We had about 3 inches of snow here yesterday. It coated the roads enough to close the schools. I don’t think it was enough to cause the normal, “I might run out of toilet paper and milk so I have to go to the store” panic though. But it was enough to get out my wooden snowman I’ve had sitting around for years.
Since he was created long before my blog ever existed ( since that has only been 5 months) and I believe, long before blogging ever existed, I had no pictures of my guy in progress.
When I first made him there was no reason to take a bunch of pictures just in case someone ever wanted to see the steps on a blog. Blogs didn’t exist.
He may have even have been made when film was in use. Gasp! I really hope nobody is saying, What is film?…and since there are a lot of steps, none of them particularly hard, I decided to recreate my 2×4 snowman.
Cut a scrap piece of 2×4 about 22 inches in length.
a. Mark on the 2×4 where you want your snowman cuts to go. He gets cut in at the neck, hips and rounded off at the top and bottom.
b. Use a jigsaw to make your cuts.
c. Can also use the jigsaw to cut in a bit at the neck. You could also do this with sander.
d. Using a palm sander, sand down all the rough edges and neck
a With a piece of scrap 1×3 wood cut out your snowman’s hat with a jigsaw curving slightly inward.
b. Cut out the brim of your hat with any thin piece of wood you may have laying around. This was a thin piece of pallet wood scrap 3 1/2 by 1 3/4 inches. Just make sure the scrap you use is wider than your snowman’s head. Sand all edges. The brim and the hat were then nailed together and painted blue. Any color will do, my old snowman’s hat color was green.
c. Cut a piece for the base. Mine was cut from a 2×5 piece of wood, the final measurements were 4 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. The edges were sanded and this too was painted blue.
Paint the entire snowman white. You can use acrylic paints, ceiling paint, leftover house paint…any kind of white paint you have laying around.
When dry, paint on buttons, eyes and a mouth.
Find a dowel you’d like to use for your carrot nose. It will need to be about 2 inches in length. If you don’t have a dowel, any stick will do, including a pencil. Sharpen the end with sandpaper, knife or pencil sharpener. to make it look carrotish. Paint with orange paint.
Here, my orange nose is drying and my entire snowman’s edges have been sanded. Holes have also been drilled for the snowman’s nose and stick arms (angled downward).
With a little pink lipstick smeared on with my finger, my snowman now has glowing cheeks. A little dab of white was also added to the eyes.
The base is now screwed on. I used a couple of leftover decking screws. The entire piece is given a light coat of stain wiped on with a rag.
My snowman’s nose is now glued in place and the entire piece is speckled with white paint. To add the snow effect, just add a couple of drops of water to white paint, dip in an old toothbrush, use your thumb to splatter the paint.
Finish off with a scrap of plaid material for a scarf (about 28 x 2 inches), and a couple of stick arms. Textured snow paint was also added to the brim of the hat, the arms and the nose.
This blast of cold air makes me long for spring, but until then my snowman can make himself at home.