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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shape a neck and add another rubber band to secure it.
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!
After tying the knots, trim the string close to the knot. He’s beginning to look like a sock snowman now, isn’t he?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slip the cut loop for the scarf tail under the band around the neck to look like the tail of the scarf.
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?
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 and 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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