How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

Have you seen the adorable sock snowman DIY posts on Pinterest?  When I saw these, I couldn’t resist!  I showed them to Sophie and she was completely on board with the project.  We talked about color combinations.

I know!  Christmas is over, and these would be adorable for Christmas, but winter isn’t over and wouldn’t these little snowmen make cute Valentine decor?

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Most of the items in this picture were picked up at the local Dollar Tree.  The fleece was picked up at the fabric shop and the enamel dots were purchased at Michael’s.

I chose packages of men’s, women’s, and children’s crew socks for the snowmen’s bodies.  The packages have two pairs and that will make four snowmen from each package.

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To begin this project, you will need to choose one of the white crew socks and cut the foot part of the sock from the heel completely across the sock, as shown in the picture.

You can use the leftover top of the sock for a hat, a scarf, or save for another project.

 

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Place the cut sock in a heavy bottomed glass with the toe down and wrap the cut edge over the top of the glass.  It will be much easier to fill this way.  Pour in rice.  Once filled almost to the top, the rice filled sock can be removed.  The rice will help support it and you can continue filling the desired amount easily.

 

 

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Using your hands, shape a neck and determine if you want more rice for the head or if you are happy with what you have.  If you want a larger head, add more.

 

 

Using a rubber band, secure the top.

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Shape a neck and add another rubber band to secure it.

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When you have the size head you want and are happy with it, use string to wrap over the top of the rubber band and secure with a double knot.  Over time, rubber bands can disintegrate.  You don’t want your snowman to fall apart! 

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After tying the knots, trim the string close to the knot.  He’s beginning to look like a sock snowman now, isn’t he?

 

 

 

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Next, choose a sock for the snowman’s hat and scarf.   Cut the foot part of the sock off right before the heel.  That will be shaped into a hat.  Cut the top of the sock about 1″ wide to wrap around the neck and another section below that for the scarf tail.  Cut the scarf tail section loop to create a flat piece of fabric.

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To create the pom-pom, on the hat, take a small amount of Poly-fil Cluster Stuff, (or some stuffing or batting), and stuff in the toe section of the sock. 

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Tie a piece of string around the bottom of the pom-pom.  Pull tight, tie a knot, and tie the string into a bow.  Snip the ends to match.
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Then, with a hot glue gun, apply glue to the lower edge on the outside, a small section at a time, roll up the bottom edge until the entire lower edge is folded up creating a cuff.  Repeat this step, gluing and folding, one more time so that the raw edge is now folded to the inside.

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Take the piece cut from the top of the sock, stretch over the snowman’s head and place over the rubber band and the knotted string around the neck, covering them both.

 

 

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Slip the cut loop for the scarf tail under the band around the neck to look like the tail of the scarf.

 

 

 

 

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Next, you have the fun part, creating an adorable snowman face.  Using a black Sharpie, I covered two of the little enamel dots for his eyes.  You could use hot glue here, but I chose to use Tacky Glue to adhere these to his face.  Have you ever noticed that snowmen look better with their eyes closer together?

 

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A small piece of an orange pipe cleaner was cut for the nose.  

With scissors, I trimmed the end of his nose to more of a point to resemble a carrot.  A little bit of Tacky Glue was placed on the end of the pipe cleaner and pushed into the sock material.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a button box?  Well, I do How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comand that is where I found these little red buttons that seemed perfect.  They were glued on, too.

Remember the Valentine stickers picked up from the Dollar Tree?  One little heart sticker was glued to his scarf.

The final step was adding a little blush on his cheeks.  This was added with a Q-Tip dipped in a little cream blush.  How adorably cute is this little sock snowman?

The Papier-mâché Snowman and Lady Snowman I made last year require a lot of patience.  These little snowmen do not.  They are quick and easy to put together.

Sophie and I will be making more of these this week and will share them on our Facebook page!  When you make your sock snowman, please share them here on My Humble Home and Garden Facebook page!

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How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

Want to make a snowman you’ll love?  Making these Papier-mâché Snowmen is so much fun!  This is the third snowman I’ve created using the same Papier-mâché used for the pumpkins earlier this year.  Creating those was so much fun, too!  What can I make for spring?  Hmmm…

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How to make a snowman?  This little snowman, (With his hat, he stands 12″ high.), was made in the same way the other snowman and the lady snowman were made, using a newspaper sleeve and crumpled newspaper.  A warning here, after you make a snowman, making these can become addictive!

You may think that I had a vision when each of these was started but that is not really the case.  For Frosty, I knew he would be wearing the earmuffs.  For Ellie, (It just seemed an appropriate name for her.), the Lady Snowman, I knew she would be wearing a red hat.  The last snowman, Archie Frost, (My friend, Cyndi, named him!) would be wearing a top hat.

