Today’s Tinsel Tuesday tutorial (how’s that for alliteration?) is a special, DIY gift idea – a Snowman Candle Pedestal. In a clever “hat trick”, a 3” pedestal candle finishes off his top hat. Like Frosty, the top hat really brings him to life and adds personality. For even more personality, tie on a fleece scarf in bright colors or patterns, and then paint the Snowman Candle Pedestal to match. If it’s hot where you are right now, this is the time to build a Snowman Candle Pedestal!
To make a Snowman Candle Pedestal, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 5” Ball
- 1” x 12” x 10 Block, or other size sheet that’s 1” thick
- Acrylic craft paint: Off-white, cream, light cream, dark burgundy, orange
- Air-dry modeling clay*
- Felt or fleece, 4” x 24” in blue or other color of your choice
- Candle, 3″ x 3″
- Weights, these can be fishing line weights, BBs, or other weighted items
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; compass; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; small carpenter’s level; wax paper; paintbrushes: medium flat and small round; fine-grit sandpaper; paper towel; optional: clay tools
To make a Snowman Candle Pedestal:
1. Build the snowman:
- Using the compass, draw one 4-1/2” and two 4” circles on the 1” foam sheet.
- Wax your serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and then cut out the three discs.
- Using a scrap of foam, sand and round the edges on the 4-1/2” disc and one of the 4” discs.
- Cut a 1-1/2” hole in the center of the remaining 4” disc, creating a donut shape.
- Cut a 1/2″-thick slice from top and bottom of foam ball. Be sure the cuts are parallel to each other.
2. Assemble the snowman:
- Glue the donut disc to the center of the 4-1/2″ disc; let dry.
- Tightly pack the hole with your weights.
- Center and glue the bottom of the foam ball onto the base, covering the hole. Use the level to see if it’s even, and adjust if needed.
- Glue remaining 4” disc to the head.
- Let dry 24 hours.
3. Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition the modeling compound. Cover the snowman with modeling compound, working with a small amount each time. Use your fingers to spread the clay as you cover the snowman. Repeat, till the snowman is covered with a thin, even layer of modeling compound. Smooth the surface with wet fingertips. Optional: use clay tools to help smooth out the clay.
4. Gently mold a 1″ ball into 2″ cone-shaped nose. Flatten base against your work surface. Moisten the base with water and press onto the face. Smooth the edges where the nose attaches to the face.
5. Roll two 1/2″ balls (eyes) and six 3/8″ balls (mouth) of modeling compound. Flatten balls to make 1/4″-thick discs, and smooth the edges with wet fingertips as needed. Brush water onto the back of the discs and press to head, flattening to 3/16″ thickness. Smooth edges with small paintbrush and water. Let dry completely.
6. Sand any rough edges with fine-grit sandpaper. The surface doesn’t have to be completely smooth. Wipe away dust with a damp paper towel.
7. Paint the snowman:
- Head and neck: off-white
- Nose, hat brim, and base: dark burgundy
- Eyes and mouth: dark brown.
- Let paint dry.
- Dry brush all surfaces with cream paint. Let dry.
- Mix equal parts light cream and water, and paint over the head and neck.
- Mix equal parts orange and water, and paint over the hat brim, base, and nose.
8. Scarf: Along the long edges, fold over the fabric ½” and glue in place. Cut fringe into the short ends. Tie scarf around the snowman’s neck and spot glue, as needed, to secure.
9. Top off the snowman with a 3” pedestal candle, creating his top hat.
Are you working on Christmas gifts right now? I’d love to hear what you’re making — please share below. Thanks!
Happy Christmas crafting.