How to Make Snowmen Decorations out of Socks
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Christmas is the time for candy canes, Santa Claus and snowmen decorations. The latter, however, is wonderful for the simple reason that you can keep it out after Christmas and throughout the winter. Creating a snowman out of a sock is simple enough that even young children can do it and it also makes a great classroom activity as well. Make several snowmen to give as gifts or make a family of snowmen to set out as a decoration.
Carefully fill the sock about 3/4 full with the rice or dried beans and tightly secure it with a rubber band. You should place the rubber band about 1/2 to one inch above the rice or beans. Now fill the rest of the sock about 2/3 full with rice. Use the yarn and tie the sock closed about 1 inch above the rice. Divide the rice filled section of the sock almost in half. You will want the section closest to the top to be a bit smaller. This will be the snowman's head. Tie a piece of yarn tightly around the sock where you divided into two sections.
Squeeze the snowman so that it is almost divided into halves, with the top half, the head, being a bit smaller than the bottom half. Wrap a rubber band around where you've divided up the sock. The top half will "sit" on the bottom half. You should now have a snowman shape with the long, floppy top of the sock hanging off the top rubber band.
Make the hat. Roll or fold down the top of the sock so that it forms a hat. It should sit on the top part of the snowman. Now your snowman should have a hat, followed by a round head, and then a round body.
Add some accessories. Tie a piece of fabric of felt around the "neck" of the snowman (the top rubber band) to make a scarf. Use glue to secure buttons down the front of the body, and a pom pom on top of the hat.
Create a face. You can use buttons, wiggle eyes, a paper carrot nose or anything else you can think of to create a face for the snowman. You could also add small twigs for arms to make it look more realistic.