Hi guys! I found the little guy on the left, when my mom and I were decorating for Christmas. This year, I decided to make him a friend. These sock snowmen use odds and ends that you have around the house, and take 20 minutes or less to make. If you have a habit of losing your socks – I have a drawer full of single unmatched socks, waiting for their mates to return – this is a great way to use them. I posted a step-by-step photo tutorial below, if you’d like to try making your own sock snowman. I think this would be a fun craft to do with the kids or grandkids, to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Better yet, you can start a tradition of making one (or 3) sock snowman each year!
To Make One Sock Snowman You’ll Need:
- 3 single unmatched socks
- 4 buttons (2 small black ones, and 2 blue ones of varying size)
- Red/Orange Felt
- Jute Twine
- 1 Rubber Elastic
- (Uncooked) Rice
- Hot Glue Gun
Here are some alternative materials to get you thinking, in case you don’t have some of the items listed above:
- Dried Beans or Peas can be used in place of rice!
- Googly eyes can replace the 2 black eye buttons.
- Yarn, string, or fabric cut into thin strips, will work well in place of jute twine.
- A hair elastic can replace a rubber elastic.
- Red/orange fabric, construction paper, cardstock, or beads can be used instead of felt!
- If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you can use a sewing needle and thread to sew the sweater, hat, and buttons onto the snowman. You can also use E6000 crafting glue.
How to Find the Above Materials for Free or at the Cheapest Price:
I’m incredibly frugal, and refuse to spend a small fortune on craft supplies when I don’t need to. Most of the supplies for these sock snowmen can be found in your home or at your local dollar store.
- Buttons: You can find buttons on old button-up shirts that you don’t wear; hidden inside your clothing – manufacturers usually include an extra button sewn to the inside of a shirt or pants, in case you lose one; or in a sewing supply box. If you aren’t able to find any around the house, you can always make a trip to your local craft store (Michaels, Joann’s, etc.)
- Socks: You can find a fresh pair of socks at your local Dollarama or Dollar Tree; but you can also use an old pair from your sock collection, or any of your single unmatched socks. Just make sure that your socks are clean before you use them!
- Felt: You can find a small bundle of colourful felt sheets at Dollarama or the Dollar Tree.
- Jute Twine: You might be able to find some old jute twine in your garage, workshop, or kitchen drawer. If all else fails, you can make a trip to the dollar store!
- Hot Glue Gun: You can find an inexpensive hot glue gun at Menards, but try to buy your glue sticks from your local Dollar store – it’s much cheaper.
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Sock Snowman Step-by-Step Tutorial:
- For the body of the snowman, I used a white fuzzy ankle sock. If you don’t have an ankle sock, you can cut off the top of the sock at the ankle.
- Begin filling the sock with rice until it’s an inch from the top. To make your snowman thicker/chunkier, squish the rice down as you fill the sock to fit more rice into it.
- Tie off the top of the sock with an elastic band (wrapped 2 – 3 times around) to close it. Cut off any excess sock above the elastic.
- Take the sock you’ve chosen as your sweater, and cut off the toe and heel. You should be left with a small rectangular tube.
- Slip the sweater onto the bottom half of the snowman. Roll the top of the sweater down under his neck. You can keep this in place with some hot glue.
- Shape your snowman by wrapping the twine around his neck, and making a bow. I used Lia Griffith’s tutorial to make a perfect bow.
- If the bottom of your sweater looks uneven, take your scissors and trim around the bottom to make it even.
- With your last sock, cut off the toe. If it’s an ankle sock, leave it alone. If it’s a full-size sock, cut the top off above the heel.
- Wrap some twine around the top of the sock, and make a bow. Trim the ends of the bow.
- Roll up the bottom of the sock to make a little brim for the hat.
- Slip the hat over the snowman’s head. When you’re happy with the placement, hold the hat in place with some hot glue.
- Decide on your button placement, and cut a small triangle of felt for the nose.
- Glue on the sweater buttons, the button eyes, and the nose.
And You’re Done!
You just made your first sock snowman. I hope you enjoyed making it, and using up some of your old socks! If you have any questions as you work through the tutorial, please send me a message in the comments below, or through my Contact page. I will be more than happy to help you!
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I hope you all have an amazing day!