Nov 25, 2011

A few more snowman ideas (in case you haven't got enough).

Just in case you need a bit more snowman inspiration here are a couple of my other favorite snowman ideas.

Snowman to-go boxes (sorry there is no tutorial for these-but hopefully these can spark a few ideas for you)

Snowman chocolate bars (the jumbo sized ones)
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Sock Snowman

This was a really popular post from 2 years ago so I tought I would repost it again because they are still just as cute now as they were then.  I want to make a whole family of these.
Here is a tutorial for these quick and easy cute sock snowmen. I used old socks and t-shirts but new socks would be fine too.
1. Start with your old sock.
2. Pour beans, rice or wheat in the toe to weigh down the bottom.
3. Stuff the remaining sock with batting. You will want to stuff it full but not firm and up as high as you will want your snowman tall.
4. Cut off excess sock.
5. Sew on eyes using a french knot stitch. If you don't know how to do that buttons would look cute or you could draw them I would think. I also glued on his nose which I cut out of felt.
I stitched around his nose because I liked the look of it but that is not necessary.
I added some chalk to make his cheeks rosey.
6. Glue the top of the sock closed using hot glue. Now from an old t-shirt cut a rectangle for the hat. I used the bottom of the shirt because I liked having the hem for the bottom of my hat. I don't think this is necessary though.
Here is my "rectangle".
7. Fold the ends over and glue together to form a tube like thing.
8. Place the hat on the top of the snowman first before applying any glue and get it situated where you want it. Then lift up in small sections and apply the hot glue.
I like having his hat down by his eyes.
Tie off the top of the hat using a piece of string, yarn or ribbon.
9. For the scarf cut a long strip of t-shirt material.
Tie it around the neck of the snowman in a knot. Pull the ends to make them long.
Cut some slits in the bottom of the scarf to make it look frayed. TADA!! There you have it.
So happy together.
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Nov 24, 2011

Sweater Sleeve Snowman (100% no sew)

After making a few more sweater pumpkins this fall my mind instantly turned to snowmen (I think I made 5 in one week in October).  I had a few tacky sweater sleeves left over and decided I wanted to make them into snowmen too.  I however did not want to get out my sewing machine (my heart is not into sewing at this moment).  So for all the non sewers out there-this one is for you.
sweater sleeves (the whole sleeve)
old t-shirts
2 black brads
orange felt for nose
a baggie of wheat, rice or corn as a weight
hot glue
Step 1: Turn sweater sleeve inside out, run a bead of glue along one of the open edges, and scrunch and hold until dry (NOTE: since these types of sweaters are not tightly woven you more than likely will burn yourself with hot glue-so be warned).
Step 2: Turn the sleeve right side out, place weight in the bottom and stuff the remaining sleeve with batting.  Don't over stuff and I try and stuff the bottom a bit fuller than the upper part (like a snowman would be).
Step 4: Place your brads in where you want the eyes to be.
Spread them on the inside and then secure each with a dot of hot glue.
Step 5: Run another bead of glue around the top opening and pinch closed and hold in place until firm.
Step 6: To make the hat (if possible) use the bottom of a t-shirt with the hem being the bottom of the hat. 
I cut  a large rectangle piece on the fold (this will be larger than needed but larger is easier to work with than smaller).
Step 7: Wrap the t-shirt piece around the snowman's head and overlap to make it the right size.
Step 8: Without opening up the hat piece, slip it off, fold back the overlapping piece and run a bead of glue along one of the overlapping sides and then fold the overlapping piece back in place and hold until firm.
Step 9: Slip the hat back on, secure to head with some hot glue and tie off the top of the hat with a piece of string.
Step 10: Lastly make a scarf.  I cut a piece again using the side seam that was about 12 inches long (doubled over).
Open the scarf piece up, wrap around and pull tight to define the snowman's head.  Add a carrot nose and you are done.  Such a cute little snowman (well I guess technically a snowlady because she is wearing pink).
And because sweaters have 2 sleeves it is only right that these snowmen should come in sets of 2
That is much better.
Happy winter crafting everyone.
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Nov 23, 2011

Snowman Family Portrait

Have you ever wondered what your family might look like as snowmen and snow women  and snow babies?  Here is a totally cute idea for the holidays-turn your family into a snow people portrait.  This makes a great gift for a family member too. 
I got this idea from an old issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.  I drew my own snow people so that I could have different sizes and shapes to match our family (I am making a family portrait for a Christmas gift).  I added a child, toddler, baby and infant, a bunch of different styles of hats, and scarves.  You can download the pattern by going here.  The pattern is just a basic idea.  You can change the size and shape of the snow people to suit your family.  The hats and scarves and arms have to be cut smaller for the children and baby snowmen. 
Here are two more snowman family portraits.  The top one is my family and the bottom is one of my brother and sister in law's family. 

