Tube Sock Snowman
- 1 men's white athletic tube sock
- yarn or rubber bands
- black permanent marker
- red baby sock
- decorative holiday fabric and felt
- craft glue or a hot glue gun
- assorted bits and pieces (buttons, bows, pipe cleaners, sticks, etc.) from around the house
- To start the snowman's body, take the sock and make sure it is actually a "tube" sock (it should be straight with no bend for the heel and foot). Most socks have a smooth surface on the outside and a textured, rough, loop surface on the inside. If you prefer the snowman to have a textured body, turn the sock inside out.
- Hold the top of the sock open and fill the sock roughly two-thirds full of rice (this will form the body of the snowman, give him weight so he remains stationary, and enable him to have a flat bottom so he can sit solidly on a table, desk, or mantel).
- Tie a piece of yarn or secure with a rubber band to form the snowman's body and head. A large ball for the body and a slightly smaller ball for the head. Divide the sock accordingly with slightly more than half of the rice toward the bottom and the smaller amount above, forming the head. Leave about one inch or so of the sock above the head to secure the hat and tie off with yarn or rubber band.
- Stretch a red baby sock over head to form a hat. (I could not find red baby socks so I purchased white ones and died them with Rit fabric dye.) Of course, any color will do.
- Decorate the snowman and give it some personality. Make decorating the snowman a "treasure hunt" of things found around the house and outdoors. Pieces of felt, colorful material, holiday gift-wrap ribbon, buttons (matched and mismatched), fabric pom-poms for facial features, and clothing accessories.
- Where the yarn divides the snowman head and body, cut a length of decorative felt or plaid/holiday-print material and wrap it around his neck to form a scarf. A brightly colored pom-pom might make a fun addition to the top of the hat. Be sure to add eyes (either "googly" eyes, buttons, or painted with a permanent marker), a nose (an orange "carrot" cut from felt or a piece of pipe cleaner will do the trick), and a line of buttons (I cut circles from craft foam) down the snowman's front to complete his ensemble! Small sticks or pipe cleaners may also be inserted into the snowman's body to form arms. Craft glue will hold the decorative bits in place or a hot glue gun may also be used to attach the pieces.
By Melanie from Wilkesboro, NC
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Great idea! I'm hosting a ladies' meeting with a snowman theme in Jan. and this will be neat to make as table decorations!
This is SOOO cute & so very simple... This could be a great Craft for Nursing home residents or grandkids too!
* THANK YOU!
PS, Bird food, lentils & tiny rocks work as well to fill your snowman with... Try to use "NONFOOD" items (like crushed "pea-gravel", or clean course sand) from the home store where rodents & mice are a problem... Because, when you store your creation in your attic or garage, you don't want to find a mouse nest in it next year!
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