After last winter, I am so done with snow, at least for a while. But, I adore this Mixed Media Snowman Collage by uber talented collage artist Rebekah Meier. Rebekah created a scene within a scene, crafting a tree shaped frame first, and then snuggling a sweet little snowman inside the collaged frame. And then it’s sprinkled with snowflakes and wrapped in ribbons and twine. I can’t image a better way to spend a hot summer day than building this Mixed Media Snowman Collage!
To make a Mixed Media Snowman Collage, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- One 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
- Balls, one each 1”, 2” and 2-1/2”
- Decorative sheet music, 8-1/2” x 11”, three
- Mat board, 8-1/2” x 11”
- Ribbons, ¼” wide, in measuring tape and alphabet patterns
- Assorted hemp in various thicknesses
- Silver snowflake ornament
- Snowflake buttons, six
- Ball head pins in white
- Coated stem wire
- Tinsel chenille stem
- Felt: Scraps of black and cream
- Wool roving, tiny amount
- Acrylic craft paint in cream and orange
- Cosmetic blush
- Thick, white craft glue
- Optional: Spray glitter
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife or Xacto knife; foam paintbrush; toothpicks
To make a Mixed Media Snowman Collage:
- Refer to the snowman collage diagram, and using the ruler and a sharp pencil, draw the tree shape onto the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Cut out the tree shape with a serrated knife or craft knife. (Note: The diagram is not to size.)
- Cover the tree with sheet music: Cut two pieces of sheet music into pieces, and overlap the pieces as you cover the tree, creating a collage. Save the third piece of sheet music for Step 6.
- Decorate the tree:
- Lightly dab the cream paint along the edges of the tree.
- Wrap the twine and ribbon around the tree, referring to the photo for placement.
- Glue on the snowflake buttons.
- Trace the tree onto the back of a sheet of sheet music and the mat board. Cut out and glue the sheet music to the back of the tree first, with the pattern face up. Cut out the mat board and glue it to the back of the tree. If needed, trim away any excess paper or mat board.
- Place the foam balls on a flat surface, and flatten them with the palm of your hand. The balls should still be slightly round in front.
- Assemble your snowman:
- Attach the balls together using glue and toothpicks.
- Paint the snowman cream and let dry.
- Eyes & Mouth: Dip the pencil point in black paint and dab on eyes and mouth.
- Nose: Paint ½” of a toothpick orange and let dry. Trim off the unpainted end and insert the “carrot” into the face.
- Buttons: Insert ball head pins.
- Arms: Twist floral stem into arms, and insert into snowman.
- Hat: Cut hat from black felt and glue to head.
- Scarf: Cut scarf from cream felt and tie around the snowman’s neck.
- Using toothpicks and glue, pick and glue the snowman in the tree. Pin small pieces of wool roving around the snowman. Shape tinsel stem into a wreath and slip on an arm.
- Glue silver snowflake to the base of the tree.
- Optional: Spray tree with glitter.
I know that many of you are big fans of Rebekah, too, so I thought I’d revisit a few other snowmen that Rebekah has made for Crafts ‘n Coffee. Here’s Rebekah’s Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman.
Take a peek at Rebekah’s Sparkling Snowman Vignette and you’ll instantly feel a few degrees cooler.
For a different technique, try making Rebekah’s Pastel Paper Clay Snowman.
Are you feeling cooler now? Do you have a favorite snowman of Rebekah’s? (By the way, Rebekah just launched a beautiful new web site for her collage work — stop in and be inspired!)
Merry Christmas crafting.