I think a lot of these small holiday gift bags are too pretty and charming to just use as throw-away wrapping for gifts. So I decided to use one as a home for a cute sock snowman! This finished project would make a great Christmas tree ornament or teacher's gift.
Time: 6 Hours Cost: $7 Difficulty: Easy
To start making a gift bag sock snowman, you can either use the foot section of a white crew sock, or the ankle/calf section. I chose to use the foot section of my sock by cutting off the toe and heel and using just the remaining tube section.
I also decided to tea dye my sock to give it a slightly beige or antique color to go with my gift bag. You can find the directions on how to tea dye your sock, along with my full sock snowman tutorial on my blog.
While your sock is drying, you can prepare your gift bag. First, cleanly cut off one of the bag's handles so none of the handle shows. Next, cut a piece of styrofoam or floral foam to fit in the bottom of your bag.
Once your sock is dry, seal off one end of your sock with an elastic band and hot glue. I have specific directions on how to do this on my blog.
Next, fill your sock piece with fiber fill or cotton balls until your snowman head is full and rounded. Following directions on my blog, add a stick or dowel and close up the other end of your snowman's head.
Once your head is formed and glued on to your stick, you can start to decorate and dress your snowman. I made a floppy felt hat for my little man and added a face with buttons and glitter glue. All these directions are on my blog tutorial.
The last step is to assemble your gift bag sock snowman. Insert the stick from your snowman's head into the foam in your gift bag. You may want to add some hot glue around your stick once you've placed it the way you want it in the foam.
Now you can add additional accessories and decorations to your bag, like little presents, winter greenery, and fake berries.
This little guy is too cute not to try making one for yourself, or as a gift for someone special. He'd also be adorable hanging from a branch on a Christmas tree!
Materials I used for this project:
- Old sock (husband's sock drawer)
- Dowel or stick (craft store)
- Fiber fill or cotton balls (craft store)