One of winter’s greatest gifts is the snowman! We see them everywhere sporting their warm neck scarves and great big, friendly smiles! They are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Each one has its own personality and style. And they all seem so happy to be outdoors in the chilly winter air. Even on the coldest days, these scrap wood snowmen will bring smiles and warm fuzzy feelings to ‘kids’ of all ages.
Wouldn’t YOU like to be greeted, each day, by these fun-loving little snowman faces? This fun and different craft project is very inexpensive to create. It is made using scrap pieces of wood that may be lying around in your garage or workshop. Each little snowman has a simply shaped wooden body with a unique facial expression The lively personalities bloom and grow right before your very eyes as you create them. Each one is further personalized by using scrap fabric, old buttons and other materials you probably already have at home!
So, let’s get started making your own friendly scrap wood snowmen wreath! This craft activity is fun for the whole family and is a great and economical gift idea!
What you’ll need:
Piece of shirt cardboard and pencil
Scrap pieces of wood
Sandpaper or sanding wheel
White acrylic craft paint
Black acrylic craft paint
Red acrylic craft paint
Fine bristled paint brush
Fabric scraps of your choice
Old buttons of various sizes
Tiny Pom Poms (for earmuffs)
Wooden circle shape,
Wire edged fabric ribbon for bow
Hot glue gun
Step 1: Using the shirt cardboard (or a piece of heavy paper) and your pencil, sketch a simple snowman body shape. For the ones shown in the picture, each snowman measures about 6 inches tall by about 3 inches wide. A simple ‘two snowball’ body approach is all you’ll need but it is entirely up to you as to how detailed you want to get with this part of the design plan.
Step 2: Cut out the paper pattern with a pair of scissors.
Step 3: Use your pencil to trace around your paper pattern on your pieces of scrap wood. You will need 6 or 7 of them to make this wreath depending on the size.
Step 4: Using the jigsaw (or sabre saw) and wearing protective eyewear, cut your snowmen out of the wood along the lines you created in Step 3.
Step 5: Lightly smooth the edges of the freshly cut wood with the sandpaper. You can also use a sanding wheel to do get a more beveled edge if you want to, but it is not necessary.
Step 6: Using the white acrylic craft paint, paint the snowman bodies white on both sides. You will also paint the edges in order to get a uniformed look. Two coats of paint may be necessary.
Step 7: Using the fine bristled paintbrush and black craft paint, add eyes and mouth to the head section of the snowman body. If you don’t have a small enough paintbrush, you can dip a toothpick in the paint and dab it to make the eyes and mouth.
Step 8: Now it’s time to cut up some fabric scraps. You’ll need strips to use for the scarfs, hats and other embellishments you wish to add to ‘dress’ your snowmen.
Step 9: Attach the fabric pieces by using a hot glue gun, being careful not to burn yourself with the hot glue. It is a good idea to use a metal tray as a base while you are working to protect your workspace.
Step 10: Attach the mini pom pons on each side of the head to work as your snowman ear muffs! FYI- this was the only thing I had to go out and buy since I didn’t have them on hand. You could even use some pearl buttons to accomplish this look in a different way! GET CREATIVE!
Step 11: Attach some buttons to the body section of the snowmen by using your gluegun. They don’t have to be matching! Mix up the colors and textures but it does look better to at least have them approximately the same size.
Step 12: Get out your wreath base. You can cut them out of scrap pieces of pressed board or any other larger pieces of wood you may have OR you can go to your local craft store and purchase ready made ones that will just need painting. These can be of any diameter that you choose, depending on how big you want your finished wreath to be. Just remember to make your snowmen figures the appropriate size to compliment the finished size. You want it to be visually ‘balanced’ and appealing to the eye as well as showcase those smiling faces!
Step 13: Hot glue the snowmen to the wreath base, leaving a small gap between two of them (for the bow)
Step 14: Make a bow from the wired craft ribbon (of any width ) and attach it with the hot glue to the small gap you left in Step 12. Choose a color that compliments the colors your chose to use for the fabric scarves and hats!
Step 15: Get out your craft wire and fashion a hanging method for your wreath. You will only need to wrap the wire around the wreath base BETWEEN two of the attached snowmen, loop it around and secure the ends.
Step 16: Hang your wreath on your door to welcome all of your winter guests and enjoy the compliments you’ll get for having such a friendly bunch of snowmen to greet your guests, family and friends!