I love snowmen! I love thinking about building a snowman, a real one, a stuffed one, even cut out ones! My mantle at Christmas time is full of little blue and white snowmen, I have several stuffed snowmen, my tree skirt has snowmen, you get the point. I have always wanted a snowman for my fireplace area. I have a Santa on one side and I decided this year it was time for a new edition. Enter the snowman!
I didn’t want to spend an abundance of time making the little guy so I headed to Micheal’s to find something to use. Upon walking up to the store I saw the cutest baskets that were white with some red trim and already had 3 black buttons down one section! Ureeka! Then I saw that the baskets came in different sizes. Man I hit the jackpot here. I grabbed those suckers up and headed back to the basket section because this snowman needed a hat. Can you guess what I found back there? The cutest little basket that looked just like a hat with a rim on it. It even had holly berries and leaves on it. While I was at Micheal’s I picked up some Tacky Glue and this really neat paint that looks like snow.
This project was so easy to do but had to be done in stages in order to give the glue and paint time to dry in between.
The first thing I did was remove two of the buttons from the smaller basket by carefully pulling at one edge to pop them off. Second, I glued the two baskets together upside down making sure both handles were face down. The tacky glue did great for this.
I then glued the hat basket to the head using quite a bit of tacky glue and let it dry over night. If you look closely you can see where the buttons are already starting to slide off the poor snow mans face!
With the baskets dry I proceeded to paint on the snow. I put snow on both white baskets and a little on the hat basket rim as well. This process was a little messy but a few newspapers underneath took care of the fall off. The paint was like sort of dry, sort of wet mud in texture so it was a little difficult to get on the baskets. I used a push and drag technique almost. When you start putting the paint on you will totally understand what I am talking about!
Next comes the face. I already had eyes from the buttons I pulled off previously. I didn’t like the way the black button looked as the nose so I found a large orange one instead. I also raided my button box for some small buttons for the smile. The best way to put the buttons on is with a hot glue gun. I tried the tacky glue but the buttons started sliding off! Let the little snow dude dry and set him where you want him. I love the way he turned out and all the supplies minus the buttons I already had was only $20.
Side note: What if you can’t find the baskets I did? Just find one medium basket, one small basket and one kind of shaped like a hat. Paint the medium and large baskets white with spray paint or any other white paint you have around. Let the paint dry then add your own buttons in same pattern I did! You can find a scrap piece of whatever fabric you have on hand to make the fabric wrap around the hat as well and even put a scarf on your little snow man.