Hollywood comes to Crafts ‘n Coffee today. Have you seen the movie Frozen? Even if you haven’t, you’ve probably seen the goofy and loveable snowman, Olaf. As I watched the movie, you know I was thinking “we could make him out of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam”. I also knew who could make the perfect Olaf – Kathleen George. Perhaps you remember her Minions and Monster Mike? She’s amazing! So, thank you, Kathleen, for sharing with us a tutorial to make our very own Olaf the Snowman from Frozen.
To make Olaf the Snowman from Frozen, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls: One each 4” & 3”; three 1”; and two 1-1/2”
- Eggs: One each 4” & 2-1/2” eggs
- Disc: One 6” x 1”
- Bark wrapped floral wire
- Brown floral tape
- Pearl white beads, two 14mm (eyes)
- Cardstock, small scrap of black
- Acrylic craft paint in blue & black
- Orange clay (this could be air-dry clay, or oven-baked clay)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Optional: Slick fabric paint in black
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; Xacto® knife; teaspoon with a pointed tip; paintbrushes: a small, stiff brush, and tiny, soft brush
To make Olaf the Snowman from Frozen:
Build the body
1. Using the serrated kitchen knife, cut a small slice from the tops and bottoms of the 4” and 3” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Roll the cut edges on the work surface to smooth and round the edges so your balls look like big marshmallows.
2. Insert two toothpicks between the two balls, and glue them together.
3. Cut a small slice from the narrow end of the 4” egg. Cut a ¾” – 1” slice from the wide end of the 4” egg. Smooth the cut edges by rolling on the work surface, just like in Step 1. The narrow end will be the neck, and the wider end will be the top of the head.
4. Cut a 1-¼” slice from the wide end of the 2-½” egg. This slice is the “cap” for the top of Olaf’s head. Twist together the cap and the wide end of the 4” egg till the two pieces fit together snugly with no gaps. Glue the two pieces together.
Create the face
1. Lightly outline a wide smile on the front of the 4” egg using a sharp pencil.
2. Slice in half a 1” ball to make two cheeks. Using your fingertips, smooth the half balls to conform to the shape of the head, and gently squeeze them into a C shape to sit at the corners of the mouth. Glue the cheeks onto the face.
3. Using a very sharp Xacto knife, cut out the outline of Olaf’s smile. Along the bottom of the mouth, cut on an upward angle. At each corner, slightly extend the mouth into the cheeks.
4. Bit by bit, remove the inside of the mouth using the Xacto knife and a sharp edged teaspoon.
5. Once the mouth is carved out, smooth the inside surface by rubbing with the bowl of the spoon.
6. With the point of the Xacto knife, carefully carve out two holes for the eye. Position the eyes where the cap is attached to the head. If needed, push in the pencil eraser to make the holes deep enough to hold the 14mm beads. Don’t glue the eyes in place yet!
7. Insert a toothpick or two between the head and the body, and glue the head onto the body.
Finish the body
1. Legs: Cut a small slice from the tops and bottoms of the two, 2-½” balls. Roll the cut edges on your work surface to smooth them out.
2. Glue the legs to the center of the 6” x 1” disk. Position Olaf on the legs so he’s balanced and can stand. Press down firmly on the legs to make a small indentation so you can match them up again. Glue body onto the legs, and hold the snowman in place while glue sets. Optional: Cut a toothpick in half, and insert a half toothpick between each leg and the body.
3. Slice the remaining 1” balls in half. Using your fingertips, gently squish and shape three of the half balls into uneven chunks of “coal” to use for buttons.
4. Cut a front tooth out of the remaining half ball. Set the tooth aside.
Add the details
1. Paint the inside of the mouth blue. Be careful around the front edge, and leave about ¼”- 3/16” of white space.
2. Paint the inside of the eye holes blue.
3. Paint the “coal” buttons black.
4. Shape a carrot nose from the clay. If using oven-bake clay, bake in a toaster oven following the manufacturer’s directions.
5. Cut two, 4-½” lengths of bark covered floral wire for the arms. Shape a small length into a tiny V for the branch “fingers”, and tape the V onto the arms using brown floral tape.
6. Push the arms into Olaf’s sides. Use a dot of white craft glue to secure.
7. Cut two small pieces of bark-covered wire for the top of the head. Add a wire branch or two using brown floral tape. Insert into the head, and secure with white glue.
8. When the paint is dry, glue the eyes and tooth pin place.
9. Add a tiny dot of black paint onto the bead eyes. (Optional: Use slick black fabric paint if you want the eyes to have a realistic shine.)
10. Glue the nose in place.
11. Cut out two tiny curved eyebrows from black cardstock. Glue in place with white craft glue.
Did you see the movie Frozen? Did you like it? (Or, did you feel like you were living on the set of Frozen this week?)