I wanted to create something fun and wintery for the Hot Glue Speed Challenge. I live near Houston, so we never get any snow that sticks. So the only snowmen I ever get to see are melted. So I created a melted snowman ornament for my Christmas tree. Hope you enjoy it!
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint and paint brushes
- Chain/ribbon/yarn for hanger
- Wax paper/parchment paper
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Step 1: Create Snowman Pieces
The first thing we need to do is create all the pieces for our snowman.
You will need to create the following bits:
For the body, first make an outline for the snowman's body puddle on your wax paper. Then trace the outline with your hot glue gun. Let it dry. This will form a little wall so the body will have a shape. Once it's dry, fill in the outline with hot glue.
Next make a minimum of seven dots of hot glue. These will be the coal pieces for the eyes and mouth. I made more dots than I needed so that I would have some options with size.
Now make the twigs for his arms. You can also use real twigs for the arms if you like.
Finally make a tall and pointy triangle for the nose.
Step 2: Hat and Scarf
Now we'll need to get some red and black felt and some scissors.
For the scarf, cut out a long and skinny piece of red (or whatever color strikes your fancy) felt. Fold it in half and cut some slits in the ends for the fringe on the scarf.
For the hat, cut out two circles of black felt, one smaller than the other. Take the smaller circle and cut out a rectangle of black felt that can wrap around it. Finally cut out a skinny piece of red felt that same length as the black rectangle.
Now glue everything together. First attach the red rectangle to the black rectangle. Now glue the edges of the black rectangle together to make a cylinder. Glue the smaller circle to the newly created cylinder on the end furthest from the red strip. Finally, glue the cylinder to the larger circle.
Congratulations! You made a hat for the snowman.
Step 3: Painting
Once the glue has dried, you can peel your creations off the wax paper. You may see some marks on your body, don't worry about them. We're going to paint the body, so they won't show. If you're not happy with the way the body looks, you can use scissors or an Xacto knife to trim it.
Paint the body white, the nose orange, the arms brown, and the lumps of coal black. I used acrylic paint, but you can use a variety of materials, such as paint pens or sharpies. Let everything dry.
Step 4: Put Everything Together
Lay out your pieces and figure out where you want everything to go. Once you have it where you want it, glue them down.
The final step is to add a hole for your hanger. Use something sharp to drill a hole where you want your hanger. I used a phillips head screwdriver, but you can use anything sharp, such as an Xacto knife or awl. Whatever you use, be careful not to hurt yourself. Once you have a hole, insert whatever you're using as hanger and tie it off.
Congratulations! You've made a melted snowman ornament.
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