He’s rugged & rustic: How to DIY a Burlap Snowman

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.

DIY Burlap Snowman

Rustic, Burlap Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

DIY Burlap Snowman

No sewing, no stuffing. It’s just burlap ribbon and balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

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.

DIY Burlap Snowman

You’ll use tacks to create his face.

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.

DIY Burlap Snowman

If you can’t find a buffalo check sock, a solid red sock would be super cute, too.

Last year, Debi Schmitz shared her Rustic Twine Snowman with us.

 DIY Rustic Twine Snowman

Rustic, Twine Snowman by Debi Schmitz

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!

Happy crafting!


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18 Responses to He’s rugged & rustic: How to DIY a Burlap Snowman

  1. Em says:

    How adorable is this snowman! I cant wait to make it with my mum later in the year!
    Emmajaderamselll.wordpress.com xxx

  2. Won’t be long until the snow is flying here! Just seeing these cuties reminds me before we know it, the air conditioning will be off and the furnace on full blast. These would be adorable on the fire place or on a side table. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sharon says:

      I know — we usually see a few flakes in October . . . Do you see how long you can go till you turn on the furnace? It was pretty cold the other night, but I am refusing to turn it on yet. Happy snowman crafting, Angie. Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    What a couple of cuties! Those would fit right in here, as we are expecting snow. 😦

  4. He is not only rustic and rugged, I think he is pretty adorable too! Debra Q. Always shares such awesome projects for us! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      I totally agree with you. Not to steal his thunder, but Debra will be back later this year with a few more cuties . . . Any signs of snow up your way? Happy crafting! Sharon

  5. annehaun says:

    Burlap and snowmen – what a perfect combination!

    • Sharon says:

      I’m glad you think so! I don’t think we’ll ever run out of creative ways to make a snowman . . . I hope you get to DIY this one, Anne. Happy crafting! Sharon

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Debra Quartermain makes the most magical snowmen, including this Burlap Snowman. I’m in awe of her skills! Happy crafting! Sharon

  6. Debbie Kaste says:

    Very cute ideas. LOVE snowmen and never seem to be able to get enough of them!

  7. Oh my gosh these are so cute! I need to remember to try this out!

  8. Deb says:

    Would you please tell us how large this snowman is finished please? I really like both this snowman and the burlap twine one. I hope I get an answer as I am looking for a finished size in particular. Thank you in advance and for sharing this tutorial. Just a suggestion: It would have been nice to see how to cut the sock to ensure we get the pattern we need from it. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks for stopping in! Both snowmen will stand about 10″ – 12″ tall. To make the hat, just measure 8″ down from the cuff, and cut off this portion. Then follow Step 3 and you can’t go wrong. Please let me know if you have any other questions, and let us know which snowman you make. Happy crafting! Sharon

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