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DIY Log Snowman Tutorial

DIY Log Snowman

DIY Log Snowman

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!

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?

Comments

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 17, 2020:

Great work

sierradawn lm on December 27, 2013:

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!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on December 27, 2013:

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.

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on December 20, 2013:

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.

lesliesinclair on December 18, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 18, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 18, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 18, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 18, 2013:

@kislanyk: Thank you, my friend. Appreciated!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 18, 2013:

@DebMartin: And I love that you LOVE them. :-)

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 18, 2013:

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

happynutritionist on December 18, 2013:

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!

DebMartin on December 18, 2013:

Oh, I LOVE these guys.

Marika from Cyprus on December 18, 2013:

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

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on December 17, 2013:

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

mel-kav on December 17, 2013:

I absolutely love these snowmen! How cute!

aredey on December 17, 2013:

@tonyleather: Good creative way

RuthieDenise on December 17, 2013:

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.

sybil watson on December 17, 2013:

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

Fay Favored from USA on December 17, 2013:

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

CampingmanNW on December 17, 2013:

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

Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on December 17, 2013:

These are sooooo adorable. Congratulatons...Lot

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anonymous on December 17, 2013:

Very cool project. Congratulations on getting LotD!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Mickie Gee on December 17, 2013:

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!

SteveKaye on December 17, 2013:

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.

willatin on December 17, 2013:

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

suzzycue on December 17, 2013:

I agree these snowmen are adorable!

Erin Hardison from Memphis, TN on December 17, 2013:

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.

ColettaTeske on December 17, 2013:

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

Dawn from Maryland, USA on December 17, 2013:

Congrats on your LOTD!!! :)

DebW07 on December 17, 2013:

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

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on December 17, 2013:

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

Ruthi on December 17, 2013:

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!

ComfortsOfHome on December 17, 2013:

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.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on December 17, 2013:

Adorable. Pinned.

jen17 lm on December 17, 2013:

These snowmen are really cute, great idea!

BarbaraCasey on December 17, 2013:

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

bhandelman87 on December 17, 2013:

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.

GrammieOlivia on December 17, 2013:

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

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 17, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2013:

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!

ShelbyLinMarie on December 17, 2013:

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.

tonyleather on December 17, 2013:

Interesting idea for a snowman! Thanks!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@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.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@Virginia Allain: Many thanks, Virginia.

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@lidiyahuong: Thank you!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@Sylvestermouse: Thanks, Mouse!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@winter aconite: Appreciated!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@lidiyahuong: Thank you!

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

@sousababy: Thanks, Rose. Appreciate the pin.

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on December 17, 2013:

Delightful snowman. I love it.

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Renaissance Woman (author) from Colorado on December 17, 2013:

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

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 17, 2013:

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

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on December 17, 2013:

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

Erin Mellor from Europe on December 17, 2013:

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.

getmoreinfo on December 17, 2013:

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

RoadMonkey on December 17, 2013:

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.

lidiyahuong on December 17, 2013:

cool, wow! I like the snowmen

winter aconite on December 17, 2013:

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

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on December 16, 2013:

LOTD. Yeeeeee Hawwwww. That's great!

lidiyahuong on December 16, 2013:

wow! Interesting!

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on December 16, 2013:

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

anonymous on December 16, 2013:

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

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on December 13, 2013:

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!!!

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on December 12, 2013:

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

Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on December 12, 2013:

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.

sousababy on December 10, 2013:

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.

Awhimsicalworld on December 10, 2013:

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

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on December 10, 2013:

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

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on December 10, 2013:

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!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 10, 2013:

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!

Marie on December 10, 2013:

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

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 10, 2013:

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