Monday, January 4, 2010

It is S-O-O-O cold!


But, my heart is warm because these snow people are D-O-N-E! I'd like to say it was quick, but really they have been sitting in the garage for about 3 (4?) years now. Now that they are done, I thought you might like to know how to make them. These were part of a Super Saturday project (group crafts all on one Saturday!), but I have made similar versions several times. It is currently less than 10 degrees outside and gloomy, as usual, so I think they might stay in the house longer than I had planned! 

BODY: Generally, I use a wooden snowman shape--two "blobs" to make a head and body--but this one is made of fence posts cut to varying lengths. The wood was treated so I didn't think craft paint was going to cut it. Instead, I hauled these babies home and primed and painted them with two coats of paint. I don't want those other chemicals on me. (Don't ask me about the paint chemicals.) You can decide what kind of wood, how thick, how many and how big--it's pretty open.

NOSES: These noses are made of a dowel of some kind and whittled down to a carrot shape. Again, they were provided with the kit. When I make them, I use orange Fimo clay (Joann's)--which I love--and prepare the noses according to the directions on the package. Be sure to make a pretty flat surface so the nose can be glued on easily.

FEATURES: Buttons, buttons, and buttons. I used all black, but tried to get a variety of sizes and shapes as well as variations in the black.

SEWING FLEECE: I used 3/8 inch seams because they were easy to line up on my machine. Fleece is bulky, but it doesn't fray. This seam allowance makes it easier to line up and sew. Also, I used white thread on everything because the thread kind of gets absorbed into the fleece and really doesn't show its color.

SCARVES: The easiest part: just cut your fleece long enough to tie around your snowperson. You can embellish any way you want. I chose the simple route with my scarves and either fringed them or left them alone.

HATS: This is where I had the most fun. I knew I wanted bright colors (part of what held me up on these since the original kit was all dark colors) and deciding which was the hardest part. You can makes these as simple or as complex as you want them to be.

This is also where this posting got a little long. So I have written out instructions with pictures describing how to make the hats and will be happy to send it to you if you are interested. Just leave me a comment asking for the hat tutorial and I will email it to you.

B-r-r-r-r! They'll melt your heart!

2 comments:

The Hall's,  said... January 5, 2010 at 4:23 PM  

Three years! (Don't worry, I think I still have three other Super Saturday projects not completed yet too!) Mine "melted" here this winter...and lost a hat during a wind storm. I still love mine, but yours are so cute. I love the bright colors and buttons!

Shannon,  said... January 9, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

I have snowmen made out of spindles that I started 5 years ago and still haven't finished! What is it with unfinished crafts!

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