Brrrr . . . it’s in the single digits here, and schools are closed due to the cold and the snow. It’s too cold outside, so we’ll stay inside and make a snowman. Just like people, the four Snowman Crafts I’m sharing today come in all shapes & sizes. To create the Scrunchy Snowmen, Kathleen George started with cones of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. These cuties aren’t the traditional ball shape, but they sure looks cozy in their over-sized fleece “skin”, stocking caps and scarves. Follow along to make your own Scrunchy Snowmen.
To make a pair of Scrunchy Snowmen, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: two 9” cones; one each 2-1/2” and 3” balls
- Toothpicks, two
- Brushed felt or lightweight fleece: ½ yd. in white; 1/3 yd. each light blue and green
- Fiberfill stuffing, small amount
- White thread
- Pompoms: one each 3/8” & ½” in white; two each 3/16” & ¼” in black
- Blush (for cheeks)
- Thick white craft glue
- Tools needed: Serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; Xacto® knife (optional); straight pins; pencil; ruler; small brush; sewing machine OR needle & thread
To make a pair of Scrunchy Snowmen:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap for smoother cutting. Cut 2” from the base (wide end) of one 9” cone.
2. Place a dab of glue onto one end of each toothpick and insert halfway into the foam balls. Glue and pick the 2-1/2” ball onto the shorter cone, and the 3” ball onto the 9” cone. Let dry.
3. Cut four triangles from white felt or fleece as follows (note that the tops of the triangles do not form a point; you need to have a wide top to fit around the tops of the foam cones):
- Two triangles 16” wide at base, 2” wide at the top, and 17” tall
- Two triangles 18” wide at base, 3” wide at the top, and 18” tall
- Round off the point at the top, so the top is curved.
4. Cut out arms from white fleece as follows:
- Cut four arms measuring 1-1/2” wide and 5-1/2” long.
- Cut four arms measuring 1-1/2” wide and 4-1/2” long.
- Round off one end on each arm, forming a curve.
5. With right sides together, sew together the following:
- Two, 18” tall triangles using a 3/8” seam; leave the bottom edge open.
- Two, 17” tall triangles using a 3/8” seam; leave the bottom edge open.
- Four pairs of arms using 1/8” seams; do not stich through the ends.
- Clip all curved edges and turn all parts right side out.
- Lightly fill the arms with a small amount of Fiberfill.
6. Dress the cones in the fleece bodies; the heads will fit more snuggly than the lower half of the body. Glue and pin the bottom edge of fabric onto the bottom of the cones. Arrange the excess fabric to form gentle folds.
7. Using the tip of the serrated knife or the point of an Exacto blade, cut horizontal 1” slits into the sides of the snowmen about ½” down from the neck line. Squeeze a small amount of glue into this opening, and using the point of the knife, insert the arms into the cone. Optional: Glue tops of arms to the body. Pin in place till glue dries.
8. The hats are made from a slightly altered triangle shape; the base of each triangle is rectangular, which helps the hats fit on the heads.
- To make the large hat, draw a horizontal line 10-1/2” long. At each end, draw a 3-1/2” tall vertical line. From the end of this line, draw a triangle, reaching 12” up from the base.
- For the small hat, draw a horizontal line that’s 7-1/2” long; At each end, draw a 3-1/2” vertical line. From the end of this line, draw a triangle that measures 10” tall from the base.
- With right sides together, sew the hat pieces together using a 3/8” seam.
- Clip the seams and turn the hats inside out.
- Turn up the bottom edges of the hats to form a cuff.
- Glue the hats to the snowmen heads.
9. Glue on pompom noses and eyes. Dry brush a small amount of blush onto the cheeks.
10. Cut out fleece scarves: 22” x 1-¾” for the large snowman and 15” x 1-¼” for the smaller snowman. Clip the ends of the scarf to make fringe. Tie the scarves around the snowmen right under the noses.
Here are three more Snowman Crafts that aren’t completely round. Each photo links to the tutorial on StyrofoamCrafts.com.
How’s the weather where you are today?
Stay warm & happy crafting!