December 9, 2003

Snow Heads

Yesterday Maggie organized a bit of holiday ornament fun with the kids. Snowman heads. We had a lot of fun putting them together, and got a bit silly in the process. She's given me the instructions so that I can share it with all of you folk. I recommend it highly, even if you don't have kids.

You can see the ones we made. From left to right, those were ones made by Kit, me, Maggie, Mattie and me again.

Snowman Ornaments

These were inspired by Crate and Barrel's Snowman ornaments, but as Mattie said "It's much funner making them than buying them."

You'll need:
  • 2" Styrofoam® snowballs
  • Crayola Model Magic® in white (head), orange (carrot nose), and other desired colors
  • Bobby socks, age 6-18 months, in desired colors (hat)
  • Pom-poms, jingle bells (for the hats)
  • chenille stems (for arms or earmuffs)
  • black and white beads (for eyes)
  • pins, scissors, needle and thread, ribbon
To make the snowmen: Cover your snowball in a thin coat of the white model magic (or another color, if you wish). Smooth it out until it's the texture you want.

Make a carrot-shape out of the orange model magic for the nose, and push it onto the snowball.

Press black beads into the snowball for eyes.

If you wish, draw a line on the snowball for a mouth and other features. Any of these can be filled in with beads or strips of model magic.

You can use chenille stems to make arms or other features as well.

To make the hat:

Turn a bobby sock inside out. Sew across the ankle part of the sock,
separating the ankle from the heel/toe portion. Cut off the heel/toe portion, and turn the ankle part right side out. Flip up the bottom for a brim. Sew a pom-pom or jingle bell to the top, and sew a thread or piece of ribbon for hanging.

Use pins to affix the hat to the snowman as desired.

To make earmuffs:

Make the earmuffs out of model magic, and stick them to the head. Use a chenille stem across the top of the head between the muffs. You can tie thread or a ribbon to the chenille stem to hang the ornament.

To hang if there's no hat or earmuffs:

If you make a hat completely out of model magic, or if you have no hat
at all, you can hang the ornament by pressing a pin into the top and tying a thread or ribbon around the pin.

Posted by James at December 9, 2003 1:47 PM
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excellent idea! and i especially like the surprised head on the end. :) may try this out this weekend - thanks for the directions.

Posted by: beth at December 9, 2003 2:48 PM

Very cute!!

Posted by: Patti M. at December 9, 2003 3:47 PM

Nice idea. If you use colored Sculpy, or Fimo, you can even bake them to a permanent harness. Colors stay the same, too. Although, I'm not sure putting the styrofoam balls in the oven is a good idea. But since Sculpy doesn't shrink, it will work on anything else round.

doesn't styrofoam just disolve in heat?

Rui

Posted by: Rui at December 10, 2003 12:06 AM

The styrofoam would probably melt and smell bad, but it might be fun to try.

Crayola Modeling Compound does stiffen to a permanent shape, but it remains soft, a little like a very light pink eraser. It's fun to work with -- different from clay.

Posted by: James at December 10, 2003 1:33 AM

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