DIY Log Snowman Tutorial

Updated on November 25, 2016
DIY Log Snowman
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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 d├ęcor 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!

Getting Started

Time required: 2-3 Hours

Difficulty: easy

Cost: $5-15

Materials:

  • 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
  • Sandpaper
  • Floral Wire (optional)

Tools:

  • Chainsaw or Hand Saw
  • Palm Sander (optional)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  • Drill

Instructions:

  1. Acquire logs with bark still attached. You will need short sections of logs with different diameters (3-4 different widths).
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?

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        sierradawn lm 4 years ago

        These guys are just too adorable for words! Such a creative idea! I am just going to have to make me some! I have seen rustic log reindeer before but never snowmen. Bet the log reindeer would look cute in a group with some of these snowmen! Your instructions are so clear, concise, and user friendly!

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        Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

        These are probably the best-looking DIY snowmen I've ever seen. I would probably buy these if I saw them at the store. You are extremely talented and creative.

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        Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

        These are awesome! Particularly for those of us who cannot ever build a snowman due to there being no snow in sight even in winter for a very long way.

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        lesliesinclair 4 years ago

        Terrific idea for a group project, and they could be dressed up differently as the seasons change.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @CampingmanNW: You are always such a wonderful supporter. I never take it for granted. Thank you!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @favored: Sure appreciate your visit and Tweet. Thank you!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @sybil watson: Now that would be great fun... little "kinderloggers." ;-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @kislanyk: Thank you, my friend. Appreciated!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @happynutritionist: Oh, yes! A polar bear would be just perfect. Love your idea, Claudia. :-)

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        happynutritionist 4 years ago

        These are wonderful, yes, a polar bear maybe? I appreciate all the helpful lists and resource suggestions for the project and congratulate you (late) on your LOTD!

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        DebMartin 4 years ago

        Oh, I LOVE these guys.

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        Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

        Wonderful tutorial - belated contrats on your LOTD - well deserved!

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        I love your Log Snowman! Congrats on LOTD and thanks for the great tutorial.

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        mel-kav 4 years ago

        I absolutely love these snowmen! How cute!

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        aredey 4 years ago

        @tonyleather: Good creative way

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        RuthieDenise 4 years ago

        I love these log snowmen. We have some oak logs and I showed this to my husband and I am hoping we can fix one up. Thanks for sharing.

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        sybil watson 4 years ago

        What a darling project! I would do a little snow people elementary school with a school marm and a few students.

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        Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

        What a fun idea for a craft. So cute. Giving it a tweet.

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        CampingmanNW 4 years ago

        Excellent. I like it a lot (as usual) your lens is very worthy of the LOTD> Congrats.

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        Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

        These are sooooo adorable. Congratulatons...Lot

        d...Yeah!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Very cool project. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @ComfortsOfHome: I'm glad you appreciate these snowman decorations. Thank you!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Ruthi: These would be a great "calling card" for the family tree business. Nice way to advertise the service with a festive flair.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @LiteraryMind: Absolutely... unless someone gets inspired to use them for a bonfire!

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        Ruthi 4 years ago

        Oh my goodness, I cannot wait to share your log snowmen with my family! I come from a family of "tree people" as I call us - we have a family tree service business, several generations strong! Why none of us has ever thought of such a splendid seasonal display, I must wonder!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @DebW07: I do like that these snowmen are not same old, same old.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @DawnRae64: Thank you, my friend. :-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @BunnyFabulous: Perfect for a business decoration. The first time I saw these log snowmen, they were the greeters for a Christmas shop.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @SteveKaye: Absolutely. Miniature stick figures could be easily made and displayed. I like the way you think, Steve.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Mickie Gee: That would be such fun to let the "grands" make their twins. Very creative. Excellent project for your hubby and the kids.

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        Mickie Goad 4 years ago

        I just LOVE this project. My husband is handy with a saw and really enjoys helping me. I can foresee a huge log snowman family growing and growing. I bet my grandchildren would love to have their own log snowman to decorate to look like themselves!

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        SteveKaye 4 years ago

        Amazing idea. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

        People could make small "snow" figures using branches. Then they could put these on tables, shelves, and anywhere.

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        willatin 4 years ago

        great ides, It's a bit late for this year, but I will give it a try next year

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        suzzycue 4 years ago

        I agree these snowmen are adorable!

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        BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

        These are adorable! I could see these outside a shop to welcome people in during Christmastime/winter. If I had easy access to logs, I'd be up for making something like this.

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        ColettaTeske 4 years ago

        These are too cool. We don't get snow here, so these would be an awesome yard decoration. Thank you for the great idea!

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        Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

        Congrats on your LOTD!!! :)

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        DebW07 4 years ago

        I absolutely love snowmen and these are some of the most unusual that I've seen.

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        Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        These are great. Something that will last for years and years and simple to do.

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        ComfortsOfHome 4 years ago

        These snowman look so much better than most of the winter decorations in the stores, and look like they'd be a lot of fun to make too.

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        Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

        Adorable. Pinned.

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        jen17 lm 4 years ago

        These snowmen are really cute, great idea!

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        BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

        One of the best tutorials I've seen... congratulations on LOTD!

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        bhandelman87 4 years ago

        I've never thought of doing snowmen like this, but as a child I used to make a new reindeer every year. A great holiday activity.

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        GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

        What a great idea, I love it! Congratulations on LoTD!

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        Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

        Simply had to stop back by and say congratulations on LOTD! Awesome!!!

