Today I have another New Year project for you. It is a Snowman Shaker. He is getting ready for the clock to finally strike midnight so that he can blow his horn and ring in the new year! He is constructed the same way that all of my other shakers are made. If you need a refresher course, check here, here and here.
scrap of fabric for the hat
red and white pipe cleaner, large kind, (Hobby L carries the kind that are already twisted together)
vintage sheet music
embroidery floss-eyes, eyebrows
white glue- I use Aleene's
1. Cut out all felt pieces (face, back of head, nose, cheeks and mouth).
2. Cut a side strip out of white felt (3/4" x 12"-this may be a little long. You will cut it to size after you have finished sewing it to the face piece).
3. Construct shaker. ***Stuff cheeks lightly as you sew them on. ***Stick was painted red with white polka dots and glitter was added.
4. A 9" candy cane striped pipe cleaner was wrapped around the "neck" two times. I found that tightly wrapping it secured it enough where glue was not necessary, but you can always add a drop of glue. Fold tip of pipe cleaner into an 0 shape to form a little hand.
Getting ready to blow that horn!!
5. Cut two strips of tulle, 5 1/2" x 32"-I buy the tulle that comes on a spool at Hobby Lobby when they have it on sale. Place one strip on top of the other, fold in half length wise, now your strip is 2 3/4" x 32. Sew a running stitch the length of the tulle making sure to leave long tails.
6. Gather the tulle and place it on the snowman's neck between the pipe cleaner and head. Tie securely in place.
7. To make the horn, cut one out of plain paper and one out of vintage music sheet. Mod podge the two together. Do not apply mod p to outside yet. This is the tricky part, now glue the ends together overlapping one side a little. You can use clothespins to help hold the ends together, be careful and don't glue clothespin to horn :) Let dry.
He only has one arm. Two made him look awkward *<:)
8. To make fringe, cut three 7" strips of crepe paper. Lay them on top of each other. Start snipping to make fringe being careful to stop just short (about 1/4") of the edge on one side.
9. Glue one layer at a time inside of horn. This is also a little tricky, just be patience and work slowly.
10. Paint tip of horn black. Hot glue works great here, just be careful to not glob it on. Glue horn to hand.
11. For the hat, glue patten onto a fabric scrap. Try not to let glue soak through, use glue sparingly, but making sure to coat paper thoroughly. Let dry and cut out.
12. Glue into a cone shape, again this will take some patience. Use clothespins to help hold so that glue can dry.
13. Glue hat onto head. I found that just gluing the front and back worked the best. Do not worry about the sides.
14. Glue pom poms on (hot glue works best here, be careful use sparingly) and finally glue Happy New Year banner on using white glue. Adjust the arm if necessary.
You are finished!!
In this picture you can see the center hole that is cut out of the mouth. I used my tiny hole punch to cut that tiny hole.
Happy Crafting and enjoy this wonderful day,