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December 2, 2011

Make a Snowman out of your child's sock!

We had a blast the other night making Snowmen out of the kids' socks. Look how cute they turned out!

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We started out by reading Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner.


Supplies you will need:
  • white sock (we used a large sized child's sock)
  • felt
  • ribbon or scrap fabric pieces
  • white plastic elastics
  • beans
  • fiberfill
  • glue gun
  • googly eyes
  • buttons
  • orange, black and pink acrylic paint or puffy paint
Directions:
1. To make our snowmen, we started with a children's sock. You could obviously use whatever size sock you want depending on what size snowman you want to make.


2. My kids first added a small scoop of beans into the sock to add some weight to the bottom of the snowman.


3. Then create a ball from fiber fill and stuff it into the bottom of the sock. We then used a white plastic elastic to secure our ball in the sock. If you have little girls at your house I'm sure you know what elastics I'm talking about. I bought a huge multi-colored pack of them at the Dollar Store.


4. We made two more balls out of fiberfill the same way and secured them with the plastic elastics.


5. Next fold the top of the sock down like this and get out your glue gun.


6. You have to fold up the sock and glue it down about halfway so it ends up looking like this. I hope that makes sense.


7. To make our hat, I cut out a rectangle piece of fleece and cut slits down one entire side of it.


8. Fold the sock top completely back down again and glue the fleece halfway down, all the way around the hat. Make sure you leave enough room at the bottom to fold up the white sock to make the brim of the hat.


It should look like this after gluing on the hat.


9. I then used another small elastic to form the top of the hat, and then folded up the top of the sock to make the brim of the hat.


10. Use another scrap of fabric to make a scarf for your snowman. Just cut slits in the ends of the fabric and tie it around the snowman's neck. We made one with the same fleece material, one with a fabric scrap I had, and one with a blue ribbon. I wanted to show you how you can really just use anything you have on hand.


11. Now comes the fun part of decorating your snowman. We first glued buttons onto the snowman with the glue gun. Then we added some googly eyes. We used pink acrylic paint to make the rosy cheeks and after they were dry, we used orange and black puffy paint to add the carrot nose and mouth. Be creative!

I tried to make mine girly with the purple floral scarf and the eyelashes.


I LOVED my oldest son's eyebrows! Such a manly snowman! I think my snowman had a crush him.


My younger son was so worried about adding the details to his snowman but he did soooo good! I let them practice a little on a paper plate with the puffy paint before putting it on their snowman. I wanted them to get a good handle on how quickly it came out.


Now we have a happy little snowman family keeping our couch company by the Christmas tree.


Just to forewarn you, if you have boys, these snowmen may very well keep them entertained for hours after they discover how fun they are when flinging them at each other. No worries though, they are super soft and as of yet, I have no injuries to report. Only hours of good fun!

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30 comments:

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I love it!

Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute, and if they can withstand "brotherly love" then it must be good! :)

Betsy said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute and easy craft! I love the expression on Luke's snowman. I think he knows your snowman has the hots for the other one, and he's stuck in the middle!

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

Very creative again! I love this craft!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Lori

Brenna said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea. Think I'll save this thought for my January themes. Thanks.

Tutus & Tea Parties said... Best Blogger Tips

These are so cute! My daughter would love this.

I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party-week-sixteen.html

Rockabye Butterfly said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by Rachel! I love your sock snowmen!! :))

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! Please link up to my party...

http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2011/12/fabulous-friday-link-party-2.html

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

That turned out so stinkin cute! Pinned! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

Lindsi B said... Best Blogger Tips

What an adorable and easy idea! I love the way the snowman turned out! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-2.html

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I'm definitely enjoying the information. I'm book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and superb design.

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday!

Holly said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness - I am so GEEKED to have found your blog!!! WOO HOO! Can't wait to check things out.

Holly
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

E @ Act Fast Chef said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! So cute. And it is perfect to do with all of your unmatched socks!

Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com) said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute craft - I am totally going to do this with my kiddos in January!! And thanks for the book recommendation - I am putting a library hold on it as I speak =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Can't wait to see what you do this week,
Beth =-)

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

So fun!

Kelli said... Best Blogger Tips

So adorable! I'd love for you to pop over and link these up in my Christmas Crafts & Recipes link up. http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2011/christmas-crafts-and-recipes-link-up/

Have a great day! Kelli

maryanne @ mama smiles said... Best Blogger Tips

These are adorable! Love that you used beans to weigh them down, too!

The Sunshine Crew said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your sock snowmen!
Saw your linky at the Sunday Showcase, so wanted to pop by to say hello.
My blog is Sunrise Learning Lab.
Hope that you will pop by and see what we are up to this week.
Colleen :)

Shauna said... Best Blogger Tips

These Snowman are SO absolutely adorable and we love that book! Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us. You are amazing. I am bummed I missed your cleaning gloves giveaway. They were too cute!
Stop by sometime. I have some really fun holiday giveaways going on right now.
Take care,
Shauna
myshaenoel.blogspot.com

Miss Molly Compton said... Best Blogger Tips

What an excellent idea, they look so cute. I can imagine a little snowman family: daddies sock, mummies sock and babies sock. X

Bonne Maman said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow I love these cute little snow men..I just came accross your blog today for the first time but will be following avidly from now on... what fabulous creative inspiration - thanks for sharing your ideas.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

These are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love love them. These would be another perfect fit for Thrifty Thursday! :D http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2011/12/thrifty-thursday-linky-party-2/

Natasha said... Best Blogger Tips

In am in love with this!!! Can't believe how easy it was to make!!

And just to let you know that you have been featured on Serenity Saturday link Party!!

Hope you can come and join us again this week
www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Natasha xxx

Mindie Hilton said... Best Blogger Tips

LOl, I have snowman socks written down in my idea book, but had no idea how I would do them. These are amazing. What a great job. I bet the kids love them. Happy holidays.

Little Wonders' Days said... Best Blogger Tips

These are super cute. They are a perfect craft for Snowmen at Night. Thanks for sharing at AfterSchool.

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love these! And I am certain ours would end up attacking each other by the end of the day as well! Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop!

Raising a Happy Child said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely! Visiting from Afterschool hop.

Rachel Kaylynn said... Best Blogger Tips

These are super cute. I pinned them, we are doing a winter unit in January & even though it may be a little tricky for my boys I think we are going to try these.

Fatima Columbus said... Best Blogger Tips

they are adorable and kids will enjoy this lovely project.