Wednesday, December 21, 2011

{10th day of christmas: sock snowmen}

Ok, this is definitely my favorite craft I've made all season. First, because they're super easy to make, and second, because they're ADORABLE.

I've been meaning to make some kind of snowman craft since the 1st day of Christmas crafts, but unfortunately I couldn't figure out a good design. So far I've made all my crafts with stuff I've had lying around the house, so my holiday craft cost was close to nothing. Adorable snowmen, however, require blocks of wood or pieces of styrofoam or paint or fabric and time and effort and money.

I was debating between making a snowman out of a wire hanger or rolls of fabric when a thought struck me: socks! Socks are the perfect medium for snowmen!

Sure enough, I found some adorable inspiration from {then she made}, and I set to work.

{sock snowmen}


For this craft, you'll need a pair of old socks that are crew length, or longer. I went through Tanner's bag o' socks in our closet for my set. Don't worry, he'll never miss them -- he owns something like 10,000 pairs of socks, but insists on wearing shorts and flip-flops 365 days a year. Boys...


First, cut off the top of the sock from the foot.


Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock. Then turn the sock right-side out again.


Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base.


Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman.


Now, decorate! Tie a scarf around your snowman's neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons. I used map pins for my eyes. Unfortunately, I didn't have any black ones, so I colored white ones with sharpie and stuck them in.


Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap. Or you could use colored argyle socks to create hats and sweaters for your snowman, as seen at {then she made}.


You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments - twine, bows, ribbons, etc - as needed.



This is such a quick and easy craft - 10 minutes tops - that it would be simple to create a whole family of snowmen for your mantle!




Here are more fun diy holiday snowmen!

Wooden blocks via {que linda} Primative via {factory direct craft}
Cookies via {curbly} Hershey wrappers via {dealicious finds}

81 comments:

  1. we made these for family members one year and decorated the snowmen to favor each family member (ie: grandma's was wearing an apron, granddaddy's was wearing mittens that had green thumbs, an uncle's had a camo vest). they're still pulled out each year at each home! ours were a little different in that the non-ribbed sock portion was the body of the snowman and then the ribbed part was folded down to be the stocking hat... but obviously there can be different styles of snowmen. i like the ribbing on yours!

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  2. That's awesome! :) If I had a larger array of fabrics, I would have definitely "decked out" my snowmen in fun outfits, too! Something for next year :)

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  3. This is such a cute idea!
    My daughter loves snowmen, and she would love this!

    Following you from Pinterest. =)

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  4. I just made a couple of these and they are as adorable and easy as you said! My biggest problem was finding socks that don't have the dang colored heels and toes :-)

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    1. do u have a walmart try there I found one bag, I didn't know how the gray heel would of looked, I wanted to use clean new socks for this.

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    2. i find sock at dollar tree two pair for a dollar

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    3. Ladies socks don't have the gray heel. Just bought a big pack today.

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    4. You can use colored heals because it sits on the bottom of the snowman I use them and love them and use the top for the hat without even cutting it off ,,,

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  5. Thank you so much for the idea of lil snowmen. Me and my pups had fun making them .As i was cutting socks out the puppies ran away with them and i had to chase them down to get it back . I and my pups had a lot of fun. Thank you so much :} Tricia

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  6. The only thing I would change is use thread or string instead of rubber bands. After a while the rubber bands will get brittle and break, then what a mess.Other wise I love it, I am a snowman collector, have about 50 so far, all kinds. Just love em

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    1. I agree, these guys will 'leak' in a matter of time, rice all over.

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    2. You can put the rice in a sandwich bag then in the sock just in case.

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    3. I made these cute little guys this year. I used thread and then put a drop of hot glue in the middle. It held tight with no worries of spilling the rice all over.

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  7. Meravigliosi i tuoi pupazzi di neve!!! Buon Natale!!!

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  8. how much rice and how many can you make with one bag of rice?

