A few weeks ago, my university's student union held a "crafternoon" for 3 hours to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind. Entry was £2, but then we had access to plenty of craft materials, including cards, foam shapes, felt shapes, pipe cleaners, beads, buttons, different coloured craft lolly sticks and scrap material. When I arrived (just over an hour in because I'd been studio-managing at RamAir, several people were making sock snowmen. While making my own, I unfortunately managed to spill a little bit of rice on the carpet floor (because I'm a messy child) and even more on the table (which I could gather up and pour into the sock from there), but with a tiny bit of help with tying the ribbon, I managed to finish it. I also gathered some of the materials to make another one at home, so this is the story of how I made the second sock snowman (photos to come)!
What You Needan ankle-length white sock (preferably a large size)
a red and white baby's Christmas sock
dry rice or polyester stuffing
felt tip/Sharpie/fabric pens
PVA or craft glue.
- Fill the white sock to about 2/3rds capacity with rice or polyester stuffing. If using rice, try using a spoon and a funnel (either a real funnel or a paper one) to make sure as much rice as possible goes into the sock.
- Separate a section of the filling off to be the head of the snowman and use a piece of thin ribbon to tie this area off.
- Use another piece of thin ribbon to tie up the top of the head of the snowman to prevent the rice/stuffing from escaping.
- Roll up the top of the baby's sock slightly and use it to cover the top of the head of the snowman.
- Use PVA or craft glue to glue buttons for the snowman's eyes and "coat" buttons.
- Draw on the snowman's nose, mouth and arms with pens.