In my e-mail this week was an awesome project from Crafts By Amanda that I just HAD to try right away – – – Paint Stick Snowmen. As you can tell by my title (and because I’m me) I made some changes. I think both projects look great and what I love the best about crafting is the fact that you can take a pattern or tutorial and do something a little bit different and personalize the project. It impresses me that there are just so many ways to go when you first look at a project.
I didn’t do a photo tutorial but this is a simple fairly straight forward project. Take a look at Amanda’s tutorial if you get lost.
These would look great on a seasonal tree in January. I see white bark and white lights.
- Craft sticks
- Homespun fabric
- Embroidery thread
- Whole peppercorns
- Mini buttons
- Snow scene “fabric” or quilt batting
- White craft glue
- Bamboo skewer
- Orange marker
- White paint
- Paint the craft sticks white and allow them to dry. I used two coats. On some of the sticks I use some white fine glitter paint over the last coat to add some sparkle to the ornaments. I’d recommend 2 coats of this for maximum effect!
- Break off about a third of the toothpick. Then color it orange with the permanent marker. This is much easier than getting the paint out and making a mess! I also like Amanda’s idea of using an orange toothpick and I have some colored toothpick on-hand but wouldn’t you know it there are no orange ones!
- Cut a 2 inch by 2 inch square from the material. I like the way homespun fabric drapes and how flannel looks but you can use any you have on hand.
- Glue the square to the top of the craft stick to make the hat. See Amanda’s excellent tutorial for how to do this. I found that doublestick tape works really well for attaching the fabric when you are doing a bunch – and it eliminates drying time! But when you tie off the hat with the embroidery thread leave long tail ends and tie them in a knot so you will have a hanger. I forgot to do that with mine so will have to go back and attach a loop.
- Cut a one half inch strip of the snow “fabric” and glue it to the bottom of the cap. Then trim the end off.
- See Amanda tutorial and read the comments for some additional hat ideas.
- Cut (or tear) a one inch strip of homespun fabric for the scarf. Tie it around the snowman’s “neck” and then fringe the ends. How long you want your scarf is up to you. I prefer a short scarf.
- Apply 2 dots of glue with the bamboo skewer for the eyes (cut the sharp tip off if kids are doing this project) and then glue on two peppercorns.
- Apply a line of glue for the nose and glue down the orange toothpick piece to finish the carrot nose. You could also cut a nose out of orange craft foam.
- Apply 5 dots of glue for the mouth and glue down 5 peppercorns.
- Glue 2 or 3 mini buttons on the snowman’s “body”.
- Let dry completely and the hang on the tree.