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    1. It depends how big of a bag you buy, how many (and how plump!) snowmen you want to make, and the size of the sock you're working with, but for my project I was able to make 2-3 snowmen from about 16 oz of rice.

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    2. You can also add a small amount of crushed bay leaves to ward off the pesky bugs that love graiins. I have made them with rice and with small plastic beads and always use a needle and thread to close them as it is so easy to do and if you use the rubber bands they do eventually degrade and fall apart and then you have a broken snow man. You can also use smaller buttons for eyes or small beads that you glue or sew on/

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  9. Absolutely love them....and so easy ..thanks

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  10. For someone like me that is on a limited income, these would make great gifts. I'm thinking about dressing them to "match" the recipients!

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  11. Probably could use hair ties that are stronger than a rubber band

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    1. they still have rubber inside that will degrade over time and become brittle just like the reg. rubber bands

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    2. But the hair elastics are thicker, have a cloth-like covering, and are very colorful ! :-)

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    3. How about plastic zip ties? They are very durable.

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  12. I did not believe that a snowman made ​​with socks was so pretty, you're really good!

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  13. Can you tell me the length & width of the fabric you used in making the scarf? Also, what did you do to make the embellishment on the hat from that same fabric? It's difficult to tell from the picture. These are such a cute idea! I can't wait to make them!!!

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    1. I don't remember the exact width and length of the fabric; it depends on how big your socks are and how long you want the scarf to be, but I just used some scrap material lying around to tie around the snowman's neck. You can be creative as necessary. The embellishment is simply a flower shape I cut out by hand and secured with a pin. Simple!

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    2. Thank you very much! :)

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  14. LOVE the idea of making some of these! To save money, I plan on crocheting the scarves (since I have no shortage of yarn!).
    Thank you for the idea!!

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  15. could use Styrofoam balls different sizes with rice or beans for the bottom

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    1. or rice at bottom and poly stuffing for the rest

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  16. Can someone explain how the carrot nose was made in {then she made}?

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    1. looks like just a small pce of wood painted to me

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    2. We are making these Thanksgiving night for our family craft night.

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    3. Toothpicks! Not the flat ones, but the round kind that come in colors.

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  17. The eyes and nose were map pins. That's what she said in her instructions..

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  18. Oops. She said the eyes were map pins, but it's plain to see that the nose is, too.

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  19. One suggestion from someone who had done these multiple times, is to NOT use ANY food items as fillers. I ended up with mice and later moth larvae!! It was so gross and some of my gifts were ruined. I had stored them in my laundry room which was by the garage. After that I used kitty litter for filler and if you can get course sand that works too.

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  20. You are so talented. Thank you for the ideas.

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  21. Has as anyone tried using different sized Styrofoam balls instead of the rice? If so please let me know how it worked out...TY

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    1. some styrofoam balls maybe to lite and have a tendency to fall over you might want to weigh it down with some sand in the bottom

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    2. Since you have a lump inside the bottom of the snowman where the sock is secured, a styrofoam ball wouldn't work.

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    3. pennies might work as the base

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  22. Great Idea .. in fact I'm making these for xmas presents this year put together with some chocolates... gonna be so coite, my friends && family will love them!
    thanks for the idea

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  23. Found you from doing a google search to find the original author of this craft when a friend shared it on Facebook and wanted to know how to pin it. This was posted on a Facebook page with your photos and directions but no link or credit to you. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=712685452092916&set=a.627182777309851.1073741828.627100067318122&type=1&theater Anyway, I posted the link to your original tutorial on that page to give proper credit. :)

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  24. what is the hat made from?

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    1. The hat is made from the cut off part of the top of the sock.

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    2. The hat is made from the cut off foot part of the sock.

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  25. These are SO SUPER CUTE. I can't wait to make!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. besides rice, can you suggest an alternative for the "stuffing"? my mom would kill me if i use rice... :-)

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    1. someone suggested kitty liter.

