Last week I admitted I have an obsession with snowmen (here). Living in Florida we will not be building any snowmen any time soon, but many of you are living in snow-covered areas. When I saw “Build a Snowman Kit” on Pinterest I knew I had to make one. Thankfully, my sister lives in an area that does get snow.
The kit was easy to make but I could not get the words to “Frosty the Snowman” out of my head. Corn-cob pipes are not politically correct but I did keep the eyes made out of coal. I guess the buttons could also be for a nose, but I think the carrot is more traditional. I included two scarves and two sets of buttons to allow for some variety.
Supplies: felt top hat (Target $3), fleece, quarter-inch diameter dowel rod, Sculpey Oven Bake Clay, handsaw, sandpaper, cookie sheet, parchment paper, ink pen, and craft knife
Step 1: Cut the fleece into 6 inch wide strips of fabric and set aside.
Step 2: Cut dowel rod into 1 eight-inch piece and 13 four-inch pieces. Only sand one end of each piece smooth (this allows the clay to adhere to the rough end).
Step 3 (nose): Knead 1.5 ounces of orange clay until soft. Form into a cone/carrot on the eight-inch piece of dowel rod. Be sure to leave about 4 inches uncovered. Using a craft knife, carve ridges into the carrot to make it more realistic. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Step 4 (eyes): Knead one ounce of black clay until soft and divide into two pieces. Shape each “eye” around the tip of a four-inch dowel and set aside. Remember these are not smooth pieces and should be a little rough.
Step 5 (mouth): Knead another one ounce of black clay. Divide into 5 pieces. Shape each piece around a four-inch dowel.
Step 6 (buttons): Knead 1.5 ounces of red clay until soft. Divide into three pieces. Shape each piece around a four-inch dowel rod. Use the point of the pen to create “button holes”. Repeat this with the blue clay.
Step 7: Preheat oven to 275. Bake the carrot nose for 5 minutes then add other pieces to the cookie sheet and bake for another 15 minutes (20 minutes total). Allow pieces to cool on pan.
Step 8: Wait for the next snowfall and build a snowman 🙂
Tip: If this is your first time working with Sculpey Clay, the colors will bleed onto your hands, and you should cover the work surface to avoid staining (parchment paper works great).