I remember making these in elementary school for our holiday party craft one year. They are cute and easy to make. The girls love them and it's made out of things that you can normally find around the house. If not then the most expensive thing is probably the pack of socks. The items can be substituted with other things as well so don't feel like you have to use everything I used.
The Items I Used:
- tube socks (white)
- scrap fabric (2- 1ft strips per snowman)
- hot glue gun
- eyes (normally used to for crocheting/doll making)
- a measuring cup or a scoop of some sort for the rice
- Elmer's/white (water-based/non-toxic) glue - Optional (if making the nose out of fabric)
- rubber bands
- A nose (I used fabric)
Making the Nose (Optional Step)
This isn't a necessary step if you use something else. All I did was take a small piece of orange fabric and roll it into a shape of cone or if that isn't something that is easy, roll it into a tight tube-like shape and let it dry.
If you used a tube shape, you'll need to trim the nose when it's done and shape it into a carrot. You'll need more glue to keep the fabric still. (Picture below for an example of how it can look after trimming.)
Cutting the Sock
|Left: Hat side. Right: Body|
Adding the Eyes
The bottom half of the sock is going to be the bottom of the snowman. So that leaves the middle to almost the top part of the sock for you to figure out where you need to put the eyes. 1 inch, or a little more, from the opening needs to be free to tie off later. I'd say about 2.5 inches (maybe 3 inches) from the top should be a good place for the eyes.
Fill the Sock
So, now, you fill the sock. Not all the way to the top.
Stop when you reach just below the eyes or maybe exactly where the eyes are placed. It depends on how heavy you want it.
Tie It Off
Separate the Head From the Body
That's how you separate it. I bent the head back so you can see it. The head will wobble a bit but that's okay. Just don't let the kids throw it around. It will either loosen the top rubber band or rip the sock. Either way it will be a mess.
In the end of this step, you'll have this cute sock creature but s/he need to have a hat. You'll need that hot glue gun ready.
Add the Hat
Now take the other part of the sock that you set aside and put it on top of the head. It will curl up a bit which is good. You'll need to fold it back a little, like the picture shown above.
Then glue it down with the hot glue gun. I do a dot on the forehead, both sides of the head and the back of the head. It will keep it on.
Get Your Fabric And Cut It
You need two long strips of fabric. These should be about 1 foot long so you can have creative freedom with it. I had to tie bows several times for the girls. The extra length is good for that.
Tie On the Scarf
Wrap the scarf around the snowman's neck as you desire. Trim whatever excess fabric off the end and keep it in place with a little bit of hot glue. I always glue down the part of the scarf by where I tied it to keep it from flying everywhere. It's a preference thing.
Tie Off the Top
*Note: If the fabric is fraying too much, trim off the fray and add clear nail polish or Elmer's/white glue to the edges. It should stop it from fraying too much. There are a lot of ways to go about doing it.
Add the Details
There are a lot of things that can be substituted in this craft with whatever it is you have at home.