A Joyful Snowman
This is one of my very favorite ornaments I’ve ever created. It was originally posted on December 4, 2009 but I love it so much that I thought I would repost the tutorial again today. All the different textures and the color scheme make me super happy.
Supplies Used: Paper Mache Rectangular Ornament (Hobby Lobby), Cream Felt, Crystal Coarse Glitter, Vintage Sheet Music, 2.5″ Sisal Brush Tree (Christmas Section of most large Craft Stores), Maya Road Mini Snowflakes, Maya Road Mini Noah Chipboard Letters, Fabric Remnant, Red, Cream and Black Embroidery Floss, Rhinestone, Gold Self Adhesive Gems, Gold German Glass Glitter, White Seam Binding, Gold Jingle Bell, 3 — Vintage Buttons, 24 Guage Wire, Fabri-Tac, Collage Pauge Instant Decoupage — Glossy, Sizzix Snowman Die, Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabber — Gold, Making Memories Acrylic Paint — Manila
Tools Used: Sewing Needle, Scissors, Paintbrush, Wire Cutters, Scalloped Scissors, Sizzix Big Shot
- Using a paintbrush apply Manila paint all along the sides of your paper mache ornament, let dry.
- Cover the top of your ornament with vintage sheet music.
- Using ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink — Creamy Brown, ink the edges of the paper mache ornament.
- Using a paintbrush apply Collage Pauge Decoupage — Glossy all over the top of the vintage sheet music and the sides of the paper mache ornament, generously apply crystal coarse glitter, tap off excess, let dry.
- Trace your paper mache ornament onto cream felt. Using scallop scissors cut out the ornament shape on the outside edge of the traced mark. This will give you a cute scallop border when you attach it to the back of your ornament. I used Fabri-Tac to attach my felt piece.
- Using a Sizzix Big Shot and Snowman die cut out a snowman from cream felt then cut out the scarf and nose out of a piece of fabric remnant.
- Thread a sewing needle with three strands of cream embroidery floss, stitch a back stitch all around the snowman’s body.
- Thread a sewing needle with three strands of red embroidery floss, accent the scarf with simple back stitching.
- Using Fabri-Tac attach the nose and scarf to the snowman, accent the snowman’s body with three vintage buttons.
- Thread a sewing needle with three strands of black embroidery floss, create the eyes and mouth by stitching french knots
- Paint a snowflake and chipboard alphas with gold paint, apply Elmer’s No Run School Glue on top of each piece of chipboard, generously apply Gold German Glass Glitter, tap off excess, let dry. Accent the center of the snowflake with a rhinestone.
- Cut a piece of vintage sheet music to approximately .5″ x 2″ trim the ends using scallop scissors.
- Using Fabri-Tac attach the vintage sheet music to the snowman’s body as shown. Attach the letters “JOY” on top of the vintage sheet music as shown. Accent the vintage sheet music ends with two self adhesive gold gems.
- Using wire cutters, cut the wooden base off of a 2.5″ bottle brush tree, attach a white seam binding bow at the base of the tree.
- Create the snowman’s arms by bending 24 gauge wire into shape.
- Attach the glittered snowflake and snowman as shown above.
- Attach the arms just under the felt using a strong liquid adhesive.
- Accent the hanger on your ornament by attaching a gold jingle bell to a piece of white seam binding then attaching it to the hanger.
- Type your sentiment “Let It Snow” onto a blank book page margin, cut out, ink with creamy brown ink, attach to the hanger.
Wishing you all a joyful holiday season.