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Holiday DIY Idea (sent in by reader, Sherrisa)…

Easy, Super Cute DIY Log Snowmen!

If you’re on the lookout for some cheap and super cute Christmas decorations then these snowmen might just be your answer! They are really easy to make and the best part is they don’t cost much either! 🙂

Supplies you will need…

  • Two small logs or fence post or any piece of wood really ( I used small logs)
  • Two hats and a scarf (I used 1 scarf and cut it in half)
  • Black, & orange, acrylic paint (pink for the cheeks is optional) and white paint.
    (If you will have these outside, use an exterior paint… I just used an exterior primer)
  • Small paint brushes and a large brush for white paint.
  • Pen or pencil to trace the face and buttons.
  • Drop cloth or something to paint on.

Directions:

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  1. Make sure your logs are clean and ready to paint.
  2. Paint the logs with the white paint. Let dry!
  3. Take a pencil or pen and trace the face and buttons anyway you would like.
    (Keep in mind that the pen might show through the orange paint… I found this out the hard way!)
  4. Take your acrylic paint and paint the eyes, mouth and buttons black, and the nose orange. If you want, you can put a little pink on the cheeks. Let dry!
  5. Next is the fun part! Place the hat on top of the snowman and put the scarf around the neck of the snowman! I used thumb tacks to secure the scarf around the Snowman. But you could use whatever you want or simply tie the scarf.

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Now sit back and look at your adorable creation!

Note: These are so easy to make. I have been wanting to make them for a few years and was scared that they were going to be too hard to make. But honestly they are very simple. 🙂

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  1. Queenmum

    Love this idea!!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sally

    Super cute!

  3. Mary P

    I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. PZ

    I love this…I think I have found something to do on my upcoming 4-day weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Holly-Marie

    SNOW CUTE! 😉

  6. Lisa

    Super cute and a simple inexpensive way to make a large decoration!

  7. SF

    Super cute!

  8. rebecca

    this is great, because you can make the decorations as big or small as you need, just choose the wood that fits your space to decorate. you could do tabletop size or front porch size! i love that the wood surface is not too smooth, and it’s all pitted, so the texture looks kinda like real snow. good job, crafter!

  9. Liz

    So CUTE!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Tara

    Cute! I’ve seen people selling these on our local Facebook military boards and yard sale boards for $30, though instead of a log they used a piece of wood from Lowes etc. The log is much cuter and making these don’t cost $30.

  11. Mgat5

    So cute!!!

  12. Just Me

    Cute! And classroom party ideas? 2nd grade. Thinking cupcake decorating

    • Tanya

      We did Christmas/holiday tree cupcake decorating one yr in class. The kids LOVED it. The tree base is the cupcake (with chocolate frosting) and then you use an ice cream waffle cone upside down and apply green icing (we used white icing with green food coloring b/c it tastes better than GREEN icing flavors) to the entire cone and then stick the ornaments on the tree (ornaments were an array of candy items like red hots, m&ms, sixlets, nerds etc) and then we used the Peep stars for the tree topper and the final step is to make it snow….using a sifter and some white powered sugar!!! We had so much fun. We have also done decorate a cookie and have made crafts at the classroom parties.

    • Cindy

      When my son was in second grade, we made fleece scarfs. We hit up the remnant fleece bins at our local craft store and precut the scarf. The kids cut the ends to fray them and put on beads if they wanted. It was fun to see them wear their scarfs at school. It did not cost much and the kids enjoyed making them. We have also made Christmas shaped crayons (if your school has an oven). I have a cookie sheet with shapes that I only use for crafts. The kids smashed the crayons in bags then each got to fill 2-3 shapes. We baked them for 5 minutes until the wax melted and then cooled them in the snow. We asked the parents for all their broken or old crayons about 1 week before the party.

      • Just Me

        Thanks! I’m excited for both !

  13. Jen

    You could use white spray paint to make it even easier!

  14. Susan

    Just pinned this:) Now I am in search of a log or two.

  15. visitor3

    Friendly reminder to watch out for tippiness around little kids and pets. Or toes! A log is heavy after all. 🙂

    A friend of mine made me a shorter one (maybe 6 inches) out of wooden edging lumber. It had a 3-D nose on it, made from a peg painted orange — very cute.

