Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?

Do you wanna build a snowman? Don't worry you won't even have to go outside!

Today I'm going to explain to you how to make a snowman sock puppet (it's not really a puppet, more a decoration). This is a great craft for kids (and adults!) because it's simple and not many materials are required.

What you'll need:
  • Dry beans, rice, or small pebbles (something to weight the bottom down)
  • A white sock (the crew type that goes just above your ankle)
  • Stuffing (the stuff they use to stuff pillows, you can find them in the sewing section of Walmart)
  • 3 medium sized rubber bands
  • Brown pipe cleaners (or you can probably use real twigs)
  • Fluffy orange pipe cleaner (or whatever you want to use for the nose)
  • A strip of fabric (whatever you want the scarf to be)
  • Buttons
  • Black felt dots (you can use a hole punch, or once again whatever you want to use for the eyes and mouth)
  • Glue
How to:
  • Put a few handfuls of dry beans/pebbles in the bottom of the sock (however much you think it will take, so it will stand on it's own)
  • Stuff the sock with fluff
    • Try to do it in layers, stuff the bottom of the sock 1/3 of the way up until it's maxed, then add another smaller layer on top of that, and an even smaller layer on top of that
    • STOP stuffing at the beginning of the line of the sock
  • Tie the top of the sock off with a rubber band
    • You can add a touch of fluff to it, so that when you tie it off there's a little hanging out and can be the poof on top of that hat.
  • Take what's left of the sock and fold it over what will be the head of the snowman, this will be the hat
    • Fold it down, then fold it a 1/4" up
  • Those layers I told you to make with the fluff, find them and tie a rubber band around them
    •  You're probably thinking "Oh, I should be smart about this and do it BEFORE I stuff completely." No, tried it, doesn't work and looks stupid.
  • Decorate it however you want
    • Tie the Scarf around the neck of the snowman
    • Poke the brown pipe cleaner in the side. Get inventive make fingers, add mittens, etc.
    • Use the buttons to make eyes (or the black felt dots)
    • Use the black felt dots to make a mouth (or draw one on with sharpie)
    • Cut a piece of the orange pipe cleaner and stick it in as the nose

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