. . . a bit of a break from the Silhouette machine today.
Every year I make a bunch (read: a lot) of the same tree decoration. Some end up on our tree, of course, but they also become part of the wrapping of most of the Christmas gifts we give. Last year, I did etched glass balls. This year, it’s these cute little snowmen. They take a little time, but are easy to do.
The mouth is a series of black paint dots, and the scarf is made of felt. The eyes and nose are polymer clay…the kind you bake to harden. I’ve never done anything with it before. It was wonderful to work with, so I’ll certainly use it again in future projects. I’m tickled with how carrot-ish the carrot noses turned out to be, and each snowman has his/her own personality, depending on how I arranged the face.
Here’s how to make your own snowmen:
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What you need…
- Wood slices – about ¼” thick. Mine ranged from 1½” to 2¾” in diameter. I cut my own on a table saw, but apparently, you can buy pre-cut wood slices. Who knew? Allow to dry before painting.
- White craft paint – I used leftover latex wall paint from a gallon can.
- Black craft paint – I used Martha Stewart acrylic.
- Sculpting clay in black & orange – The kind you bake to harden. I used Michaels Craft Smart brand of polymer clay that comes in a 2oz rectangle.
- Craft knife – mine is a small kitchen paring knife re-purposed for crafts
- Small paint brush – to paint snowman face
- Super fine pointy paintbrush – or toothpicks to paint dotted mouths
- Cookie sheet, parchment paper, and oven – to bake clay
- Felt – for scarves
- White glue – I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue because it’s thick, sets quickly, and I had it on hand.
- Fine string – to make loops to hang the snowmen
- Mini hot glue gun
With a small paintbrush paint the wood slices white. On my wood slices, there was a definite line between the bark and the inner wood (A).
On some slices, the bark was a single layer (left slice), and on some slices, the bark was made up of an outer and inner layer (right slice), but on both there’s a definite line where the bark begins. I just painted inside the lines.
When the white paint is dry, use a super fine pointy paintbrush or a toothpick to add dots of black paint to make mouths. I had fun varying the placement. Hey, each snowman has his/her own personality, right?
Slice off a ¼-inch slice of black sculpting clay and roll it in your hands to start forming a snake. When it’s larger than your hands can handle, move it to a work surface and continue rolling it on the surface with your hand until you have a long snake about 1/8″ in diameter. With a craft knife, cut it into 1/8″ sections. Roll one section at a time with a finger in the palm of your hand to form a round ball, then pinch the ball between thumb and finger to flatten into a circle. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake as per instructions (for my clay, it was 15 minutes at 275F). There will be a little variation in size…not a problem…snowman eyes vary, too. Here’s my bowl of eyes, all baked and ready to go.
With the orange clay, start the same as you did for the eyes, but make a snake with a larger diameter—as big around as you want the big end of your carrots to be. Mine was about 3/16″ in diameter. With a craft knife, cut off “carrot-sized” pieces of the snake. Since my wood slices varied in size, so did my carrot sizes, from ½” to 1″. Using your finger, roll one end of a carrot on the work surface to make one end pointy and sufficiently carrot-shaped. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. With a craft knife, make little indentations along each carrot. Bake. Here’s my bowl o’carrots, all baked and ready to go.
The indentations show on some of the carrots. Others look plain but have indentations on the other side. The plain side (the side sitting on the cookie sheet) will be the side glued to the snowman with a little white glue. I added the eyes and noses at the same time.
Cut the felt into thin strips about 3/8″ wide. For each scarf, cut three lengths: 1″, 1½”, 4″. Snip three times on one end of the two short pieces so they look like the fringe on the end of a scarf (#1). With tiny bits of hot glue, glue the short pieces together at an angle at the non-fringe ends, then glue the short pieces to the long piece about two thirds of the way in from one edge (#2).
Add a drop of hot glue to the back of the scarf where the scarf is layered and attach to the snowman so the ends of the scarf are off center. The scarf doesn’t have to be straight. Wrap the non-fringed ends of the scarf around to the back and hot glue in place.
How to hang ’em…
For each snowman, cut a length of string (mine were about 7″ long), and knot the ends together. Glue to the back of the snowman at the top with a dab of hot glue.
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