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« on: May 09, 2007 05:49:50 PM »

This is my newest creation. Let me know what you think.

Bottle Belly Snowman

Make this adorable snowman from a recycled water bottle and some fleece. He's a fun kid's winter craft!

1 Empty 8 oz water bottle
7 Black glass E beads
3 Small circles from fun foam or felt
1 Brown pipe cleaner (chenille stem)
Piece of fleece 3" x 6 1/2" *
Piece of fleece 1" x 10"
2 1/2" Styrofoam ball
1 Cork 1/2" x 3/4" or smaller
Fake snow flakes
Orange Acrylic paint
Paint Brush
Metal teaspoon
Small clear elastic or a piece of thread
1 Toothpick
Sewing machine, needle & thread OR hot glue gun
Paint the cork orange and set aside to dry

1. Remove the label and any glue residue from your bottle and make sure the inside is completely dry.

2. Remove and discard your bottle cap then fill the bottle with snowflakes.

3. Place the Styrofoam ball on top of the bottle and push down gently to get an impression of the top of the bottle.  Remove the Styrofoam ball and using the handle of a teaspoon, hollow out the area you marked so the neck of the bottle will fit inside. Once hollowed out, stick the Styrofoam ball on top of the bottle.

4. Make the hat by either sewing or hot gluing the 3 1/2" ends of the larger piece of fleece together forming a tube.  On one end of the tube, wrap a small clear elastic or tie tightly with a piece of string.
Fold up the other end of the tube to form a cuff and place it on top of the Styrofoam ball - aka the snowman's head.

5. Tie the 1" x 10" piece of fleece around the neck of the bottle as a scarf.

6. Cut two 4 1/4" pieces of brown pipe cleaner and discard the rest.
Bend each pipe cleaner into a Y shape.  To do this, make a slight bend (right angle) approximately 3/4" from one end then about 3/4" from the bend, fold the pipe cleaner back against itself to form a Y.

7. Make a small hole on either side of the snowman using the tip of a pen or some other sharp/pointy object you have handy.  Stick the straight end of one pipe cleaner into each hold for his arms.

8. Glue the three felt or craft foam circles to the front of the water bottle to form his buttons.

9. Cut approximately 1/4" off the tip of the cork to use as his nose.  To attach the nose, cut a toothpick in half (wire cutters work well for cutting toothpicks).  You will only use one half of the toothpick.  Dip both ends into glue.  Stick one end into the cork and the other end into the Styrofoam ball where you would like the nose.

10. Put a small dot of glue on the Styrofoam ball where you would like each of the eyes, then push a bead into the Styrofoam right through the glue.  The glue will dry clear so don't worry if some gets on the beads.

11. Make five small dots of glue for the mouth and push the beads into the Styrofoam through the glue.

*Fleece only stretches in one direction.  When you cut out your hat, be sure that it stretches in the right direction by holding the two short sides and pulling.  If it stretches this way you are all set.  If not, re-cut a piece in the other direction.

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007 05:58:29 PM »

Thanks for the detailed tute. That's a cute snowman. WTG for "going green" as well.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007 06:31:40 PM »

AWWWW  I  love it!  thanks  for the  tute  he is  wonderful!  
is  he  top heavy?
 have  you ever  tried  weighting the  bottom???

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2007 06:50:20 PM »

He's not top heavy at all but now you have me thinking.  If you filled the bottle with poly pellets he could be a door stop or something.

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2007 06:56:05 PM »

Awww.  He's cute.

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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007 09:43:34 AM »

Total cuteness!

Ya know - you could make the bottle part into a snow globe....

« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007 09:51:13 AM »

What a great idea!!!  Thanks
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007 09:36:54 PM »

He is so cute!  I made snowmen out of old 2 liter soda bottles with my daycare kids one Christmas.  It was really difficult to get the white paint to stick on the bottle.  These will be perfect for this year's snowman!  Thanks!
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2007 05:05:15 PM »

keep it going "green" by filling it with shredded paper (you can use junk mail even)

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