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ADORABLE SNOW FOLKS

Grade: 4+
Age: 8+

Submitted by: Amanda Formaro, WebMom at FamilyCorner.com Magazine.

Objectives:

Create a group of carolers or a sleighful of happy winter friends with your mismatched children's mittens, wooden balls, and lots of imagination. The sky is the limit!

What You Need:

  • children's mittens
  • rice
  • cotton batting
  • 11/4" diameter wooden balls
  • buttons
  • mismatched infant or children's socks
  • small pom poms
  • scrap material for scarves
  • silk florals (holiday springs, berries, flowers, etc.)
  • sleigh or basket
  • tiny black plastic eyes or black acrylic paint
  • rosey lipstick
  • black marker

What You Do:

Basic Snow Person
Fill the hand portion of a child's mitten with one or two handfuls of rice, fill the rest of the way with cotton batting, be sure to fill thumb as well. Cut a scrap piece of material for scarf and gently tie around the mitten where the ribbing of the cuff meets the plain material of the mitten (end of the cuff). (When tying scarf, point the scarf material away from the thumb to make it appear as if the scarf is covering the person's other arm.) Fold down cuff to cover scarf and form a turtle neck. Hot glue on wooden ball to top of turned down cuff. Glue on tiny plastic eyes or paint on with black acrylic paint. Use black marker for mouth. Gently dot on lipstick for cheeks by applying first to your finger and then dotting onto face. Glue 2 or 3 buttons to tummy area. Glue a stem of holiday florals or greenery tucked into the arm (thumb), and glue arm to the mitten body.

You can personalize each snow person with different hats, scarves, florals, and more. Our examples show how you can create an entire family of folks by simply using different colored mittens, scarves, and different styles of hats and ear muffs.

Grandpa
Our Grandpa wears a top hat that is fashioned from a scrap of scarf. Lay your basic snowperson face up on your work surface. Lay a rectangular scrap flat and place under ball head. Fold a flap of the material up to form the brim of the hat (see photo) and begin gluing in place, wrapping around the head as you work. Glue final seams in the back of the hat so they are not visible.

Little Sister
Little Jessica is wearing earmuffs instead of a hat. We simply cut a scrap piece from the cuff of an infant's sock and glued it across the top of her head. At the ends of the headband, glue two pom poms for the muffs.

Brother & Sister
Amy and Peter are wearing snow hats. These hats are both fashioned from infant socks. To make Amy's hat we simply fit the cuff of the sock onto her head and rolled up the edge of the cuff to form her hat brim. Then trim the end of the sock off and fold over neatly then glue in place. Glue a pom pom to the top. For Peter's hat, put sock on head the same way as Amy's, trim toe portion off, then cut the end of the sock into three sections. Pull those three sections together to form a cone type tip, glue three pom poms to that tip.

Mom & Dad
A slightly larger mitten was used for Mom and Dad. Because the cuffs of the mittens were much larger and thicker, we formed parka hoods by simply gluing the ball inside the cuff and gluing the "chin" to the mitten itself.

You can display these snow people in a basket with sprigs of greenery and holly berries, or place them in a sleigh. Fill the sleigh with cotton batting and place each family member in their seat. Place these cute little people on your fireplace mantel, or attach a piece of gold cord and hang from your tree or in your doorway.

Poem

If you'd like to give these folks as gifts, you can include this poem to add just the right touch:

The Snow Folks

I look out the window,
And I see a place
That's covered all over
With white, frosted lace.

This place once had colors,
But it changed overnight.
And now it's a
Glistening, magical white!

I wonder who lives
In a place where I'd freeze,
If I didn't wear sweaters
And boots to my knees.

These folk must be snow
From their heads to their toes!
For I'd never be happy
With frost on my nose.

The folks who live here
Just love to be out
In the cold, wintry drifts
As the snow swirls about.

They're happy in blizzards.
They smile through a storm.
They laugh when it freezes,
But they cry when it's warm!

~ Author Unknown

Biography:

Amanda Formaro is the entrepreneurial mother of four children. She and her husband live in southeastern Wisconsin. She is also the owner of FamilyCorner.com Magazine. Subscribe to her free holiday newsletter, Family Holidays, by sending any email message to holidays-on@mail-list.com or by visiting her website at http://familycorner.com

© Amanda Formaro | Photos Copyright 2000 FamilyCorner.com Magazine, Inc.

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