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.
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,
“YES!! K guys… it’s story time…”
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The easiest DIY Wooden Snowmen
Supplies you’ll need:
Square wood posts (bonus if they are chippy white!) or wood blocks
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Using a winter stencil for snowflake details
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:
Burlap ribbon scarves
- Cut strips of thick burlap ribbon to desired length. (leave extra so you can trim down)
- Position the Winter Graphics stencil in random areas, then stencil in black.
- Tie around the snowmen’s necks, then trim the length as desired.
Learn how to stencil HERE
And then we were outfitted with cozy full-on burlap scarves!
But some of us chose rope instead. Because, why not?
- Cut some cotton heavy rope into lengths desired.
- Tie rope around necks, knot, then trim the length.
- 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!
“Ya know, I love these rope scarves, but…”
“I know. I’m with ya. Ok, SHUFFLE everyone!”
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.
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…
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!
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