Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snowman Place Card Holders

I made these little guys for a friend who was overworked and didn't have time to make her own table decorations for the holidays. 
They went together lickety split and we had a ball making them.

Here are some of the supplies you'll need to make some of your own:

acrylic craft paint in black red and green
tiny twigs for arms
a bit of festive wool
card stock
iridescent glitter
white glue
hot glue gun and glue sticks

clay roller
craft blade
detail paint brushes
parchment paper
2 inch star shaped cookie cutter used for clay not food

Roll the clay out on a parchment paper protected surface to about 1/4 inch thick.

Print out this little snowman shape to the size you'd like. Mine was about three inches tall. Cut around the snowman shape with scissors. Place the cut out snowman shape onto the rolled out clay and use the craft knife to cut the shape out of the clay following the edges of the template.

Add some twig arms to the front of each snowman cut out and set them aside to dry overnight.

Use the star shaped cookie cutter to cut out some 1/4 inch thick stars and set those aside to dry overnight as well.

after your snowmen and stars have dried you can use the acrylic paint and detail brushed to paint on some faces and a hat. I used the other end of my paintbrush to make dots for a smile and buttons. I also used the tangerine fimo soft to make little cone noses. I baked the noses for 15 minutes at 230 degrees. After they cooled off I glued them on with white glue.

Use the white glue to glue the snowmen to their star bases. I propped mine up until they dried.
After they were able to stand on their own I used the hot glue gun to really glue them on. I added a big glob of glue to the front and the back of each base. Then I covered the bases, glue and all with white glue and dusted them generously with iridescent glitter. Set them aside to dry for a bit. 

I cut out little flags and wrote names on them with the STAEDTLER triplus fineliners. I used festive colours and had fun with it. I put the flags onto a stick and propped it up onto the snowmen's base. You could also just put the place card name onto the base of each snowman.

Here they are with their little woolen scarves. 
Hope they don't eat too much!