What do you get when you add Christmas + a Snowman? A Candy Cane Snowman! You are going to love the DIY, snowman craft Debra Quartermain shares with us today. From the tip of his candy cane skis to the pompom on his bright red stocking cap, this Candy Cane Snowman is irresistible. I don’t think he needs much of an introduction – just take a peek below and you’ll want to DIY your own Candy Cane Snowman.
To make a Candy Cane Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- One each: 2-1/2″ and 1-1/2″ balls
- One 6” egg
- White, 1/6 yd.
- Red, 1/4 yd.
- Fabric, red & white check, 2-1/2″ x 45″
- Fiberfill stuffing, or four cotton balls
- Embroidery floss in red
- Pompom, 2” in white
- Buttons, 1/2″ in white, two
- Beads, 8mm in black, two
- Cosmetic blush
- Candy canes, 8″ long, four (do not unwrap)
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; straight pins; embroidery needle; iron & ironing board
To make a Candy Cane Snowman:
1. Wax the serrated knife with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut thin slices from opposite ends of the foam egg and from one side of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Cut in half the 1-1/2” ball. (Hint: Clean up any bits of foam crumbs on your work table before moving on to Step 2.)
2. Cut the following from the white fleece:
- 6″ x 12″ rectangle (body)
- 5″ circle (head)
- Two 3″ circles (hands)
3. Fold red fleece in half so you have a 9” x 22” rectangle. Fold in half again to measure 9” x 11”. Using the patterns*, cut the following from the red fleece:
- Sweater: Place sweater pattern on folded fleece, making sure the “center” and the “sleeve” are on folds, as indicated on the pattern.
- Nose (see sweater pattern)
- Hat: Cut an 8″ x 11″ rectangle. Fold rectangle in half and using pattern, cut out hat.
- *Note: Be sure to enlarge the patterns as indicated!
4. Center the 2-1/2” ball on the wrong side of the 5” circle of white fleece. The cut side of the ball should face up, and the rounded side down. Gather fleece evenly up over flat side of head, pulling tight; glue fleece to the foam to secure. If needed, pin fabric in place till glue holds. Trim away excess fabric.
5. Choose smoothest side of the ball for the face. Use scissors point to make two holes for eyes in foam, 3/8″ apart. Glue beads in place, pushing firmly into holes. Glue nose to face. Use fingertip to apply blush to cheeks.
6. Use three strands red floss to stitch a 2″ smile. Bring embroidery needle from back of head, through the foam ball to the face. Stitch mouth through the fleece only. To finish, take floss back through foam ball to back of head; knot and clip thread.
7. Wrap the 6″ x 12″ white fleece rectangle round the foam egg, keeping the fleece smooth and even, and overlapping the edges at the back. Glue fleece to secure. Gather fleece evenly under flat base of egg, pulling tight; glue fleece to foam to secure. Trim excess fabric.
8. Hands: Center each half ball, rounded side down, on the wrong side of the 3” fleece circle. Apply a line of glue around the edge of the fleece circle. Glue fleece to the flat sides of hands.
9. Place sweater on work surface, right sides together and underarms aligned. Glue underarm seams; let dry. Clip corners and turn sweater right side out. Repeat for hat.
10. Place check fabric right side down on ironing board. Fold each long edge in 3/4″ and press, creating 1″ x 45″ strip.
11. Apply glue to neck end of body. Place sweater over top of body and then glue flat side of head to neck. Stuff sleeves lightly with fiberfill or cotton balls. Glue hands into bottoms of sleeves with flat sides toward body; do not glue hands to body. Glue hat on head and pompom to tip. Let dry.
12. Wrap check trim around the edge of the hat, neck, sweater bottom and sleeves, cutting to fit. Glue trim in place, overlapping seams at the back.
13. Sew red floss “X” through the buttons, and glue buttons to the sweater.
14. Cut curved ends from two candy canes; glue poles to hands as shown. Glue hands to body. Glue remaining candy canes to bottom of the body for skis.
Adorable! His red & white color scheme is fresh and cheerful, and you’ll be tempted to display him right through Valentine’s Day.
Here’s another peppermint theme snowman you’ll want to check out — a Peppermint Snowman designer Rebekah Meier shared with us a while back.
Take a close looks at this Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel and you’ll see the Peppermint Snowman on the right. If you love red and white for Christmas, you’ll want to check out all of the projects.
On Tuesday, I shared these bright, red & white Mod Podge & Fabric Ornaments. (Can you tell that red & white is favorite of mine at Christmas time?)
Can you believe it’s December 2? I hope your plans for the month aren’t too crazy, and you can take some time to enjoy the season, sip a little cocoa, and nibble a few cookies. I have a few quick & easy ideas planned for this month, perfect for a gathering of friends & family to create together.
Have great weekend and I’ll see you next week.
Happy Christmas crafting!