Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tutorial Thursday: Paint stick Snowman

So I planned to share the tutorial for this little guy
back at the beginning of the month.
You know - when everyone was all about WINTER and not Valentine's Day.
But I couldn't find him!
I started making these back when I taught 2nd grade in Utah - so 2001.
Wow! 10 years ago - that is SCARY!

So I emailed all my Utah teacher buds and I was like -
Three had no idea what I was talking about,
but one rad friend said her son just made one! HOLLA!
And she would send me a picture.
Guess what?
I find mine and all my supplies about 2 hours before I got her email.

So here we go!
You'll need:

  • Paint - red, black, white
  • medium gauge wire
  • paint brush
  • googly eyes
  • buttons (wood or regular)
  • ribbon or pipe cleaner
  • drill or dremel tool
  • glue gun or craft glue
  • fabric scrap

  • I got my paint sticks from Lowe's.
    The paint guy was super nice.
    I said I wanted to make a project with my kids
    and he gave me a handful.
    Never hurts to ask!

    I honestly don't know the gauge of the wire,
    because I've had it since I started making these in 2001.

    Paint your stick - white on the bottom and black on top.
    And let it dry.
    Take your fancy drill that your husband
    got you 10 years ago when you first made these,
    and drill two little holes near the top.

    You can make him cute however you want.
    I used colored googly eyes, pipe cleaner, and wood buttons.
    I painted the wood buttons black and red - I like how they are 3D.

    I also added a little Deco Art Snow-Tex
    to the top of the nose and buttons for fun.
    But you could just add white paint for a similar effect.

    To paint the mouth, I take a round top pin,
    dip it in the paint, and then press straight down.
    Practice on paper first :)
    Glue a piece of ribbon or pipe cleaner where the
    white and black paint meet to make the hat brim.
    And a fun pom pom for some pizazz.
    Tie a scrap of fabric around his neck for a scarf and he's all decked out.
    Make the hangy wire thing!
    Poke the end of the wire in through the front,
    leaving enough to wrap - and secure.
    Make the drop as along as you want -
    then wrap around a pen or pencil to get the loops.
    Finish off on the other side.
    I used my wire pliers to wind it around

    Now you have a fantastic little Paint stick Snowman to hang
    and be January festive!

    I'm linking up HERE!!!!

    Fine Print:
    Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal use. Please be kind and give credit where credit is due. Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.


    Amy said...

    That is so cute. My daughter came home from pioneer girls monday night, they made these but on tongue depressors and hot glued a pin to the back. So adorable. I love your ideas.

    Staci said...

    Cute! I will have to this with my bible class. Thanks

    Jami said...

    This would be a great project for my girl scouts to do! How cute! :)

    Susie B said...

    This is too cute! I love snowpeople! I will be tagging this for sure to try next year! Great post!

    ~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* said...

    Cute! Glad you found yours.

    Emily Carter said...

    What a cute snowman! Thanks for joining the party!

    Unknown said...

    These are just too cute! What an easy and fun kids craft!

    Thanks so much for linking up to FFA!

    Hannah @

    Amanda said...

    Cute! Love the snow on his nose :)

    BollingWith5 said...

    I just finished making these. They came out adorable. If you'd like a pic, sent me your email address.

    BollingWith5 said...

    I just finished making these. They came out adorable. If you'd like a pic, sent me your email address.


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