From Eyeglasses to Snowman Ornament (tutorial)
For our family’s 2nd annual ornament-making fest, I scoured the internet for many months before coming across the cutie I will be showing you. We make other ornaments besides snowmen, but the star of the program is always a snowman. This is the link I have for our star snowman.
- Ammonia based cleaner and rag
- Paint brushes
- Acrylic paint: white, black, orange
- Blush (makeup), brown, tan, or pinkish eye shadow
- Acrylic spray
- Strip of fabric for the scarf
Step One – Clean
Clean eyeglasses with cleaner. Rinse well with water. Dry with non-lint towel.
Step Two – Base coat
Paint lenses of eyeglasses in a thin coat of white paint in one direction. Try to keep paint off the rim of the glasses. Let it dry thoroughly. You can use a hair dryer to help it dry more quickly. If you put on more paint when it is still wet, some paint will come off. That is why you need to let it dry between coats.
Step Three – Base coat in opposite direction
Paint lenses in the opposite direction with a thin coat of white paint. Let it dry thoroughly. You can use a hair dryer to help it dry more quickly.
Step Three – Finish base coat
Do this 2 or 3 more times, or until you have a totally white surface. If you paint in thin layers and alternate directions, each time you will end up with a smooth surface. However, it will still look good, if the surface isn’t smooth; after all, real snowmen aren’t smooth.
Step Four – Eyes
Eyes: Practice making ovals on a scrap piece of paper. In the top lens about a finger width down paint two ovals in black. Paint two lines for eyebrows above the eyes in black paint.
Step Five – Nose
Nose: In the middle of the lenses, make an orange triangle. Start with the fat end of the carrot ending with the pointy end.
Step Six – Mouth
Mouth: Dip the end of your paint brush into black paint. Use this end to make dots for the mouth.
Step Seven – Let top dry & work on bottom
Let the top lens dry while you work on the bottom lens.
Step Eight – Buttons
Buttons: Using black paint make three circles on the bottom lens. Or you can use the end of a fat paint brush or pen dipped in black paint to make the circle buttons.
Step Nine – Finish eyes & nose
- Eyes: Dip your paint brush end into white paint. Use this end to put dots onto your eyes to give them dimension.
- Nose: Using a liner brush dipped in black paint, outline the carrot in black. Also paint a few vertical lines.
Step Ten – Finish buttons
Bottom Lens – Buttons: Paint a small white curved line on the buttons.
Step Eleven – Cheeks & outline
- When both lenses are dry do the following: Put blush on a small, dry paint brush. Make circles on the cheeks.
- Outline the snowman with same blush or desired colour of eye makeup.
Step Twelve – Date and initials
On the inside of the lenses, paint your initials and current year.
Step Thirteen – Clean & seal
Wipe off frames well. Clean off smudges and any white paint.
In a well-ventilated area, spray the acrylic spray the outside and inside of lenses. Use thin layers.
Step Fourteen – Scarf
Tie the strip of the fabric on the “neck” of the snowman.
Step Fifteen – Display
Put the snowman onto your tree and admire.
Step Sixteen – Picture & post
Take a picture and send it to me so I can make a post with everyone’s creation. Or write your own post and link it to this one.
During November I am writing or posting a photo about something for which I am grateful. This explains why.
My gratitude posting for November 28: I am finally making time for crafting. Besides being fun, crafting gives me something pleasant to think about, gives me more creative thoughts in all areas, and is a stress release. And when I craft with others, it is a bonding experience.
Your Turn . . .
- Did you make this snowman?
- Did you make any ornaments, snowman or otherwise, this year?
- Do you give ornaments as presents?
- What are you grateful for today?
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