It’s a week of snowman crafts. Today, award-winning designer Rebekah Meier is sharing her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman. Rebekah designs beautiful mixed media art, and just this week at the CHA Show, she won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. Congratulations, Rebekah! I’m honored that Rebekah also designs with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Here’s her tutorial to DIY a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman.
To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls: 3-1/2″ and 1″
- Block: 18″ x 4″ x 4″
- Cone: 3″ x 2”
- Wool roving fiber: natural; orange
- Pink decorative paper, 12″ x 12″
- Cream card stock
- Vintage snowman image (search online for a free image)
- Cream lace trim, 1″ x 18″
- Cream organza ribbon, 1-1/2″ x 1 yd.
- Mother-of-pearl buttons, two small
- Chenille stem in silver
- Ultra-fine pink iridescent glitter
- White iridescent glitter glue
- Corsage pins with black heads, seven
- Cosmetic blush
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
- Foam mounting tape, squares, or dots
- Tools needed: Scissors; deco-edge scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round paintbrush; round wooden toothpicks; felting needle*; sewing needle & cream button thread
* Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project.
To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman:
1. Measure and mark a 4” square on the foam sheet. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin, and then cut a 4” cube from the foam sheet.
2. From the pink paper, cut two, 4-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ strips and one 3-3/4″ square. Overlap and glue together the two short ends of the 4-1/2″-wide strips, creating a 4-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ strip. Score and fold ½” from the top edge of the strip, making a sharp crease along the length of the strip.
3. Wrap the paper strip around the cube, with the ½” fold at the top. Position the strip so that the ends overlap at the back. Pinch the paper at the corners, and then remove the paper strip and fold crisply at each corner.
4. Glue the strip around the cube. Clip the corners at the top, and fold the ½” tabs down and glue in place. Glue the paper square to the top. Wrap and glue the lace trim around the cube.
5. Cut out a snowman image. Using deco edge scissors, cut out a cream mat, slightly larger than the snowman image. Decorate with buttons and glitter glue. Let dry, and then adhere to the front of the cube with foam tape.
6. Place a small amount of wool roving on the 3-1/2” ball and felt in place, inserting the needle numerous times through the fibers and into the foam ball. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until the ball is completely covered.
7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into the bottom of the ball. Apply glue to the exposed ends and insert into the top of paper-covered cube; let dry.
8. Sew gathering stitch along one long edge of the organza ribbon; pull thread and gather tightly to create a ruffle. Wrap ribbon around the snowman’s neck and tie off threads.
9. Blush the snowman’s cheeks and insert pins for eyes and a mouth. For nose, wrap and glue small amount of orange wool fiber around the tip of a toothpick, forming a carrot. Insert and glue the nose into the face.
10. Insert toothpicks into the foam cone and 1” ball and use as handles. Paint the shapes with white glue, and sprinkle with pink glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let glue dry. Pick and glue the ball onto the tip of the cone.
11. Pick and glue the hat onto the snowman. Glue a silver chenille stem around the edge of hat.
Here’s another mixed media project Rebekah’s shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers – her trio of Sparkling, Vintage Snowmen.
Rebekah also designed the Sparkling Snowman in this vignette.
For a different medium, you might try her Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.
I hope you’ll swing by Rebekah’s blog and congratulate her on her award. While you’re over there, take a peek at her beautiful mixed media art. I love that her new Fabric Elements line will make it easy for anyyone to create a mixed media masterpiece.
Here are the cheery snowmen I’m featuring this week, and the cutie in the middle is up tomorrow.
See you then!