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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Christmas in July: Snowman Ornament

Hi Crafters!

Welcome to Christmas in July!  I can always use a head start on holiday gifts and decorations, so here's a little snowman ornament to start!  These are perfect for a miniature tree.  You could even wear one as a pendant!

When I etched some crystal beads previously, I had some beads left over and I knew I wanted to create a little snowman with them.  These frosted beads were made using etchall® dip 'n etch.  See my post where I made the bracelet to see the process.

Etched Beads
I took two of the etched beads, one smaller than the other and slid them on a two-inch head pin with a silver spacer underneath to keep them on the pin.  Then, I searched through my buttons and found a couple of them for the snowman's hat. Then, I made a loop in the head pin.

Snowman Assembly
To complete the snowman, I painted a simple face with acrylic paints.  I used a toothpick to add dots for the eyes and mouth and a streak for the nose.  Then, I added a short piece of ribbon for the scarf and tied on a loop of embroidery thread for hanging.
Snowman Ornament
I made another snowman with arms.  I added a piece of wire wound around the neck.  Then, I made little loops on the ends. 
Snowman Ornament
Here's a few more ideas for creating your own unique snowman ornament:

  • Use beads or bead caps instead of buttons for the hat.
  • Add dots of paint for buttons.
  • Dress him up more with felt or a bow tie or painted clothes.
  • Use yarn, braided embroidery thread or a strip of cloth for the scarf.
  • To fit the head bead, use a button with a concave indentation.  Add a little glue between the buttons to hold them in place. 
  • Use craft wire instead of a head pin.

Have fun!  It's easy to created this little frosted snowman ornament with etchall® dip 'n etch!

Happy Crafting!


4 comments:

  1. Thanks Terry....you have made my day. As I sit here in the AZ heat, you have made my temperature drop 30 degrees. These are adorable. I want to make some for my miniature tree that I leave up all year long. Also, make some for gifts and...oh, how cute they would be to use as tie ons for Holiday gift packages. Thanks for the ideas. Keep those ideas coming!!! God Bless....Barbee...<{{}}><

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    1. Thanks, Barbee! I'm glad you like them.

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