Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to start the Christmas decorating, at least in my house. I always wait until after Thanksgiving to start my holiday decorations.
I ventured out looking for a real tree today, but didn’t find one that screamed “take me home”. So I will go back in a few days and try again. We had real trees growing up and I still love them. They do make a mess, with all the pine needles but I love the smell, so I will put up with the frequent waterings and vacuuming of pine needles.
But today, I want to share with you a super cute snowman door hanger craft. It seems like every craft I want to make this year is all about snowmen. Are you all the same way? Each year there is something that catches your eye, whether it is a craft project or changing up your Christmas tree decor.
First, I drew out a paper pattern for the snowman head, brim of hat and nose and traced it onto a piece of wood.
The snowman head is 12 inches across and 15 inches high, the brim is 3 1/2″ high and 15 inches in length. The nose is 5 1/2″ long and about 1 3/4″ wide at the widest point. Below are the list of supplies needed. I have also included some affiliate links for your convenience.
Supplies Needed for this Project:
1/4″ wood board, plus scrap piece of 1/8″ birch wood
Jig Saw and Scroll Saw
Drill and 1/4″ drill bit
Wire and Wire Cutter
I cut out the snowman head and brim of hat with the jig saw and then used the scroll saw to cut out his nose.
Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the wood that I cut out. It is just a piece of 1/4″ pine board I picked up a Lowe’s.
I started with painting all three of the pieces individually. I use Apple Barrel acrylic paints. They are my favorite. I used basic black, pumpkin orange and white.
The good thing about using acrylic paints is that they dry super quick. I put a couple of coats on each of these pieces.
Here are the finished painted pieces. You can also paint the back of the piece if you like. It is totally up to you.
Once everything had dried. I glued the brim of the hat onto the snowman head.
I let the glue dry overnight. I like to use Elmers Craft Bond Glue . It dries fast and clear.
Once that had dried, I drew the eyes on the snowman. I just used a pencil and eyeballed where I wanted to place them.
Then I just used some black paint to fill in the lines of the eyes. If you think the eyes are too small, just keep painting around them until you get the size you want.
Next, I drew a mouth. I just eyeballed this as well.
Then, before I painted the mouth, I decided to add some pink cheeks.
I didn’t have any pink paint, so I just improvised and mixed red and white together until I got the color I wanted.
I just used the round sponge brush and dabbed a small dot onto each side of the snowman’s face then took my finger and blended it until I got the color I wanted.
Once that was completed and dried, I needed to add the carrot nose. But first I wanted to give it some definition. So I took a sponge brush and dabbed it in some black paint then wiped the excess off the sponge until it was almost dry.
Then I lightly brushed the sponge across the nose.
After that dried, I glued the nose onto the snowman’s face.
I let that dry overnight. Then the next day I was ready to install the wire hanger. I already had a roll of wire. But if you are looking for some good heavy wire this is what I use. It is perfect for hanging craft projects.
I took a drill and drilled a small hole into the top part of his hat and then inserted the wire through the hole. I wanted the wire to be visible on the front. So I took a pencil and wrapped the wire around it so it couldn’t be pulled back through the hole.
I used about 15 inches of wire on this. I wanted to make sure I had enough to twist around the pencil and leave a goo0d amount of wire for hanging,
Now it is ready to be hung….but I did want to add one more thing to it to make it complete.
I thought he needed his own “Frosty” name tag. I cut this name tage from a scrap piece of 1/8″ birch wood. Drilled a hole in it and then painted it silver enamel.
Once dried, I wrote the word “Frosty” on the front of the tag. I just free handed the word and let that dry. Then I did the same thing I did to the nose. I used a sponge brush and black paint. I wiped off the excess paint on the sponge and lightly brushed the tag.
Then I used the same size drill bit to drill a hole at the top of the name tag.
Then I added some twine so I could hang the tag onto the snowman.
I had a roll of twine on hand, but if you are looking for some, here is a good option.
Now ready for hanging on your door to great all your holiday guests.
You could also use this outside; however, I would make sure it was under a covered porch area. I alsow would put a coat of polyurethane on it as well.
And if crafting your own snowman isn’t your thing, then you can pick one up already made. Check out these cute ones from Amazon.
What holiday crafts do you and your family enjoy making?
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