Sunday, November 27, 2011

Melted Snowman Ornament Tutorial

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
Red ribbon
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!


  1. Okay, those are some of the cutest ornaments I've ever seen!

  2. those are hilarious, and so cute! What a great idea.

  3. These are adorable, we made some but they are a bit different. I think I like yours better. I would love for you to share these cute men at Bacon Time. Anything goes linky fri-monday.

  4. LOVE! Going to have to make these soon!

  5. I love these!! I really want to make them!! super cute and soooo creative!

  6. These are totally adorable! My kids will love it when I make these with them. Thank you so much!!!

  7. What a great idea - they look fantastic!

  8. These are a HOOT!!!! LOVE them!! I am your newest follwer from Randee's Organized Chaos!! Hope to see you!!

  9. Adorable..thanks for sharing.

  10. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time :)

  11. very cute! Thanks so much for linking up to Things I’ve Done Thursday!!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  12. What a cute idea! I haven't seen anything like this and just love it.

    I'm visiting from Positively Splendid.

  13. Thanks for this! I made 6 yesterday :)

  14. I absolutely love these and plan on making some but I am having the opposite dilema you had, I found the hats but cannot find the orange beads or the black beads for the eyes. Can you let me know where you found them, please and thank you!
    thisday at ne dot rr dot com

  15. This is such a cool idea, I couldn't figure out what on earth you used to make the snowman. Hot glue....awesome! I'm featuring this project in the new A Crafty Soiree, up tonight at midnight. Thanks for linking!

  16. Making these now, but my aluminum foil doesn't peel off at all. I switched to wax paper - which also doesn't peel off. But at least it leaves the clearer effect to remain.

    1. It was a little difficult to get the foil off but I found that putting them in the freezer for 15 minutes really helped.

  17. my snowman comes out lumpy because the glue dries so fast. how do u get a smooth snowman?

  18. Not sure. I know I made them one at a time. First I did the outline and then I filled it in using the tip of the hot glue gun to swirl it all together and fill in any holes. Hope that helps!


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