Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowman Projects to make

Snowmen are another one of my favorite things to display during the Christmas holiday,

Salt Dough Snowmen
Materials:  1/2 cup salt, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup water, acrylic paint in black, white, pink, green, orange, and red, paintbrush, two orange toothpicks, 6 small twigs. Felt scraps, 2 mini pom poms, 1 small gold glitter pom pom, and pink and gold ribbon

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Just be careful not to add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
Salt dough is not edible; it just won't taste very good!
Roll dough in your hands to form different sized balls. Make three snowmen from the balls, then line them up on the cookie sheet. Make sure they are touching each other so that they will be one piece after baking.
Break or cut orange toothpicks in half. Insert toothpick halves, point size out, into the each snowman head for the nose. Insert twigs for arms into each snowman. Be sure to both of these steps BEFORE baking.
Bake for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and allow cooling completely. For best results, allow to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
Paint snowmen with white paint. Use the wrong end of the paint brush to dot on colored buttons (Use green on one, red on another, and orange on the third).
Use a smaller paintbrush to repeat this method for adding eyes and mouths with black paint. Alternatively, you can use a black Sharpie marker if you prefer.
Embellish your snow family by fashioning scarves and hats out of scrap pieces of felt and adding a pom pom to the top of the hat. Add on ribbon and make ear muffs out of a small piece of gold ribbon and tiny pom poms. Use photo as a guide. Let dry completely and display.

Cardboard Cutout Snowman Ornaments

Materials:  Americana acrylics: Sand (snowman faces), Honey Brown (noses), Deep Burgundy (Santa hat, black hat band, holly berries), Hauser Dark Green (holly leaves), Baby Pink (cheeks), Lamp Black (Top hat, eyes, mouths), Sand + White (Santa cap’s pom pom and brim), and White (splatter); You  could have used hot glue to make these, or a box of Aleene’s Dry Adhesives large dots and the small dots; corrugated cardboard mailer; scissors, the holly leaves from an old silk plant;

Draw the shapes for the ornaments and cut out the pieces as shown below:

Paint the cardboard brown.  Let dry. 
Cut the holly leaves from an old silk plant.
Paint the hat with the black paint and let dry.
Put the snowman together with glue or the stocky dots as seen below:

Add the holly berries using the handle end of a paintbrush.
Use the handle end of the paintbrush dipped in black paint to dot on the eyes.
For the hangers use the floral wire.
Glue the small pom pom of the red hat.

Scrap Wood Snowman

Materials:  three pieces of wood with two being between two and three inches long and about an inch and a half wide and maybe a quarter to a half inch thick, same width and depth, pieces of Popsicle craft sticks, string, ribbon, or wire, drill, Paint colors white, green orange, blue, red

Paint the snowmen before putting them together. Give them an allover good coat of white and let that dry.
Then paint your hats in the desired colors. Once all the paint is dry then glue the hat brims on the snowmen.
Now paint happy snowman faces on the wood. Let those dry.
Once all the paint is dry you can glue your snowmen together with wood glue, hot glue or any other adhesive you have on hand that will work on wood.
The two taller snowmen should be behind the small one. The outer edges of the lower corners of the small snowman should be glued to the bottom inner edges of the larger snowmen. So you have a staggered effect with the small snowman in front of the larger ones. And make sure your large snowmen with the holes on the edges are on the correct sides.
You want the drilled holes on the outer corners.
Once the glue dries you can run ribbon, string (something heavy like jute) or wire through the holes and hang up your snowmen. They make cute Christmas tree ornaments or can be hung on the wall.

Painted Snowman Cork Ornament

Materials:  Champagne cork, wine cork, White acrylic paint, Black acrylic paint,     Paint brush or foam brush, Eyes: 2 google eyes or 2 small buttons, Scarf: fabric or felt scrap, Top Hat: black felt scrap, Nose: 3 small orange beads & 1 headpin OR orange felt-tipped marker, Black sharpie marker, Buttons: 2 small buttons or 2 small pom poms, Arms: brown pipe cleaner, Screw eye, String or ribbon, Scissors,    Glue gun and glue sticks

Attach wine cork to the rounded end of the champagne cork with hot glue.
Paint round part of the champagne cork and entire wine cork with white acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
Cut black felt into a doughnut shape with the inside circle the same size as the narrow part of the champagne cork and the outside circle approximately 1/2” wider.
Slide black felt donut onto the champagne cork to resemble the brim of a top hat.
Paint champagne cork area above the felt with black acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely.
Shape 2 arms using the brown pipe cleaner. Cut off excess pipe cleaner.
Use a dab of hot glue to secure in place.
To make the nose, thread 3 orange beads onto a headpin. Cut headpin leaving 1/2” excess wire. Push excess wire into cork until only 3 orange beads are visible. Secure in place with a dab of hot glue. OR Draw carrot nose using orange sharpie marker.
Using your hot glue gun, attach 2 google eyes, scarf, and button or pom pom.
Optional: Draw smile using black sharpie marker.
Attach screw eye to the top of the snowman.

 Thread string through screw eye and tie to form an ornament hanger.

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