below it by about 3/8”. Make more prairie points as needed. At the top of the ball, leave the center 1” – 1-1/2” uncovered.
Here’s what the bottom of the ball will look like as you add more rows.
5. Make the collar:
- Stitch a basting stitch around the outside edge of an 8” fabric circle.
- Pull the thread tight, gathering the fabric to make a yo-yo. Tie off the thread.
- With the scissors, make a small hole in the center of the yo-yo.
- Spread glue on bare spot on top of snowman’s body.
- Center yo-yo on glue.
6. Spread glue on wood dowel at the bottom of the snowman’s head. Insert the dowel through the yo-yo and into the snowman’s body. Let glue dry.
7. Make the hat: Repeat Step 6 with a 6” fabric circle. Glue the hat on an angle to the snowman’s head. Glue the pom pom on the hat.
8. Snowman’s face: Glue on ¼” buttons for eyes and half-round beads for mouth. Cut a small nose from the orange foamie and glue in place.
Dress him up!
9. Make the paper bow:
- Fold in half a ½” x 6” strip of white glitter paper and glue under the chin, with the tails pointing down.
- Overlap ends of a ½” x 5” strip of paper, forming a loop.
- Glue a ½” x 1” piece of paper around the center of the loop to create a bow.
- Glue bow over the paper ribbon tails.
10. Glue a snowflake button or sequin to the hat, and three to the bow.
11. Knot together the ends of a 12” length of monofilament. At the center top of the snowman’s head, poke a tiny hole through the hat and into the head. Push a straight pin through the knot and insert and glue knot the knot in the head. Let dry.
If you prefer, substitute fabric strips for the paper.
If your Netflix queue is long, I have more ideas to keep you busy! Debi recently shared her Prairie Point Santa with us.
Add a hanger and he’s an ornament!
These are classic Paper Pine Cone Ornaments, though the colors are fresh and updated.
Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament
Don’t forget that if you’d like a little more instruction for folding the paper points, watch our video 5 Ornaments in 5 minutes. You might find a few more ornaments you’d like to DIY, too.
Do you have a Christmas special that you love to watch and cannot miss each year?
I wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving as you gather with family and friends! I’ll see you on Friday with a fun Christmas craft for the kiddos!