There are at least a million other things I should be doing this Sunday afternoon, but I had such fun making snowmen out of socks this past Thursday night with my Crafting Sistas, that I just had to get back to it.
I’m sure you’ve all seen them, but these little guys are so cute and so simple to make that I had to take time out to share them – just in case you haven’t seen them, yet. I may end up with an entire family of sock snowmen.
2-3 cups of rice per snowman, scissors, ribbon, felt, buttons, glue, string, other embellishments, and socks — white socks, holiday socks, fuzzy socks, etc.
The total time to make one snowman depends upon the types of embellishments you decide to use. But a simply white sock snowman takes about 15-minutes. I guarantee that it will take less time to make one than it does to read this entire blog post. The cost also depends upon your own creative mind, but that simple white sock snowman had a total cost of about $4. In the photo above, the green sock is one that is left over from a project made last year.
Oh my gosh — how cute is this little guy?
Let’s get started.
First thing to do is cut the sock just below the heel, as shown below.
You now have what will be the body of the snowman and what can be used as the snowman’s cap. Set the cap aside for use later.
Fill the sock with rice.
As you’re filling the sock with rice, kind of smoosh (a highly technical term) it down, forming a nice round body and making room for more rice. The sock will continue to stretch as long as you’re pouring rice into it.
When you feel like there is enough rice (possibly 2-3 cups), then you can tie it off.
Just gather up the cut edge of the sock and tie it off with string, ribbon, rubber band – whatever you can pull tight to keep the rice inside the finished snowman. Don’t worry about the ribbon or string showing. It will be hidden by the cap.
Then you will form the snowman’s neck/head.
About two inches or so down from the top of the snowman, tie a ribbon or string just tight enough to form the snowman’s head.
Then begin adding embellishments.
On this snowman, I used a piece of red felt for the scarf, buttons on the front, and ball-headed straight pins for the eyes and mouth.
I cut a strip of red felt about 3/4 of an inch wide, then fringed the two ends. I wrapped it around the neck of the snowman and secured it with white glue. If you cut the felt long enough, you can tie it around his neck. I used two black straight pins for the eyes and a red one for the mouth, but you can also use scraps of felt, paint, googly eyes, orange foam for a nose, etc. After the glue dried, I inserted white straight pins into the holes of the buttons.
Now for the cap.
There are so many things you can do with the left over portion of the sock that would be the top of the sock to make the snowman’s cap.
We’ll start with the simplest (not that any of the ideas are hard to do). Using the top of the sock that was cut off at the start of the project, gather up the cut edge and tie it off with ribbon. Done. Place it on top of the snowman, and your project is done.
Or you can tie off the cut edge of the sock, then turn it inside out, and place it on top of the snowman. Done, again.
For mine, I had a sock left over from a Christmas craft of last year and used it. For this one, after cutting off the top of the sock, I rolled up the cut edge to form a cuff, then tied it off at the top with a piece of red ribbon — in a bow.
Put his cap on and your snowman is done. The possibilities are endless. See the little guy to the left, with an argyle cap and sweater? My daughter-in-law made him, using the toe of an argyle sock for the cap and glued on other embellishments. Then she cut a piece of the sock off and used it as a sweater for the snowman by bringing it down over his head and around his body. Cute? As you can she, she used the googly eyes and a piece of orange foam for the nose.
The look of your snowman or snowmen is only limited by your creativity. Have fun with it and think outside the box like my daughter-in-law did.
I love my friends in our Crafting Sistas group. We take turns hosting and coming up with the ideas. This month we not only made the sock snowman, but we also made glass block lights for fall. The total cost for these two projects was $14 per person.
And it was my birthday. They took good care of me.
Form a crafting group of your own. I promise, you won’t regret it.