4×4 No Melt Snowman Tutorial {Guest Post}

*Hey everybody! Season 10 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be the most fantastic one yet. It’s the All Star round so many of you have asked about. We’re having some past favorites and winners going at it again! However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let them have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*
Happy December to all of you out there!
 My name is Wendy and I’m happily here today from my little cyber-home
Craft Goodies
 If you were to stop by my blog you just might notice that I have a serious thing for working with wood. I love it! Makes me a happy girl–I’m hoping to pass on a little of that happiness with this:
Tell me that doesn’t make you smile?
Even better he was super quick and easy to put together.
You’ll need just a few things to roll out one of these guys:
4×4 post cut into 5 pieces
bottom piece measures 11.5 inches long
middle piece is 9 inches long
shoulder piece is 6.5 inches long
head is 3.5 inches long
and hat is 4.5 inches long
small piece of 1×6 inch pine
cut to 5.5 x 5.5 inches (should be a nice little square)
wood glue
paint and brushes
white, black, and orange
sandpaper
2 twigs for the arms
fun snowman-y accessories
fabric scarf, ribbon, buttons, holly, snowflakes, etc
Tools needed:
Miter Saw to cut the 4×4
*you can get the post cut to size at Home Depot or Lowe’s if you don’t have access to a saw
Drill and Drill bit
*drill bit should be just wider than your twigs
Start by painting the blocks. All body pieces white, the hat and square base pieces black.
Once they are dry, rough them up with your sandpaper.
Remove any dust. Using the wood glue to hold everything together, start making your snowman. Glue the hat pieces together, being sure to center the block piece onto the square piece and set aside to dry.
(I found it was easier to create the face if I left the hat off until the very end.)
Glue the body and head pieces together, centering each block onto the larger on below it then set aside to dry.
Once the body is dry, you’re going to drill the holes for the arms. One on each end of the “shoulder” block drilled on an angle so the arms don’t stick straight out!
From there you’re ready to make your snowman yours.
I set the twig arms in place with a hot glue gun, and then painted the rosy cheeks. The nose came next, it’s a small wood rectangle cut from a paint stick, and last I drew on the eyes with a sharpie.
Once I had my face done I glued the hat into place and finished dressing my snowman.
I used a scrap of fabric for the scarf and matching ribbon for the hat band. Some fun wood stars painted black down the front instead of buttons and then some other fun odds and ends to give him a little more personality.
Get creative and enjoy making your wintry friend! Or go crazy and make a bunch, we all need a friend or two, right?
Thanks so much Missy for letting drop in for a visit, I’ve had a great time!
Enjoy your holiday season and happy crafting.

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Comments

  1. Merry says

    Wendy do you use just regular craft paint or is it outdoor grade? Do you any sealer? Thanks, these are getting made for my family gifts this year, they loved the cute reindeer blocks last year!!

    • says

      I used treated 4×4 posts because I have this little guy out on my porch, just spray paint and a matte finish sealer. Have fun!

  2. Bree says

    Love this! Just curious what you used for the star buttons? Are the cut out of cardstock or are they actual buttons you found? Thanks!

  3. Leah says

    I did this! I’ve never worked w/ wood like this before but I did it and it’s soo cute!! I made 2, so I’m totally gifting one. I also checked out her website and I’m probably going to have a little guy like this for every season. Love it!! ty!!