The easiest and cutest DIY Wooden Snowmen! (with scrap wood)

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

The easiest and cutest DIY Wooden Snowmen!

These cute snowmen are perfect for Christmas or winter decor and so easy to make! Here’s how to DIY your own with scrap wood… with no melting in sight!

Someone asked me in passing if I could make some reclaimed wooden snowmen as winter decoration.

YES!

I’ve been meaning to create some kind of DIY wood snowman project forever! Give me a challenge with scrap wood and I am SO in.

And I honestly couldn’t wait to get started. I’ve envisioned this DIY winter craft in my head for a while, but then I decided to add a few surprise elements at the end so I’d even pleasantly surprise myself!

But little did I know what divas these snowmen were about to become, as they simply could not make up their minds on which winter scarves to wear!

I think I’ll let them chat it up this round… it’s all yours, divas snowmen.

“YES!! K guys… it’s story time…”

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The easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen

 

Make these easy scrap wood rusty junk snowmen with rope and burlap scarves! Click for full tutorial.

Supplies you’ll need:

 

Snowflake stencil – Winter Graphics from HERE

Square wood posts (bonus if they are chippy white!) or wood blocks

Miter saw

Palm sander

Rusty junk hinges and random bolts

Burlap ribbon

Thick cotton rope

Stencil brush

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black paint
(find a local merchant HERE)


Once upon a time before we DIY Wooden Snowmen were born, we were reclaimed scrap wood posts.

Various sizes you know… and if the wood had some chippy white paint on it and they were all different sizes and sorda squarish, that was all fair game.

Make these easy scrap wood rusty junk snowmen with rope and burlap scarves! Click for full tutorial.

Preparing the wood

 

1. Gather up some squarish wood posts in different sizes.

They don’t have to be perfectly square, close will do too.

And bonus points if the wood is already chippy white weathered wood!

However you can also mimic this look by painting raw wood, then distressing it once dry with an orbital sander.

2. Cut down the posts into square cubes to create various sized blocks of wood that are stackable.

Make these easy scrap wood rusty junk snowmen with rope and burlap scarves! Click for full tutorial.

3. Lightly sand, leaving plenty of patina behind if they are already distressed white wood.

4. Stack the wood 2 or 3 blocks high, with the small blocks being the snowmen heads, and the larger blocks, their bodies.

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

Adding snowmen details

 

Creating buttons with bolts

 

5. Team up the right drill bit with big bolts that will become snowmen buttons.

Drill holes in the bodies where you desire the buttons to go, then insert the bolts.

I placed 2 bolts in a block of wood if they were small, and only 1 bolt if it was larger.

The bolts could also be attached using a hot glue gun, however I didn’t find that step required.

Use screws for eyes

 

4. To create snowmen eyes, screw in short black screws.

Add small branches for arms

 

5. For snowmen arms, gather up thin branches.

Team up a small drill to the branch size, then drill a small hole straight-on into the middle body block, remove drill bit, then drill once again on a sharp upwards angle.

Double drilling helps create a hole first so the drill bit doesn’t slip while on an angle.

6. Insert the branches into the drilled arm holes.

For the branches, a mix of evergreen branches and bare twigs made the snowmen arms extra unique!

Make these easy scrap wood rusty junk snowmen with rope and burlap scarves! Click for full tutorial.

Adding scarves 3 ways:

 

And here come the extra details! I came up with several different ways to add scarves…

Rusty hinge scarves

 

7. Attach old rusty hinges to the backs of the heads to create rusty junk scarves.

They turned out so cute! Especially when using different shaped and colored hinges.

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

And we DIY Wooden Snowmen were ready for the great outdoors! Look at us with scarves flapping away on a beautiful crisp windy winter day!

But then the wee one got chilly… ok, we ALL got chilly.

Winter Graphics | Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils

Using a winter stencil for snowflake details

 

View Winter Graphics stencil HERE / Other Christmas stencils HERE

Winter Graphics to the rescue!

Winter Graphics is a winter-themed stencil with 3 different sized snowflakes, a cup of hot cocoa, two arrows and 25 cents.

The snowflakes were perfect to use for these scarves! Here’s how:

Make these easy scrap wood rusty junk snowmen with rope and burlap scarves! Click for full tutorial.

Burlap ribbon scarves

 

  1. Cut strips of thick burlap ribbon to desired length. (leave extra so you can trim down)
  2. Position the Winter Graphics stencil in random areas, then stencil in black.
  3. Tie around the snowmen’s necks, then trim the length as desired.

Stencil – Winter Graphics from HERE

Paint – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

Learn how to stencil HERE

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

Rope scarves

 

And then we were outfitted with cozy full-on burlap scarves!

But some of us chose rope instead. Because, why not?

  1. Cut some cotton heavy rope into lengths desired.
  2. Tie rope around necks, knot, then trim the length.
  3. Slightly fray the ends to create tassels.

I actually think any kind of scarf would look cute on them! Think of black and red Buffalo Checked scarves too!

Other ideas to decorate with:

 

  • Add glitter or metallic paint to add a little shimmer to mimic white snow
  • Stage with faux snow
  • Drill holes in the heads and insert real or faux votives to become candles
  • Stain raw wood instead of paint for different effects

Allow your own creativity to make these DIY Wooden Snowmen yours!

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

“Ya know, I love these rope scarves, but…”

“I know. I’m with ya. Ok, SHUFFLE everyone!”

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

And boy did we! We became a taller dad, a cute mom, and a wee one!

Scrap wood stackable block snowmen are so very undecided adaptable, aren’t they?

Snowmen video how-to:

 

Click above to watch how the drilling step worked! It was rather tricky to explain.

Learn how to DIY the easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen for charming Christmas or winter decor! Includes 3 different scarf ideas, bolts for buttons, branches for arms and more! Helpful video included in this tutorial.

The finished snowmen!

 

We are now so ready to adventure to all these unknown destinations! Wherever will we land as Christmas or winter decorating?

Consider placing them on window sills, a fireplace mantel, on an outdoor patio or front porch! Craft them for a gift or keep them for yourself!

Oh, and we will totally live happily ever after because we will never melt either!

Until we are needed to make something else of course…

The End.

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Back to the designer…

K, thanks guys! Great job! I may hire you again at some point…

And… any other requests on what to make? I’m rather liking YOUR ideas more than my own!


Other easy seasonal wood projects:

 

Learn how to build the cutest scrap wood Christmas trees with present bases!

Scrap wood Christmas trees in present bases

 

Industrial wood Christmas trees

Industrial gear Christmas trees

 

Scrap wood winter and Christmas trees

Scrap wood Christmas and winter trees

 

Visit many other unique Christmas decorating ideas HERE

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19 thoughts on “The easiest and cutest DIY Wooden Snowmen! (with scrap wood)

  1. Donna,

    Those are adorable! I love snowmen and always have. Many around the house and you can keep them up all winter. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love them all! I think the rope is my favorite scarf. Must be the day for making snowmen, I was just up looking thru my embroidery hoops to see what I could make.
    Ann

  3. What a blockhead I am! HaHa! Snowmen made from blocks. Sometimes I am slow to look outside the box. I have lots of wooden blocks. I could do this.These guys are adorable. Ingenious! Thanks for ‘aha’ moment and inspiration!

  4. Perfect decor for me since here in SD my snowmen stay up until the Easter decor comes out. Love the touches you added like the hinges & scarves.

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