The past few days were extremely distressful here in what is usually sunny Florida. A category 4 hurricane known as Matthew was considering making a direct hit, bearing down on us, and we were all in Defcon 4 mode as we prepared for the worst. (Happy to say the worst didn’t happen.)
But, as we prepared, I dreaded the thought of being bored during the power outage, so while everyone else was standing in line at Home Depot and Lowe’s for generators, plywood and other hurricane supplies, I was in AC Moore shopping for crafting supplies that could be used without electricity. I had the store to myself!
The Paintbrush Snowman is a project I happened upon about 5-years ago, while surfing through Esty. I loved it, but wanted to make sure I didn’t completely copy it. So, here’s my take on the Paintbrush Snowman.
3-inch paintbrush, ribbon, small ornamental items such as bells and snowflakes, white texture paint, white acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, holiday sock, paintbrush, small black buttons or jewels, glue, and polymer clay
The 3-inch paintbrush was $1 (of course you can use an old one), the texture paint was $6.99, the socks were $1.50, the polymer clay was $1.79, the bells were $2.99, and the rest of the items were things I already had. I’ll be making quite a few of these, so I have more supplies than you’ll need for making one. Because of the wait time for the paint to dry between coats, the completed project took about 1 1/2 hours.
The first thing to do is make the snowman’s nose using polymer clay (or you can paint it on or glue on an orange button). I rolled up small bits of clay into tiny cones and baked them at 200-degrees for 30-minutes.
While the clay is baking, begin painting the metal and handle of the paintbrush white. Most likely it will take more than one coat of paint, so let each coat dry before adding the next one. I put three coats on mine. When it was completely dry, I then painted the brush portion with the white texture paint.
After the paint has dried, glue on the small black buttons or black jewels. Leave enough space between the bottom of the metal and the first button for the snowman’s scarf.
Using only one of the holiday socks, cut across right at the heel. Set the remainder of the sock aside to be used for the snowman’s scarf. Then place the top part of the sock over the handle of the paintbrush and over the top portion of the metal. To keep it in place, tie ribbon around the sock, about 2-inches down from the top of the fabric. This forms the snowman’s cap. Then I glued ornamental items onto the cap — a tiny snowflake and a little green bell.
Put a dab of black paint on a paper plate, dip the end of a paintbrush into the black paint, then dot the metal just below the end of the cap (sock) to form the eyes. Then repeat with white paint, but using a toothpick. To form the rosy cheeks, I used a Q-tip that I dabbed with my lipstick. Then I glued on the polymer clay nose.
Finally, cut two strips (loops) from the left over piece of sock. Put one loop over the handle of the paintbrush and bring it down to the space between the end of the metal and the first black button. Then cut the second loop and tie it in a knot around the one that has been applied to the snowman’s neckline — this forms the snowman’s scarf. Tie a ribbon into the hole at the top of the paintbrush handle for hanging from your Christmas tree or on your wall.
How cute is this guy?