Adele has been a youth services librarian in public libraries for 20 years.
Craft a Charming Snowman Decoration
This tabletop snowman decoration is a craft project that goes together in a jiffy, leaving you lots of time to spend on the fun part: decorating! Snowmen are so versatile; you can dress them up however you like.
All you need are a few inexpensive household items: a tube sock, a roll of toilet paper, and a styrofoam ball. The roll of toilet paper is the secret ingredient. It forms a sturdy base for your snowman so that is will sit securely on a surface.
For the decoration, dig into your drawer of leftover craft items. You can use bits of felt, lace, ribbon or yarn. Add any odd buttons, decorative pins, silk flowers, or anything else you may have will come in handy.
This decoration will be about 9 inches tall and can sit on a tabletop or sill.
Because it is so quick and easy, this craft is perfect for doing with children in an afternoon. My daughter made some for her grandparents several years ago, and these cute little snowmen are still the first thing they pull out when they are decorating for Christmas.
Craft Materials Needed
- 1 4-in. Styrofoam ball
- 1 men’s tube sock
- 1 roll of toilet paper
- 1 set of googly eyes around ¾ in. in diameter (19 mm)
- 1 orange chenille stem
- 7 small black pom-poms ½ in. diameter (12 mm)
- Tacky glue or hot glue gun
- Assortment of decorations, such as yarn, ribbon, cloth, etc.
Step 1: Turn a Tube Sock Inside Out
You want the fluffy side out so that it will make the surface for your snowman.
Step 2: Stretch the Tube Sock Over a Toilet Paper Roll
The toe seam will be on the bottom of the toilet paper roll, and thus on the bottom your snowman.
Note: Be sure to pull the sock all the way up so that the seam will lie flat.
Step 3: Place a Styrofoam Ball on Top of the Toilet Paper Roll (And Stretch a Sock Over That, Too)
Be sure to leave a little slack in the sock where the neck will be. That way, you will be able to tie some fabric, ribbon, or lace around the neck to fashion a scarf or tie for your creation.
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Step 4: Gather the Sock Over Top of the Styrofoam Ball and Tie With Light-Colored Thread or Yarn
Here is where we finish off the head and body for the snowman. Be sure to tie the thread or yearn tightly with a sturdy knot so that your snowman will stay intact throughout the years.
Step 5: Cut Off the Excess Sock
Don’t worry about the little tuft on the top of the Styrofoam ball. We’ll be covering it with a hat.
Step 6: Glue on Googly Eyes
Be aware that the eyes are lower on a head than we tend to think. Put them down at least 1/3 of the way on the sphere that makes the head.
Step 7: Fashion a Carrot Nose Out of Chenille and Secure to the Snowman
Cut the chenille, fashion it into a carrot shape and press the end of the carrot through the sock and into the Styrofoam ball until it feels secure.
This is where I like to use the chenille that has some wide spaces in it, because I can just cut the chenille the length I want, and the carrot shape is already there. However, if you just have a plain orange chenille stem, you can fashion it into a thin triangle and attach it.
An alternate idea would be to wind the chenille stem around a toothpick to get a tight spiral that would give the nose more dimension.
Step 8: Glue Small Pom-Poms in the Shape of a Smile for a Mouth
If you don’t have pom poms, you could use sequins, bead, or pebbles. You could also use yarn, ribbon, or a strip of fabric, and fashion it into a smile for you snowman.
Step 9: Add Clothing and Embellishments
Here is where your creativity—and your stash of craft items—comes in. You can use felt, lace, ribbon, fabric, beads, sequins, silk flowers—almost anything—to decorate your snowman.
For gift-giving, it’s fun to personalize the snowman for the person receiving it. For a fisherman, you might fashion a fishing hat and vest. For someone who likes baking, you can craft an apron to put on the snowman.
See the finished examples below for some ideas on how to use your stash of crafting items to embellish your snowman.
Decorating Ideas: Snowman With Fleece Hat, Scarf and Buttons
To make the embellishments, I used a small piece of fleece I had left over from another craft project. For the hat, I measured out enough to encircle the head. Then I cut out a rectangle of that width, making the rectangle a little taller than it was wide. I put the long end of the rectangle together and sewed it into a tube. I tied the tube about 1/3 of the way from the top, and then cut the top to make fringe.
For the buttons, I cut long thin rectangles and then hand-sewed them on one side with big stitches, pulling the stitches to gather the material until it was tight enough to form a circle.
For the scarf, I cut a long, thin rectangle and then cut the ends to make the fringe. Then I tied the scarf around the neck.
Ideas for Hats
Since the hat is the main embellishment you add when crafting this snowman, I thought I’d include a few more ideas for making hats.
- Make a hat using these sock hat directions from Dollar Store Crafts.
- Make a hat using this felt hat tutorial at Miss Beatrix. You will need to find a bigger lid than she uses to make one big enough for your snowman.
- Make a hat using this straw hat tutorial video. You will need to make the base bigger than the one shown to have it fit your snowman’s head.
Enjoy the decorative snowman you crafted!
I hope you will have fun crafting this quick and easy snowman!
© 2021 Adele Jeunette