Here’s how to DIY a bright & JOYful Snowman

Every time Debra Quartermain pulls out her fleece, felt, and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, you know you’re in for a treat. Debra’s Sweet Sock Snowman started off the Summertime Snowman Series, and today she shares her JOYful Snowman. If his whimsical face and bright colors don’t bring you JOY, nothing will. Debra shares a time-saving technique, too – what looks like whip stitch embroidery is really dimensional fabric paint. Phew! This is easier than I thought!

Cute as can be felt & fleece snowman! DIY on

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

Maybe you remember this snowman’s cheerful face from the Summertime Snowman Series announcement.

Summertime Snowman Series on! Cute!

To make a JOYful Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” and 2” balls, one each
    • 3” cubes, three (or, a 1” thick sheet, cut into three, 9” x 3” strips).
  • Fleece fabric in white and lime green
  • Cotton fabric in red & white check, 3″ x 22″
  • Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets: two white and one lime green; scrap of red
  • Foam sheet (or foamie), small scrap in lime green
  • Cording, 2 yds in red
  • Fiber or yarn, ½ yrd in red
  • Dimensional fabric paint in white
  • Pompom, 2” in white
  • Brads: two, 8mm in black; hearts, three in red
  • Embroidery floss in red
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line permanent marker in red; pencil; ruler; embroidery needle

To make a JOYful Snowman:

1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut the 2″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in half. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of the 3″ foam ball. Carefully clean the work surface so that the stray crumbs do not stick to the fleece fabric.

2. Cut out the felt and fleece pieces:

From the lime green fleece cut:

  • 4″ x 9″ strip (hat)
  • Two 4″ circles (mittens)

From the white fleece, cut:

  • One, 8” circle

From the white felt, cut:

  • Four, 3” x 9” white felt strips
  • Two, 3” squares

From the lime green felt, cut:

  • Letter O
  • 1” square

From the red felt, cut:

  • Letters J and Y
  • Tiny oval (nose)

From the lime green foam sheet, cut:

  • Small star
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Cut the letter J and the small star from felt.

3. Build the foam base:

  • Use glue gun to glue the 3” cubes together. (If using 3″ x 9″ strips, stack and glue them together to form a 9″ x 3″ x 3″ block.)
  • Cover the sides with the 9” x 3” white felt strips.
  • Glue the 3” felt squares on the ends.
  • Glue red cording between the blocks and around the ends.
  • Glue felt letters JOY to the blocks.
  • Make tiny stitching lines on each letter with white dimensional paint.
  • Let dry.
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The “package” is a felt square wrapped in fibers or yarn.

4. Add details:

  • Wrap the 1” lime green felt square with red fiber or yarn to look like a package; tie a bow in front.
  • Glue package near the base of the Y.
  • Outline the felt star with the red marker. Glue to the J.
  • Glue and insert heart brad into “O.”

5. Make the snowman’s head:

  • Place 3″ foam ball, round side down, in center of 8”, white fleece circle.
  • Wrap fleece around the ball and glue fleece to the flat side; trim excess fleece as needed.
  • Using the tip of the scissors, make two small holes for the eyes, and glue the black brads in holes.
  • Glue red felt nose to face.
  • Apply blush to cheeks using fingertips.
Cutest JOYful Snowman, made with felt, fleece & Styrofoam. DIY on

The bright, lime green is super cheerful, but he would look cute dressed in any color of your choosing.

6. Thread needle with three strands of floss; knot ends. Insert needle through back of head to center front, below eyes. Stitch a small smile and then take needle back through head. Glue head to top of the blocks.

7. Make the hat:

  • Glue short edges of hat strip together; let dry.
  • Sew a gathering stitch around one end of hat and pull stitches tight; knot ends.
  • Turn hat right side out.
  • Turn up brim, making a 1-1/2″ cuff and place hat on snowman’s head.
  • Glue pompom to tip.
  • Use white dimensional paint to make tiny stitch lines along the cuff; let dry.
  • Glue and insert two heart-shaped brads in cuff.

8. Tie checked fabric scarf around neck; fringe ends 1″.

9. Cover 2″ foam half-balls with 4″ fleece circles in same way as head in Step 5. Glue hands on block, next to snowman’s head.

Cute as can be felt & fleece snowman! DIY on

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

Just in case you missed it, here’s Debra’s Sweet Sock Snowman, the first in the Summertime Snowman Series.

Adorable! Easy snowman made with a tube sock on

Sweet Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

Can you believe it’s almost July? What’s on your summer bucket list? Have you crossed off anything yet?

Happy crafting.


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23 Responses to Here’s how to DIY a bright & JOYful Snowman

  1. Teresa says:

    I love crafts

  2. Donna White says:

    Love these snowmen ideas

  3. CraftyB says:

    I’m not quite ready for the real thing, but this snowy guy is the perfect craft for hot weather!! And then I’ll be ahead on holiday prep…

  4. Angie says:

    JOYful is adorable! I have a dear friend named Joy and this would be perfect to create for her for the holidays. JOYful looks to be very soft and touchable. I am thinking that even small children would enjoy helping to make this one too. Certainly, we have to be cautious any time crafting with small children. The colors are just perfect for JOYful! Thank you for the step by step, easy directions!

    • Sharon says:

      I hope this cutie makes your “to-do” list, and maybe you need two — one for you and one for your lucky friend Joy. Have fun with this one! Sharon

  5. kelleysdiy says:

    This is absolutely adorable….Snowmen are my favorite at Christmas Time

  6. LisaM6 says:

    oh this guy is definitely on my to make list. I need to get a couple cubes but I think I have most of the supplies. WOW!!!! Could use a little coolness right now. At least it is cooler here than the 116* where my hubby is right now. Can’t wait to start on this one. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m so glad that you’re excited about this cutie — what better way to chill in the summertime than making a snowman, right? Poor hubby — I hope he’s working indoors and he makes it home soon. Let me know how your JOYful Snowman turns out, Lisa. Thanks! Sharon

  7. Anne Haun says:

    Adorable snowman – my bucket list is untouched!!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 He is hard to resist, isn’t he? Debra has an amazing talent, and she is as sweet as the characters she designs. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  8. I love this sweet little snowman! You could add a few more blocks and have it say, “happy Winter”, “Merry Christmas” or even” Snow Fun”. Lots of ways to change it up and make it your own!
    I love that you offer us such a wide variety of fun projects to make! Educational, fun and beautiful! What more could we ask for?
    Have a great week!

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, thank you, Barb, for your sweet comment and for your creative ideas for this project. I wonder if you could even make that snowman into a bunny and write out the word “spring”? Hmmm . . . One idea can start an avalanche, can’t it? Craft on! Sharon

  9. Oh this is just adorable! I know that I will be making this for myself and several for Christmas presents. Thank You for sharing this spectacular Snowman project tutorial! Have a fantastic creative day!

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