 

Beyond that, they just began to take shape as the clay was applied and the arms were shaped.  Archie reminded me of a dancing snowman at first.  The way his arms happened to be positioned, it just seemed right. 

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Then, a little bird perched on his hand came to mind, and there you go.  Perfect!

 

For complete instructions on how to make a snowman, click here ►How to Make A Papier Mache Snowman from the beginning.

After he was completely dry, he was painted white, antiqued, and clear glitter was applied just like the other two before him.  He looks adorable just like this, but wouldn’t he just be perfect with a top hat?

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Instructions On How To Make A Top Hat

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To make this hat, I actually used the same brim pattern I cut out of an advertisement for the Lady Snowman’s hat.  Ellie and Archie had heads that were about the same diameter.  The hat I envisioned was a little wider at the top than it was at the base.  So, I cut a piece of newspaper, which would fit the inner circle of the hat brim.  Then, I sliced the top of the crown pattern, as you can see in the picture, to open it up a little.  You can see that making your own pattern is pretty simple.

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Using that piece as a pattern, and leaving those spaces open, I traced it on another piece of newspaper.  Then, it was folded in half, pinned to a piece of folded black felt, and cut out.  You can see the brim was cut, too, but a little width was added to the brim.  

Not shown in the picture, but also necessary, is a 4″ circle of black felt, (or whatever size fits your crown), for the top of the hat.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

The piece for the crown was folded in half and a 1/8″ seam was stitched on the loose edge, which would be the back seam.

 

 

 

 

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Fold the brim in half and mark the fold with straight pins.  Fold the brim in the opposite direction and mark these folds.

Divide the crown into quarters in the same way.  Then, match up the pins and pin the two pieces together, adding more pins to secure the pieces.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Sew around the pinned opening, 1/8″ from the edge.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

A four-inch circle was cut for the top of the hat.  The top edge of the crown and the circle were divided into fourths with the straight pins and that edge was sewn in a 1/8″ seam.  

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Clip the threads and turn it right side out and you have a hat!  How simple is that?

A piece of red velvet ribbon was attached by using a tiny dab of Tacky Glue in the front, on the right side, the back, and on the loose ends on the left side.  A little sprig of holly was glued where the two ends came together.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

I think this is my favorite so far!  Each has his own personality!

How to make a snowman you’ll LOVE?  It’s really easy!  Hope this inspires you to make one of your own.  Another newspaper sleeve with crumpled paper stuffed inside with a wadded up ball of paper for a head sits beside me right now.  Yes, a collection begins.

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Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath

Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath

November 15, 2016

   Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath – Part 2.

 For The Snowman-Part 1,◄ Click here.  The idea for this wreath, of course, was found on Pinterest and sold on Etsy.  The wreath was so adorable, loaded with Christmas ball ornaments, but maybe just a bit ostentatious for my taste.  This is a more humble version including the tips and directions to make one of your own and put your own spin on it, which I would love to see if you do!

 

    The search for a wreath form that would accommodate the snowman head, hat, and be a good base for the extras to be added took a little bit.  Most of the craft stores had decorated wreaths, which were half-price for 40 bucks!  I settled on a ‘teardrop’ wreath found at the  ‘At Home’ store in Florence, Ky.  It was $12.99.

    Right out of the store, it needed to be fluffed, the pine cones removed, the pine branches unbent, and straightened.  In the, ‘after‘, you can actually see the teardrop shape.  It’s such a simple thing, but it’s amazing how much better your artificial wreaths, swags, and garlands look after this process.

    After fluffing the wreath, the snowman was placed on top of it for positioning.  Then, the branches of the wreath were flattened, where his head would be secured to the wreath, by forcing down the greenery with my hand.  

   Two of these berries – pine cone – greenery bushes were disassembled, cutting each where they connected to the main stem.  The red berry branches were then positioned around the wreath in a pleasing way.

 

   Floral paddle wire was used to attach greenery picks to the base wreath.  A branch of the greenery was added to the bottom of the wreath to extend it a few inches.

   A few of the pine cone greenery branches were added to the sides and one was also added to the top.

    I found that it was easier to first, lay about 1/2 – 3/4 ” of the wire along the end of the pick stem and holding it with my left hand, wrap the wire around it with my right hand to secure the wire.   Then, place it on the branch where it was to be placed and wrapping to secure, creating an extension to the branch.  At the end, I wrapped the wire 3 times and bent the end and pushed into the branch.

   Before securing the snowman head to the wreath, the plaid bow was attached.  Trying to be sure it would stay securely in place, the wire used to pull the bow up tight and securely twisted was threaded through the Styrofoam, back up and around the wooden skewer.  Then, it was secured to the skewer.

