How to make adorable, needle-felted snowman ornaments

I can hear the collective “awww” when Crafts ‘n Coffee readers take a peek at these Needle Felted Snowman Ornaments. If you’re making handmade ornaments, be sure these DIY snowman ornaments are on your list. These keepsake cuties aren’t the easiest, but designer Candie Cooper McCoart’s snowman ornament tutorial carefully walks you through each step. They’re definitely worth the effort!

These needle-felted snowman ornaments are adorable! There's an easy-to-follow tutorial to make them on

To make a Needle Felted Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:

(for one ornament)

  • STYROFOAM™ brand foam: 2-½” ball
  • Wool roving: off white, pink, orange; and several other colors for the background, hat & scarf
  • Decorative fiber, small piece
  • Twine, 6”
  • Straight pins, 8 – 10
  • Seed beads, 7 in black
  • Permanent marker
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: scissors; multi-needle felting tool; 38-gauge felting needle*

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp. Please use carefully, watch your fingers, and keep them away from children and pets.

These are the sweetest snowman ornaments! Be sure to make extras!

You’ll need to make extras of these ornaments!


To make a Needle Felted Snowman Ornament:

Before we start, Candie provided a few tips:

  • The more you poke at the wool with a felting needle, the more the wool will felt and become dense.
  • If you’ve needle felted some wool and decide you don’t like it, simply tear it away and start again.

1. Place a small amount of wool roving in the background color on the top of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and attach it to the ball by repeatedly inserting the felting needle tool into the ball. Continue to felt until the piece is evenly attached to the ball.

2. Place the end of a piece of off-white wool roving onto the center of the ball, and start to needle felt the end onto the ball. Continue to felt the strip onto the ball, working the roving in a spiral. The finished circle should measure about 1-¾”.

Super-cute snowman ornament. Tutorial on

You’ll felt a portion of the background first, and then felt the face.

3. Tear off a tuft of roving for the scarf. Lay the tuft at the bottom of the white circle so it swoops down and up, then needle felt into place. Fold, tuck and shape the roving as you work to achieve the desired look. Repeat for the second scarf tail. Tear off another tuft of wool and make a ball shape—this will be the “knot” part of the scarf. Needle felt the ball shape over where the two scarf tails meet.

4. For the hat, tear off a tuft of wool, shape it into a flat gumdrop shape, and needle felt it at the top of the snowman’s head. Needle felt a hat brim where the hat and the face meet.

5. Tear off a tiny piece of pink roving and then tear that piece in half. Use the 38g. needle to needle felt cheeks onto the snowman’s face.

6. Novelty fiber can be needle felted across the brim of the hat and at the two ends of the scarf. Needle felt the tail of fiber into place and when you are finished, cut the fiber from the ball and felt the end in.

Super-sweet snowman ornaments to DIY (and give as gifts).

The carrot nose is dimensional.

6. Lay a small piece of orange roving on the needle felting mat and roll it up in a tight tube shape. Poke a lot at one end with the 38g. needle, creating a cone shape. This step takes patience as the piece is so small and it takes a bit of time to sculpt. Be careful too, because it’s easy to poke your fingers!

7. Place the nose in the middle of the two cheeks and use the 38g. needle to attach it to the ball, poking through the nose into the ball in all directions and angles.

8. Fill in any holes around the ball by felting in more wool roving in the background color.

9. Fold the piece of twine in half and tie in a knot. Put the pin through the bottom of the fold, add a drop of adhesive on the pin and push into the top of the ball.

These snowman ornaments have such sweet details. DIY them on

Add a dab of glue as you pin in the seed beads.

10. Eyes & mouth: Thread seed beads onto straight pins and add them to the face, creating the mouth and eyes. When you’re happy with the placement, remove the pin, and add a dot of glue to the end, and push into place. Color the heads on the pins black with the permanent marker.

I hope you’ll give these a whirl — they’re really keepsakes you’ll cherish for years to come. Now, for today’s snowman joke: What kind of cake does a snowman like? Do you know?

Happy crafting.

P.S. The answer to yesterday’s snowman joke is that snowmen (and snow ladies) like to dance at a  “snowball.”


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9 Responses to How to make adorable, needle-felted snowman ornaments

  1. Pingback: 21 DIY Styrofoam Ball Christmas Ornaments

  2. Reblogged this on On The Upcycle~ and commented:
    I am in the midst of crafting some top secret holiday gifts when I decided to take a break and log on to check out Word Press. I came across these really cute needle- felted snowman ornaments compliments of Sharon over at Crafts and Coffee. Be sure and check out her great blog. She is on an amazing crafting journey and shares many wonderful ideas. Tis the season!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much! So glad to hear that you were inspired enough to share these cuties with your readers. Of course, I can’t take all the credit — Candie Cooper was the creative genius behind these cuties. Sharon

  3. ColleenB. says:

    these are just adorable.
    I have never ever needle felting so I probably won’t be making these myself.

    • Sharon says:

      If you know anyone who does needle felt, be sure to share the project with them. Maybe they will make one for you! Thanks for stopping in today. Sharon

  4. Sar Tann says:

    I LOVE this!!! I’ve been wanting to try needle felting for the longest time. I’ve seen some incredible things done with it and this is so cute. I didn’t know you could use Styrofoam as a base. AWESOME!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Candie is so talented, and super-nice, too. You can absolutely needle felt on STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and you’ll find it’s faster and uses less wool roving, too. There are a few more needlefelting ideas on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Type “needlefelting” into the search box and you’ll see some other ideas. Have fun with this! Sharon

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