July 4th has come and gone, and summer is in full swing. It’s going to be in the 90s this week and it’s definitely too hot for wool — unless you’re talking about needle felting. With a little wool roving, a few balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and Rebekah Meier’s tutorial, you’ll DIY this Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament in no time. Consider making several of these Needle-Felted Snowman Ornaments and get a head start on your Christmas gift list. You’ll be glad you did come December!
To make a Needle-felted Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- One each 3”, 2-1/2” and 2” balls
- 1” sheet, small scrap
- Textured snow paint
- Felt in red and black
- Wool fiber or roving in natural, orange and red (the red is used for the buttons, and you could substitute real buttons)
- Fabric scrap for scarf (Rebekah used red check)
- Beads: 2mm black, seven; small cream, one
- Mini shovel
- Glitter, fine iridescent
- Powdered blush
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; two round toothpicks; needle felting tool*; sewing needle & thread; straight pins
Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp! Please use caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
To make a Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament:
1. Dip the toothpicks in glue, and pick and glue the foam balls together, smallest to largest, to make the snowman’s body. Let glue dry.
2. Place small amount of natural wool fiber or roving on the snowman’s head (2” ball), and attach the wool to the foam ball using the felting needle. As you insert the needle through the wool and into the foam ball, the fibers will automatically lock in place and adhere to the ball. Repeat till the head is covered, and then continue felting the snowman till all balls are covered.
- Roll in your palms a 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of wool fiber, gently shaping the arm.
- Place on the scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and lightly felt the fibers together. You don’t want to over felt and attach the wool to the foam sheet.
- Place the arm on the snowman, and curve it around the body.
- Gently felt both ends of the arm to the body.
- Optional: If needed, insert a straight pin through the shoulder to help hold the arm in place.
4. Shovel: Dip the end of the shovel in the textured snow paint, and let dry. Carefully place shovel in the crook of the arm, and spot glue.
5. Buttons: Roll three small balls from red wool fiber and felt to the front of the snowman.
6. Scarf: Tie a scrap of cotton fabric around the snowman’s neck.
7. Nose: Roll a small amount of orange wool fibers into a cone. Place on the scrap sheet of foam and gently felt the fibers together. Glue nose to the snowman’s face with craft glue.
8. Eyes & mouth: Glue on black beads to form the mouth and add the eyes.
- Roll into a cylinder a 1-1/2″ x 8″ strip of red felt. Glue ends to secure.
- Glue a scrap of red felt to the top, and let glue dry. Trim away excess felt.
- Cut a 1-1/2” circle of red felt. Center and glue the cylinder onto the circle.
- Glue hat to snowman’s head.
10. Decorate the hat: Cut a 1/4″ x 4″ strip from black wool felt. Sew a gathering stitch along one long edge with button thread. Pull ends to gather tightly and knot ends together to form a rosette. Glue a cream bead to center. Glue rosette to front of hat.
11. Hanger: Using needle & thread, stitch through the top of the hat. Knot ends to form a loop.
12. Sprinkle snowman with glitter; shake off excess.
If you have wool roving left over, Rebekah has more ideas for you. You might remember these Sweet Felted Snowmen, which you could also make into ornaments.
And here’s another felted snowman craft – Rebekah’s Sparkling Vintage Snowmen could be displayed all winter, too. Rebekah used bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving, making it even easier for novice needle felters.
These snowmen are such a charming way to cool off! Which one is your favorite?