Epsom Salt Snowman featuring Vivienne from The V Spot {Handmade Holidays Project No.9}

Welcome back to the continuation of the Handmade Holiday Series featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. This week we are sharing a total of twenty five inspiring projects to create for the upcoming holiday season.

I’m happy to welcome our ninth guest in the series,
Vivienne from The V Spot


Frosty, only second to Santa himself, is a holiday favorite loved by all this time of year. The Frosty figures instantly signify the arrival of winter and their jolly souls just can’t help but warm your heart. Building a snowman outside is one of my favorite winter traditions and though they may be be able to stick around for very long – Vivienne’s Epsom Salt Snowman may just be the next best thing. {offering holiday decor that can be kept out all winter long}

I love, love, love Under The Table and Dreaming and am in awe of her projects. So when Stephanie Lynn invited me to take part in this series, I did a little happy dance. I’m so excited to be included!

I have used STYROFOAM TM Brand Foam on previous craft projects. It comes in handy for so many things that I actually had a hard time deciding what to make. Then I decided a snowman was in order.

Isn’t he cute?
The materials you will need for this project are:
  • one 6″ STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam white ball
  • one 5″ STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam white ball
  • one 3.5″ STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam white ball
  • one 2″ STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam white ball
  • one 8″ x 2″ white STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam disc
You will also need:
  • one wooden skewer
  • low melt glue gun and glue sticks
  • white craft glue
  • spray adhesive
  • black cardstock
  • epsom salt
  • coarse white or clear glitter
  • fine iridescent glitter
  • red grosgrain ribbon
  • green grosgrain ribbon
  • misc black beads
  • black buttons
  • two small sticks
  • an ice pick
To begin, take the 6″, 5″ and 3.5″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and push the ice pick through the center of each one, creating a hole through the middle.
Slide the bamboo skewer through each of the balls of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam to ensure that they line up nice and straight. No one wants a slouchy snowman. Once sure that he’ll have good posture, slide the balls of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam back off of the skewer and take a bread knife to trim off a bit of top and bottom of each ball. Reinsert the skewer and squeeze good sized amounts of the low melt glue in between each portion of the snowman’s “body”.

It’s time to start adding the “snow”. First, let’s make sure we have the materials. Epsom salt looks like little bits of ice, while rock salt looks like, um, rocks. We don’t want rocks.

Take your snowman and lay him down on an old cookie sheet (to catch the excess salt and glitter.) Support his head in a shallow bowl or ramekin if necessary to keep him from rolling. Brush craft glue over the top half of his body and sprinkle generous amounts of epsom salt over the glue.
When dry, turn him and continue the glue and epsom salt treatment until he is completely covered in the epsom salt.
This may take several hours.
Once he’s completely dry, take him outside or to a well ventilated area and give him a nice coating of spray adhesive. Sprinkle coarse glitter, then the fine, iridescent glitter all over him.
When he’s dry, bring him back inside so we can dress him and give him arms and a face.

Your snowman will need to stand up so that you can display him nicely. This is where the 8″ x 2″ disc of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam comes in. It is the base for your snowman. Apply a generous amount of low melt glue to the center of the disc and press the snowman down on top of it. Brush the surface of the disc with craft glue and sprinkle more epsom salt. For the sides of the disc you can add more glue and epsom salt, wrap with ribbon, or cut strips of glittery cardstock and glue it on, which is what I did.

Take the black buttons and use the low melt glue to attach them down the center of the 5″ ball of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam.

To make his scarf:

Take the red and green grosgrain ribbons and cut them to length. (about 18″ or so.) Run a thin line of glue and glue them together length wise, overlapping them slightly. When dry, cut them into little pieces (about 3/4 inch) and reassemble them with more glue. (Again, you’re overlapping them slightly.) Trim them up so that the edges are nice and straight. You should have one long piece to go around his neck, and two shorter pieces to hang down as if his scarf is “tied”.

Slightly off center, glue the longer of the two hanging pieces, then the shorter piece, slightly overlapping. Glue the long piece around his neck and secure with glue.

For his arms:

Use the ice pick to create pilot holes for the stick arms. Run a bead of glue along the stick. Immediately turn the stick glue side down into the epsom salt. Sprinkle on a little iridescent glitter, add glue to the end of the stick and insert into your pre-made pilot holes.

For his face, you can use beads, more buttons, whatever you like. I used the ends of little sticks and dotted them with a black marker. It is important to make your snowman very happy. Depending on the angle of his arms, if his smile isn’t big enough he will look like he’s under arrest as opposed to being jolly. (Don’t ask me how I know this.)

Every snowman needs a hat.
Take a strip of black cardstock and wrap it around the 2″ ball of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam. Secure with glue. Cut two circles out of the same cardstock to create the brim and the top of the hat, making sure there is a little hole in the center of the circle for the brim. Glue together with low melt glue, then brush with craft glue and sprinkle black beads all over it.

While the hat was still slightly wet with the glue, I applied low melt glue to the bit of the STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam that was still peeking through under the hat (#2) and attached it to the top of my snowman’s head. The damp cardstock curved around his head just right and dried looking like it was meant to be there.

You’re done! Add a few sprigs of greenery and a couple of ornaments around his base and you have a cute, sparkly snowman!
Thank you, Stephanie Lynn and STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam for the fun crafting opportunity!
Happy Holidays!


♦ For more inspiring projects and crafts, visit The V Spot
You can also connect with Vivienne on Facebook ♦ and Twitter

UndertheTableandDreaming
Thanks so much Vivienne for sharing this dapper little guy that can be crafted while in the comforts of the warm indoors {without frost bitten fingers and cold noses}. I really like the look of the epsom salt – such a great element to add to wintery crafts. {p.s. that adorable stick nose has got to be my favorite part}
We have one more project to share today – which will be coming up soon. Enjoy.


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Comments

  1. Aw, he is so cute! How clever :)

  2. Absolutely adorable!

  3. Thanks for having me! It was so fun! Looking forward to the other 24 projects in the series.

  4. Vivienne, he is just gorgeous!!!! Great job!

  5. I just passed up a HUGE thing of Epsom Salt at Costco the other day thinking I really should buy this and now I know why! OMGorgeous! I love this!

  6. Ahhhhh!!! He’s soooo cute!

  7. Love it! What a wonderful idea! So fun.

  8. Epsom Salt… So smart. I looks great. I have a LOT of Styrofoam balls laying around. I will have to give this a try.

  9. He is soooo cute Viv!! I love his little face – and the hat and scarf are super sweet!! Looks like I need to buy some Epsom Salt!! :)

  10. how adorable is that! looks like a fun project!Thanks for sharing!
    Helen

  11. Wow! What a neat project and he looks so real.

  12. How adorable-what a cute snowman!!

        

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