How cute are these little snowmen?! I had way too much fun making them! They just look happy and bring smiles to all of our faces. They aren’t hard to make, don’t require any sewing, and use just a few materials. Many of the materials you probably already have on hand! Want to make your own DIY snowman decoration? Trust me, you do! 😊
- Socks (I used white socks that I got at the Dollar Store)
- Rice (LOTS of rice! You’d be surprised by how much rice fits inside of a sock! One bag of rice made around 3-5 snowmen for me, depending on the size of the snowman)
- You can also fill your snowman with beans, small rocks, or even fabric scraps. If you use fabric, you’ll still need to put beans or rice on the bottom so that your snowman stands up!
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Fabric scraps for hats and scarves
- Fabric paint
- Fishing line or other string, twine, etc. to tie snowman
Creating the Snowman
Start by cutting your sock in half. I cut it right at the heel where it starts to bend.
You can use either side to make a snowman. I actually used both. The bottom of the sock made fatter, taller snowmen and the top made skinnier and slightly shorter ones. This may not be the case with all socks, but for me that’s what happened. I liked the look of different shaped snowman and I liked using the whole sock and not wasting part of it, so I used both sides.
If you use the bottom, you can start filling it with rice now. If you use the top, you’ll need to tie the bottom closed so that your rice doesn’t fall out. Turn sock inside out and tie the end closed tight, I used fishing line for this. I tied a double knot and then wrapped the string around and tied some more knots. I just wanted to make sure that the knots stay tied nice and tight. It would just be a mess if they come untied!
Once your sock is tied, turn it right sides out.
Filling the snowman
Start filling your sock with rice or whatever you choose to fill with. I used rice on most of my snowmen, but I used fabric scraps on a couple of them and it worked out well! I just made sure that I started with a small amount of beans on the bottom so that it stood up. This is a great way to use up some small fabric scraps!
I found it best to cut a small hole in the top of the rice bag and dump it slowly into your sock. I made less of a mess that way than by using a small scoop and trying to scoop it. However works for you, begin to fill your sock. As you fill, tap it up and down a few times so that the filling settles. Keep filling until you feel that your snowman will be firm enough to stand. Make sure to leave space at the top so that you can tie your sock shut. Finally, once it’s full, tie the top tightly closed with string or fishing line.
Now, cut away any excess fabric at the top of your sock (where you just tied it) just to get rid of the extra bulk before we make the hats. Use your hands and start forming the sock into a snowman shape. Tie a piece of string around the sock to hold the shape that you just created.
Now it’s time to add some fun accessories to your snowman. This is where it is really fun to get creative and create your own special snowman. You can use fabric scraps to make a hat and scarf. I used fleece scraps. You could also use kid sized socks to make a hat or ribbon to make a scarf. There are tons of ways to embellish your snowman!
If you want to make hats like I did, all you need is a rectangle of fabric. Make it long enough to wrap all the way around your snowman’s head and as tall as you’d like it to be. I folded the bottom edge toward to right side to make a little band for my hats. I put hot glue along the bottom edge about 1/3 of an inch up and the folded the fabric together. You’ll want to fold toward the right side so that your little band shows on the outside of your hat.
Now, put the rectangle around your snowman’s head, keep it snug enough to stay on, and hot glue the back together. I also hot glued the hats to the snowman’s head so that they stayed put.
Use a bit of fishing line to tie the top of the hat together and trim off any excess if it’s too tall. You can also use some hot glue to help it stay closed or even hot glue a cotton ball on the top as a tassel.
You can use small buttons or fabric paint to make your snowman’s buttons. To use buttons, put a small amount of hot glue on the snowman and the put the button on the glue.
Use a skinny scrap to tie around the snowman’s neck as a scarf. You could also use ribbon if you prefer. You can tie the scarf in a knot or use hot glue to hold it closed.
I used fabric glue to make the eyes, mouth, and carrot nose for the snowman. You could use small buttons or markers or whatever you’d like to make a face.
Your snowman decoration is all done! I have to admit, I am slightly addicted to making snowmen. I think I have made 16 so far! We now have a little snowman village in our house and I think that it’s adorable! I hope you love making snowmen as much as I do. Post your pictures in the Facebook group when you’re done! We’d love to see them!!