I <3 snowmen! I have a ton of them! They're a bright spot in an otherwise dreary, cold winter here in Kentucky. And since they aren't just for Christmas, you can display them all winter if you want!
I saw a tutorial for these little snowmen over on the Then She Made blog. I knew the minute I saw them that I was going to be making some!
Here's what I did:
Easy, right? And how cute are these guys???
I had a little trouble finding some of the things needed - at least locally. The thing I had the biggest problem with was the buttons!
Eyes. I checked Jo-Ann's, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Target, Meijer, and a couple of other places, but was unable to find tiny black buttons to use for eyes. I ended up buying some mini scrapbooking brads - which worked very well. I just pushed them into place, then pulled them back out a little, put a dot of hot glue on the back, then pushed them back in. You could use these or buttons or whatever else you like - get creative!
Other buttons. I scrounged through my button basket and found enough to use, because I really didn't see any good buttons at the craft stores. And when I did, they were $4-5 for 2-3 buttons. So my problem was two-fold: I wanted cute buttons, but I wasn't going to pay a fortune for them! What's up with the price of buttons?? I do love the little felt buttons shaped like flowers - I found those at my local Jo-Ann's, but they also have them at Amazon. Now I try to keep an eye out during the year for unusual or cute buttons on clearance.
Patterned socks. I also had a difficult time finding some cute, patterned, low-cut ankle socks that weren't $4-5/pair. I finally picked up some at Target on clearance for $1.50. Dollar Tree didn't really have anything either. TJMaxx usually has a lot of socks, but the selection can be hit or miss. Again, this is something I keep an eye out for year round and try to pick up on clearance. It took me almost a year to find a pair of cheetah print socks! You can also find patterned ankle socks at Amazon.
White socks. I bought some at Walmart and paid $5 for 4 pairs. I usually use adult size socks, but I have also used children's socks. It depends on how large you want your snowman. I should've checked for the ankle socks there - I have no idea why I didn't! Amazon also carries white crew socks.
Noses. I looked at the craft stores, but couldn't find any locally, so I ordered them online at Consumer Crafts. I usually use the 7/8" size, but I have also used the larger 1.25" ones. It just depends upon the size of the snowman you're making and the size of the nose you like best! The 7/8"size sells for $0.97 for 2 at Consumer Crafts. If you sign up for their emails, you will be notified when they have their $2.97 shipping specials. That's when I stock up on noses. And I'm not sure why I never checked this before, but, of course, Amazon sells the same carrot noses! Theirs are $3.68 for the 7/8", 2 in a pkg - free Prime shipping. So if you're only buying 2, Amazon is the way to go - if you're buying a bunch, I'd wait for a shipping deal at Consumer Crafts.
Rice. I bought 2 bags at the dollar store, but when I needed more, I found a 5 lb. bag at Kroger for less than $2!! I never really measured the amount of rice I put in each sock, but a guesstimate would be 2-4 cups depending upon the size of the sock and how full/fat you make it. And if you want to just order everything from Amazon, they sell rice, too.
So, for me, this wasn't just a simple craft that I could throw together. It took me awhile to gather all the supplies, LOL! However, once I had everything, the snowmen were really easy to make. In the three years that I've been making them, I've given many as gifts - and I try to match the snowman to the person who is receiving it. This year (2015), I've been on a mad hunt for months to find the perfect socks for two of my nieces - one who just got married, and one who just got engaged. I think I found the socks the other day, so I can finally begin the projects!
Aren't they adorable!!?? I'm addicted. You can never have too many snowmen!!
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