Chunky Snowman

by Thienly Azim

Create an adorable snowman out of wooden blocks.


  • Three 1 3/4" wooden blocks
  • Cardstock for body and hat
  • Stamps, Unity stamp sets Flurry of Flakes, A Bit of Burlap, You Melt My Heart used here
  • Pigment Ink white and brown used here
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Felt
  • Buttons, for hat accent and heart
  • Two Dots for eyes
  • Cotton Muslin Fabric
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Wire
  • Needle-nose Plier
  • sandpaper Mod Podge small foam brush drill to make small hole Heat Glue Gun


  1. Step 1

    Stamp snowflake background stamp in white pigment ink onto cardstock. Pour out white embossing powder onto the stamped area.

  2. Step 2

    Shake off the embossing powder that is not adhered onto the stamped image and emboss using heat gun.

  3. Step 3

    Cut twelve 1 1/2" squares. Sand the edges to give it a distressed look.

  4. Step 4

    Round off the corners and edges of a 1 3/4" wooden craft block, using sandpaper.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere the square paper pieces to the blocks withMod Podge.

    You do not have to do the top and the bottom of the cube as it won't be visible.

  6. Step 6

    Drill a small hole (about 1/2" deep) on the two sides of only one block. This is used to insert the pipe cleaner and to hold it into place.

  7. Step 7

    Stamp texture background stamp using white ink onto a black/dark grey cardstock.

  8. Step 8

    Cut a 1 3/4" x 6" strip of the above cardstock and wrap and adhere around a toilet paper roll, using Mod Podge. Cut off the portion of toilet paper roll not used.

  9. Step 9

    Trace the circumference of the roll onto the burlap stamped paper from step 7. Adhere to the top of toilet paper roll to create the top of your hat.

    You will need to cut another circle for the base of the hat that is a bit bigger than the roll circumference, by using a jar top, compass or circle die. Cut it out and using Mod Podge, adhere to the top and bottom to create a hat.

  10. Step 10

    Stamp the sentiment onto a cotton muslin fabric.

    You can substitute the muslin for twill.

  11. Step 11

    Cut around the sentiment, and fray the edges, pulling strand at a time.

  12. Step 12

    Using needle-nose pliers, or any thin object that comes to a pointy end, wrap the wire around to create a 'carrot' for the nose.

  13. Step 13

    Cut 3/4" x 12" strip of felt for the scarf, and make few incision at the ends to create a 'frayed' scarf look. Cut another 6" x 0.4"h strip to wrap around the base of the hat. Cut a full length pipe cleaner into quarters. Using one quarter, wrap it around another one to create an arm. Repeat for the other two.

  14. Step 14

    Adhere the wooden blocks together slightly off from each other using glue gun, making sure that the block with the side holes is in the middle. Attach the scarf between the top and the middle block and adhere the arms into the holes using glue gun.

  15. Step 15

    Add the rest of the embellishments - the sentiment banner, eyes, nose, hat band and the accent button, and the heart button


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Chunky Snowman. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Super cute project - love the snowman!
Meg McAlister  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 5:29 AM
I absolutely LOVE this! I have a bin full of these wood blocks, so I am excited to give this a try. smile
Emily Niehaus  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 7:55 AM
So cute! Thanks for sharing.
Kris  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM
Judy Rozema  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM
Adorable...ya had me until you said "drill" haha...But I think I can do this project w/o the drilling part! Cute-cute--they'd make adorable name place settings if you pull out some small sketch letters stamps...for Christmas dinner-and give them away as a lil' ornament gifts!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 9:12 AM
Oh my gosh! How cute!
Dawn Easton  |  Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM
This is adorable! Makes me want to go and get some cute wooden blocks like that today...LOVE the hat and wire nose!!
Kelly Schirmer  |  Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 6:35 AM
I love this project and want to do this with my daughters, but have had no luck finding the blocks any ideas. I live in Edmonton Alberta
Brenda Quinlan  |  Mon Dec 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Love this, and love Susanne's idea about placecard/ornament. I'm thinking this would be fun to do with boxes made from cardstock or even chipboard.
Valerie  |  Wed Oct 25, 2017 at 11:12 AM

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