 

   At this point, I noticed the skewers inserted into the head, which would be used to secure the wreath, were really noticeable.  Painting them a pine green color with acrylic craft paint made them almost invisible.  

    After letting them dry, the skewers above the head and below were both securely wired to the main branch of the wreath.

   Then three white flocked stems, which had each been cut from a large bunch, were wired together at the base and securely wired just above the head at the base of the stems.  Two more of these were placed on either side of the head and another under the snowman head facing the bottom of the wreath

   When the wreath was hung, several times during this process, and I stood back to look at it, I realized the pine cones were not showing very much.  Using a small paint brush and white acrylic craft paint, the edges were just tipped with white.  You can see the difference in the picture above.  The pine cones on the left side were not painted yet.  What a difference that made!

     Next, was positioning the hat.  The hat I made, was half of a hat.  The back was flat and the brim stopped on both sides.  A floral pin was stitched to the brim with black thread and needle on both sides of the hat, close to where the brim and crown meet.  These were then inserted into the top of the foam head.  It worked perfectly.

   Inside the crown of the hat I made,  some quilt batting leftover from another project was added.  I thought it would help keep the hat from collapsing.

    Using the needle and thread in the center of the hat on the backside, stitches were made and wrapped around the main branch of the wreath, too.

     Five plastic snowflakes from the dollar store were added for a little more sparkle.  The snowflakes seemed appropriate.  I may tweak it a little before hanging it after Thanksgiving, but don’t you think it turned out pretty well?

    December Update:  This little bird was found at Target and was begging to sit atop the snowman’s hat.  Isn’t it perfect?

   Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath, I hope this inspires you to create a whimsical wreath of your own!

 

 

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Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath

Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath

November 13, 2016

   Alas, this was supposed to be done earlier this week, but dealing with painters and an extremely mobile toddler waylaid much progress.  Anyway, here are Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath for your own front door!

    The ‘snowman head’ began with this block of Styrofoam.  The dimensions are  1-15/16 inch X 11-7/8 inch X 17- 7/8 inch.  (This type of foam would work better than the kind with the little compressed balls.)

   There were some round and half-round foam balls at the craft store, which was tempting,  but I did not want a perfectly shaped round head.   

   It is relatively easy to shave this with a sharp knife.  This type of foam also has some shine to it, which will ultimately glisten like snow.

 

   The plan was to make a wreath about 36-inches long.  With that in mind, the head needed to be about 9-inches long.  

    So, the first step was to cut the foam in half, creating a piece about 9″ X 12″.

A marker was used to mark a cutting line right on the plastic.  The knife was used to cut through and across the marked line.  This is one of those times when you need to be patient, letting the knife do the work and not forcing it.  Repeatedly, pull the knife a little at a time across where the first cut was made until you have cut entirely through the foam.PATIENCE.  You don’t want to break off a big chunk!

    Draw a rounded shape for the snowman head right on the plastic covering the Styrofoam.

 (I didn’t want to have to worry about removing marker from the actual foam.  The plastic made a pretty good template.)

     The last corner I cut was one where the plastic still covered intersecting sides.   By supporting the plastic on the top with my left hand, it held perfectly.

   Using your knife at an angle, shave down and outward from the marked circle, a little at a time.  

    After the left and right sides are rounded, slightly round the top edge and the bottom edge.  Both of these edges will be covered by the hat and ribbons.

    So, I pondered what to use for the snowman eyes and mouth.  I knew I wanted his mouth to be black and an imperfect curved line.  We probably all have some of these vase fillers, or vase gems, in our craft stash.  The ones I had were a blue color.   Not a problem, black spray paint took care of that!  

    Searching for some craft items, I came across this tape-covered wire and with the same black paint, it became the mouth Frosty needed!

    Then there was the carrot nose.  The thought of carving his nose from a stick was entertained, but couldn’t find the right stick.  

    At the craft store, this Sculpey clay was half-priced.  Sold!!  It has been awhile since I have used clay but this was a breeze! (Amazon is an affiliate.  If you purchase from this link, we will receive a small percentage, which supports this website at no cost to you.) 

 

    Half of the block was used to shape this carrot.  The end is 1-inch thick and the whole carrot ended up being 3-3/4 inches long.  It was bent slightly to give it more character.  Some lines were added to look a little more realistic. 

   In order to attach the carrot to the foam, a hole about 3/4″ deep was made with a wooden skewer in the thicker end of the carrot.  The skewer was cut and forced into the hole after baking. 

   The directions said to bake the clay at 275° for 15-minutes per each quarter-inch.  Since the thickest part was 1-inch, the clay was baked for one hour.

    After it cooled down, some watered down antiquing medium was used to accent the lines and deepen the color a little here and there.

