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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Make a Snowman Topiary!

I started making these shatterproof ornament topiaries a couple of Christmases ago after spotting the very expensive ones in catalogs.  I knew there had to be a way to recreate the look for a lot less money.  The answer was an easy one once I found those oversized ornaments.  I shared one of these last year that was all red and gold that you can view at DIY Christmas Ornament Topiary.  I decided to expand on that this year and make a snowman topiary! DIY Snowman Topiary

Of course, if you are going to build a snowman, you have to have buttons and carrots!  You can use the traditional black like I did or use some green or red ones!  I dug these couple of carrots out of my box of Easter decorations.  DIY Snowman Topiary

For my snowman I used two ornaments approximately 8″ in diameter and one approximately 6″ in diameter.  If you can find a third size, you could use the three graduated sizes instead of just two.  DIY Snowman Topiary

I removed the hanger from the top of each ornament and then used my old hot glue gun to enlarge the hole in the ornament to accommodate a 1/2″ diameter dowel.  DIY Snowman Topiary

The next step was to repeat the process with all three of the ornaments.  The larger two ornaments will then also have holes melted in the side opposite of the first hole.  This way the dowel can be threaded through the ornaments.  Use a bead of hot glue where the dowel enters and exits the ornaments to secure them.  DIY Snowman Topiary

It is beginning to look a lot like a snowman!  Time to trim him up and give him a little personality.  DIY Snowman Topiary

I thought it would be really simple to cut down my styrofoam carrot until my saw hit something I couldn’t get through.  I don’t know what this little concrete thing in the middle was, but instead of just gluing my carrot nose to my snowman, I repeated the process and melted a hole in the head of my snowman, pushed that little bit of concrete into the ornament and added a little hot glue to secure it.DIY Snowman TopiaryFor my snowman’s hat, I cut a hole in his hat, melted another hole on the top of the head ornament (and a little off to the side to give him a jaunty look). DIY Snowman Topiary

I took a piece of my dowel and stuck it into the head and perched the hat on top of it and secured it with a little hot glue.  DIY Snowman TopiaryI added some little black buttons with hot glue!DIY Snowman TopiaryI added a simple scarf cut from a piece of fleece.  I secured my snowman in an urn with a large chunk of styrofoam.  I topped the styrofoam with a faux snowy blanket for a suitable base.

There you have him, a jaunty snowman ready to greet guests!  This is such an easy project to make a snowman topiary and the best thing is, he isn’t just for Christmas, he can stay there all winter long!

I will be sharing this at the following link parties:  Make It Pretty Monday

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Chloe is the creator of Celebrate & Decorate. Chloe is passionate about having a comfortable and well designed home - she also loves to entertain family and friends. Learn more about Chloe. Follow Chloe: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube

9 Comments

  1. Chloe I truly appreciate your ideas and creativity with us. I’m definitely going to try to make this adorable snowman!!

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