Monday, November 25, 2013

Burlap & Twine Snowmen

I’m in full Christmas mode lately. 
There’s something about making snowmen that really makes me happy.  Last year I made some sock snowmen and as I put each one together they began to seem just like little people.
These Stately Snowgents are quite majestic themselves.
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Made up mostly from styrofoam, burlap and twine, they come together in no time at all.
And here they are all disassembled.
You’ll need, burlap, twine and styrofoam balls to start.  These snowmen are different sizes, so for the larger one, I used 6”,  4” and 3” balls.  For the smaller snowman, I used 5”, 4” and 3” balls.  You’ll need 2 sheets of black felt.  One toilet paper roll for the hats, some buttons, two small pencils (like Ikea pencils) some orange paint, fabric of your choice and some small decorations for the hat and body.  You’ll also need a hot glue gun.
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Cut the bottoms off your large styrofoam balls so the base sits flat.
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Cut the burlap in long triangle shapes to glue onto the styrofoam.
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Hot glue along edges of burlap then press onto the styrofoam.
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Apply all the triangles to the ball.  Don’t worry too much about perfection, it’s burlap and suppose to be a little rustic looking.  You can trim a lot of the stray fibers when you’re done.
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Do this for the base and middle sections of both snowmen.
For the head, I used twine and started with a dot of glue at the top and a straight pin to secure it.
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Put a little glue on the ball and start wrapping until you get to the other end.
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To put the balls together I used bamboo skewers and hot glue.
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Cut the toilet paper roll in half and cut your felt to fit. Wrap it around and glue.
Cut one circle to fit on top and glue the edges and place on top.  Cut two circles for the bottom.  Glue the circles together to give extra firmness and glue to the bottom of the roll.
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For the nose, I used a couple of pencils and some orange paint, (any orange paint will do).  Paint the pencil, let dry and then saw off what you don’t need.
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Glue on the nose and a couple of buttons for eyes.
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Cut up any old fabric (or old shirt) into a scarf and a band for the hat.
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Finish off with scarves, hat embellishments, arms (or no arms) cedar or ribbon, whatever you like.
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No right or wrong way to do it.  Use what you have and have fun.
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As a refresher, you can also make these adorable sock snowmen.  Click the picture to go to the tutorial.
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5 comments:

  1. These are darling and thanks for the tutorial:)

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  2. And you strike again ~ these are stinkin cute and I need more decorations like I need to gain another 10 lbs. Great idea for a gift though so I will forgive you.

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  3. I came over from Style Sisters to see these. They are sooo dang cute! Pinning. laurie

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  4. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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