Tinsel Tuesday: DIY an adorable Snowman and keep cool!

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!

Cute! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Snowman & SNOW Cubes by Debra Quartermain

DIY Christmas Snowman craft

So many cute details!

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.

DIY Needle Felted Snowman tutorial

If you’re hesitant to stitch around the letters, you could also use a fabric paint to draw the lines.

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.

DIY Needle Felted Snowman craft

You could turn this little Snowman into an ornament.

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.
DIY cute snowman craft

Debra made all of his features with wisps of wool roving.

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.

DIY felt Christmas crafts

Pick and glue the three snowballs to the top of the W 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”.

DIY felt Christmas crafts

This is a beautiful gift idea, too.

Need to chill even more? Last summer, Debra shared this sweet, Sock Snowman with us.

DIY easy sock snowman

Sweet, Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain

You might also remember her JOYful Snowman from last year. So bright and super cute!

DIY Felt Snowman craft

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain

Check out the Snowmen in the Project Directory for even more. I’ve been sharing a few Snowman Crafts over on Facebook, too, to help fight the blistering heat. Be sure to follow!

How hot is it where you are?

Stay cool and craft on!


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14 Responses to Tinsel Tuesday: DIY an adorable Snowman and keep cool!

  1. Pretty sure those Snowmen are melting on my screen over here in California, but still they are ADORBS! Great job!

    • Sharon says:

      Keep cool and craft a snowman! So glad you like this cutie, and all kudos go to designer Debra Quartermain. Thanks for stopping in, and happy crafting! Sharon

  2. CraftyB says:

    These snowman are great! I can make them now and display them later or display them now to pretend it’s cooler outside!!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I couldn’t pick just one from this line up, for sure. It’s always time to craft a new snowman, especially when it’s hot outside. Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Aren’t these adorable snowmen for the upcoming winter holidays. They are so cute and just made me smile. These are so much fun to do in the summer time and get my mind off this heatwave. Happy 4th of July, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Angie! Years ago, Debra even made a patriotic snowman for July 4th, but I can’t find the photos and all for it. Dang! Glad you agree that snowman crafting isn’t just for the holidays! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. Debbie Kaste says:

    Adorable snowmen! Especially love the one with the wool roving. (Only wish I wasn’t allergic as I would like to try making it….) Temps have been cool here in Wisc. Only in the 70’s but expected to warm up in the next few days. Thanks for sharing.

  5. So cool! Love the first one! You could do this with an elf, reindeer or Santa and use a different word! So many awesome ideas!
    It is so hot here that I honestly think I am melting! I just want to stay in the shower till nighttime and then sleep outside where there MIGHT be a slim chance of getting a little breeze! Stay cool and TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Great ideas — thank you! I can’t believe it’s so hot up in your corner of the world, ugh! You shouldn’t have to endure the snow and cold of winter and too-hot summer weather. I hope the weather breaks for you soon. Stay cool! Shaorn

  6. Anne Marie says:

    Cute snowmen – Happy 4th to you Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you! Debra’s designs are always so cute, and I love her snowmen. Debra will have more to share with us soon . . . Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. Katiria says:

    YAY!! The snowmen are back. I’m melting in the SoFLa heat it’s 91 right now but feels like 100 😦

    • Sharon says:

      Ouch! You need some snowman crafting in your life, Katiria! I’m glad you liked today’s snowman, and I hope he cooled you off a bit. Happy snowman crafting! xo, Sharon

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