Sunday, November 21, 2010

Snowman Cubes

 I fell while holding my camera, taking the pine cone wreath pictures.  I stood up on an ottoman, and it tipped.  I smashed the front in.  I was able to pry the front lens back into shape enough for it to function, but the pictures are all blurry.  Santa, do you think you could send me a new camera...preferably a Canon Rebel?  I have been coveting them at Costco.  I was at a cub scout pack meeting and I spotted the Costco camera right away on one of the moms.  She asked if I would take a picture of her family while he was awarded.  One shot, and I was hooked! I was swooping in left and right capturing this great moment with their family! (he,he) I went into the camera shop to get a little info and found out they have built in HD Video.  Is that enough to convince my husband....uh, Santa? :)

So, here are some blurry pictures of these cute snowman blocks!
Ear muffs...or no ear muffs?
I made a dozen of these guys for the boutique Nicole's been involved in.  The ear muffs took some time to make, I gave up after three.  The first day of the boutique, a lady bought the three with the earmuffs. Later that night,I spent a couple of hours making 8 sets of earmuffs.  Clipping pieces of felt with wire, then attaching them to pipe cleaners.
All of them sold, except one lonely snowman I missed.
They are super easy to make. Nicole gave me a 4x4 post that we chopped into cubes.  
I gave them a good sanding, using a belt sander. (scary...but cool tool)
Chopped up some noses and glued them on. 
 I later gave them all a nose job, because their noses were too big for their face. :)
I pulled out my trusty celluclay and texturized them.
After drying, I sanded and then painted white. 
Then I added Snow-Tex.  Love this stuff. I wiped it around the edges and the nose.
Then I Mod Podged and added some glitter. These snowman blocks are really cute with plain old paint, if you don't want to bother with the texture and glitter.
I think it's really tricky making a snowman's face cute.
I have made many, many ugly snowman faces.  You can ruin it with the nose shape, or by the eyes.
 To make it easier, I found some tacks and spray painted them black.
Nicole showed me this trick of sticking them into cardboard for easy spray painting.
I drilled holes and glued the tacks into the block.
  Much easier then trying to draw a face on.  It was so funny watching my boy's faces when I would add the eyes, nose, and mouth.  The little one would point and laugh every time I added the earmuffs.  I got a kick out of watching them.
We had our first small snowfall,
my boys managed to scrape enough snow out of the yard to make their own snowman.  Cute!
Speaking of cute...here's a sample of what Nicole was making.  I had to snag a picture of her tray full of baby Jesus ornaments that sold like hotcakes!  Love these!

5 comments:

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

Love the snowman cubes! And the baby Jesus ornaments are sweet!
gail

JC's Loft said...

I broke my camera over a week ago..at least your's take's pictures! Oh love the snowman with the ear muff's, so cute! I see why those sold : )

You got snow!!!! My son would be so jealous.

Paula

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

These are so cute and simple to make. I like the earmuffs :D

pk @ Room Remix said...

Adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Robin said...

how much do you sell your snowman blocks for?
If you don't mind telling me my email is robinlcarroll@gmail.com...thanks...love your blog!!!

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