Brrrr! We’re coming out of a cold snap, and I like that I can admire this darling, DIY Snowman Wall Art while sitting inside by the fire. And there’s no better time than a snowy day to DIY these cuties. The smiling, snowman faces will warm the coldest day, and designer Debi Schmitz has packed this Snowman Wall Art with so much detail. She even cut apart a plaid shirt and dressed her snowmen in buttons, bows, cuffs, a collar and a pompom hat. This project can be spread out over a few days, and it’s definitely worth the time it takes! (If you saved your scraps after making the Mad for Plaid Ornaments, now is the time to get them out and use them up!)
You can always make a smaller picture, too, and frame just one or two snowman heads. It’s easy enough to adjust the measurements and cut the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam to size.
To make the Snowman Wall Art, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
- 1” x 6” discs, three
- Flannel fabric, 1/3 yd.
- Felt, 2/3 yd., to match the flannel fabric (Debi used tan)
- Flannel shirt, boy’s size 6/7
- Felt, white, one square
- Corks, three each 1 ¼”, 1”, & ¾”
- Buttons, black:
- Six, 7/8”
- 15, ½”
- Acrylic craft paint in orange
- Textured snow paint
- Straight pins, 7/8”
- U-pin (hanger)
- Round toothpicks, 36
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife or Xacto® knife; plastic knife; paintbrush, ½”; a few hardback books; needle & thread; optional: felt tip marker; rotary cutter and cutting mat
To make the Snowman Wall Art:
1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and mark the following on the 1” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Optional: Trace over the lines with a marker so they’re easier to see.
- 10” x 24” rectangle (background)
- Two, 1” x 24” strips (frame sides)
- Two, 1” x 8” strips (frame top & bottom)
2. Cut out the foam pieces with a serrated knife or Xacto knife. If using a serrated knife, wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle for smoother cutting. When done, sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.
3. Cut the following rectangles from the felt yardage:
- 14” x 28”
- 10” x 24”
4. Spread a thin layer of thick, white craft glue over the front of the 10” x 24” foam rectangle (background). Center 14” x 28” tan felt on the background, and smooth out the felt with your hands. Tightly wrap the felt around the corners and sides, and glue and pin to the back. Let dry. Trim away excess felt.
5. Glue the 10” x 24” felt piece to the back. Let glue dry.
6. Assemble the frame with toothpicks and glue at each corner. The top and bottom pieces will go inside the two side pieces. The finished frame should measure 10” wide and 24” long.
7. Cut six, 1-½” wide strips of flannel fabric. Glue and pin one end of a flannel strip to the frame and wrap it around the frame on the diagonal, slightly overlapping the fabric with each pass. Glue and pin the other end to the frame. Repeat, adding additional strips, till the frame is covered.
8. Assemble the frame and background:
- Dip toothpicks in glue, and insert in the back of the frame.
- Space the toothpicks 4” – 5” apart, and 1” from the edge.
- Spread glue between the toothpicks, too.
- Center the frame on the background and gently press the frame in place. Be careful so the frame and/or toothpicks do not break!
- Turn over the picture, and place books on top to help hold the frame in place while the glue dries.
9. Hanger: Dip the ends of a U-pin in glue, and center and insert the U-pin facing down in the back of the picture, 2” down from the top edge. Carefully bend the U-pin at the center and flip it up for a hanger.
10. Spread the textured snow paint on the front and sides of each disc. Let dry.
11. Glue together with the glue gun one large, one medium, and one small cork for the carrot noses. Paint orange.
12. Insert three, glue-dipped toothpicks into the back of each disc. Using low-temp glue, pick and glue the discs to the wall hanging.
13. Make the snowman faces:
- Cut six eyelids from white felt using the eyelid pattern.
- Glue on the 7/8″ button eyes, felt eyelids, and carrot noses.
- Arrange and glue five, ½” buttons to each face for a smile.
14. Cut the button placket from the sleeve of the flannel shirt; it should measure about 1” x 7”. Glue the strip to the top right corner or the frame. Repeat with the other sleeve, and glue to the bottom left corner.
15. Cut the collar from the flannel shirt and glue to the neck of the top snowman.
16. Cut a 1” x 12” strip from the flannel fabric (not the shirt), tie in a bow, and glue to the middle snowman.
17. Bottom snowman:
- Cut a 2” x 24” strip of flannel fabric, tie in a bow, and glue under his chin.
- Cut a 4” x 14” strip from the flannel shirt.
- Fold up ½” along one long edge, and glue in place; fold up ½” again and glue in place.
- Glue the hemmed edge onto his head at a slight angle.
- Gather the open edge into a scrunched point and glue.
- Cut a 2” x 12” strip of shirt flannel. Fold in half to measure 2” x 6”. Gather one long edge with needle and thread, pull tight and knot. Cut fringe along the other edge to make a pompom and glue to the top of the hat.
If you’re like me and you don’t like to put holes in your walls, hanging this Snowman Wall Art couldn’t be easier. The finished picture is very lightweight, and you can use Command Hooks from 3M to hang it. No hammers and no holes!
How has your winter been? Did you just experience this cold snap, too? For those who like to watch the snow fall while staying toasty warm inside, I’ll have another snowman craft on Friday! See you then.