I don’t know if you noticed the soft, smiling snowman in the blog header this past winter? When we had our photo shoot for the blog headers, I didn’t realize that I’d not yet shared Rebekah Meier’s charming, Soft & Pearly, Felted Snowman with you! How did I miss that? This delightful snowman is MIA no more, and here’s the tutorial to DIY Rebekah’s Soft & Pearly Snowman.
Here’s the photo I use for the wintertime header for Crafts ‘n Coffee. You’ll find the Soft & Pearly Snowman over on the far right. If you’re interested in the other projects in the winter photo, here are the tutorials for the Sparkling Snowman and the Snowflake & Snowball Winter Yarn Wreath.
Here are all of the photos we shot that day. We had so much fun!
To make a Soft & Pearly Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg; 1-1/2” ball; and a 3” disc
- Wool roving in natural, orange and black
- Felt, a scrap in soft blue (Rebekah prefers wool felt)
- Cardstock in cream
- Quilt batting, scraps
- Fabric dye in tan
- Pearl beads, 8 mm, three
- Glittered holly leaves, small
- Pearl head straight pin
- Pearl buttons, ½”, four (I love how Rebekah used four different buttons on her snowman)
- Mini bottle brush tree in off white*
- Powdered blush
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Fabric glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; round toothpicks; needle felting needles, 36 gauge**; needle & thread OR sewing machine & thread; flat paintbrush
*If you can’t find an off-white bottle brush tree, Rebekah suggests soaking a green, bottle brush tree in bleach for a few minutes. The bleach will remove the color from the tree.
**Felting needles are very sharp! Always use caution when needle felting!
To make a Soft & Pearly Snowman:
(Note: Don’t let the 16 steps scare you! Most of them are very easy!)
1. Build the snowman body, attaching the 1-1/2” foam ball to the narrow end of the 4” egg using toothpicks and glue.
2. Place a small amount of natural wool roving onto the snowman. Insert the needle felting needles through the roving and into the snowman; repeat, till the roving is “felted” and attached to the snowman. Continue felting small amounts of wool roving onto the snowman until his body is completely covered.
3. Arms: Roll two, 3” X ½” pieces of natural wool roving into arm shapes. Needle felt the arms onto the snowman.
4. Eyes and mouth: Roll tiny amounts of black roving into balls, and felt onto the snowman’s face for the eyes and mouth.
5. Nose: Roll a dime size amount of orange roving into a carrot nose shape. Insert half of a round toothpick into the center of the snowman’s face. Place the nose onto the toothpick and secure with glue.
6. Trace the hat pattern onto the blue felt. Fold hat in half with long sides together, and hand stitch or machine stitch ¼” from raw edge. Turn right side out.
7. Immerse the quilt batting in dye, and then let dry completely. This will “age” the batting. When dry, cut two strips: one 12” X ½” (scarf); and one 1/8” X perimeter of hat (hat trim).
8. Wrap the scarf around the snowman’s neck, and trim to desired length. Fringe ends with scissors.
9. Glue hat trim around edge of hat. Roll a small ball from natural roving, and needle felt ball to the top of the hat. Glue the hat onto the snowman’s head.
10. Brush Mod Podge on the top and sides of the 3” foam disc and while wet, sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess and let dry.
11. Trace around the disc onto the cardstock. Cut out the circle with deco edge scissors. Glue the cardstock circle onto the bottom of the disc.
12. Using toothpicks & glue, attach the snowman to the glittered disc.
13. Glue small, glittered holly leaves and three pearl beads to scarf. Insert a pearl head straight pin in the middle of the cluster of peal beads.
14. Using fingertips, blush the snowman’s cheeks.
15. Tuck a bottle brush tree into snowman’s arms.
16. Glue pearl buttons down the front of snowman.
It’s been so hot and just looking at this winter scene makes it feel cooler around here! I’ll have one more Summertime Snowman to share next week, so stay tuned.
Happy snowman crafting!