Make your own adorable little sock snowman...
Isn't this little snowman just the cutest? I think he'll add a lot of personality to my Christmas decorations this year.
It's the first time I tried making any sort of sock doll and I think he turned out great...
I came across the idea of sock snowmen on the sock crafts for kids page at "Danielle's Place of Crafts and Activities". I've kept pretty closely to Danielle's method but tweaked one or two things here and there. Incidentally, her site is definitely worth checking out for loads of other fun projects.
For this snowman craft project you will need:
The only thing that's really essential is the white sock, so don't worry if you don't have all the other stuff - you can improvise! If you don't have spare buttons for the eyes and nose you can always use twigs and stones from your garden, or just draw on a face instead. If you can't find polyester toy filling then you can just fill the snowman entirely with rice, beans, toilet paper, or the stuffing from an old pillow.
For the socks, you can use mens, womens, or kids socks, depending on the size of snowman you want. I'd recommend women's socks for a cute size. I tried using a men's socks to begin with, but the snowman was *huge*, like a giant marshmallowy door-stop.
To make the main body of the sock snowman, see these instructions at Dannielle's Place
The only variations I'd suggest to Danielle's instructions are:
As an alternative, here's a slighly simpler way of making a sock snowman without any arms. The only thing I'd suggest doing differently than this video is using only a bit of rice in the bottom of the sock and then filling the rest with toy stuffing. I tried making one snowman with all-rice stuffing, and he looked OK but he was also kinda saggy and bloated. Just warning you :-)
Now that you've made your snowman, it's time to decorate him!
To make a beanie for your sock snowman, put the red sock on his head and tie a rubber band to mark the size of beanie you want.
Snip of the excess sock, leaving about an inch spare.
Replace the rubber band with yarn, then snip the end of the beanie into strips to make a pom pom.
Glue or sew buttons for the chest and face. I sewed them them on, but honestly it was a bit fiddly and next time I think I'll just glue them on with hot glue or epoxy.
To sew on a button: sew into the snowman then through the button, keeping the thread very loose. Go around two or three times, so that you have three loose loops of thread joining the button to the snowman. Then gently pull on the loose ends of thread to tighten and knot the loose ends of thread under the button.
My snowman's face:
With the leftover piece of red sock cut a 1 inch strip in a spiral to make a scarf. Cutting in a spiral lets you make the scarf as long as you want. Make lots of little cuts at each end to make tassels for the scarf.
Congratulations on finishing your sock snowman! How did he turn out? If you have any questions or comments about this project, or just want to say hi, please contact me with this handy form.
Looking for more snowman craft ideas? Check out these other snowman Christmas crafts on our site:
Happy crafting :-)