Friday, October 31, 2014

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen

Typically, I dislike skipping right from Halloween to Christmas.  But I am so excited for this cold front coming through I want to prematurely share with you a tutorial for these adorable primitive wooden snowmen.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Begin with reclaimed wood that is 3”x3” or larger.  Using a Miter Saw, cut two pieces of wood that are approximately 12” and 9” tall.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Paint each piece with two coats of pure white craft paint using quick upward strokes.  The wood should show through in some areas.  If you feel you achieved too much coverage, lightly sand the corners to give the snowman an antiqued feel.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


After the white paint has dried, gather a few small art brushes, and this pallet of colors.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Begin with the eyes and eyebrows.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen

Give him a smile and some rosy cheeks.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen



Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Add the carrot nose, and then lightly outline it.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Don't forget the white speck to add twinkle in his eyes!

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Repeat.



Choose two coordinating fabrics.  I used a red chevron upholstery fabric and a wide turquoise burlap ribbon.


Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Cut approximately two 9” long x 4” wide strip of each fabric.  You will also need two small 1”x4” strip of each.  If you are lacking patience, like me, you may find your fabric edges are raggedy – fix this easily by “hemming” the fabric inward with a little industrial strength fabric glue.



Using the fabric glue (I started with Gorilla glue, but found it didn’t bond properly with the fabric), form a hat by wrapping fabric around the top portion of the snowman.  Tie the small fabric strip around the middle of the hat.
Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen

Tie the other piece of fabric below the face, attaching it with the fabric glue.  If you are using a stiffer fabric, you might fashion the two fabric ends in a more attractive way, and then glue them together.

Tutorial: Primitive Reclaimed Wood Snowmen


Repeat and v
oila!  You now have the perfect Christmas gift to give someone who keeps you In Good Company.







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