This rustic, DIY Burlap Snowman would be right at home in the north woods, watching over a forest of Christmas trees. Designer Debra Quartermain cleverly fashioned him from burlap ribbon and balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam – couldn’t be easier! His trendy, buffalo check accessories brighten his homespun style, and you’ll whip them up fast from a sock. This Burlap Snowman is ruggedly handsome, and a “must have” for your snowman collection.
To make a Burlap Snowman, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 2-½”, 3″ and 4” balls
- Adult, red plaid socks, one pair
- Burlap ribbon, 1-¼” x 4 yards
- Carpet tacks, 15
- Pom poms: 1” in red
- Mini pinecones, two
- Button, ½”
- Red berry, ¼”
- Covered black wire, 18”
- Jute ball, 1”, four
- Fabric glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; round toothpicks; straight pins; pencil; ruler; needle & thread
To make a Burlap Snowman:
1. Cover the head with the burlap ribbon:
- Cut eight, 9” lengths of burlap ribbon. Remove wire from one side of each ribbon length.
- Center one length on the 2-½” foam ball (head). Wrap around the ball, pulling tight.
- Overlap the ends of the ribbon, and glue to the ball.
- Place second length of burlap centered in opposite direction from first strip. Wrap around ball, pull tight and adhere.
- Repeat with two more lengths of ribbon, wrapping them around the ball to fill in the gaps. If needed, make a few little tucks along the edges to help the ribbon lay flat.
2. Dip ends of tacks in glue and insert in face for eyes and mouth. Glue on berry for nose.
3. Make the hat:
- Measure 8” down from cuff of plaid sock, and cut. Turn wrong side out.
- Sew a gathering stitch across the cut end, pull tight to gather, and knot off.
- Turn right side out and place on snowman’s head.
- Glue pom pom to the top of the hat, and buttons and pinecones to the brim.
4. Press the 4” ball on a tabletop, creating a flat bottom. Cover the ball with burlap ribbon, using eight, 12” lengths of ribbon and following instructions in Step 1.
5. Cover the 3” ball with eight, 11” lengths of ribbon, following instructions in Step 1.
6. Assemble the snowman, inserting toothpicks between the balls, and gluing the balls together.
7. Make the scarf:
- Cut two, 3” x 8” strips from a plaid sock.
- Fold strips in half to measure 1-1/2” x 8″.
- Wrap one strip around the neck and glue in place; cut off excess sock.
- Knot second strip in the center, fringe the ends, and glue to the front of the scarf.
8. Dip ends of carpet tacks in glue, and insert into the body for buttons.
9. Cut the wire piece in half. Shape one end of each piece into a Y. Insert opposite ends into body on either side. Glue in place. Glue a jute ball into one hand.
10. Arrange remaining jute balls around the snowman and glue in place.
Last year, Debi Schmitz shared her Rustic Twine Snowman with us.
If you’d like to see lots more snowmen, be sure to check out the Snowman page in the project directory.
I have a few more snowman crafts planned in the weeks ahead, and I can’t wait to share them. I have a feeling a lot of you find snowmen as irresistible as I do!