    Next, the foam head was bedazzled with glitter.  Three different crystal glitters, fine cut, Jumbo cut, and a regular cut were used to cover the front and sides of his head.  Mod Podge exterior glue was applied, a section at a time and the glitter was sprinkled over the glue.

 

   Another skewer was inserted through the top for attaching to the wreath.  Not sure how others attach the styrofoam to a wreath, but after puzzling over this, it made sense to me.  Lol!

    The taped painted wire was shaped into a big grin.  Then ends were bent back and used to attach the smile to the foam.  Both ends were simply forced into the foam.  Three straight pins were pushed through the tape covering the wire and forced through the foam securing the rest of the mouth to the foam.

   The carrot was inserted into the foam and the black painted vase gems were glued to the foam to finish Frosty’s face.   I made the felt hat, but you could easily buy one and use it.

    Oh, my gosh!  Isn’t this the cutest thing?  Just imagine the flood lights hitting the glitter on his smiling face this winter!

 

   Part 2 will be adding this ‘Frosty’ to an evergreen wreath for the front door.

    Have these Tips and How To Create A Magical Snowman Wreath inspired you to create something special for your front door?

 

 

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You’ll Love This Adorable Easy DIY Decorative Snowman Hat!

You’ll Love This Adorable Easy DIY Decorative Snowman Hat!

September 16, 2016

Snowman Hat

    You’ll Love This Adorable Easy DIY Decorative Snowman Hat!  Isn’t it cute? This has been an idea of mine for some time, but this year I finally got around to it.

    I scoured Pinterest for a pattern for a snowman hat.  I did find a couple of them, but they were not exactly what I wanted.  By trial and error, I came up with this pattern.  This little hat ends up being about 4″ high and the brim is 7″ wide.   You could easily reduce or enlarge the size of the pattern. 

   One of the patterns I came across included a liner of cardboard.  Forget that!  It is not needed with this felt fabric.  I used the felt you can buy by the yard.  It is relatively inexpensive. 

   My plan is to make a few of these little hats, varying the size of the brim, the height of the hat, and the decorations on them.   I am also making a larger one for the top of the Christmas tree we have on the catwalk each year.  Usually, it is “The Christmas Story Tree”, but this year it is going to feature ‘Snowmen’.

   I sewed this with the sewing machine, but you could easily sew this size by hand and even add some decorative stitching, too.  Wouldn’t it look cute to mimic the decoration on Frosty’s hat in the movie?  It would be really easy to make a few flowers from felt, too.  Hmmm.  That gives me an idea for a wreath! 

   This year, our theme for the dessert contest is “Snowman”.  It is always interesting to see what everyone comes up with for their dessert.   Sophia, who has a snowman collection, decided this would be a good theme for the contest.  So, I am incorporating snowmen into more of the decor. 

   This is a picture of the original pattern used to make this hat.

    First, using the downloadable pattern below, cut one each of the top of the hat and the side.  Cut 2 of the brim.  Carefully, cut out the center of the brim, too.

    Fold the short pieces of the sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam across the end.  Pin the top of the hat to the ‘sleeve’ you just made from the side piece.

    Sew around the outer edge of the top piece of the hat 1/4″ from the edge.

 

    Sew the two brim pieces together 1/4″ from the outer edge.  From the center hole, turn inside out.  Gently, push the outer edges out and flatten with your fingers.  Using a damp pressing cloth, (This is wool felt.) press on the wool setting with an iron.

   After pressing, topstitch around the outer edge.

    Open up the brim and fold back over the crown of the hat.  Pin one edge of the hat brim to the crown of the hat, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam, removing pins as you go. 

    Unfold the brim of the hat back to its original position, smooth out, and roll the inside loose edge of the underside of the brim under 1/4″ and pin following the seam.    It’s best to pin this and work around the pins so the fabric doesn’t shift as you sew.   

    Whip stitch the underside of the brim to the crown of the hat.  This makes a very nice, neat finish.

 

    Turn it right side up and you have your hat!  Now, the fun part begins – decorating!   I bought two little Christmas sprays at the craft store.  Even though they were little, I disassembled them.  They were too big to use in their entirety.

    Add a ribbon around the crown of the hat.  This was just hot glued at the point where the ribbons overlapped slightly.  Add a bow.

    Cut apart the floral picks and play around with the pieces until you have a nice arrangement.  Then, hot glue the pieces to the hat.  It’s that simple.

 

   Christmas is just around the corner.  There are several more of these to be made yet, but they go together pretty quickly.  The time-consuming part was making the initial pattern and making sure it all fit together well.  The felt is easy to work with, too! 

   Hopefully, You’ll Love This Adorable Easy DIY Decorative Snowman Hat, too!

 

 

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