DIY Log Snowman Tutorial
Here's a rustic snowman you are going to enjoy creating. No worries about any holiday meltdowns. What's not to love about that?
A country style log snowman is the perfect winter and holiday décor for your home, cabin, or cottage. Why not make some to sell or give as holiday gifts?
All you need are a few short sections of logs with the bark still attached. Making a snowman is as simple as selecting some logs of different diameters that can be stacked. Your snowman can be as large or small as you desire. The best part of this DIY project is coming up with your own creative themes.
Perhaps your snowmen won't be men at all. Designing a group of log snow people can make for some really fun times. Go crazy if you're feeling like it. Express your wacky sense of humor if you have one. Of course, it's perfectly okay to build a traditional snowman if you enjoy a more classic look. Let's get started!
Time required: 2-3 Hours
- 3 Short Sections of Logs Per Snowman
- 1 Thin Slice of Log for Hat Rim
- 1 Short Section of Small Log or Large Branch for Hat
- 3-4 Thin Slices of Small Branch for Buttons
- 1 Scarf
- Pine Cones, Berries, and Ribbon for Hatband
- 1 Twig for Nose
- White Paint
- Orange Paint (optional: for nose)
- Red Paint (for buttons)
- Wood Screws
- Paint Brush
- Wood Glue
- Floral Wire (optional)
- Chainsaw or Hand Saw
- Palm Sander (optional)
- Paint Brushes
- Staple Gun (optional)
- Hot Glue Gun (optional)
- Acquire logs with bark still attached. You will need short sections of logs with different diameters (3-4 different widths).
- Brush off the logs to remove loose dirt or debris. If smooth edges are desired, use a sander to round over the top edges of the three sections of logs that will be used for the body of the snowman.
- Apply a light coat of white exterior paint to the bark on the outside of the logs (and the top of the logs). Set aside to dry. When the paint is dry, stack the three body sections. If additional stability is desired, you may wish to drill a hole in the center of each log section for the insertion of a few inches of dowel rod (or you could use rebar if you are stacking a tall snowman).
- Using a saw, cut a thin slice of the log to make the rim of the hat. The size of log you choose will depend on the diameter of the head of your snowman (top section of log). You will want the rim of the hat to be slightly larger than the head. Next, cut a narrower section (not as wide as the rim) of the branch to serve as the top of the hat. It can be short, or tall, and straight, or crooked. Round off the top edges of the hat with a sander if you want a finished edge. Use 2-3 wood screws to secure hat to rim (from underneath).
- Using a saw, cut 2-3 thin slices of circles from a branch (for the buttons). Drill a small hole in the center of the buttons so they won't split when you insert the screws. Paint the buttons and allow to dry. Use a wood screw to attach buttons to log.
- Find a twig to use as the nose of your snowman. Use as is or whittle into a carrot shape. Paint if desired, or leave natural. Drill a hole and insert twig nose on snowman's face. If you are using charcoal or small pieces of charred wood for the eyes and mouth, it is easy to attach these pieces by drilling shallow holes and then using some wood glue to hold the pieces in place. Allow glue to set.
- If desired, find some skinny branches to use as arms. Drill holes where arms will be attached and insert branches. Mittens can be draped on the ends of the branches.
- Finish hat by stapling a ribbon around the log just above the rim. Use wire or hot glue to attach pine cones, berries, or other natural decorations. You can use wood screws to attach the hat to the body of the snowman if you think it is necessary (or a dowel).
I think it would be fun to make a group of snow people, and/or snow animals, using a skiing, lumberjack, penguin, reindeer, bears, or North Pole theme (with elves). I would love to hear your ideas. What do you imagine?