Snow has eluded us thus far, but winter draws nigh and our first snowfall is probably not far behind. I’m not a huge fan of cold weather, but I am a huge fan of crafting. Bring the snow inside without the frost with our DIY Snow Lady. This is super simple to create and something fun to do with the kids. Bonus, this wooden snowman form is designed to accommodate lights. You can plug in and enjoy at night, which really brings the crystals and the sparkle to life!
You will need:
Wooden Snowman Form
Craft felt in hot pink, teal blue, and soft pink
Soft Pink Sequins
Flat Back Swarovski Elements or Rhinestones
Mini Snowman Shovel
Decorative paper straws
20 light strand
FolkArt or Martha Stewart Texture Paint in White
FolkArt Paint in Winter White and Vivid Orange
FolkArt Metallic Paints in Blue Topaz and Rose Shimmer
FolkArt Extreme Glitter Paint in Hologram
Clear glass or plastic chunky glitter
Beacon Gem Tac
Bic black fine tip marker
FolkArt flat and detail brushes
Glue gun and hot glue sticks or
Double sided fabric adhesive tape
Paint form with two coats of white paint.
Trace top of head to make hat.
Use a pencil to lightly draw face. Paint blue for eyelids, orange for nose, pale pink for cheeks (a tiny paint pouncer is perfect here) and hot pink for mouth. I find the small flat and detail brushes work best for this. (I’m not a fine artist, so if I can do this, so can you!) When paint dries, add marker for eyeliner and outlines. Finish with a layer of glitter paint to add some sparkle to the face!
Cut felt half circle in pale pink, brim in blue, and three small hearts.
Cut thin strips of felt and secure in center with twine. Pull tight and knot to make mini pom-pom.
This is the basis for your hat.
Cut two long strips of felt (full length of felt sheet twice) for a scarf and cut fringe on both pieces. Cut mittens, two pieces of each shape. Cut blue pieces for accent on each mitten. This is how it should all look when cut.
Glue crystal flat backs and sequins to scarf, mittens, and hat using felt glue or gem glue.
Attach pieces together using double sided fabric tape, this makes quick and neat work of adhering felt pieces.
Use paintbrush or straw ends to ensure you leave space for straws or sticks to be inserted between the felt layers on the mittens. Tape together as shown.
Attach the pom-pom to hat using a strip of felt and double sided fabric adhesive. Make sure you burnish the tape down so the pom-pom is fully secured!
Attach hat to Snow Lady using double sided tape or hot glue.
Now comes the fun part! Use a plastic or metal trowel to apply texture paint. Smooth it as you go, be sure to poke through the light holes so they don’t get sealed shut. While it is wet, sprinkle glitter over surface.
I just rested and pressed the shovel into the wet texture paint and it was firmly attached when dry.
Make sure you don’t paint over your Snow Lady’s face!
Attach the scarf ends in the back with fabric tape. To attach the arms you have a few options. I used electrical tape so I can remove them and store them. Since there are lights in the back of this, it doesn’t have to be pretty. However, you can create little pockets for the straw ends using felt strips and hot glue or you can hot glue them directly on to the back of the form.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
If you want to learn how to make the light up tree, here’s the step by step tutorial for that!
Big thanks to Plaid Crafts and AC Moore Stores for sponsoring our holiday posts. We’re big fans of both of these companies. I’ve been crafting with Folk Art paints since the 1980s…seriously! Make sure you stop back before Christmas, we’ll have a final cocktail and a delicious and simple apple tart recipe for you and yours.