Follow along to learn how to make this personalized hinged snowman family.
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Step 1: Cut
The first thing I did was cut my pieces of wood. I used a 1 x 4 that was in nice shape so it didn't require much sanding. I started by determining the length of the tallest snowman, then I adjusted the other sizes by about 2 inches each. I just did the measurements visually, so I don't know what they were exactly, but I believe the tallest one was about 18-20 inches. That's about as tall as you can go using only one hinge like I did.
Step 2: Position
I measured 3 1/2" from the bottom and placed the hinge. I spaced the wood apart about 3/8" to give the hinge room for movement.
Step 3: Drill
After marking the hinge holes, I used a drill to make a pilot hole in each slot. I repeated this step with each board and each hinge. I skipped every other slot, then flipped the whole arrangement so I could place the backside hinges, which filled the spaces I skipped on the flip side.
Step 4: Secure
I put in the screws temporarily, so I could test the size and functionality. I did this with all the hinges.
Step 5: Paint
Then I took it all apart and applied several coats of paint. I painted the front, back and sides, but not the top and bottom.
Step 6: Paint
I also applied a light coat of white spray paint to the hinges. Be careful not to apply too thick of a coat or it will interfere with the functionality of the hinge.
Step 7: Sand
When the paint was dry, I sanded the corners.
Step 8: Hinges
Then I put the hinges in place.
Step 9: Test
Check the alignment.
Step 10: Personalizing
Then I began preparing the hats. I decided to put the names on the cuff of the hats. I used an embroidery machine and made them out of fleece, but other options could be used. I think the names add a special personalized touch to the final project.
Step 11: Hats
Next, I began assembling the hats. You can see a tutorial on the hats here. For these, my initial square of fabric was 8" x 9".
Step 12: Cuffs
I added the cuffs with the names, alternating the height of the cuff to match the alternating height of the wood.
Step 13: Scarves
I wrapped a strip of fleece around the wood and looped it in the front to make scarves.
Step 14: Fringe
I used a sharp pair of scissors to fringe the ends of the scarf.
I made the noses out of craft foam, cutting them with a pair of pinking shears to give them the textured edge. I also added google eyes.
Step 16: Buttons
And the last thing I had to do was add the buttons.
Step 17: Storage
And an added bonus is how neatly they fold up for easy storage. That is, if you ever put them away anyway!
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