Daughter: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!! Yes, yes, it is!!! December is here!!! I love Christmas time, so much that I have finally decided to stop fighting all the “Before Thanksgiving Celebrators” and joined them! Last year was my first year joining them. Before that, I was a firm believer in nothing Christmas before Black Friday. But I got to thinking about it, this time of year brings me so much joy, why not prolong the joy. I, for one, love the anticipation of an event, any event……it’s the best part! So, if I can make my Christmas season longer, hey, why not?
I knew I wanted to make some new decorations this Christmas and I have a tendency to think my three girls are still “little” girls and want to help mommy craft, lol. The beginning of November I set a Saturday aside as a crafting day. I sent a group text to my girls letting them know so there’d be no excuses. I was reasonable enough to accept that they each would probably have to work at some point that day but when they weren’t at work they were to be with me in the playroom, that I turned into our holiday crafting room, making wonderful new creations.
The main craft I wanted us to make were these Spindle Snowmen. I had seen them all over Pinterest, I loved the fact that I could use the colors that I decorate it! So often I find great decorations but they are in the wrong colors, so these were perfect.
Here are the supplies we used:
Spindles from our local hardware store. They had two sizes so we bought a few of each.
Spray paint and primer in white.
Fabric in the colors of my choosing.
Orange Polymer Clay
Kids mittens from the $1 store
Black pompoms (we used two different sizes)
The prep work is the longest part. First, I had my cute hubby cut the spindles to various sizes for me with his miter saw. He is so handy! He found some extra pieces of wood laying around so he also cut small square bases for the spindles. My major concern was they wouldn’t be sturdy enough to stay upright with our dogs roaming around the house. But with these bases, I knew I wouldn’t have to worry.
Next, we hung a line of string on our old swing set to hang the spindles from for an easier more even paint job. We drilled one screw in the top of each spindle to twist into the string for hanging. We didn’t need to remove the screws when we were finished painting, but you can if you’d like. Then we gave them all a layer of white primer then two coats of white spray paint. We did wait about 30 minutes between coats to give it time to dry.
I don’t have pictures of the next step but it’s pretty easy. Take the orange Polymer Clay and form carrot noses. You can gauge the size of the noses by the size of the spindles. We made different sizes because we love variety! Then bake them according to the directions on the package of the clay.
Next, we started with the hats! We used kids mittens for them. Just slide the mitten onto the top of the spindle and adjust it as far down on the spindle as you’d like. Then take scissors and cut down from the top of the mitten in strips. Then tie with a rubber band. This was my method for the hat but my girls went their own direction, lol. So, just have fun with it and come up with your own unique ideas! Next, we used the black Sharpie to draw on the eyes and mouth. Here’s another area to use your own creativity.
Next, pick out your fabric for the scarf. Here we just cut a wide strip of fabric and tied it around the neck area. And to wrap up your Spindle Snowman, using a hot glue gun, glue on the pompoms for the buttons and the carrot nose! And there you have it…..a totally cute new winter decoration made to match whatever the color of your decor! You might notice that one of our snowmen has on a vest and has arms, lol. That would be my husband’s creation, he always likes to stand out in a crowd!!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and that it inspires you to make your own spindle snowmen! If you do, please comment with pictures so we can Oooo and Ahhhh over them with you!!
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