I have a huge collection of both snowmen and Santa Claus Christmas decorations. Our family room really gets into the Christmas spirit this time of the year when I bring them out of hiding for their yearly winter display. Long gone are the days of purchasing new items for the collection. I have so many of them, I really can’t add more. But I do still love to create Christmas decor items. This Snowman Wall Hanging is my latest creation.
My husband and I are redoing our kitchen this year as a sort of Christmas gift to ourselves. We started with a pantry makeover and ended up with a big pile of wood just itching to be made into some sort of rustic craft. There is nothing quite as satisfying for me than taking a big ole pile of wood that came from a door frame and turning it into some sort of home decor item.
(This post contains affiliate links for your crafting experience.) To make the snowman, you will need the following supplies
- Five pieces of wood – 4 sized 1 1/2″ x 5/8″ x 18″ and one sized 1 1/2″ x 5/8″ x 9 1/2″ long
- Two pieces of plywood – 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 1/4″
- 1 metal picture hanger
- Acrylic Craft paints – orange, black and white
- Hammer and nails
- Confectioner’s sugar
We started the project by measuring and cutting the wood to make the slats for the snowman’s body and also one piece to use as the brim of the snowman’s hat. The body pieces were cut square. We also cut two small pieces to use as braces on the back of the body to keep the snowman slats in place.
After a quick rub with some sand paper, we laid out the snowman pieces, face side down and used a large nail to space them. Then we nailed the plywood braces in place 2″ down from the top and bottom edges.
The next step was to cut a shorter piece of wood for the snowman’s hat brim. We cut the edges on a slight angle, since I planned to attach the brim of the hat on a angle on the Snowman Wall Hanging. The pieces of wood were already white, but I gave them an additional coat of white paint to cover any imperfections in the wood and also painted the brim of the hat black and the top of the snowman black too.
We nailed the hat brim to the top of the snowman at the join of the black and white paint, on a slight angle. Painting the hat was fun. I used white craft paint to give the impression of bits of extra snow on the top of the hat and brim for an icicle look.
I painted my snowman by hand, penciling it in first and then painting over the pencilling. If you need to use a template, you can print mine out here.
The final touch was to add a “falling snow” effect to the top of the hat. I did this by adding some wet black paint and sprinkling it with powdered sugar. This was a last minute thought and I didn’t have any fake snow to use, but it gave just the right look, I think!
That is all there is to this project. Here is my Snowman Wall Hanging. I plan to decorate this week and I can’t wait to add him to my collection! I am going to add him to the shutters at my front door entry. His slightly sad face seems to say “baby it’s cold out here!”
Have you used reclaimed wood in any of your craft projects? What did you do with it?
More of the lleft over wood was used to make a Santa Claus wall hanging to add to our back patio wall.
- Measure and cut the wood to make the slats for the snowman's body and also cut one piece to use as the brim of the snowman's hat. Also cut two small pieces to use as braces on the back of the body.
- Rub with some sand paper to smooth the edges and lay out the snowman pieces, face side down and use a large nail to space them. Nail the plywood braces in place 2" down from the top and bottom edges.
- Add a metal saw tooth picture hanger to the top brace.
- Cut a shorter piece of wood for the snowman's hat brim and angle the side edges. Paint the long wooden pieces white and the short one black and paint the top of the snowman black in the hat area.
- Nail the hat brim to the top of the snowman at the join of the black and white paint, on a slight angle. Use white craft paint to give the impression of bits of extra snow on the top of the hat and brim for an icicle look.
- Paint the snowman face, penciling it in first and then painting over the pencilling using the template as your design.
- Aa "falling snow" effect to the top of the hat with store bought fake snow or powdered sugar.
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