Friday, December 05, 2008

How to make a Potplant Snowman!

I made some of these for the Castleknock Craft Fair and sold them all :-) I was a little disappointed not to be taking any home with me so I made some more. They look great just peeking out behind the leaves of a Christmas Poinsettia and make a lovely addition to a Christmas gift.

Here's what you need:

3" - 4" Polystyrene Ball
White or cream Tulle
White crepe paper
Silver and crystal/white glitter
Silver, gold or red tinsel (very thin) I got mine in Homebase!
12" x 12" sheet of Christmas patterned paper (I used Basic Grey Wassail, Dasher and Making Memories Fa La La)
Wet Glue (I used Stix2 and Scrappy Glue)
Double sided sticky tape
Wooden BBQ skewer
Foam Brush


Step 1:

Stick your Polystyrene Ball onto the end of a BBQ skewer and cover it with wet glue using a foam brush. Sprinkle with crystal/white glitter and allow to dry.

Step 2: Using a dinner plate as a template cut a circular piece of patterned paper from a 12" x 12" sheet.

Step 3: Cut the circle in half. Each half will make a cone hat i.e. you get two hats from one circle.

Step 4: Wrap the paper around into a cone shape, big enough to sit down a little on the snowmans head but not too far or you won't be able to see his face, and stick with double sided sticky tape.

Step 5: Spread a line of Scrappy Glue/Stix2 PVA along the bottom (wide) end of the cone and attach your tinsel all around.

Step 6: Using Scrappy Glue/Stix2 PVA spread a generous line of glue around the inside (wide) end of the cone and stick firmly to the glittered polystyrene ball.

Step 7: To make the snowman's crepe paper collar. Cut a 12" x 2" strip of white crepe paper and using a needle and white thread (doubled and knotted) make a running stitch along the edge of the strip.

Step 8: When you get to the end of the crepe paper strip cut the thread and make another double knot. Now carefully pull both ends of the thread so that the crepe paper gathers up. Pull it as tight as it can go and tie both ends of the thread to secure and then trim away the excess thread ends. Flatten the collar down with your hands.

This photo shows the different stages of the process.
You should end up with something that looks like this!

Step 9: Now cut a 12" x 3" strip of tulle and do the same thing as you did with the crepe paper and you'll end up with something that looks like this!

Step 10: Spread a thin line of Scrappy Glue along the edge of the crepe paper collar and sprinkle the glue with glitter. You could also use silver Stickles Glue but it takes longer to dry than Scrappy Glue.

Step 11: Thread the crepe collar and then the tulle collar up along the BBQ skewer.

Step 12: Secure the collars with a wrapped around piece of silver tinsel secured with a very generous blob of Scrappy Glue.

Step 13: Finally give your snowman a face! Use brads for the eyes, a piece of gold pipecleaner for the nose (or if you're feeling very creative a nose made from Fimo clay, painted orange) and a black marker to make dots for the mouth.

Then stick your snowman into a pot plant and your gorgeous handmade Christmas gift is all ready!


Donna! said...

OMG How adorable is that - thanks for the instructions :)

littlebit said...

Thanks a million for posting this. I was planning on asking you if you would do them as a mini class next Sunday!!

Deffinately doing to give this a shot...I loved them last week and am not a bit supprised they all sold.

littlebit said...

Sorry ...that should have read Saturday!!

Audrey said...

these are sooooo cute!!!