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DIY Painted Santa and Snowman Logs

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If you’re in the mood for a festive and easy Christmas craft, consider turning an ordinary wood log into a snowman or Santa using paint and a couple of winter accessories! The result is an adorable Christmas decoration to display in your home for years to come.


My friends and I recently got together to paint logs into cute snowmen after being inspired from this popular previous Hip2Save post!

What a fun and easy project. None of us had easy access to logs, but we’re able to pick up these already shaved ones from a local firewood and lumber yard. They are ponderosa pines, and measure 18-22 inches, about 7 inches wide. You could always adjust the size to your preference.

Tip: Use snow hats and scarves you may already have on hand or look for some inexpensive ones at thrift stores to accessorize your snowman!


Snowman Painted Log:

18-22 inch tall log, shaved
Craft Paint  (white, black, orange, pink)
Paint Brush or Paint Sponge
Wine Cork and Pencil (for stamping face)
Adult Snow Hat & Scarf
Thumb tacks


  • Paint entire log white, and let dry.
  • Use a wine cork and end of a pencil eraser to “stamp” face and button details with paint.
  • Use a small paint brush for the nose. Let dry.
  • Place Hat and scarf on and secure with thumb tacks if desired.


Santa Painted Log:

18-22 inch log
Craft Paint, (red, white, pink, flesh colored)
Paint brush
Wine cork (for stamping face)
Santa hat


  • Use a pencil to plan out space for face, beard, and body.
  • Paint the top in a flesh color, the bottom in red, and then use a paint brush to fill in beard and bottom coat detail. I used the bottom of paint brush to tap the ends of beard so it looked like hair, and the bottom like fur.
  • Paint and “stamp” face details using wine corks and a small paint brush, let dry.
  • Add a Santa hat to the top. (I also used my daughter’s headband as a belt.)


What a cute project! I hope you have as much fun painting your Santa or snowman as I did mine! 🎅

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 23

  1. Lee

    How much were the logs?

    • Emily

      Also wondering how much logs like that cost! Cute project!!

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        $10 – thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I’m sure it would vary by region, but I live where there are no pine trees and we paid $10 a log that came shaved.

  2. Ktenny

    So cute. I just don’t know the first thing about shaving logs.

  3. Leslie Ramey

    These are so cute!♡♡♡ Especially since we can’t have real snowmen in Florida. Love them!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Exactly! Thanks Leslie 😊

  4. Amy

    The dollar store usually had hats and scarves that would be great to use for this, too! I have used some in the past to do snowman wreaths that I personalized and gave as family Christmas gifts.

    • melanieee

      Hi Amy do you have a pic of your wreaths and some directions. If you could email me I’d appreciate it. I love Christmas wreaths melaniemavros at gmail dot com thank you

      • Amy

        Hi! Super easy wreaths…I bought – grape vibe wreaths from the dollar store 3 different sizes. Smallest to largest, to make a snowman☺ I used floral wire to attach the wreaths together. Added a dollar store scarf and used recycled scrabble tiles to personalize with last name! I cut the scarf the long way in half and used one scarf for 2 snowman! It cost $3.50 per wreath and everyone loved them! Simple, cute and easy! Hope that helps! If add a picture but I have them all away! I bet if you Google, you could find one though.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Cute! Love it ❤️⛄️

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh fun! Thanks Amy 😊

  5. Tonya

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing all the great ideas.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- Thanks for reading Tonya!

  6. JA

    You could decorate these with sports team apparel and they would be so cute! If you just buy the fabric, you could fashion a hat and scarf and it would be more affordable.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Love that idea! Cute

  7. Mel

    How super cute! I made these snowman kiddie treat cups for my son’s class a few years ago and thought they’d be great to up-cycle glass Glade jar candles (the bottom of the candle is a pain to remove, but I had luck putting the glasses in the freezer for a few hours and gently prying the metal from the bottom with a flat head screwdriver, then washing in hot soapy water to remove any wax residue) I fill them up with Hershey kisses or other small wrapped candies.

  8. Milly

    Where did family pjs find the logs?

  9. Cynthia Henderson

    Where did y’all find the logs?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      We found ours at a local firewood lumber place 😀

  10. sue

    Does it have to be ponderosa pine logs or could you use any kind of wood logs?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh ya I’m sure you could. I was just reporting back what kind ours were.😀

  11. sue

    Thank you, Lina! They are too cute!!

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