STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Sweet Felted Snowman

Two popular crafting trends needlefelting and paper crafting come together beautifully in this vintage-appeal snowman. Versatile STYROFOAM™ Brand foam is the ideal base for both mediums.
   Completion Time - 
2-3 hours
   Designer - 
Rebekah Meier

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: 3-1/2"; 1"
  • Block, 18" x 4" x 4"
  • Cone, 3" x 2"
Other Materials
  • Wool fiber: natural; orange
  • Pink decorative paper, 12" x 12"
  • Cream card stock
  • Vintage snowman image
  • Cream lace trim, 1" x 18"
  • Cream organza ribbon, 1-1/2" x 1 yd.
  • Small mother-of-pearl buttons, two
  • Silver chenille stem
  • Ultra-fine pink/iridescent glitter
  • White/iridescent glitter glue
  • Cosmetic blush

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Round paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Round wooden toothpicks, five
  • Scissors: standard; decorative-edge
  • Needlefelting tool
  • Sewing needle and cream button thread
  • Black-head corsage pins, seven
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Foam mounting tape, squares, or dots

Instructions

Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Followmanufacturer's instructions.
  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin; cut 4" cube fromfoam block. Set aside remainder of foam block for future project.
  • 2. Cut two 4-1/2" x 8-1/4" strips and one 3-3/4" square frompink paper. Overlap and glue two short ends of 4-1/2"-widestrips 1/4" to create one 4-1/2" x 16-1/4" strip. Score andfold paper strip 1/2" from top long edge to make sharp crease.
  • 3. Beginning and ending in center of one side of cube toprevent visible seams, wrap paper strip around four sides,allowing paper to extend 1/2" above top edge of cube; do notglue yet. Use fingers to crimp paper at cube corners; removepaper and crisply fold at crimp marks.
  • 4. Glue paper strip around cube sides, overlapping ends. Clippaper corners above foam and fold excess down to top of cube;glue to secure. Glue paper square to top of cube. Positioncube with paper seam at center back. Wrap and glue lace trimaround center of cube as shown.
  • 5. Cut out desired snowman image and mat on slightly largerpiece of cream card stock. Trim edges with decorative-edgescissors. Adhere buttons to image as shown and outline imagewith glitter glue; let dry. Mount image to front of cube with foam tape.
  • 6. Place small amount of natural wool fiber against large foamball and attach to surface using felting needle; followmanufacturer instructions to ensure safety. Continue feltingfiber to foam until completely covered.
  • 7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into bottom of ball. Apply glueto free ends and insert into top of paper-covered cube; let dry.
  • 8. Sew gathering stitch along one long edge of ribbon and pullup gathers tightly to create ruffle. Wrap ribbon around neckand tie off threads.
  • 9. Refer to photo to blush cheeks and insert pins for eyes andmouth. For nose, wrap and glue small amount of orange woolfiber around tip of third toothpick to form carrot shape. Glueand insert free end of toothpick into face.
  • 10. Use paintbrush to apply white glue to foam cone and 1"ball; sprinkle with pink glitter while wet and shake offexcess. Let dry completely. Glue fourth toothpick into tip ofcone, leaving 3/4" exposed. Glue ball onto toothpick; let dry.
  • 11. Glue remaining toothpick halfway into center bottom ofhat; glue free end into head on angle as shown. Glue chenillestem around bottom edge of hat; trim excess.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Peppermint Snow AngelCreamsicle Snow FamilySnow Bunnies