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Tutorial: Yarn Snowman

My friend Rachel has recently been introduced to Pinterest.  Yes, that means she has been totally sucked in to the awesomeness of the DIY crafts and home decor ideas.  Because she joined when she did, she quickly got hooked on all of the great holiday decor.  She told me about one cute idea she saw, a snowman wreath, and we decided to make one but the post from the Pin didn’t include much of a tutorial.  The idea was so cute and easy that I decided to make my own tutorial that includes our alterations.  Enjoy it, and if you like it, please Pin it!

The Project:  A snowman wreath or wall hanging made primarily from styrofoam balls, yarn, and wire.

Supplies Needed:

  • Three sizes of styrofoam balls (any color, but if I did this again I would choose white…you’ll see why later).  We used balls that were 6, 5, and 4 inches in diameter, cut in half
  • A large knife to cut your styrofoam balls (this will allow you to double the amount of craft you can make with your supplies).  Alternatively, you can buy styrofoam half circles (pre-cut balls), but we couldn’t find three sizes like that.
  • White yarn.  I don’t know anything about yarn, but find something that fits your budget.  Don’t get anything too thin or it will take forever to wrap the balls enough.  We got what was on sale.
  • Wire.  We used dark green floral wire and while it worked okay, we weren’t able to recreate the hat from the original Pin.
  • Decorative ribbon for the snowman’s scarf.  The original idea had a kind of burlap scarf which we loved, but we chose something different (after spending a ridiculous amount of time in the ribbon section of Michaels).
  • Buttons for the snowman’s buttons.  I just used what I had in my sewing box.  They aren’t perfectly matched, but that’s okay, it adds character.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pliers or other tools for working with wire (wire cutters)

1.  Cut styrofoam balls in half.

It’s harder than it looks, but it’s worth it for double your craft results.

2.  Wrap each halved ball with yarn.

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Find your own style for doing this.  Rachel did hers very carefully and I did it quickly.  They both ended up looking great, so I don’t think there’s a “right” way.

3.  Use wire to attach the balls together.

We just looped some wire through the yarn on each ball and pulled it tight and twisted shut.  It’s okay if it isn’t stiff, he can move around a bit.

4.  Make your snowman’s arms with wire.

Rachel and I did ours differently.  She used two pieces of wire (one for each arm) and used the pliers to twist them around to look like primitive stick arms.  I used one piece of wire and just twisted the ends to be his hands (they ended up looking a bit like mittens!).  I stuck the wire through the yarn in the back to hold it in place.

4.  Use hot glue gun to attach buttons.


5.  Tie scarf around neck.


At this point, we tried in vain to create the hat from the original Pinned idea.  There was no way we could make it work.  Eventually we gave up and decided he was cute enough without a hat.  We just didn’t have enough wire to make it look right.  I did end up purchasing a coil of wire from The Dollar Tree to try to work with, but I haven’t tried it yet.  If I end up doing it, I’ll update this post.

All in all we each spent $25 at WalMart (we could have gotten away with less if we’d tried a few different stores) and were able to make four snowmen.  We did have to purchase more yarn, but that is cheap enough that it wasn’t a big deal.  We each made one snowman to keep and one to give away as a gift!

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Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.


  1. Kathy Johnston says:

    Were you able to make the hat with the coiled wire you purchased?

  2. Hi Kathy! Sadly, our snowman hats with the coiled wire were a big fail. We couldn’t get it to coil small enough!

    My snowman is hatless.