How to Make a Painted Wooden Snowman

Snowman Closeup Photo
Fall hasn’t officially come to a close, and yet we’ve already had record-breaking cold temperatures, and an unexpected snowstorm. Why not build a snowman that will never melt? This is a simple, inexpensive project for the whole family. I made two snowmen to display in my living room windows.

Unfinished Wood
It all starts with unfinished wood snowmen, purchased at AC Moore.

Snowmen Painted White
Spray paint all sides, edges and base with white paint.

Painted Details
With an artist’s paintbrush, add the details (buttons, eyes, and a smile) with black paint.  Instead of painting the details, you could hot glue round and square plastic buttons, and draw the smile with a Sharpie marker.

Hats Scarves & Carrots
Accessorize with hats and scarves. If you enjoy crocheting, you can quickly create this fashionable look with whatever color yarn you have on hand. Bright red is a great seasonal color, and reads well from a distance. If needlework is not your thing, craft stores have snowman building kits and accessories. For the nose, I created the look of a carrot by squeezing a foam, packing peanut into the correct shape, and painting it with bright orange acrylic paint.  Use hot glue to attach carrot nose.

Stick Arms
Making the arms is as easy as collecting a few sticks from your yard, and attaching them to the sides. You could glue them in place. I decided to use self-stick Velcro instead, because I wanted the arms to be removable for easy storage.

White Lights
I’m sure by now you’ve been wondering about those pre-drilled holes around the perimeter. They were made to hold a strand of twenty white lights, also available at AC Moore. Crafter Tip: The lights can only be pushed through from one side of the wood frame. You may need to secure the last light at the bottom with a piece of tape to keep it from pulling out from the weight of the electrical cord.

Lights at night
I turned off the flash on my camera to give you an idea of how these cute little snowmen look when lit at night. When the holidays are over, these snowmen can remain on display throughout the winter to bring a little whimsy to your home’s decor.

As an additional aside, I made these snowmen two-sided. Because they are standing on a windowsill, they can be seen from inside and outside. The lights can only be seen from one side, but seeing that smiling face when I walk by the window makes me smile too.

Happy Crafting!

All Tied Up In Knots

The Last Stitch in a Granny Squares Afghan

Photo: The Last Stitch in a Granny Squares Afghan

Crocheting is a fun and easy way to make blankets, garments, scarves, hats, toys, and anything else you can imagine. Whether you are sitting in a waiting room, passing the time on an airplane flight, or watching the kids during after school sports, crocheting is a very portable craft. All you need is yarn and a needle, which are both easily carried in a tote bag.

Crocheted Flower

Photo: Crocheted Floral Design

Whatever your learning preference, crocheting lessons are available in abundance. Formal classes are offered through craft stores, as well as fabric and sewing centers, but most people learn to crochet from family members or friends eager to share their craft. If you prefer a more social, group-learning experience, many churches have knitting and crocheting clubs that meet regularly. Another option is the local high school evening program, and of course the Internet features how-to videos for beginners and experts.

Zigzag Stitch

Photo: Zigzag Crochet Stitch

Shell Stitch

Photo: Shell Crochet Stitch

There are a multitude of stitches to choose from, including the single and double crochet, the zigzag, the shell, and the popcorn stitch. You can easily change the look of a crocheted item by: combining different stitches; changing the needle size or tension; using novelty yarns or multiple colors; the addition of beads and fringe.

Shawl Detail

Photo: Shawl Detail with Fringe and Beads

Yarn selections are amazing– textured, soft or bold colors, ultra soft, bulky versus fine gauge, heather, fiber content (acrylic, wool, cotton, nylon), ombre, and metallic. Manufacturers label their products with recommendations for needle gauge, and uses for each type of yarn. Craft stores have free downloadable project ideas with full instructions on their websites.

Turtle Doorstop

Photo: Adorable Crocheted Turtle Doorstop

Blankets make great housewarming, and baby gifts. For the college and professional sports enthusiast, team colors and logos can be incorporated into the design. Apparel, such as skirts, tops and dresses can be crocheted, but due to the open weave a lining is required, which is often knitted with matching yarn. Some of the more unusual crocheted items are stuffed animals, baby toys, handbags, pillows, and slippers.

Happy Crafting!