Monday, July 31, 2023

crafting with grandma - Clay Pot Snowman


Christmas is just over four months away . . . not very long actually. So, if you like to make gifts for people you love, and like to help your grandchildren do the same, check this idea for clay pot snowmen. It is a fun craft and one you could have your grandchildren make - or have them make smaller ones to give their teachers.

Over the years I've made a number of different types of snowmen to decorate with and give as gifts, but this clay pot snowman is my personal all-time favorite snowman! 

Supplies -
  • Clay pot - whatever size you want 
  • Foam ball - this is for the snowman's head, so size it to fit with your clay pot
  • Yarn - small amount for arms
  • White felt or fleece - enough to cover the head
  • Fleece for hat, scarf and mittens (could use old flannel shirts)
  • Acrylic paint - use whatever color you want, I've used red, green and metallic gold
  • Crackle medium - you'll find it in your craft store near the bottled acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Buttons - I love colored star buttons for my snowmen :^)
  • Christmas trim . . . look in the scrap-booking section for items you could glue to your snowman for a special touch . . . on this one, I put a stocking.
  • Sculpey clay in black and orange
  • Straight pins - one for each eye, nose and piece of "coal" for the mouth
Directions -
  • Paint your clay pot whatever color you want to show under the "cracks" - on my snowman, I used metallic gold - and allow to dry completely
  • Follow directions on your crackle medium, but basically, you need to put one coat of crackle medium on your pot, over the paint, allow to dry for about 30 minutes and then paint again with the white paint. Allow to dry.
  • Make your eyes and mouth pieces from your black Sculpey - size to fit your snowman, but shape into squarish coal pieces - place a straight pin in the middle of each piece - just put the "head" of the pin in the middle of the back of each piece - this will help them stay in place when you glue them to the head - bake according to package directions
  • Shape a carrot "nose" from the orange Sculpey, use a pin to make "carrot lines" in your carrot then again, put a straight pin in the back, middle of your "nose" - bake according to package directions
  • Cover your snowman head with your white felt/fleece - use a glue gun to fasten with seams in the back
  • Make a hat from your colored/patterned fleece by cutting to fit around, leaving room  to fold up the bottom edge then gather the top, tie around the middle and cut to "fringe" the top of the hat. Glue in place with your hot glue gun
  • Determine where you want to place your eyes, nose and mouth - push each piece in place with the pins, then one at a time, remove each piece, add hot glue and replace - the pin and the glue should hold them securely in place
  • Cut three lengths of yarn to reach from one bottom edge, up to the "neck" and back down to the other bottom edge to make arms - braid
  • Cut "mittens" and glue to the ends of the "arms", then glue the "arms to the back of the snowman
  • Cut a scarf and place around neck - over back of "arms" and "knot" in the front
  • Glue buttons and any decoration you selected for your snowman to the front
  • Enjoy! :^)
While there are quite a few steps to make this snowman, they are easy to do and when finished, this little snowman adds a wonderful touch to your home all winter . . . and makes a wonderful gift!

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