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Easy Spindle Snowman Craft for Winter

Grab a wood spindle from the hardware store or a construction site and turn it into this unique snowman craft. This snowman made from wood is perfect seasonal display piece!

Skills Required: Beginner. This is a very easy project to paint, even if you’ve never painted before. The distressed style makes it nice and forgiving.

Easy Spindle Snowman Craft for Winter

It’s finally getting cold here in Georgia, which probably has many of you laughing because you’ve already been experiencing winter for awhile.

Are you looking for a craft project to brighten up those winter blues? How about a snowman craft made from a wood spindle? I love him because he’s colorful and cheery, and he adds the perfect touch to a side table or centerpiece.

He’s also a true budget craft, because the wood spindle base was reclaimed and we already had paints on hand – so not even $1 was spent to make him.

If you are looking for pieces of scrap wood to use as painted surfaces, try a brand new subdivision with houses under construction. Always ask first though! Here’s how our friendly snowman craft is made.

Easy Spindle Snowman Craft

Gather These Supplies

  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – Black, Mango, Pear, Pool Blue, Regency Blue
  • Reclaimed wood spindle
  • Large wood ball
  • Wax (old candle)
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrap fabric or wool for scarf
  • Toothpick
  • Buttons – 3 coordinating
  • Hot glue gun
  • #10 flat brush
  • Artist Varnish Gloss
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
painting a spindle with black craft paint

Cut spindle to desired height and glue wood ball on top for head. Paint Black and let dry.

Rub wax onto all edges of spindle

Rub wax onto all edges of spindle.

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Paint over wax with colors shown in photo. Let dry.

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Sand lightly, removing paint where there was wax and creating the distressed finish.

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Time for finishing touches! Cut fabric or wool to desired length and tie around neck, creating the scarf. Add buttons with hot glue.

Paint your toothpick with Mango; drill a hole in the front of snowman’s face and insert with glue. If you don’t have a drill, simply break the toothpick and adhere the flat side to the face with a small dab of hot glue.

Add varnish and let dry, then add eyes and mouth using a black marker.

Grab a wood spindle from the hardware store or a construction site and turn it into this unique snowman craft. It's the perfect seasonal display piece!

Isn’t my spindle snowman fun? It’s great for rustic, primitive, or farmhouse Christmas or winter decor. Customize with your favorite paint colors!

Grab a wood spindle from the hardware store or a construction site and turn it into this unique snowman craft. It's the perfect seasonal display piece!
Yield: 1 snowman

Spindle Snowman

Grab a wood spindle from the hardware store or a construction site and turn it into this unique snowman craft. It's the perfect seasonal display piece!

If you like spindle snowmen, this tutorial will show you how to make one - perfect for winter decorating.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $6

Materials

  • Acrylic Paint – Black, Mango, Pear, Pool Blue, Regency Blue
  • Reclaimed wood spindle
  • Large wood ball
  • Wax (old candle)
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrap fabric or wool
  • Toothpick
  • Buttons – 3 coordinating
  • Artist Varnish Gloss
  • Black marker

Tools

  • #10 flat brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Drill (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut spindle to desired height and glue wood ball on top for head. Paint Black and let dry.
  2. Rub wax onto all edges of spindle.
  3. Paint over wax with the acrylic paint colors, using white for the head and middle. Let dry.
  4. Sand lightly, removing paint where there was wax and creating the distressed finish.
  5. Cut fabric or wool to desired length and tie around neck, creating the scarf. Add buttons with hot glue.
  6. Paint the toothpick with Mango; drill a hole in the front of snowman’s face and insert with glue.
  7. Add varnish and let dry, then add eyes and mouth using a black marker.

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Paige

Wednesday 11th of November 2015

This is such a fun and cute project! It will be fun to do this with my little man during the winter!

Paige http://www.thehappyflammily.com/