Nesting snowmen? Could these be more adorable? The tiny snowman nestled in the base of the larger one reminds me of Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker Suite. Of course, this sparkling, Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair is by Rebekah Meier. She’s added her usual vintage details, like tinsel trim, golden accents, and lots of glitter. As usual, Rebekah’s step-by-step instructions are easy enough to follow, and make this DIY, snowman craft one that almost anyone can make.
To make a Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Egg: one 4”
- Balls: one each 1” and 2-1/2”; two 1-1/2”
- Disc: one 5”
- Air-dry paper clay, one block (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
- Acrylic craft paint: Deep red, parchment, black, burnt orange
- Cream blush
- Wool felt in cream
- Ribbon, 1” x 12” in gold
- Gold star
- Straight pins with small gold heads
- Cardstock in white
- Fine diamond glitter
- Acrylic sealer
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; Xacto® knife; teaspoon; marker or sharp pencil; acrylic roller; fine sandpaper; round toothpicks; flat and liner paintbrushes; paper towels; button thread and needle
To make a Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair:
- Prepare the 4” egg:
- Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or an old candle.
- Cut a thin slice from the wide end of the egg, so that it has a flat base.
- Draw an arch on the front of the egg with a marker or sharp pencil.
- Cut along the outline with the Xacto knife, and gently scoop out the opening with a teaspoon. You want to carve out a niche large enough to fit a 2-1/2” tall snowman.
- Using the back of the teaspoon and your fingers, smooth and compress the foam.
- Build the large snowman:
- Insert toothpicks and glue between the 1-1/2” and one 2-1/2” balls.
- Pick and glue the pair of balls to the top of the 4” egg.
- Build the small snowman:
- Pick and glue together the 1” and remaining 1-1/2” ball.
- Trim about ¼” from the back of the snowman using the Xacto knife.
- Test fit the little snowman into the opening in the egg to be sure he fits. If needed, carefully compress the snowman, or make the opening slightly larger, so that he fits.
- Cover the snowmen with paper clay:
- Roll and flatten the paper clay with the acrylic roller.
- Wrap the thin sheets of clay around the two snowmen, completely covering each figure.
- Piece clay together as needed.
- Smooth the seams with wet fingertips.
- Roll two, 2” lengths of clay into log shapes to form arms.
- Taper one end of each arm into a slight point.
- Place arms on snowman, with tapered ends pointing forward.
- Press and bend the arms in place, and smooth out the seams with wet fingertips.
- Note: The small snowman does not have arms.
- Nose: Roll a small pea size amount of clay and attach to the face of the large snowman for a nose.
- When the clay is dry, sand the snowmen with fine sandpaper and wipe away the dust with a damp paper towel.
- Paint both snowmen with parchment using a flat paintbrush. Let dry.
- Large snowman face:
- Paint the nose dark red.
- Lightly blush cheeks with cream blush.
- Add black dots for mouth and eyes.
- Highlight each eye with tiny dot of parchment.
- Small snowman:
- Lightly blush cheeks with cream blush.
- Paint ½” of round toothpick burnt orange and let dry. Insert into face for nose.
- Add black dots for eyes and mouth.
- Add deep red dots for buttons.
- Tie a thin strip of wool felt around neck.
- Snowman hat:
- Roll a 1” x 12” strip of wool felt into a cylinder and secure with glue.
- Trace and cut a quarter size circle from felt.
- Glue circle to the bottom of the cylinder.
- Trace and cut a small circle to fit the top of the cylinder and glue in place.
- Glue a 1/8” felt strip around the hat brim for decoration.
- Glue hat to the snowman’s head.
- Neck ruffle: Gather gold ribbon with needle and thread, pull gathers tight, and knot thread. Arrange the ruffled ribbon around the snowman’s neck and glue in place.
- Glue tinsel around the snowman’s waist and around the arched opening. If tinsel is too wide, trim away extra.
- Insert three gold straight pins for buttons.
- Glue a gold star to the stop of the arch.
- Glue the small snowman into the opening.
- Prepare the disc base:
- Brush Mod Podge onto top and sides of disc and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess glitter and let dry.
- Trace around disc on cardstock, and cut out circle with deco edge scissors.
- Glue cardstock circle to the bottom of the disc.
- Center snowman on top of disc, and secure with toothpicks and glue.
- Spray snowman with an acrylic sealer. While still wet, generously sprinkle with fine, diamond glitter.
If you’re a fan of Rebekah’s snowmen, then you don’t want to miss the others she’s shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers. Like this pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.
Last year, Rebekah shared her Mixed Media Snowman Collage.
Her Sweet Felted Snowmen are one of my favorites!
I like finishing off a long and busy week with such an inspiring and beautiful project. The Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair is like a grand finale, and I’m inspired to carve out a little creative time this weekend. Do you have craft plans for the weekend?