Sunday, July 24, 2011

Snowman Tutorial

I participate in one craft show a year with my mother at an annual Octoberfest event in my hometown.

So even though we are in the midst of the hot summer, I have been working on fall/winter items in preparation for the show.

One of the things I have sold for the past couple of years are snowmen.
They are really easy to make and are always good sellers.
I thought I would share a quick tutorial:
Pick a container for the base of the snowman.  I have made these from salt and pepper shakers and other small glass bottles.
I recently found a bag of 10 milk glass spice containers at a thrift store and thought they would make cute snowmen.
Roll a head for the snowman out of air dry clay.  I use Crayola brand.  It is a white clay and works well for this project.
Once the head is in place I use small tacks for the eyes and mouth and a toothpick for the nose (the nose isn't painted in this photo but I will paint it orange).
Don't worry about little imperfections in the clay (like the marks on the left side of the mouth in the picture above).  You will eventually be adding glitter to the head and it will cover the little marks.

Now it's time to decide what kind of hat your snowman will wear.  
For this snowman I decided to use an old clip earring (making it more of a snow woman).
Since this earring covered the head I didn't add any additional elements.  
Now it's time to let the clay dry.  This is an air dry clay and I usually let it sit for 2-3 days to insure that the clay is completely dry.

Once the clay is dry it is time to add some glitter.
I "paint" the clay head with watered down glue and then pour on the glitter.
(The rest of the pictures are of a finished snowman since my tutorial snowman is still in the drying stage).
I added a ribbon scarf accented with a piece of an old earring.

And for the body of the snowman I glued on a piece of sheet music and two black buttons.
One of my finished snowmen.
I decided to look back and find some pictures of snowmen I made last year.
I used all sorts of different bottles for these snowmen.
Here are a few of the snowmen I made using silverplated salt and pepper shakers.
 If you like snowmen I hope you give these a try.  And if you do I would love the see the finished pieces!

I'm linking this with:
Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
and 
Susan @ Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Thanks for visiting!

Jane

70 comments:

  1. Cute. I love snowmen. I have never used that clay...but it sounds great to use!

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  2. Jane! Stop it!! These are too cute! I see salt and pepper shakers all the time at thrift stores. I would love to make some of these. You have endless amounts of creativity. I love that you always use real things in a creative way. I just love it when you post!

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  3. These are adorable. I'm always looking for something to make for the holidays to sell in our shop. Think I'll try them. Thanks, Jan

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  4. I love this project and I love snowmen, Jane! I definitely have to give this a try. Those spice jars you found are beautiful ~ the color makes them just right for this project, too.

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  5. Cute, cute, cute...great gift idea :) Good luck getting ready for your sale! Laurel

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  6. Your snow people are lovely, and tutorial directions so clear. You make it seem pretty easy, but your creativity just makes the project! I'll bet you can sell all you make - they're so cute!
    Jane-Jacksonville

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  7. Jane, your snowmen are so cute! Snowmen are always a good seller for me at my craft shows. Thinking I should try some like these. Thanks for sharing them.

    I used to do a show here called OctoberFest. I used to do 10 shows a year, but decided a few years ago that it was time to slow down and now I only do 2 shows...one in October and one in November. This is the time of year that I work on Fall and Christmas items too.
    ~Cindy~

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  8. Hi Jane~
    I do one or two shows in the fall, the biggest one in November. I, too, am starting to make things and "get in the mood". I love your snow people and especially the ladies with their jewelry hats!! Too cute. I do have one question. Do you adhere the heads on the top of the bottle somehow to keep them from rolling off?
    Thank you for always generously sharing your talent with us.
    xoxo
    Joyce

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  9. When I saw the photo I was thinking "This girl is just toooo on the ball!". Now I realize why. So very, very cute and creative!

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  10. Oh, these gave me a good old goofy grin on my face. So cute!
    xx
    z

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  11. I have always loved your snowmen! Thanks for sharing your techniques.

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  12. So cute! I would definitely love to try some of these for the holidays! Thanks for sharing the DIY! I will share photos when I make some!

    Jeanine

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  13. You know how much I love these (cuz I copied your idea and made some last year!!) You do such a great job...love the milk glass find!

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  14. These made me smile, Jane! I collect snowmen and yours are just the cutest I've seen!! I may try my hand at one!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. I love snowmen! These are the absolute cutest!

    Pat

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  16. I just found a bag of salt shakers at the thrift store and I swear to you I was holding onto them because I knew there must be some holiday thing I could use them for.....Ta Da! Your a genius! U have 2 questions, do you have to glue the head on? What do you charge when you sell them at your holiday show? Thanks

    Carol

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  17. oh my these are so wonderful, where did u get the glass milk...
    I'm inviting you to add this to our linking party at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/american-pickers-with-linking-party.html
    Have a great weekend,
    Maggie

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  18. You are one jump ahead of all of us.
    Snowmen in July! Love it!!

    You better make more because those little faces will go fast.

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing! If I ever see these finds know I'll know what to do and of course give credit back to you! Come see what I did with an abandoned reupholstery project!

