Do you want to build a snowman? Even if there’s no snow on the ground, you can still add a touch of winter to your home with this DIY Snowman Wooden Sign!
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Wood crafts are one of my favorite things to make. Thanks to my husband and all of his builds and repairs that he’s done, we have a decent pile of scrap wood down in our basement. When the mood strikes, I find myself venturing downstairs in search of the perfect piece of wood to turn into a sign or decor.
I’ve become very fond of snowmen this past holiday season. Especially snowmen that I could keep out as winter decor after Christmas is packed away. So recently, I decided to make a snowman out of a piece of wood, white paint, thick plaid ribbon, and some Cricut vinyl details.
The piece of wood that I used was 9″ x 32.5″ with a thickness of about 3/4 of an inch. Pretty much the perfect size for this project! While it’s too thin and heavy to stand up on its own, I wanted to be able to lean the snowman against a wall. It worked out just as I pictured it!
DIY Snowman Wooden Sign
Once you have your piece of wood, the hardest thing you’ll have to do is wait for the paint to dry! Then, you can use your Cricut Maker (or Explore) to create snowman details with black and orange vinyl. Finish it with a cozy plaid scarf and enjoy your snowman all winter long!
This piece of wood started as a sign I made for my sister’s engagement photos. If you’re upcycling a piece of wood, sand it down first to start with a smooth surface. Then, paint it white.
I actually used some Behr Ultra Pure White paint we had. I wanted to give the snowman a slightly textured, snowy look, so I used a small paint roller to roll on the paint.
Once the entire piece of wood was painted, I opened up Design Space to create a snowman face and some coal buttons. I cut everything out with black and orange vinyl.
The design was large enough that I didn’t need to use Transfer Tape. So I applied it by hand, making sure I left room to add the ribbon scarf.
The last thing I had to do was add my scarf. You can use a cheap scarf from the dollar store or you can use some thick plaid wired ribbon.
I had some plaid ribbon leftover from last Christmas so I added it to the snowman with some hot glue. Then, I simply tied it in the front to make it look like a scarf and trimmed the ends with scissors.
This snowman could be used as an indoor or outdoor decoration. Just be aware that over time, there will be wear from the weather if it’s completely exposed to the elements.
The paint will help to keep the wood in good shape, but if you plan on keeping the snowman outside all throughout the winter, I would consider sealing it with some sort of clear coat.
- 9″ x 32.5″ piece of wood
- Ultra White paint (like a Behr paint sample)
- Small paint roller
- Snowman Design Space File
- Cricut Maker
- StandardGrip Mats
- Black vinyl
- Orange vinyl
- Weeding tools
- 3 1/2″ plaid wired ribbon
- Hot glue gun
- If you’re repurposing an old piece of wood, sand it down first. Then, make sure the surface is clean and paint a coat or two of white paint on each side of the wood. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on.
- Once the paint is dry, open the snowman design file in Design Space. Resize, if necessary. Then, prepare StandardGrip Mats with orange and black vinyl and proceed to cut out the design.
- Weed the design. Then, carefully peel and stick the design onto the painted wood (you can use Transfer Tape, if desired). Make sure to leave room between the face and coal buttons for the scarf.
- Cut a long strip of ribbon to create a scarf. Heat a glue gun and glue the ribbon down onto the back.
- Wrap the ribbon around to the front and tie it on the side. Secure with glue, if desired.
- Use scissors to trim the bottom of the ribbon. Then, display your snowman!
A few notes about this project:
- I was unable to edit the snowman face design in Design Space. So I had to cut the eyebrows and bow even though I didn’t use them in my design. It’s totally up to you if you want to include them!
- If you don’t have any white interior paint, regular acrylic paint would work just as well. Use a foam brush or paintbrush and make sure to allow the paint to dry between coats and before applying the vinyl.
- My husband came up with a great idea for this sign if you want to use it outside. Add a sturdy wooden stake to the bottom. Then, paint lines on the backside like a ruler. Now you can measure how many inches of snow you get!
This project is a cute way to incorporate some winter decor into your home. It’s also a great project for beginners. So if you got a Cricut machine over the holidays, this project is an easy way to get started!
Did you make this DIY Snowman Wooden Sign project? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidadiy. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!
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