Here is the finished project.  I LOVE how it turned out.  Finding a frame to fit everyone was not an easy task but in the end it turned out just how I wanted it to.

If you want to make your own you can download my pattern for the snowman family to help you get started.
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Nov 22, 2011

Black and White Snowman-Very Fashionable (made from some not so fasionable pants)

This guy was inspired by a snowman my husbands Aunt has in her home.  I have admired it since we had our 3rd date (which was to his families Christmas party).  I don't dare ask if I can have it so I had to find a way to recreate my own.  I was at our thrift store one day when these tacky things caught my eye:
Sorry if you own a pair of these pants Sorry to call these tacky if you own a pair of these, but it is my philosophy that even something really tacky can be turned into something really cute.  I am including a tutorial for the snowman though you may not have as much luck finding a tacky pair of pants but you can use the same idea to make a snowman out of a pair of white jeans, or other pants.  So here you go.
pair of jeans or other pants
black embroidery floss
orange felt
rocks or a bag of wheat or corn as a weight
hot glue gun
black felt
twigs for arms
Step 1: Begin by cutting the pant leg off right at the crotch line.
Step 2: Cut the leg into the desired length.  Because the pant leg was not that wide I didn't want the snowman to be too tall because it would make it look out of proportion.  I cut off about a 8 inch piece from the ankle end of the pant leg.
Step 3: Using a heavy weight thread and a heavy weight needle sew a running stick all the way around the wider end of the pant leg piece.  Pull to gather it tight and then add a couple of extra stitches to hold it together.
Step 4: Turn the piece right side out, add your weights to the bottom and stuff the remaining space (not too full because you want to be able to manipulate it a bit).
Step 5: Run a bead of hot glue all the way around the top edge and pinch together.  I added a couple of clothes pins to hold it while it hardened.
Step 6: While the glue is hardening portion off your snowman using rubber bands (the tighter the better because it will help you tie off your sections in a minute).
Step 7: Using the black embroidery floss loop your string around the snowman where the rubber bands are and tie pulling tight (it helps to have 2 people to do this but if you don't then pinch the snowman where the rubber band was and loop the string around and pull tight-not going to lie-this is the hardest part).  If it is not as tight as you would like then cut the string and try again.  If you have black yarn or even a floss it might work a bit better because it would be stronger.
Step 8: Thread another piece of embroidery floss through a needle and double it over and tie a knot at the end.
Step 9: You are going to make the eyes now.  Come in through the upper part of the head (the part that will be hidden by the hat) and  pinch your fabric and come out where you want your eye to be.
Step 10: Pull the thread until you reach the knot.  Now wrap the thread around the needle (close to the fabric about 5 times).  Poke the needle back into the fabric (pinching it again) and out the top.  As you pull the needle through guide the remaining thread with your other hand as it pulls through to create a knot.  If this is all too complicated for you (and I am sure my directions are not helping) then glue on some buttons and call it good.  When I do knots I plan on cutting it off and redoing it at least 2 times-just is that way. 
This is how the knot should look.
Step 11: Repeat for the second eye.  Then add blush (I used chalk) for the cheeks and a carrot nose (free handed it).  Glue the nose on with hot glue.

Step 12: Making the hat.  Cut out a piece of black felt about 6-8 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your snowman's head (sizes will vary based on how big yours is).
Step 13: Fold this piece in half and stitch one edge (or hot glue it).
Step 14: Now place the hat on the snowman's head and pull down as far as desired.  Glue in place.
Step 15: Tie off the top of the hat with another piece of embroidery floss.
Step 16: Add a hat brim by gluing a second piece of felt (about an inch wide) all the way around the bottom of the hat.  I also cut a 2 inch wide piece (and length again depends on your choice-mine was about 20 inches long) for the scarf.  Wrap around, tie and glue in place.
This is how he should look so far.  He looked sad so I decided to give him some arms to see if that would help.
Step 17: Find your branches or twigs for the arms and spray paint black if desired.  Cut a small hole using a really sharp pair of scissors in the desired spot.  Put a dab of hot glue in the hole and add the twig.  Hold in place until firm.  Repeat on the other side.
Tada- a very fashionable snowman indeed.  He still looked a bit forlorn so I decided he needed a love in his life.
I used the other pan leg to make him a wife.  He seemed to perk up a lot more after that.

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