How to Craft a Scented Snowman

by Drose Martins

To be done as a K-1 school project, in one hour increments, over 3 days. But for adults, this project can be done in one day if you machine dry your dyed sock.


  • 1 White men's crew sock
  • 2 Pinecones, small
  • 1 Toothpick
  • 3 Wooden buttons
  • 1 Sprig of imitation evergreen & berries
  • 1 ½ Inches Christmas ribbon
  • 8 Inches Christmas colored plaid fabric or scraps
  • 1 Part Jute
  • 1 Brown chenille pipe cleaner
  • 2 ½ Inches Large green chenille pipe cleaner
  • 1 Pompom
  • Cotton batting, or rice to fill
  • 2 Rubber bands
  • Allspice and christmas scented essential oil
  • Clear, white or irridescent glitter
  • 1 Mini candy cane (optional)
  • 1 Ziploc bag
  • Essential oils, spices, dropper
  • RIT fabric dye, color of choice
  • Paint brushes
  • Plastic plates or lids for plates
  • Acrylic paints; orange, white and christmas colors
  • Pink pastel
  • Black puffy fabric paint
  • Needle & white thread
  • Hot glue & gun
  • Bowl for dyeing and stick for stirring
  • Kettle for hot water
  • Recycled paper
  • Fabric & craft scissors
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Day 1 Dyeing Station Supplies: hot water in kettle, bucket/large pot for dyeing, wooden stick for stirring, RIT fabric dye, timer, white men's crew socks, fabric scissors

    Step 2

    Day 1 Scented Pinecone Station Supplies: pinecones, ziploc bags, essential oils, eye droppers, allspice, cinnamon, whole spices

    Step 3

    Day 1 Painting Station Supplies: paint brushes, plastic lids or plates for paint, acrylic paints, toothpick, wooden buttons

    Step 4

    Day 1 Gluing & Cutting Station Supplies: pre-cut jute, pre-cut ribbon, berries, evergreen, hot glue, hot glue gun, scissors, traced heart, traced circle

    Step 5

    DAY 1: Discuss project with kids. Give each child a sock. With assistance from adult volunteers, guide students to cut at the top of the heel, in a parallel line to the bottom. Put aside foot portion.

    Step 6

    Use fabric scissors if difficult to cut.

    Step 7

    The top of the cut sock will be used to make a snow hat for the snowman, so cut it slightly smaller, to about 4-5" in length.

    Step 8

    It will look like this after dyeing.

    Step 9

    Using bowl or pot for dyeing, add hot water from the kettle, and dye amount as stated on package. Have children add cut top of sock to prepared dye bowl. Discuss what dyeing does to material.

    Step 10

    Assign a "dyeing supervisor" for every 5 minutes. Set a timer and allow a child to stir gently for this time. After 50-60 minutes everyone should have had a turn helping agitate the dye bucket.

    Step 11

    At the end of the dyeing time, carefully drain dye water, and rinse each sock until it runs clear. Hang to dry, to be ready for Day 2 of project.

    Step 12

    While children take turns stirring the dye bucket, the others will make scented pinecones, paint buttons, and create a hat embellishment, and cut out paper shapes for the project.

    Step 13

    At the Pinecone Station, show children the whole spices (in a separate bottle) that go into allspice. Using dropper, assist children in placing 2 drops of each essential oil onto each pinecone.

    Step 14

    Placed "oiled" pinecones into their ziploc bags. Children can gently sprinkle in allspice, and extra cinnamon if wanted, into ziploc bag. Zip close and have children shake for two minutes. Set aside.

    Step 15

    At painting station, each child receives 3 buttons. Instruct children to paint very thin coats of acrylic paint, allowing paint to dry between coats. Encourage good technique. Paint toothpick orange.

    Step 16

    At the Gluing & Cutting Station, kids will create an embellishment for the snow hat. A hot glue gun is needed and supervision at all times. Kids will also work on their cutting skills to cut shapes.

    Step 17

    Have children unravel the jute into pieces, layering it to make a pile.

    Step 18

    Place dab of hot glue onto back of ribbon piece. Lay rope pile on top. Caution: will be hot, so help the children place this.

    Step 19

    Cut the back of the evergreen piece to make one side flat for gluing.

    Step 20

    Turn ribbon piece over, and glue on evergreen and berries. If you have time, do this part with generous amounts of cold glue.

    Step 21

    For the cutting portion of this Station, have children cut out traced circle. Set aside.

    Step 22

    Children can carefully cut out traced heart, and write name on it. Set aside. You are done for Day 1.

    Step 23

    Day 2 Stuffing Station Supplies: white sock bottom, cotton batting, scented pinecones, rubber bands, circle & heart shaped cut-outs

    Step 24

    Day 2 Snowy Tree Station Supplies: scissors, large green chenille pipe cleaners, paint brushes, plastic plate, white acrylic paint, clear/white/or iridescent glitter, recycled paper

    Step 25

    Day 2 Scarf Station Supplies: scissors, recycled paper, patterned fabric (pre-cut into lengths)

    Step 26

    Day 2 Sewing Station Supplies: dyed sock (from Day 1), needle, thread

    Step 27

    DAY 2: Today, the sock will be stuffed and shaped to resemble a snowman. This will be done at the Stuffing Station. The scarf will be fringed, the mini tree cut and painted, and the hat sewn together.