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        Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Snowmen are my choice of Christmas decorations. I have so many of them. I wish that I had the time to make a log snowman, but will pin your lens and make a few for next year. What a great tutorial. Congrats on your lens as being chosen for LOTD!

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        ShelbyLinMarie 4 years ago

        It would be fun to make a whole family of deer to use as year around yard decorations. They can always be decorated for the holidays. Thanks for the ideas.

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        tonyleather 4 years ago

        Interesting idea for a snowman! Thanks!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Merrci: They can be anything you want them to be. Also, they can go inside the house, too. My cats would rejoice in having some new snow friends to climb all over! I'm afraid they would become a scratching post. Mine will stay outdoors for now.

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        Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        This does like fun to do. Love the idea of making big or little ones! Congrat on LotD!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Virginia Allain: Many thanks, Virginia.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @lidiyahuong: Thank you!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Sylvestermouse: Thanks, Mouse!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Craftymarie: Snow doubt they are snow much fun to make. :-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Brite-Ideas: As a teacher, I sure could see students loving this project. Just don't hand them any chainsaws!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @DANCING COWGIRL: Love that Texas enthusiasm. :-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @winter aconite: Appreciated!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @lidiyahuong: Thank you!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @getmoreinfo: It just wouldn't be the holidays without a little DIY to spruce things up a bit. (Pun intended.) ;-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Dressage Husband: I'm always pretty enthusiastic with a chainsaw in my hands. :-) Thank you!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Nancy Hardin: A snow village would be perfect, Nancy. Lovely idea.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Wednesday-Elf: I think your logs would have preferred being snowmen over being burned to ashes!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Awhimsicalworld: Thanks for your "Pinterest" in this project, Lynn. :-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @sousababy: Thanks, Rose. Appreciate the pin.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @ecogranny: Love your idea for the snow carolers, Kate.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @esmonaco: I hope you do help your grandson extend your family this Christmas with a few new snow relatives. :-)

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        Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

        Delightful snowman. I love it.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Pam Irie: These are healthy sized snowmen. They've been eating their Wheaties. :-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Pam Irie: Thank you so much, Pam. You are appreciated!

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @esmonaco: Thanks, Sam! Your visits always mean so much to me.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you, Pat. Sure appreciated... both of your visits and your support.

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        Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        Stopping back by this terrific tutorial to congratulate you on LotD. Well done and very deserving of this award.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @RoadMonkey: Oh yes... these snowmen want to live there with you. Sounds perfect.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @Erin Mellor: We don't want any bloodshed! I know you can do it without loss of limb. :-)

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        Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

        @anonymous: That's right. No boring logs, unless you count the holes we bore for the decorations. ;-)

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        Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

        Someone has an artistic streak! They look great and what a lot of fun to make! Great LOTD!

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        Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

        Just back to to say congratulations on LOTD, Well deserved...

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        Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

        What a cute idea. It's unseasonably warm here so these would at least give me a little feel of festive snow and my MiL has just had some trees cut down. I'll give it a go and try not to hurt myself in the process.

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        getmoreinfo 4 years ago

        This is so cute I love the DIY projects for the holidays.

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        RoadMonkey 4 years ago

        I love this idea! We have some logs lying around the garden, left over from some wood chopping and there are always plenty of pine cones in the street from a neighbour's fir tree! Some of our logs have been used as rustic bed ends (flower beds, that is) and some left on end to use as seats, so the wooden snowmen would fit right in.

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        lidiyahuong 4 years ago

        cool, wow! I like the snowmen

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        winter aconite 4 years ago

        love it, what a great idea!!!!!

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        Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

        LOTD. Yeeeeee Hawwwww. That's great!

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        lidiyahuong 4 years ago

        wow! Interesting!

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        Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

        YAY! Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!!! So well deserved! YAY!!!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        cool. at least the logs won't look boring now

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        Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

        Oh wow! These snowmen are incredible. When I first saw the picture I imagined them as small mantle sized guys. I didn't realize we were talking about real logs here. LOL These are fantastic!!!

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        Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

        What a neat project to do with my grandson, He's going to want to build a whole family. Thanks

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        Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

        This is such a great idea! I can see using small logs for a mantel or centerpiece arrangement of snow people and critters. At the same time, I'm imagining taking advantage of the odd tree stump and adding more large logs outdoors. Maybe snow-people carolers. You come up with the most amazing ideas.

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        sousababy 4 years ago

        This is fabulous - one could add to the collection every year. It'd be a nice holiday tradition for the kids to get involved with. Pinned.

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        Awhimsicalworld 4 years ago

        I just love them , very well done, added to one of my Pinterest boards for when the time comes to make some :)

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

        So simple yet so effective! what a wonderful craft to include for those who enjoy holiday crafting projects - great idea for a classroom as well

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        Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Oh, just make an entire snow village! The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, etc. This is one of the cutest crafts I've seen in a long time. Great idea!

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        Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        I'd definitely need to do a North Pole theme with ELVES. :-) What a darling idea for an outdoor decoration. Years ago we had to take down a tree on our property that had been struck by lightning and split half-way from top to middle. If we'd had this tutorial then, that tree would have been perfect for log snowmen. Instead, we sawed it up for fireplace wood!

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        Marie 4 years ago

        Fantastic log snowmen. I've not seen this type of craft before but it looks like 'snow' much fun!

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        Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

        What a totally awesome craft! I absolutely love the snowmen and what perfect fun

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