One of my favorite ways to craft is to use materials I already have at home. Upcycling is not only great for the environment but it’s great for a budget! We’ve had a few old sweaters taking up closet space for a while, so I decided to start some projects perfect for the holiday season.
There are countless ways to upcycle an old sweater, from mittens to hats; throw pillows to tote bags, the possibilities are endless. One thing to keep in mind when picking sweaters for your crafts is the material. Wool sweaters are great for accessories but it’s recommended to wash them in hot soapy water and dry on high heat to shrink and felt for optimal sustainability.
A cotton sweater with a tight knit worked great for my little snowman craft today. If you don’t have any sweaters you’re willing to part with at home, you can always peruse your local Goodwill or thrift shop. Don’t feel like leaving the house? This sweater is currently only $2.99 and ships free on Amazon!
This was a great, easy no-sew activity to get me in the Christmas Crafting spirit. They make adorable gifts for friends and family or can be a wonderfully whimsical addition to your own home.
Items you will need:
· Thread or Ribbon (for scarf and hat)
· Buttons (in any shape or color you prefer)
· Black and Orange Acrylic Paint (Grab a set, like this one, made by Crayola, for endless uses after!)
· Sock or Additional Sweater (for hat)
· Three Rubber Bands
· Hot Glue Gun (This one is just $6.99!)
· Non- Stick Paper (parchment or wax)
I used an XL men’s sweater for my snowman, which gave me a longer and larger sleeve. I had to use a lot of rice to fill him, but I’m very pleased with the plumpness that it created. If you’re looking for a smaller snowman, I suggest using a small, women’s sweater. Instead of creating a traditional white snowman, I chose a tan colored sweater to give him a rustic primitive look.
Step One: Lay out one sleeve and choose your desired snowman height. Make sure to give yourself enough excess to tie the snowman at the top and bottom.
Step Two: Turn sleeve inside out, tie one end closed with rubber band tightly to prevent any spillage.
Step Three: Turn sleeve right side out and fill with rice (I used about 4 cups of rice and half a bag of quinoa when I ran out of rice). Tie off top of snowman with rubber band, again making sure it is tight, trim off excess as needed to fit under hat.
Step Four: Section off your snowman head by placing a rubber band or ribbon about 1/3 of the way down from the top. I found using a rubber band gave it a secure shape and was easier than trying to tie a ribbon. Later, I covered the rubber band with my ribbon “scarf.”
Step Five: Using additional sweater or old (clean!) sock, create the snowman’s hat. If you’re using a sweater, determine the length needed for your hat and cut one sleeve, using the cuff as the base of the hat. If using a sock, cut the sock just above the heel, using the ankle cuff as the base of the hat. The sweater I used had a long cuff, so I rolled it in half and hot glued it down before gluing the hat onto the snowman. Trim the length of the hat as needed and tie off end.
Step Six: Paint end of toothpick orange for “carrot” nose and create black paint drops on wax paper for eyes. I used another clean toothpick to help round out the edges of the eyes. Let dry completely. Cut toothpick to length and glue on for nose. Carefully peel eyes off paper and glue on.
Step Seven: If you used a rubber band to section off head, tie ribbon over band to create scarf. I used a wired ribbon so I could mold the ends to have a wavy, lifelike appearance.
Step Eight: Glue desired buttons to front of snowman.
I absolutely loved the way my snowman turned out and I hope you do too. The best part of this craft is that you can truly customize it however you want to perfectly compliment your winter décor. I can’t wait to see what else I can make with my sweaters!