The cutest snowman around

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The next craft night is right around the corner, and so is December, so of course our theme is holiday related.   We always aim to teach a craft that people wouldn’t necessarily attempt on their own, but also something that is easy.  The goal is for our guests to leave craft night inspired to make that craft again.  So, cue this cute sock snowman.

Then, I decided to take this snowman a step further.  I always do homemade gifts for the holidays for my coworkers and teachers at the school.  So this year, I’m turning this guy into a gift card holder.  Gift card presenter? Keeper of a holiday gift card?  I will come up with a cute name for him yet!  What’s for sure is that this little guy is my homemade gift this year.

One of the best things about this craft is that it is so easy.  In one afternoon, I had produced a small army for my sister-in-law to give to her coworkers.  They’re almost addictive to make.  So here we go:

I bought my socks on Amazon in bulk (a 6 pack will yield 24 snowmen) and the important thing to look for are socks that are all white.  I have come across a couple of different ways to make sock snowmen but most of them discard the foot part of the sock. I say “Use it!”  If you use socks that are all white, you don’t need to worry about cutting out the grey or gold toes/heel.  Just cut the sock in half and each sock will make 2 of these cute things.  I started with the “ankle” part, or tube, of the sock for my first snowman.

I flipped the tube inside out and sewed the cut part of the sock together.  As it turns out, sewing it is unnecessary and you can just use rubber bands! Make sure the rubber band is tight, then flip your sock right side out, again.  Now, the messy part.  Begin to fill your tube with rice.  I used rice because it was cheap. This is also great because you run the risk of more than half of your rice not making it into your sock.  Trial and error brought me to the conclusion that it is best to use a pasta spoon to transport rice from bag to sock.  I worked over a paper plate so I could easily reuse the spilled rice.

I used more rice than I thought that I would.  It’s important to fill the sock up and then push the rice down to make the bottom part bigger and have more room for additional rice.   This will make for one plump snowman!

After my snowman was adorably fat, I sewed up the top of the sock.  Again, I only did this with the first one that I made and all the others (22 to count), I have successfully made by using rubber bands.  Now, the fun part.  We get to dress him!  The possibilities of cute socks are endless, but in the end, I was still looking to not spend a lot of money on these.  Something like this would be perfect!  I cut my patterned sock above the heel and, using the tube part again, had the perfect size “sweater” for my snowman!  The twine at the neck isn’t mandatory, but it does keep the belly and head at your desired “plumpness”.  And twine makes all things crafty look great.

I cut the rest of the heel out of the bottom portion of the sock and had the perfect size hat for my snowman. For this particular one, I cut the toes off and the tied the top up with more twine.  Next, I used construction paper and a hole punch to cut out his eyes.  I cut his nose out of construction paper as well, no hole punch needed.

Here are some of the other snowmen:

Get creative!  To make the snowman with the scarf, I cut 2 strips out of the sock.  I wrapped the first around the neck, but it wasn’t long enough to tie.  I wrapped the second piece around the ends of the first to make a knot and there you have it.

To make these perfect for teacher gifts, I bought gift card envelopes and added some more of that crafty twine.  All I have left to do is buy some gift cards to their favorite coffee shops, treat places, or grocery stores and this gift is complete.  And SO CUTE!


Happy crafting, friends!


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