How to Make a Wooden Snowman for Your Front Yard
Kim Calhane's background as an elementary school art teacher lends itself well to her fun and festive front yard decorations, as seen in this jolly wooden snowman.
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1" x 12" pine for body
additional pine for glove, stand, nose
scroll saw or jigsaw
belt sander or sandpaper
bottled acrylic paints: white, black, red, orange, light blue
sponges for painting
hot glue gun and glue sticks
1-1/4" wood screws
paint pens or Sharpie markers
raffia or fabric scarf
clear acrylic spray
1. Trace or draw a snowman on wood. The glove, stand and nose can be traced on any size pine. Cut the pieces out using a scroll saw or jigsaw.
2. After cutting all the pieces out, it is time to sand the rough edges using a belt sander (figure A).
3. Drill bottom of stand with drill bit smaller than the screw that will be used to secure the snowman to the stand. Make sure the hole does not go all the way through the wood.
4. The wood pieces are now ready for painting with bottled acrylic paints. Start by placing paint in small cups and thin a little with water. Two coats of paint will be needed to make an opaque color. Paint the body white, the hat black, the gloves red and the nose orange. Paint both sides and edges of all but the glove. The glove only needs to be painted on the front and the edges; it will be glued onto the body. A hairdryer works well to dry paint in between coats.
5. Sponge paint the sides and front edges with any household sponge. Use a light blue for the body and white around the other pieces. This creates depth and hides any flaws (figure B).
6. Assemble pieces with a glue gun. For the stand, turn snowman upside down and use a 1-1/4-inch wood screw to stand snowman. Use wood screw on the back to strengthen glove and nose.
8. Hot glue the buttons on and embellish with a scarf, glued down in the center.
9. Spray finished snowman with clear acrylic spray. This will weatherproof the snowman. It's now ready to display.
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