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    2. use I little something that is heavier for the base like sand or rice or little aquarium rocks and use a polyester stuffing or batting for the rest

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  27. This is so cute! I'm sad that your post is getting popular on Facebook / Pinterest without credit to you :(
    I've already commented on this post with a link to your original post, but in case you wanted to see it:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=243036552516161&set=a.157326514420499.36166.157307024422448&type=1&theater

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    1. I linked into your post too. They used you photos which I thought was lame. The idea has been around for ages, but so not cool to rip off your super handy photos.

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  28. it is a must 'the snowman' for christmas for me.

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  29. You can use popcorn kernels instead of rice.

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  30. Great!!!I have already a family of snowmen!!! keep up the good job :)

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  31. Could use dried beans also. Just a thought.....

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    1. I made one today using kitty litter. Came out just adorable. I used the rubber bands but I also put a pipe cleaner around each rubber band. That way there is double security!!

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    2. I made one using beans and it worked perfectly (except the pins got caught sometimes)

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  32. I would use something besides rubber bands! Rubber bands are not durable at all. In addition to just breaking, they can get dry and brittle or gummy and brittle. In all cases, this would be terrible! String, thread, pipe cleaners, etc would work. I can see coming to get the decorations out for Christmas and finding a tremendous mess.

    I also suggest storage of an item containing rice (or any other item they consider food) in something that the mice cannot get at if this is a problem where you live! They might not stop at the snowmen if they get into your precious decorations! I just saw a suggestion of using kitty litter and that sounds like a good alternative.

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  33. What size socks did you use?

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  34. I'd love to feature this idea in my DIY gift guide. May I have permission to use an image--with attribution of course ;)

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  35. Has anyone tried using potpourri? They are super cute and would be awesome with a Christmas Smell! I was just wondering if potpourri would stand.

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  36. These are so cute. We put sand in ours instead of rice and it worked great. We made these for nursing home residents one year for Christmas. Thanks for reminding me about this cute idea!

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    1. I was thinking of using these for Cub Scouts to make to take to a nursing home. Cute and quick. Did you have any trouble with sand coming through the sock material?

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  37. Thanks...this idea has probably been around for a long time...I vaguely remember making these in 4-H, but re-posting is great. I am going to make these with my class of 5 very severely/profoundly handicapped children. I can put the rice in a 'pourer' that can be activated with a switch so that my students can 'fill' the socks with the rice themselves. Yea...I'm always trying to find adaptable projects for my angelic students. Again, thanks !

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  38. You could use bird seed instead of rice. Set the snowman outside and let the birds eat the seeds. Use rubber bands, and don't worry abt when they break. Unless you want to keep it forever, then you can use string, yarn, etc.

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    1. I can see it now, snowman pecked to death by birds lol

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  39. How is the hat secured on?

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  40. I made these as Christmas tree ornaments. I filled each section with polyfil (for pillows). I used Christmas colored fabric and ribbon to tie the sections off.

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  41. Perfect! I'm 14 years old and I was able to make this a Christmas present for my mom. It took less than an hour and I didn't need to buy anything. Plus It actually looks good.

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  42. Made them as gifts for my best friends. So cute!!!!

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  43. This idea is sooo cute! It is also SUPER easy! The only think I had to buy were the map pins but they were easy to find at the store and were only like $1.00! When I had all my supplies together it only took me like 15 minutes to make it! I only made one though. I am going to give it to my grandparents. I definitely recommend making this!

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  44. how do i get the hat to stay because it keep falling off

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  45. Making these tonight with the neighbor kids! So Adorable! I did get mice in my basement last winter (they stripped my indian corn halloween decorations) so if this is a problem for any of you, store in a Rubbermaid container ( I would rather do that than use dusty kitty litter, I think ). If I can find white pipe cleaners or twist ties, I might use those in place of the rubberbands. Thanks for the awesome pictures and tutorials !!

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