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:
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
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.
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!
Now, 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!
First, 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 put 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 crosswise (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.
The 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 was 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 down 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!
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……………..
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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