DIY Felted Snowman

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Today's theme is a snowman craft! I'm excited to share what I've created!

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DIY Felted Snowman!

Have you ever tried felting? Do you know what it is? No? Well, have you ever accidentally washed a wool sweater? If you have then you know that it shrinks up to like half it's normal size and becomes really dense feeling. Basically, it turns into felt!

Needle felting is felting without using water. Instead, you use a special barbed needle to push the top layer of wool down into the inside layers. Wool roving sticks to itself so with the needles it creates a very dense shape... whatever shape you form it into!

Let me show you how it's done!

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Felting Supplies

These are the most basic supplies and really all you'll need to get started!

You'll use the foam pad to work on, if you accidentally poke the needles all the way through your project you won't break the needles on a hard surface underneath and it's a nice flexible surface to work on.

Start by taking a large piece of the wool roving and roll it up into the basic shape of your item.

Then, using the needles you just stab your little ball of felt repeatedly until it starts to form the shape you want.

It will look really "rough" for awhile but eventually it will all come together.

Once you have the body formed you'll make the head. Leave a little bit of it unfelted at the bottom and attach it with the needles the same way you form the shapes. There is no need to sew or glue anything in needle felting!

Here is my crude body and head.

Now create some long, skinny sausage looking arms 😀

Attach them in the back neck area and then bring them around the front and felt them to the sides of the body.

You can create lines and definition by drawing an imaginary line on your item (don't actually draw on it! It's just imaginary) and stabbing repeatedly along that line.

You can always add more wool if an area needs more definition or fullness. I added some to one of the arms here.

I made the bottom of my snowman flat so he will stand on his own. Again, I just stabbed over and over with my needles until it was flat!

If you've got someone in your life you are mad at you can take out your frustrations this way... kind of like a voodoo doll! 😂

I created a cute little orange nose and attached it in the same manner. (Note: Be careful with tiny pieces like this, it s very easy to stab your fingers and those needles are S.H.A.R.P!)

I made him a little red heart too!

I used a needle and some embroidery floss to stitch where his eyes will be. Stitch all the way through the head, back and forth a few times pulling it tight with each stitch to create a little indentation. This will create a more realistic look instead of his eyes just sitting on the outside.

Do not knot your thread when you do this, leave both ends hanging out the same side. You will just tie these into a knot and it will be hidden by his eyes!

See how it pulls in a little bit creating a little indent? His eyes will be adorable!

I used round head quilting pins for his eyes. I had them on hand but small beads would work too.

I trimmed my pins a little shorter so they wouldn't poke out the back of his head.

Put a little dab of glue into the indent and then put his eyes in!

Awww, isn't he cute?!

I made a little winter scene with a little chalkboard shelf and some other things I had on hand.

I made the little tree with a paperback book a few years ago.

The little chalkboard shelf (by itself) is for sale by the way. Let me know if you are interested!

It took about an hour to create this little guy.

You might also like these upcycled snowmen I made!!


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