“Snowman Doorstop” #TBCCrafters Hop
I’ve seen a few of these type of doorstop on Pinterest and Spoonful and thought it would be cute to make for winter. We live in the White Mountains of Arizona and usually have snow on the ground by now, but this season has been crazy. Our local ski resort has a lot, since it’s higher up, but we haven’t gotten enough yet. I’m watching the news about the Midwest and East Coast and wish that a few of those inches could blow our way. We’ve been praying for everyone affected by this storm over there, it’s been crazy in some places. Kind of weird when you’re watching the news in January and jealous a bit that others are getting snow and not us. :p Oh well, in a few weeks, I’ll probably be moaning about having the shovel the junk, so I guess I’ll just be thankful for not having to do that.
I decided to make this little doorstop guy to help keep the door open when we’re bringing in wood or groceries. He’s really easy to make and you could decorate it however you wanted. I found the material for his scarf at Walmart for only about $1.00, so I figured, “hey, who cares if it’s still Christmas-like”, it was a deal!! Let me know what you think and what you might add to yours.
Please be sure to comment and share this #TBCCrafters craft, I hope you like it!!
“Snowman Doorstop” Craft
- Keystone Paver or Edging Stone (Cleaned Well)
- White Paint
- Orange Modeling Clay
- Googly Eyes
- Permanent Marker
- Glue Gun
- Embellishments/Pipe Cleaners/Yarn
- & Time!
Since it’s winter time up here in the mountains, our local home improvement store wasn’t carrying the keystone pavers, so I had to replace that idea with an edging stone. Being by cleaning your brick well, making sure that no dust is left on. Leave it to dry. Once it’s completely dry, you can begin painting. I just used a sponge brush to paint the entire thing white. Then, just set it overnight to dry completely.
While you’re waiting for the brick to dry, you can being making the scarf. I just got some fabric in the scrap box at Walmart for only about $1.00 and decided to make it out of that. Decide on the width you want it to be and cut the fabric out double that (since you’re going to sew it together).
Next, fold your fabric over inside out, line it up evenly (using pins, if you need to), and sew it closed at the edge.
Next, I used a pencil to help push it back to the right side. This takes a bit of patience and is harder the smaller you make your scarf. Just take it easy and do your best not to puncture the material with the pencil.
Once you have that right side out, you can fold the ends in and glue them to close them up or if you wanted to add a bit, you could cut them in small strips to resemble the ends of a normal scarf.
Okay, now that you’ve finished your scarf and spent the evening chilling out, you can finish it up the next day. Begin by taking your pipe cleaner and gluing one side to the side of the brick where you believe the “ear” to be. Then fold it over to the desired length and fold out, so that you know where to cut it.
When you have that cut and glued, you can add the little pom poms. I made my own from the yarn I bought (also on clearance!!), but you can always buy the ones that are already finished pretty cheap in the craft section. Glue those to each end of the pipe cleaner to be the earmuffs.
Since your little snowman now has warm ears, you can take your time on the rest. 🙂
Using your glue gun, attach the googly eyes where you wish them to be. Make sure to use just a little glue, so that it doesn’t smear out from behind.
Next, using your orange clay, form a little carrot and make it as long as you wish and add whatever you want to it.
Once your little guy can smell, you can start adding the mouth. I just decided to use my permanent black marker and make little pieces of “coal” for his mouth.
When you have him all decked out, you can start dressing him up. Using the “scarf” you created, wrap it around his “neck” and tie it however you wish it to look. I just knotted it up, and it was tight enough that I didn’t even have to glue it for it to stay.
I decided to embellish the scarf at the end with little bells so that I could tell if someone was moving it when I needed the door to be open!
Now you can have him help you keep that door or gate open and be that helpful little snowman brick he is!! Hope you like it! Leave me a comment and let me know what you would do different, or what you would add, etc. Be sure to tweet, pin, share, etc. – thanks!!
“…What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” –Revelation 3:7
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