Remember the cute little melted snowmen ornaments I made for our family ornament exchange last year? Here is the long awaited tutorial!
Hot glue and glue gun
Tiny plastic top hats
Black seed beads
Orange oblong beads
Twigs (I used the stem of a leaf)
A couple of words about the supplies. I had a horrible time finding tiny plastic top hats. I looked everywhere, in all the craft stores. I finally found a little bag of cheap snowmen ornaments that were wearing top hats and we just cut the hats off. My recommendation is to try and find the hats first, because everything else is easy to find, including the noses which were just oblong orange beads.
Start by assembling your supplies in little containers. I used prep bowls (yet another use for that Pampered Chef party purchase) but I think muffin tins are the way to go if you're making a bunch. Toothpicks will be really helpful for attaching all the tiny pieces to the hot glue.
We quickly found that it was easiest to attach the scarf to the hat and let that dry before pressing it into the snowman. Otherwise you're going to spend too much time making sure the scarf is right and your snowman will set before you stick on the rest of the body parts.
Pull out a sheet of foil about the size of a piece of typing paper. You will need to make these in small batches because the glue will dry rather quickly. Using your hot glue gun, draw out the shape of your melted snowman and then fill it in with hot glue.
Make sure you place your snowman on a smooth spot on the foil or it will be harder to peel off. I'm thinking you could use wax paper for this too, but I didn't have any on hand. If you do try the wax paper, just do one and see if the paper peels off easily.
While the glue is still hot, press in the hat/scarf, eyes, nose and arms.
I put my snowmen in the freezer for about 10 minutes to set and the foil backing pealed right off.
Finally attach your hook to the back with another dab of hot glue. I used ribbon but you could also eliminate this step by creating the snowman on top of an ornament hook.
Then hang your cutie up on the tree or give them away to all your family and friends!