Friday, November 15, 2013

Cork Snowmen

Aren't these the cutest little cork snowman ornaments ready for winter, dressed in blue scarves and red ear muffs?  

On Saturday, I made a thirteen of these...some for the grandchildren and some for a charity fund raiser.  

In case you're up for some snowmen ornament-making fun, here's the scoop on how to make your own:
  1. Slice one cork into three pieces for their heads.
  2. Sand the cut cork edges.
  3. Cut a rounded toothpick into 3/4" length (about 1/2 a toothpick).
  4. Dip both ends of the toothpick in glue.
  5. Poke the toothpick into the center of the head piece and the other end into a whole cork. Leave about 1/8" space between the head and the body (you'll tie the scarf on between that space).
  6. Paint the snowmen/cork white. (I used leftover white wall paint - most people have leftover paint, so why buy anything else when this will work.)
  7. Let the paint dry.
  8. With a permanent marker, draw onto the painted snowman, eyes, a dotted smile and buttons.
  9. Cut yarn or a pipe cleaner into 1" pieces (this will be used for the earmuffs).
  10. Glue the yarn or pipe cleaner onto the head.
  11. Glue on 1/2" pom poms on top of the ends of the yarn or pipe cleaners. Your earmuffs are now done!
  12. With a nail or tack, poke a hole where you want the nose to go.
  13. Cut an orange toothpick to about 1/3".
  14. Dip the cut end in a bit of glue and with needle nose pliers,  push the toothpick into the hole you poked in the cork.
  15. Tie onto your snowmen bits of leftover ribbon or pieces of fabric cut to about 1" x 4".
  16. With about 1 1/4" of wire, using needle nose pliers, twist the ends, leaving a loop in the middle.
  17. Dip the twisted end into glue and poke the wire into the top of the head.
  18. YEA! Once the glue is dry, you're now ready to hang on your Christmas tree.

Oh those little noses. What was I going to use to make such tiny orange noses? Then I thought, do stores still sell colored toothpicks? A trip to my local grocery store revealed that yes, they do! And what a cute nose an orange toothpick makes!  If you only have plain, round toothpicks, feel free to paint or color them orange yourself for an easy fix.

Have fun making your own snowmen ornaments! 
xoxo Grandma

As seen on these linky parties: Sparkles & A Stove, The Dedicated House.
This project was featured on The Dedicated House.
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