Rusty junk wooden snowmen with rotating scarves

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

Someone asked me in comments if I could make some reclaimed wood snowmen.

YES!

Yes, I’ve been meaning to do this forever! Give me a challenge with reclaimed wood and I am SO in.

So I quickly jotted it down in my make-this list yesterday, fully planning on doing this today.

As you can already see, I did it!

I honestly couldn’t wait to get started. I had it all visioned in my head, but left a few undecided twists hanging so I’d surprise myself.

Little did I know what divas these snowmen were about to become though… they simply could not make up their minds what scarves to wear!

I had no idea this was a snowman thing, but I do now.

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

“YES!! K guys… it’s story time…”

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

She used:

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squarish wood posts of various sizes or wood blocks

miter saw

palm sander

rusty junk hinges and random bolts

Burlap ribbon

Snowflake stencil – Winter Graphics from HERE

Thick cotton rope

Stencil brush

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


Once upon a time before we were born, we were scrap wood posts.

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

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

How-to (and story time)

1. Cut down to square cubes of various sizes.

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When we were first designed, the designer didn’t really know what she was doing. (does she really ever?)

But this was a good start! Just make wood cubes cut with a miter saw, and stack them up largest to smallest.

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

2. Lightly sand, leaving plenty of patina behind.

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Then we got a light sanding with a variable speed palm sander. JUST enough to knock off the roughness but keep our amazing wood patina intact.

People in them thar hill-hidden workshops DIY to the hilt to create authentic looking white chippy wood! We came by it naturally. Aren’t we fortunate to have such good genes?

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

3. Team up drill bits to bolts, then create holes to insert the bolts for buttons.

4. Use black screws for eyes.

5. To insert branch arms, start drilling a hole straight-on in the sides, then drill a hole on an upward angle. (the first hole is so the 2nd drilling doesn’t slip on you)

6. Insert random branches.

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Then we got all fancy! With bolts as buttons and screws as eyes, we were instant junkers!

PSA: Collect bolts. Always.

Our sides also got random branches as arms. Are you diggin’ our quirk? A mix of evergreen and twigs made us unique!

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

7. If desired, attach hinges to the backs of the heads to create rusty junk scarves.

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But being winter and all, and since we are simulating being made out of snow, she knew we’d get chilly. So she dug through the rusty junk bin and used door hinges as scarves. (isn’t she clever?)

They were screwed to the back of our heads. (no, it did not hurt… us wood scraps were made for this)

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

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

And we were ready for the great outdoors! Lookit us with scarves flapping away on a beautiful crisp windy winter day!

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

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

Burlap ribbon scarves

Stencil on random slow flakes, then cut, tie, and position on snowmen.

Stencil – Winter Graphics from HERE

Paint – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black

Learn how to stencil HERE

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So some burlap ribbon came to the rescue.

After getting a few random black painted snowflakes here and there…

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

We were outfitted with a cozy full-on burlap scarf!

And some of us chose rope instead.

Options, you know…

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

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

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

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

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

Scrap wood stackable block snowmen are so very undecided adaptable.

Above is a 1 minute video so you can get a visual of drilling for the arms… which was rather hard to explain…

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

We are now so ready to adventure to all these unknown destinations this Christmas!

And we will totally live happily ever after… until we are needed to make something else of course.

The End.

Back to the designer…

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

I actually think any kind of scarf would look cute on them! What would your own creativity come up with?

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


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  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!