Snowman Kit

Snowman Kits

Making a snowman kit is easy and fun!  They make great gifts for kids and even the adults love them!  If you have snow on your front doorstep more often than not in the winter – why not make one (or two) for the household.  Give him or her a name and he can come out to play every winter!   The first picture is one of Caden with his snoman, and here is a picture of a kit I made for my other grandson, Silas, last year: Snowman Kit

You will need:

1/4 yard of fleece for the scarf

2 glass “gems” for the eyes

3 or 4 buttons

1  two ounce pkg of Sculpey III

1 package of golf tees

two sticks for arms, about 1 foot long

one for nose about 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter and 4-5 inches long

one pair of mittens, either store bought or hand made with felt or knitted!

velcro or snaps or buttons or ribbons!

vinyl for carrier – about 9″ wide and 40″ long

drawstring – 2 feet Snowman Kit

Please read through these entire instructions first – that way you will have a general idea of what you are doing!

So, here we go…….  🙂      The first thing I did was make the “coal” pieces for the mouth.  I used Sculpey III, but you can use whichever make it and bake it clay you choose.  It’s best to work the clay first by kneading it a bit.  Be careful – the black and dark gray colors can stain your clothing!  I made 4 pieces in random shapes, baked it at 275 degrees for about 30 minutes.  After the “coal” was cooled, a golf tee is glued to the center back of each piece.  The golf tee is what holds each piece into the snowman.  Now you need to glue a golf tee onto the back of each glass “eye”.  But first use a permanent marker to blacken the end of the tee.

Snowman Kit

You can check out what the face will look like on snow using a paper plate!

This makes it look like a pupil.  If you don’t blacken the end of the tee, that’s okay, but I think the eyes look kinda creepy if you don’t!  Once you have your eyes glued to the tee, move on to the buttons and glue a golf tee onto the center back of each of them.  For glue I used the E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive.  This stuff is wonderful and will glue almost anything together!  Just make sure you have adequate ventilation while you are gluing because the fumes are noxious!  🙁  You may prefer to use a glue gun.  Whatever floats your boat!

Snowman KitNow, take the short, fat piece of stick and whittle one end down so that it is in a cone shape.  You don’t have to be too accurate or perfect – imperfection, in my opinion, is better!  At this point you can paint or stain the nose orange, to represent a carrot, but I like my noses left natural.  The sticks for the arms are great if you can find some with a fork on the end, as the fork holds on the mittens a bit better, especially if there is a breeze.

Your pieces and parts are now done!  On to making the scarf, which doubles as the pieces and parts holder!

Snowman KitFirst, turn the edges down on both long sides and sew a seam.  If you are working with fleece, you don’t have to worry about raw edges!  If you are working with fabric that will ravel, either zigzag the edges, use nonfray glue, or turn the edges twice and sew the seam.  Once the seam is sewn, fold the scarf in half lengthwise, right side out, and place all of your pieces and parts along the scarf so you can figure out where to Make A Snowman Kitput them.  I prefer to put the nose in the middle, but you can put each piece wherever you choose.  Make sure there will be enough room in each pocket for each kind of part you have made, leaving an empty pocket in between.  In other words, you will need a pocket for the nose, one for the eyes, one for the buttons, one for the coal and one for the mittens.  Once you have determined where the pockets will be, sew a seam Make A Snowman Kitcrosswise (making the pocket).  Now sew a crosswise seam 3 inches from each end of the scarf.  You can cut the material (easiest to do if you are using fleece) to make fringe at both  ends of the scarf. If you prefer, you could always add yarn fringe.  Finally, sew the length of the scarf, skipping each pocket, and back-tacking for each start and stop.  You should now have a scarf that has five open pockets.  Now is the time to attach your preferred method to close four of those pockets – the ones for the mittens, eyes, buttons and coal.  The pocket for the mittens really doesn’t need a closure, but since I was using ribbon (which will dangle when the scarf is on the snowman) I wanted it to look more even so I put a ribbon closure there also.  The pocket for the nose doesn’t need a closure!  You can sew in velcro tabs, buttons, snaps or ribbons.

Make a Snowman KitThe final step is to make a carrier for the entire snowman kit!  I found this really cute vinyl tablecloth at WalMart and thought it would make an adorable carrier! It’s fairly waterproof so it can be left on the snow and the contents shouldn’t get wet!  I simply cut it into one long piece four inches wider than the nose for the width, and for the length I measured the arms and added five inches – twice.  So, for the snowman kit pictured, the width    Make A Snowman Kitwas 9″ and the length was about 38 inches (each arm is about 14 inches long, so 14 x 2 = 28, plus 5 x 2 = 10, for a total of 38)  I folded the vinyl in half, inside out, and sewed up each long seam.  On one side of the long seam, however, at about 1-1/4 inch from the top, stop – back-tack, leave about a 1/4 inch gap, then back tack again and finish the seam.  This is for the opening in the pocket that will carry the drawstring.  Now turn down the top  Make A Snowman Kitdown about 3/4 inch and sew a seam all the way around.  You might want to do this twice – just to make sure it won’t stretch or tear. Once all of the sewing is done – throw the whole vinyl carrier in the dryer for just a few minutes.  The hot dryer will take the wrinkles out of the vinyl. Insert the cording and you are done!  I also put jingle bells on the end of the cording – just for kicks and giggles!

Make A Snowman Kit

Fold up the scarf with the pieces and parts inside their pockets and slide down into the carrier, slip the arms in and cinch up the drawstring!