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  20. I'm in love with your cute snowmen and can hardly wait to try a few myself. Please post more photos as you make more. SO, SO very cute!!!

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  21. Oh how cute!!! Love these little snowmen/women!!

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  22. Hi Jane! This is so cute. Useful and musical snowmen rolled into one. I love them. :)

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  23. I remember you posting these before. Absolutely adorable! And the milk glass you found makes a perfect base. I will have to look for some air dry clay. Have a great new week. Tammy

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  24. Thanks for the tutorial Jane, these are great. I think the kids would love to make some too, and would be great for xmas favours for their school friends.

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  25. they are so adorable! i love the earring hat, very clever :) i would love to make some of these and give them for gifts for Christmas! thank you for sharing them and for the tutorial!

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  26. Jane,
    These are simply darling!! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial with us!!
    I love them and plan on trying my hand at it!!

    Thanks so much!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  27. I love these and I can't wait to make a few!!! How exciting....they're awesome!!!!

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  28. The posse of snow people are adorable. Of course I love the silverplated salt and pepper ones!

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  29. I love snowmen & these are absolutely adorable! You did a great job.

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  30. Good Morning, Jane,
    These are so cute...I bet they sell well! Have a marvelous Monday ~Natalie

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  31. I've made some of these before after seeing similar ones in Cloth Paper Scissors, they are so much fun and you can use so many different found objects and bottles. Yours are just too cute! Have fun at the craft fair!

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  32. So very, very cute.
    I wished I lived nearby, I'd buy some.

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  33. I so adroe these.. thanks for the tutorial to go with... :D

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  34. I'll never look at an old salt shaker the same way!!! These snowmen are precious...Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  35. WOW!!!!!! I love them!!!! Jane, the book, the book, you need to put together a book!

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  36. LOVE these little guys! I am inspired to make some of my own!

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  37. Gosh, Jane, you are one of the most creative ladies around. I adore these snowmen. The jaunty hats give them personality. Do you use Martha Stewart glitter, German glass...? I see a little sparkly snowman family in my future. Forget PB, I'll be copying Jane ;). Hugs, Kim

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  38. Very cute Jane and I admire how orgainzed you are getting ready now for the fall!!

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  39. I love your sweet snowmen creations, Jane. They are all so very pretty.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  40. Your little snowpeople are so adorable and you are so organized ~ crafting for a show in October. Yea you!

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  41. OH MY GOSH!!! You KNOW how I love these and just ADORE mine!!! I will make some this year as gifts as I have gotten sooooo many compliments on the ones you sent me :)

    Lou Cinda

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  42. Jane, your snowmen are SO CUTE! I want to try and make some.

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  43. My SIL really needs a pick-me-up and she loves craft project involving snowpeople. So I referred her to your nice blog to give her something cute to look at and maybe get craft ideas.

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  44. Hi Jane, I popped over from Ceekay's blog. I love these snowmen, they are too cute. Your blog is lovely, s glad to have found you.

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  45. I love your snow people - they're so sweet. My friend and I make some for a craft fair, and always have fun giving them their little "personalities"!

    Have a great day!
    Kathy

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  46. Wow these are so darn cute. I totally am going to make some.

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  47. Oh so cute....WHERE is the show you participate in? I'm love to visit!!!!!

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  48. I am stopping in from the Polka Dot Closet....I LOVE this adorable idea...Now I just need to find some Vintage Shakers... : ) Signing up to follow as well...

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  49. How adorable these all are! I came to visit from "The Polka Dot Closet" and I am now a follower.

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  55. Hi Jane ... these are just adorable! Love 'em! I was wondering though, how do you adhere the l'il clay heads to the bottles? Or are they just sitting there? Thanks for the help ... AND the inspiration; you rock! ~Hugs

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  56. How did you attach the head tot he bottle? Love these, I may make some to sell this winter.

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  57. Oh my gosh, these are adorable! I love all the different bottles you used! Great inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing!
    CarolS

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  58. These are absolutely fabulous! Love every little bit of them!

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  59. Hello Jane, I just came across your adorable snowman post and couldn't resist making some myself. Stop over if you have a chance to take a look. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, BettyJean

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  60. These were so much fun to make! I had great luck finding vintage crystal s&p shakers and some really cool vintage earrings at a local thrift store. Used old buttons and trims from my stash...created some wonderful (if I do say so myself!) Christmas presents for friends. Thanks for sharing this darling idea along with the "how to"! Patty B.

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  61. Hi - I've just found your blog and your talents are amazing. Thank you for sharing!

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  62. OMG! I just love this. :) I found your site on pinterest 2 days ago and all I've done in the evening since is browse all of your wonderful creations. Makes me wish I was your neighbor! Amazing talent.

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  63. OMG! I just love this. :) I found your site on pinterest 2 days ago and all I've done in the evening since is browse all of your wonderful creations. Makes me wish I was your neighbor! Amazing talent.

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  64. These are just adorable...I like the way your mind works....) Very creative.

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