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Dec 3, 2018

4x4 Wooden Snowmen


The town resurfaced our road this summer and that extra layer of asphalt was enough that our mailbox was now too low. We had to replace the 4x4 post, so the old one went into the scrap wood bin until I could make these adorable 4x4 snowmen.

4x4 wooden snowmen


To make one you will need:

3' of 4x4 post
white, black, & orange paint
scrap fabric
yarn
buttons
miter saw
hot glue gun


Cut your post into three pieces. I randomly cut the post lengths without measuring, and ended up with pieces that were 9-1/2", 11-1/2", and 13-1/2" long.

4x4 wooden snowmen

I wanted a flat paint finish for the snowmen bodies, so I chose white ceiling paint, and rubbed it on with a cloth to give it just a light washed look.

Once the white paint was dry, I used poster paint to add the eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. I used a fairly wide artist's brush which gave the features a more rustic, cartoonish look instead of being sharply defined.

4x4 wooden snowmen

You can use any type of fabric you want for the hat and scarf. I used scraps of flannel left over from the receiving blankets and stuffed animal I made for my cousin's baby.

Cut a fabric rectangle measuring 10"x15". Fold the fabric over twice on the long side to create the brim of the hat, and wrap it around the top of the post, just above the eyes. Glue one end of the rolled edge of the hat to the post at the back, then fold over the other end and glue it to the first edge.

4x4 wooden snowmen

Gather the top of the hat together and tie it off with yarn. Floof the top of the hat like a pompom.

4x4 wooden snowmen

Take another scrap of fabric, 17" long and about 1" wide, and wrap it around the post at the neck. I picked fabric for the scarves that didn't quite match the hats because, when we go out to play in the snow, we don't worry about matching, we just make sure we're warm. Crisscross the fabric and secure in place with a dot of hot glue. Glue a button where the two ends cross.

Done!

4x4 wooden snowmen
4x4 wooden snowmen
4x4 wooden snowmen
4x4 wooden snowmen
4x4 wooden snowmen




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