  16. Nicole

    To cute!!

  17. Erica

    Super cute & easy

  18. Sandy

    Wouldn’t you SNOW it! Another sweet idea!! 🙂

  19. amyjorlando

    I LOVE these!!! I think I can even handle making these. I definitely want to try making them. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  21. Emily

    This is adorable! Absolutely adorable! I want to make one for my porch this weekend!

    If you are worried about seeing the lines of the pen through the orange paint, you can probably outline it with a sharpie like they do in coloring books. It’ll just look like your colored in the lines, and you can hide those pen marks. I like using pencil because you can erase it. You may also want to see if a Mr. Clean Eraser will take the pen off and leave the paint. (doubtful because you painted over it)

  22. Swirlypop

    Terrific idea!

  23. Jennifer

    Oh I love these and I probably have all the stuff to make these already! I might use my kids old scarfs and head gear that they have outgrown. Also would be great to cut up some of those old outdated sweaters I have lingering around. Thanks Lina!

  24. Leslie

    Sooo cute! Love this idea!

  25. Tina

    Super cute!

  26. Marie

    Adorable

  27. Tobey

    Cute

  28. me

    those hats are really cute! where did you find them ????/

    • Sherrisa

      Thanks “me”! I actually got them at the “Dollar Tree” …can’t beat $1 right? 😉 Thank you SOOOO much for choosing me Collin! I feel so Blessed! The gift card will be such a blessing! Thank you for all you do!

  29. JA

    I love this! I’ve been looking for something for the porch that isn’t going to blow away.

  30. maflies1

    Wow! Such a neat idea! Looks terrific and is easy to make, and except for maybe the paint, we’ve got the materials-as we live in the woods and heat with a wood stove. 🙂 We could have baby ones and Mama and Papa. Tee Hee

  31. Luna Fleig

    I always look for new crafts for me to do with the grandkids

  32. Ketty

    Try using chalk instead of pencil to mark the features 🙂

  33. susan hendrix

    you can also use a pringles potatoe chip can.

  34. Patti McNaney

    I’m going over to my son’s garage and steal a couple of the logs he has for his fireplace. Looks like even I might be able to do this project. I’m not very artsy, craftsy. lol

  35. danette howell

    Could you please let me know the height of the logs for the snowmen in the pics.

  36. Ash

    If your using logs they will rot an Crack. They will dry out. If you buy pressure treated wood your ok. But if logs you need seal the wood or you will have to do a new one every year

  37. Jo Winter

    Can’ t wait to get my 2 granddaughters over so we can make some!!!!

  38. Jeannie Jex

    Adorable!

  39. Pam

    Are yours around 2 to 3 ft. tall? I want to try this but I’m afraid the logs would be very heavy for me to lift. Also how did you get the bark off so that they would be smooth? Thank you

  40. Michelle Lambert

    Love it.

  41. Andrea

    Thanks this is an adorable & rather easy & quick project to do with my grandson.
    Lol I think I am heading to the thrift store to pick up a few baby size hats. I hope they will fit. I guess the hats I buy will determine what size log my grandson uses for his snowman. Thanks again.

  42. Andrea

    I was just thinking about all the yarn I have, It would take only a few minutes to knit or crochet snowmans scarf and/or hat

  43. Helen

    So cute going to make some thanks

  44. Allean Vest

    This is a great idea & I can’t wait to do it. If it turns out might some as gifts.

  45. sheila

    Love these cute ideas. Thank you 98th

  46. faith

    gonna try it some time

  47. Jill

    so cute!! I want one!!!

  48. Sally Antczak

    what are the diameters of the two logs and the height if you don’t mind. My daughter wants to make these with the grandkids and my husband and I are arguing about the diameters and heights. Thanks,

    • Betty Tatro

      Making mine 15″ and 9″ tall and logs were 5″ diameter.

  49. Darlene

    Real stick arms and a stick painted for the nose would also be cute. 🙁

  50. Betty

    in the process of making them now, mine are 15″ and the other 9″, making several sets for family

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