How hot is it where you live? I know some readers are suffering scorching heat and I hope today’s Snowman & SNOW Cubes will help you keep your cool. Is there a better time to DIY a snowman than on a hot summer’s day? I don’t think so! Debra Quartermain shares this snowman tutorial with us, and you know she makes some of the most darling snowmen around!
To make a Snowman & SNOW Cubes, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Balls: One 1-1/2″ and three 1″
- Cubes: Five 3″
- Egg: One 3″
- Sheet, scrap piece
- Wool roving: 1/8 oz. black; 1/4 natural; small pieces of orange and red
- Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets, one each in gold, sage green, and natural; and two in berry red (Debra used wool felt)
- Fabric, 1-1/2” X 12” scrap of striped cotton
- Buttons: Three small black and one heart
- Embroidery floss in black
- Twigs, two 3″
- Low-temp glue gun
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; pencil; ruler; round wooden toothpicks; embroidery needle; straight pins; needlefelting tool*
*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp! Always use with caution!
To make a Snowman & Snow Cubes:
1. Wax the serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut a 1″-thick slice from the end of one foam cube. Glue the 1” slice to a 3” cube, and the remaining, 2” slice to another 3” cube. You should have two, 3” cubes; one 4” tall block; and one 5” tall block.
2. Cut a 5″ x 12″ red felt strip. Apply white glue to edges of strip and wrap around the 5” foam block. Optional: If needed, pin the felt in place while the glue dries. Glue a 3” red felt square to the top and the bottom of the block.
3. Cut a 4” x 12” green felt strip and glue around the 4” block. Glue a 3” green felt square to the top and bottom of the block.
4. Cut a 3” x 12” red felt strip and two, 3” squares and cover a 3” cube, following instructions in Step 2. Repeat, and cover the remaining 3” cube in gold felt.
5. Using patterns, cut letters from natural felt and glue letters to the blocks – the S on the 5” block; N and O to the 3” cubes; and the W to the 4” block. Let glue dry. Using three strands of black floss, stitch letters to the wool felt. (If you don’t want to hand stitch the letters, you could try the technique Debra used in her JOYful Snowman, in which she drew on stitching lines with fabric paint.)
6. Place a small, loose clump of natural wool roving on the top of each block, and spot glue. Needlefelt the roving several times to each block to help hold the roving in place.
7. Using patterns, cut from felt two green holly leaves and three red berries. Stitch a straight stitch down center of each holly leaf. Glue holly leaves together at the stem end. Glue leaves and berries to front of the “S” block.
8. Build the Snowman body:
- Press large end of foam egg and one side of 1-1/2” foam ball against work surface to flatten slightly.
- Insert and glue one end of a toothpick into the flat side of the 1-1/2″ foam ball. Pick and glue the other end into the narrow end of the foam egg.
9. Dress and decorate the Snowman:
- Wrap Snowman in natural roving and needle felt the wool in place.
- Felt two tiny pieces of black roving onto his face for eyes.
- Shape a small ball of orange roving into a carrot, and felt the base to his face.
- Needlefelt a thin strip of red roving for a smile.
- Tie a strip of cotton fabric around neck; trim ends.
- Glue three black buttons to the body.
- Poke small hole in each side of body using scissors tip; insert and glue twig arms into holes.
10. Make the Snowman’s hat:
- Hat brim: Place a medium-sized ball of black wool roving on the scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Felt the wool into a flat circle.
- As you felt, flip over the roving several times to keep it from sticking to the foam sheet.
- The brim should be about ¼” thick and slightly larger across than top of Snowman’s head.
- Needlefelt center of hat brim to head.
- Needlefelt another ball of roving into a tall, 3-D hat crown shape; again, flip fiber over several times to keep it from sticking to the foam sheet.
- Needlefelt crown to brim, adding more roving as needed to fill out hat shape as desired.
11. Insert and glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of snowman’s body. Pick and glue Snowman into top of “N” block.
12. Snowballs: Wrap each 1″ foam ball with natural roving, and needlefelt the roving in place. Insert and glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of each ball. Pick and glue snowballs into the top of the “W” block.
13. Glue heart button to middle of “O”.
Need to chill even more? Last summer, Debra shared this sweet, Sock Snowman with us.
You might also remember her JOYful Snowman from last year. So bright and super cute!
How hot is it where you are?
Stay cool and craft on!