    Step 28

    At the sock stuffing station, have children place circle cut out into bottom of the sock, lining up the sock seam in the middle of the circle.

    Step 29

    Grabbing one pinecone and cotton batting, make a ball, with the pinecone in the centre. Keep adding batting to the side to make a large ball. Stuff into bottom of sock.

    Step 30

    Do the same with the second pinecone, only this time making the ball smaller.

    Step 31

    Add a little bit of love to your snowman by hiding the heart in the top stuffing.

    Step 32

    Place rubber band around top until tight. Cut off excess sock at end, leaving about 1.5" at the top.

    Step 33

    Pull on stuffing to "fluff up" snowman, until he looks nice and rounded all the way around.

    Step 34

    Next, create the head and body. Place second rubber band between two pinecone "balls", wrapping only once or twice (depending on rubber band), so that it is gathered but not too tight.

    Step 35

    Using about 2.5" of large green chenille pipe cleaners, assist children in slowly cutting into a triangular, tree-like shape.

    Step 36

    Gently pull off about 1/2" of the bottom green chenille to make it resemble the tree trunk.

    Step 37

    Using white acrylic paint and a paint brush, children will learn the technique of flocking: adding tiny particles (of paint) to a surface (the tree) to create texture (snow).

    Step 38

    Hold tree by the trunk. Loading white paint lightly onto the brush, tap gently all over surface of green tree. Turn the tree and continue to tap on paint gently until all surfaces look snow covered.

    Step 39

    While paint is still wet, hold tree over piece of paper, and lightly sprinkle with glitter. Gently shake off excess glitter onto the paper. Set snowy tree aside to dry. Reuse glitter for next child.

    Step 40

    At the Scarf Station, pick one fabric pattern of choice. Children will first practice making fringe on paper, then when ready, move onto fringing both ends of the scarf. Set aside.

    Step 41

    At the Sewing Station children will practice some sewing skills. This may be a first for many of them, and it is a simple way to familiarize them with stitching, which will be practiced more later on.

    Step 42

    Hold dry, dyed sock from Day 1. You will be sewing this together to create the snowman's hat.

    Step 43

    Have pre-threaded needle ready. Bunch up raw cut edge together, making S shapes.

    Step 44

    Make knot at end for children. Run needle through bunch of fabric a few times. Pull tight, and knot to finish.

    Step 45

    Cut and trim excess thread.

    Step 46

    Turn hat inside out. Set aside for Day 3.

    Step 47

    Day 3 Sewing Station Supplies: needle, thread, snowman body, painted wooden buttons, brown chenille pipe cleaner

    Step 48

    Day 3 Hot Glue Station Supplies: hot glue, glue gun, scarf, hat, pompom, embellishment, Christmas tree

    Step 49

    Day 3 Finishing Station Supplies: painted toothpick, pink pastel, black puffy fabric paint, mini candy cane

    Step 50

    Day 3: Today children will be stitching again, and assembling all the many parts of the snowman they have set aside.

    Step 51

    The painted wooden buttons will be sewn on today. Parent volunteer have needle and thread ready; you can double upon the thread if you like. Start a knot on the sock.

    Step 52

    Allow the children creative license for where these are placed. Imperfection is part of what adds to the charm of a craft. Each button only needs to be threaded through 2x. Hot glue these if needed.

    Step 53

    Using one brown chenille pipe cleaner, wrap it around the neck gently and twist it once, then bring each back to the side and tucks it out and under each side to make the arms.

    Step 54

    The Hot Glue Station must be supervised by an adult. Many embellishments that have been set aside will be put together here.

    Step 55

    Assist children with placing the scarf as if it is wrapped around and thrown over the shoulder. Then using hot glue, dab a little to hold it in place. Tuck top part of scarf under the pipe cleaner.

    Step 56

    Place hat on the head of the snowman. Roll up edge to make a rim for the hat.

    Step 57

    Using hot glue, glue pompom onto top of snow hat.

    Step 58

    Then, use hot glue to attach embellishment (from Day 1) onto rim of hat.

    Step 59

    Last stop- the Finishing Station! Guide children in placing nose and cheeks, and adult will paint on eyes.

    Step 60

    Carefully poke toothpick (from Day 1) into the middle of the face.

    Step 61

    Using pink pastels, lightly tap blunt end of pastel onto the cheek area, and twist with a light touch. This should make a rosy cheek effect. Repeat on the other side.

    Step 62

    Attach mini tree (from Day 2) to one hand of the snowman. Bend and twist the brown wire around it to secure it. If it needs extra help to secured add hot glue.

    Step 63

    Adding eyes will be the last step. Using puffy black fabric paint, dot two little eyes on either side of the nose. Closer is cuter; and if you want a folk art style, place them offset, as pictured.

    Step 64

    For an added treat, you can make the other arm into C shape, and hook on a mini candy cane.

    Step 65

    You're done! Carefully set this aside to dry for 24 hours, watching that the eyes don't smudge. All done!