Happy Holidays Snowman
Tape the 2 pieces of the templates together to make one template piece.
Cut the snowman and his Happy Holiday blocks out of wood - 1/2" wood if possible for the blocks.
Cut 13 blocks for the Happy Holidays words - 1 1/2" tall by 1 1/4" wide.
Basecoat snowman with Lt Ivory paint, then transfer the face template lines to the wood. Spackle
(using old toothbrush) with watered down Black paint. Paint only the face of the blocks (not the
sides or backs) - 7 of the blocks paint Maroon and the other 6 blocks paint Green.
snowman (using old toothbrush) with watered down Black paint. Spackle the blocks with watered
down Lt Ivory paint. When dry, rub a little stain lightly on all surfaces.
Paint snowman's nose Tangerine. With either a stylus or a toothpick
and black paint, make 2 dots for the eyes. Paint his eyebrows and mouth with black. Use a little blush
on each cheek.
Drill a hole in each snowman's hand where indicated on template - large enough to get a piece of jute
through. Drill a hole in the top of each one of the blocks. Put a piece of jute through each hand, leaving
enough slack to tie the blocks to. Tie a knot on the back of one hand in the jute - don't tie the other one
til you are done in case it needs adjusting.
Using some thin wire, put the wire through the hole in the top of each block and twist it onto the hanging
jute. Repeat with all the blocks til they are all attached and say Happy Holidays.
Now using small
pieces of ripped material, position the blocks where you want them and tie a piece of material tightly
around the wire and jute, holding the whole block in place. Knot the material. Repeat for all blocks,
using different pieces of material to do this. When you are finished, tie a knot in the jute behind the
last hand of the snowman.
Rip a wider piece of material (about 14" long and 1 1/4" wide) and tie into a scarf around his neck.
If you want him to stand up by himself, cut a couple extra small blocks of wood and nail or glue to his
back at the bottom. (or put him on a base of thin wood)
Use about 8" of a sleeve from an old sweater. (If the sweater arm is too large for his head, you can cut
it on the seam and make a new seam - either sewn together or lightly hot glued together.
sleeve on the snowman's head so about 1" of the top of his head is covered by the sleeve. Hot glue
onto his head all the way around. and fasten the end with a piece of jute.