Today’s Summertime Snowman is as charming as the others, but his ruggedly handsome good looks make him a real standout! He’s a one-of-a-kind, rustic snowman all wrapped up in twine. Real stick arms and a pine garland complete his woodland wardrobe. If you like the outdoorsy-type, then this Rustic, Twine Snowman is for you!
To make a Rustic, Jute Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 2-½”, 3”, and 4” balls
- Jute, 2-ply, #20, 6 oz.
- Birch round, ½” x 4”
- Wood dowel, 1/8” x 12”
- Men’s socks, one pair, in a heavy knit (for hat & scarf)
- Acrylic craft pain in orange, black & white
- Two 7/16” with a shank back, in black
- Three ½”, to match hat
- Half-round beads, 5mm in black, 5 pieces
- Cork, ½”
- Felt or fabric, 4” square in tan
- Tree branches, two that are 3” to 4” long
- Straight pins
- Evergreen garland, ¾” x 12”
- Craft wire
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; permanent marker; small paintbrush; plastic knife or craft stick; wire cutter; straight pins
To make a Rustic, Jute Snowman:
1. Wrap the balls with jute:
- Draw a line around the center of the 4” ball. You’ll wrap the ball from the top to the center.
- Pin one end of the jute to the top of the ball.
- Spread glue on a small section of the ball, and begin to wrap the jute round & round.
- Wrap the jute tightly, making sure to cover the ball completely.
- Wrap to the center line drawn on the ball.
- Repeat, working from the other end to cover the other half of the ball.
- Use pins as needed to hold the jute in place while the glue dries.
- Use the same technique to cover the 2-½” and 3”balls.
2. Glue the large ball onto the birch wood round.
3. Push the wood dowel through the large ball, and glue in place. Thread the medium ball onto the skewer, followed by the small ball. Add glue between the balls. Cut off the excess wood dowel.
4. Measure 5” down from the top of a sock, and cut off a 5” length. Place the cuff around the snowman’s head and glue in place. Cut fringe around the top of the hat, and then tie off the hat with craft wire.
5. Cut a 12” x 4” piece from a sock. Overlap and glue together the long edges, forming a 12” tube. After glue dries, turn right side out. Tie around the snowman’s neck and fringe the ends.
6. Paint a white circle on the black shank buttons as shown in Diagram 1. Let dry, and then glue to the snowman’s face.
7. Cut two eyelids from tan felt using Eyelid Pattern. Glue eyelids to the face, so they slightly overlap the eyes.
8. Paint the cork orange and let dry. Glue to face for nose.
9. Glue the 5mm black beads in place for a smiling mouth.
10. Poke a small hole on each side of the snowman’s middle ball, and insert and glue the branches in place for arms.
11. Glue a ½” x 3-½” strip of sock fabric down the front of the center ball. Top with three buttons.
12. Stretch the evergreen garland between the snowman’s arms, and glue in place. Wrap a 12” length of jute around the garland.
A while back, designer Kathleen George shared a Cord Wrapped Snowman that could be the Rustic Jute Snowman’s city cousin!
I cannot believe that summer is just about over, and so is the Summertime Snowman Series. I’ll have one more snowman craft next week, and he is a lot of fun, and definitely not your traditional snowman! If you’ve missed any of the other cuties in the Summertime Snowman Series, I’m sharing the links below. So many snowman, so many styles!
Enjoy your week and happy crafting! See you Friday!