Decorate for winter with charming blocks of cozy wool softly frosted with snowy drifts of needlefelted fiber and the cutest snowman south of the NP!
Completion time – 2-4 hours
Designer – Debra Quartermain
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
- Balls: one 1-1/2"; three 1"
- Cubes, five 3"
- Egg, 3"
- Sheet, scrap
- Wool roving: 1/8 oz. black; 1/4 natural; scraps of
- Wool felt, 9" x 12" sheets: gold; sage green;
- natural; two berry red
- Coordinating striped cotton fabric, 1-1/2" x 12"
- Black buttons: three round; one heart-shaped
- Twigs, two 3"
- Serrated knife
- Candle stub or paraffin
- Round wooden toothpicks, five
- Embroidery needle and black floss, one skein
- Straight pins
- Needlefelting tool
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Follow
- 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut a
1"-thick slice from end of one foam cube. Use glue gun to glue
partial cubes to ends of two more cubes, creating one 5"
block, two 3" cubes and one 4" block. Press large end of foam
egg and one side of larger foam ball against work surface to
- 2. Cut 5" x 12" red wool felt strip. Apply white glue to edges
of strip and wrap around sides of largest foam block; pin in
place. Cut two 3" red squares and glue to top and bottom of
block; pin in place. Let dry; remove pins.
- 3. Repeat Step 2 to cover 3" cubes with gold and red wool
felt, cutting 3" x 12" strips to cover sides of each cube. Cut
4" x 12" green strip and 3" green squares for last block.
- 4. Cut patterns from felt as indicated. Glue holly leaves
together in pairs; let dry. Glue letters to blocks as shown,
applying thin line of white glue down center of each letter;
let dry. Use three strands black floss to stitch letters to
wool felt background. Sew straight stitch down center of each
holly leaf; set aside.
- 5. Cover top of each block with loose clump of natural wool
roving as shown in photo, spot gluing to secure. Needlefelt
wool slightly to secure roving to top of block.
- 6. Glue end of one toothpick into bottom of 1-1/2" foam ball.
Apply glue to opposite end and push firmly into narrow end of
foam egg to create snowman shape.
- 7. Wrap snowman with natural roving and needlefelt wool to
secure. Pull two tiny pieces of black roving and needlefelt
eyes. Make small ball of orange roving and needlefelt to face
for carrot nose. Needlefelt thin strip of red roving to face
for smile. Glue second toothpick halfway into bottom of body.
- 8. Tie cotton fabric scarf around neck; trim ends. Glue
buttons down body. Poke small hole in each side of body using
scissors tip; glue twig arms into holes.
- 9. Pull medium-sized ball of black wool roving and needlefelt
into circle on foam sheet scrap, flipping several times to
prevent it sticking to foam sheet. Circle should be about 1/4"
thick and slightly larger across than top of snowman's head.
Needlefelt center of hat brim to head.
- 10. Pull more black roving and needlefelt into tall, 3D hat
crown shape; turn fiber several times while needlefelting to
prevent it sticking to foam sheet. Needlefelt crown to brim,
adding more roving as needed to fill out hat shape as desired.
- 11. Apply glue to end of snowman toothpick and push into top of gold "n" block.
Glue leaves and berries to front of "S" block as shown.
- 12. Wrap each 1" foam ball with natural roving; needlefelt
wool to foam. Glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of each
ball. Apply glue to toothpick ends and push into top of "w"
block; refer to photo as placement guide.