I hope you make one!  They are so much fun and can easily be made while the kids are in school or snuggled in bed at night!  And don’t forget to give them a great name!  Crystal or Snowball or Frosty or Twinkle……………..

Snowman Kit for Etsy

 

 

Here is a picture of some of the future (soon to be made) snowman kits I will be putting in my Etsy store this next week!

 

Here are a couple more pictures of my grandkids with their snowman kits.  Have  you noticed that the actual snowman hasn’t changed in any of the pictures with my grandkids – just his/her accessories!  Now that’s what I call Lazy!    😉   

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Mia

 

 

Snowman Kit

 

 

Emery

 

 

 

 

 

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68 thoughts on “Snowman Kit

    • This would be a great project to tuck away for later! Just don’t forget to buy some fleece while it is on sale and in the stores! It’s so hard to find during the summer! Once you know what you are doing and have all your supplies on hand, it doesn’t take any time at all to make one, just a couple of hours! Thanks for stopping by Steph – I see your latest post is about chicken noodle soup – so I’m going to slide on over and check out your post!

    • You know, when I saw your story about your little girls playing in the snow I thought what you needed was a snowman kit! You should make one for them – they would love it! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for hosting!

  1. What a cute idea! I wish I knew more little kids that actually see enough snow to build one. Yes I live in Michigan but all the little kids I give gifts to live in much warmer climates!
    Thanks so much for sharing on A Humble Bumble’s Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

    • These are great whether you visit the snow only once a year or live in it! Maybe you should make one for yourself! Thanks for stopping by, Kerry!

    • Oh – I hope you have snow and make a snowman! These do make a wonderful gift, especially since they are fairly inexpensive! Thanks for your thoughts, Candace!

  2. I LOVE this idea! I am going to be a grandma in 2014 so I see making these in my future! Love, love, love. Thanks for sharing on our Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

    • Thanks, Debbie! Yes – make a snowman kit for the little one – then get a picture every year as they grow with their snowman! Congratulations on being a grandma. Let me tell you, it’s the best job in the world!

    • Oh my – in the 80’s!!!???? Wow. We are having record lows here in Northern California – got down to 27 last night and may get down to 24 degrees tonight. I think our orange tree is kaput. 🙁 I hope you enjoy your holidays!

    • Thanks, Debra! My grandkids are pretty special – all four of them! We can’t wait to get up into the snow to make some more snowmen this winter!

    • We usually don’t have much here in the Sacramento Valley either, though we did get a few brief flurries on Saturday! We usually drive up the hill to get into some good snowman making snow! However, our future homestead got almost a foot of snow between Friday and Saturday – so once we move up there permanently, we will be able to make a few snowmen (or snow women) every year!

    • Thank you so much, Marci! This seems to have been a popular article as it was well timed with the first real snow of the winter for a lot of people! I can’t seem to make them fast enough these days!

    • I felt it was important to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place! 😉 I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment!

    • Haha – yes, my niece lived in North Carolina for a couple of years – from what I hear a snowman might sweat to death there! But then, here in Northern California, we have had more than a week of freezing temperatures at night! I think our orange, lemon and mandrin trees are all suffering! 🙁 Oh well. Not much we can do about it now. Thanks for stopping by, Kristina and Millie!

  3. What a great idea! My favorite part is that you’ve made a pouch to keep it in, and will use it for years to come. What fun for the grandchildren! Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.

    • Thank you, Kathi! Every part of this snowman kit should last for years! The only caution is to make sure the scarf is dry before putting away. Moldy scarves are not nice! See you at the hop!

    • They are a lot of fun, and I have been “perfecting” the kit for a year now to make it easier to use and store! Judging from the comments I have received, I think I finally got it right! They really don’t take long to make and they are so appreciated by the little (and big) kids! It makes a great “family” gift also!

    • It doesn’t take very long to make one of these, but the funny thing is that once you make one, the rest go a lot faster! Especially if you have several to make! Do them assembly line fashion, and they will be done in no time at all! If you do make one you should post it on your blog and let me know because I would like to see it! Thanks, Jayleen.

  4. G’day How cute! Thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty Pinned
    Please revisit (if you haven’t already); comments and shares always welcomed as well as visiting someone else at the party
    Cheers! Joanne What’s On The List?

  5. I have two snowmen kits and both of them were given to my as gifts. One is very similar to this and the other is a smaller one. We have used them multiple times. They are definitely a great gift! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • Hello, Coco – nice to meet you! Why yes, I would like to party with you also! Thanks for the kind words, and I’ll see you later!

    • Sorry, Bobbie, I don’t have my Etsy shop open yet! It seems every time I make a snowman kit or two, a friend or neighbor or family member sees it and just has to have it! I hope to get the shop open soon. In the meantime, you should try to make one yourself! They really aren’t hard to do!

      • I can certainly see how that happens! They are so cute! Guess I am just going to have to find the time and make a kit for my grandkids for Xmas! Thanks for getting back to me, much appreciated.

        • You are welcome, Bobbie. Just put on some nice Christmas music and have fun making them! Then, when it’s all done, make yourself a scrapbook where you can put a picture of your grandchildren standing next to their snowmen every year! It’s a great way to record the grandkids growing up.

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  7. What a fun idea! I especially like the concept of getting the children outside to breathe in the fresh air for this project 🙂

    It is also very cute how you packaged it all up, very creative!

    Thank you for sharing it on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    • Good morning! Yes, fresh air and fun make a great combination for the kiddos. These are really quite fun to make and gift. See you next Monday!

  8. I’m totally in love with this! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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