I’m wrapping up snowman week with a snowman all wrapped up in cotton cord. He’s designed by Kathleen George, who has created some of the most popular snowmen here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Kathleen’s snowman faces always have a ton of personality, which brings these frozen figures to life. (And speaking of Frozen, Kathleen is the mastermind behind the tutorial to DIY Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen.) Here’s how to make this cute, Cord-Wrapped Snowman. (And if you’re a fan of twine, I think that would look fabulous, too.)
To make a Cord-Wrapped Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: one each 3”, 4” and 5” balls
- White cotton cord, ¼” dia., approx. 25 yd.
- Doll-size top hat
- Felt: Cranberry and a scrap of rose
- 9mm black bead eyes, two
- Wooden dowel, 3/16” x 1″
- Acrylic paint in orange
- Pearl cotton thread in dark red
- Flat wood-tone buttons, four
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; ruler; straight pins; masking tape; utility knife or pencil sharpener; small, flat paintbrush; compass
To make a Cord-Wrapped Snowman:
1. Wax serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the 4″ and 5″ foam balls. Cut a small slice from the bottom of the 3″ ball. Glue balls together to build your snowman shape.
2. Wrap your snowman in cord:
- Start along the bottom of the 5” ball.
- Use the thick, white craft glue, and glue the cord in place as you wrap.
- If needed, use straight pins to help hold the cord in place while the glue dries.
3. Add the arms:
- One inch from one end, knot together six, 11” lengths of cord.
- Braid cords together, and tightly wrap the opposite end in masking tape.
- Using the point of the scissors, make a hole in each side of the middle ball for the arms. Refer to the photo for placement.
- Squeeze a dab of glue in each hole. Insert the taped ends into the holes.
5. Sharpen one end of the wooden dowel to a point with the utility knife or a pencil sharpener. Paint dowel orange and let dry.
6. Make the snowman’s face:
- Using photo as a guide, glue on black beads for the eyes.
- Center the blunt end of the nose under the eyes, and push into the foam head. If needed, add glue to secure.
- Cut two, 1/2″ – 3/4″ circles from rose felt for cheeks. Glue cheeks to face.
- Glue dark red pearl cotton onto the face between the cheeks, forming a smile.
7. Accessorize the snowman:
- Tie an 18″ x 2″ strip of cranberry felt around the neck.
- Glue buttons down center front of the middle ball.
- Glue top hat on an angle to the head.
- Optional: Glue one hand to hat brim as if he’s tipping his hat.
I’m sure you’ve admired Kathleen’s snowmen before. In fact, she designed the five favorite snowman crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. You’ll find links to the tutorials in this post.
Mixed Media Snowman (left)
Paper Cube Snowman (right)
How has your winter been? Are you building snowmen? Or is it too cold to go outside where you live? Maybe you’re on the beach and building sand castles instead?