Here is snowman you don’t have to worry about melting all over the place. He is just one of the many things you can make with the Gift Bow Die in the Holiday Catalog. You may think that it is a lot of money for something that just makes bows. Which would be true if it really ONLY made bows.
It can make bows, flowers, pumpkins, apples, angels, ornaments, and snowmen. Believe it or not the snowman doesn’t take that long to make.
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Here is my original snowman I learned to make from Anne Granger, a demonstrator from Canada. I liked him quite a bit, but I thought he could be a little fuller so used her basic idea and changed it up a bit.
Click on any of the images to see larger. I have quite a few photos so you can see what I did step by step. I had originally wanted to try a video. However we were having an ice storm and I wanted all electronics to be charged in case we did lose power and we needed them later on.
So lets get started. 1. The center is a 4″ x 6″ sheet of white card stock. Score it the long way every 3/4″ inches.
You will have a small 1/4″ section on the end to put sticky strip. Once you have the sticky strip on the edge, peel the red plastic off and make a tube. It will be shaped like a
Place three rows of sticky strip.
Stamp your pieces with Gorgeous Grunge
pentagon on the end. One the outside of tube place three rows of sticky strip. Eventually you will have to add a fourth. Set this aside while you prepare his body. You will want to cut 5 large bows and 5 small bows. I stamped on them using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Soft Sky. It also looks very nice in Smokey Slate. This just give your snowman some added dimension so he isn’t stark white. Also punch a 2″ circle for the base to help him stand better. One the bow pieces bend the tabs down.
Place small bow on first.
Now to assemble the snowman. Take your tube and remove two layers of the sticky strip. You will put the layer of small bows on first. This will be your snowman’s head. Place the first folded tab on the edge of the tube. I made sure these are even with the edge to help make sure everything stayed level. Continue this with all the small bow pieces.
add row of sticky strip under his head.
Once you have all 5 small bows on your tube for his head, place another layer of red sticky strip under your snowman’s head.
add the large bow for the body
Peel off all three rows of sticky strip. The large bow pieces will make the body sections. Again I started at the edge of the tube to make sure all my folded edges lined up to help keep the snowman level. Then I put the second folded tab under the head, then just used my index finger to press the middle of the bow to the middle strip. I did this with all five large bow pieces. Now you have a completed snowman body.
Next, I turned my snowman upside down on his head. I added liquid glue to the bottom to
Glue 2″ circle to base
add the 2″ circle base to help him stand better. A hot glue gun would also work and dry faster.
While the base was drying I worked on his hat and nose. The nose was just a piece of scrap Pumpkin Pie card stock. I rolled it into a cone shaped, added a little liquid glue to the edge and let that dry. My cone was not even on the end so I snipped it level so I could attach it to the face of my snowman.
The hat was made with Basic Black card stock. I punched a 2″ circle, a 1 3/4″ circle and a rectangle that measured 2 1/2″ x 6″. (You could change the 2 1/2″ depending if you wanted taller or shorter top hat.) I scored 3/8″ on each of the long sides. This is where I place the sticky strip. I also cut notches on the edges to help make the circle easier to fold without being so bulky. Roll one edge on the edge of the 1 3/4″ circle. I then peeled the short piece of sticky strip to make a tube. When I tried making a tube with the six inch piece first it was a hair too big to fit on the 1 3/4″ circle- do just a word of advice there. Once the top is on, adhere it to the base of the hat.
Once the hat is done, add some ribbon. For this snowman I used the burlap ribbon which I cut in half length wise. I then glued the hat to the snowman’s head the same way I added the base.
I glued on the carrot nose and two 3/8″ circles for the eyes. I used a white marker for the highlights. On my first snowman I used the black candy dots, which were much easier since they are self adhesive. I used cut burlap ribbon for the scarf on this one. The first one, I used the 1 1/4″ Cherry Cobbler ribbon. Both are from the Holiday catalog.
My first sample was holding a sign that said Joyful Tidings. I think this snowman needs a sign as well. I will have to go back and add that. Also, if you have small twigs from trees in your yard, you could hot glue those on for arms. When I made these snowmen, I didn’t have any twigs in my yard. After this weekends ice storm, I am sure I will be able to find some.
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