In today’s post: Learn how to make an adorable snowman from craft foam wrapped in soft, chunky yarn. This is an easy Christmas craft for adults you can complete in under an hour.
How to Make a Chunky Yarn Snowman
This snowman craft is super easy and turns out so cute! These snowmen will look perfect on your holiday mantel or standing in front of your Christmas tree. To make one of these guys, you’ll glue a styrofoam ball on top of a styrofoam cone, then wrap them both in soft, chunky yarn. Then decorate as desired! Because it’s easy to find foam cones and foam balls in many sizes, you can make this easy snowman craft in just about any size you like. Mine are 16 inches and 13 inches tall.
Project Inspiration: Kraftywompus
Here’s what you need to make these cute snowmen:
- Styrofoam Cone and Styrofoam Ball: The smaller snowman is made from a 7 inch cone and 2.4 inch ball purchased at Dollar Tree, and is about 13 inches tall when completed. The larger snowman is made from a 9 inch cone and 3.8 inch ball purchased at Hobby Lobby, and is about 16 inches tall.
- Chunky Yarn: I used Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss yarn from Hobby Lobby in ivory.
- Christmas Ribbon: I used a wired ribbon so it would hold it’s shape.
- Black Buttons: You’ll need small buttons for eyes and medium buttons for the body.
- Orange Felt and Orange Embroidery Thread: You’ll make a nose from the orange felt. The embroidery thread is optional; I hand stitched around the edges of the nose but you can just glue the nose together instead.
- Sticks: If you can’t find any sticks in your yard or garden, visit a public park and check the ground near the trees for small sticks you can use as snowman arms.
- Christmas Boots ornaments from Dollar Tree. If you can’t find these you can just make the snowmen without boots.
- (not pictured) Floral weights: these are called accent gems at the Dollar Tree. This supply is optional; you’ll put some inside the boots to give the finished snowman more stability. You could use rocks, stones, or any other small heavy item here.
Glue styrofoam together
To begin, use hot glue to glue the styrofoam ball on top of the styrofoam cone. Hold in place for a minute or two until the glue cools and bonds.
Cover Foam with yarn
Place a small circle of hot glue on the top center of the styrofoam ball. Grab the end of the yarn and roll it into a small spiral, then place onto the hot glue. Hold for a moment until secure.
Glue the yarn to the styrofoam ball in a spiral, completely covering the ball. Continue gluing yarn around and around the ball, and then down the spiral.
When the styrofoam is completely covered, trim the yarn with a couple extra inches, then glue the last of the yarn under the cone.
Decorate the Snowman
Cut a length of ribbon and tie it around the snowman’s neck as a scarf.
Fold a piece of orange felt in half to make two layers, then cut a nose shape from both layers. You can glue the two layers together, or use matching embroidery thread to stitch the pieces together.
Glue on two small buttons for eyes and the nose, using hot glue.
Glue two buttons on the front of the snowman. Push the sticks into the sides of the snowman for arms, pushing the sticks between rows of yarn.
Add the Boots
Cut the hanging ribbon off the Christmas boot ornaments. Glue the boots together and hold until adhered.
Place some accent gems (floral weights or other small weighty objects) inside each boot. This will make the snowman more stable. Then place a line of glue all around the top edges of the boots, and glue them to the bottom of the snowman. As the glue dries, stand the snowman up and make sure it’s not crooked.
Your snowman is complete!
- 1 Styrofoam Ball
- 1 Styrofoam Cone
- White Chunky Yarn
- Black Buttons 2 small, 2 medium
- Orange Felt and orange embroidery thread if desired
- Christmas Boot ornaments
- Accent Gems/Floral Weights optional
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- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue the styrofoam ball on top of the styrofoam cone.
- Starting at the top, glue chunky yarn to the styrofoam ball in a spiral, covering the entire surface of the ball. Continue gluing yarn around the ball, and then down the cone. At the bottom, cut the yarn and glue the tail to the bottom of the cone.
- Fold a piece of orange felt in half to create two layers. Cut a nose shape from both laters. Either glue the layers together or use embroidery thread to stitch them together.
- Tie ribbon around the neck as a scarf. Glue small buttons on as eyes, and glue on the nose.
- Glue medium buttons on the body. Press sticks into the side of the body, in between layers of yarn, for arms.
- Glue the boots to each other and fill with accent gems/floral weights. Glue boots to the bottom of the snowman.
- While glue is setting up, stand the snowman up and make sure it is level.