I have a very special guest for you today. This woman is a very talented artist and art instructor in Northern Virginia. She is the one responsible for my artistic genes and half the equation for my DIY passion. This woman is my fabulous mother, Shari! (She’s also affectionately referred to as Grammy Mac in our household.)
Please give my Mom a warm welcome here. She was kind enough to put together her first blog tutorial showcasing these cute sock snowmen that she made with her students (she teaches private art lessons after school.)
Take it away, Mom!
Snow Days! Here in Northern Virginia we have already had too many! The most disappointing part about this is that we haven’t had enough snow to make a snowball let alone a real snow person. In an attempt to make the kids happy, we headed to my studio to make snow people from tube socks. Perhaps if we make enough of them, they will bring on the real deal!
(Shopping at the dollar store makes this project much more economical.)
- 1 White tube sock (Adult Size 9-11)
- Rubber bands
- Rice (1/2 to 3/4 cup per person)
- Polyester fiberfill stuffing
- Buttons, pompoms, sequins, orange felt
- Tacky glue
- Brown pipe cleaners (to make stick like arms)
- Black acrylic paint
- Acrylic paint in your favorite colors for tie-dye hats and scarves
- Cotton Swabs (a good tool for painting dots for smiles)
- Faber-Castell Gelato pigment stick Bubblegum Shade (if you can’t find this, you can use watered down pink craft paint)
- Kitchen towels, fabric or ribbon cut into strips to make the scarves
Tie Dying the Hat & Scarf:
Cut the foot off your sock. (This will be the hat.) You may leave this white, or paint it.
Fold the foot part of the sock accordion style, like a fan. Secure the folds with three rubber bands.
Pour your acrylic paints into a small tray or paper plate. Water the paints down slightly. Wet the wrapped sock in water, and roll it into two or three of your favorite colors.
Let dry. Unroll the sock to reveal the beautiful colors. Cut off a 1” piece of the raveled end of the sock to make a matching scarf. [Continue reading...]