Make the CUTEST sock snowman in minutes with this easy Christmas craft tutorial! You won’t believe this darling sock snowman craft started with a plain white sock.
After a school Christmas crafting party, my daughter came home with the most adorable sock snowman I had ever seen!
It had the sweetest little snowman face, a colorful hat and sweater, and tiny buttons down the front.
Imagine my shock when she told me she made it out of a sock!
To be honest, it looked very similar to my DIY snowman ornaments that are made from baby socks so I shouldn’t have been too surprised.
Of course I had her explain to me EXACTLY how she made it so I could make a DIY sock snowman of my own and share the directions with you.
And bonus- there’s no sewing involved!
Easy Sock Snowman Tutorial
Guys, it really doesn’t get much easier than this sock craft (other than our 5-minute candy sleigh).
Each snowman takes about 10 minutes total to make.
And the finished rice sock snowman is just too cute!
You could make a boy snowman, a girl snowman, a child snowman, or even a whole family of snowmen in all different sizes.
Why Make This Sock Snowman Craft?
- They are VERY inexpensive to make
- You can mass produce these sock snowmen pretty quickly and cross LOTS of names off your Christmas list
- These snowman decorations make wonderful Christmas gifts for family, friends, teachers, neighbors, and more- give with our English toffee, chocolate no bake cookies, or Andes mint cookies for an extra sweet gift!
- Kids can even help with this fun snowman craft (which gets them away from their video games and devices)
- They make the CUTEST Christmas decor that you can be proud of since you made it all yourself!
Sock Snowman Video Tutorial
Watch the video below to see EXACTLY how to make snowmen out of socks.
Then keep reading for all the supplies and step-by-step instructions.
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Supplies You’ll Need
- White mens sock (no gold toe or gray toes, it must be all white like these ones I used– preferably new so it’s nice and clean)
- Pattern or colored sock (I found cute colorful fuzzy socks like these at Dollar Tree- can use old socks if you’d like)
- Rice (about 3 cups per snowman)
- Rubber bands (or a piece of yarn, string, or an elastic hair tie)
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric scissors
- Tiny black buttons
- Orange pipe cleaner
- Accent buttons (optional)
- Fabric or ribbon for scarf (optional)
- Pink blush (optional)
How to Make a Snowman With Socks
Lay out all of the supplies that you’ll need, and turn on that glue gun.
Let’s get crafting!
Prep the White Sock
Use fabric scissors and cut straight across the white sock just under the heel.
This bottom portion will be the snowman’s body.
Throw the top part of the sock away (or save it for another craft).
Next, turn the sock inside out.
The inside of the sock is fuzzier and more like snow, and the sock lines won’t show up as much this way.
Create the Snowman Shape
Place a funnel inside the sock, then fill up the sock with rice.
I ended up using about 3 cups of rice per sock snowman.
After 2 cups, I lifted the sock up from the top and plopped it down a few times to stretch it and make room for more rice.
I like my snowmen to be nice and plump and full, so doing this helped to fill him up.
Helpful Tip: This will also help to keep your snowman nice and firm and standing on its’ own, so don’t skip this step!
Use a rubber band to close the top of the sock.
I used two rubber bands, just to be safe.
You could always tie string over the rubber bands for extra support if you’re worried about the rubber band eventually breaking.
Next, use another rubber band (or two) to create the snowman’s head.
Decide where you want the head to be, then create the shape with the rubber band.
If you have a lot of extra sock poking out on the top, trim the top with a pair of scissors.
Add a Winter Hat and Sweater
Our snowman definitely needed a warm winter hat and sweater to keep him cozy!
The hat also covers up the top of the sock and makes the head of the snowman look nice and neat.
To make the hat and sweater, you will need a colored or patterned sock.
Any sock will work, but I like to use fuzzy socks because they look more like a real beanie and a sweater.
I scored some at Dollar Tree for just a dollar a pair, which made each sock only 50 cents!
Cut a straight line across your colored sock a few inches from the toe. This will be your snowman’s hat.
Now cut a straight line across the sock just underneath the toe. This will be your snowman’s sweater.
Helpful Tip: It’s better to cut a little more than you think you’ll need (and have the clothes a little bigger) than cut them too small (and not have them big enough).
Place the toe portion of the sock on your snowman’s head.
Add a thin strip of hot glue all around the base portion of the inside of the hat to hold it in place.
Pick a matching pom pom and hot glue it to the top of the snowman’s hat.
Place the other sock piece onto the body of the snowman.
Make sure that you’re covering the top of the rubber bands under the head with the sweater.
Add hot glue under the sweater all along the top and the bottom to hold the sweater in place.
Create the Face
Now for my favorite part- creating your sock snowman’s cute little face!
This is where the snowman really starts to come to life.
Start with two tiny black buttons.
Use a dot of hot glue to attach the buttons to the face.
Cut a small piece of an orange pipe cleaner with scissors for the snowman nose.
Make the hole with the pipe cleaner where you would like the nose to be.
Add a dab of hot glue in that spot, then place the pipe cleaner nose back in place and hold for a few seconds while the glue dries.
I wanted my DIY sock snowman to have pink rosy cheeks.
To make the cheeks, I dipped a tiny pom-pom (a Q-tip would work too) into my blush, then blotted the blush onto my snowman’s cheeks.
See how I fixed this same MAC blush when I dropped it into a million pieces a few years ago!
Add a Scarf and Buttons
You can add a scarf over your snowman’s sweater if you’d like.
You can also leave the sweater plain without a scarf, or skip the sweater altogether and just add a scarf and some buttons on the belly.
So many possibilities!
Make a Scarf
To make the scarf, just cut a piece of fabric or ribbon into the length that you would like the scarf to be.
Fabric scraps work perfectly for the scarf!
Wrap it around the snowman’s neck, and cut the little scarf fringe on the end with scissors.
Use hot glue to hold the scarf in place.
Add some colorful buttons to the front of your snowman with some hot glue.
You can add buttons to your snowman’s sweater, or you can add the buttons to a snowman without a sweater.
Either way, some colorful decorative buttons add a lot of color and personality to your sweet little snowman!
Display Your Sock Snowman
Display your lovely new holiday decoration for all to see!
If you’re anything like me, you might just get carried away and make a bunch of snowmen for yourself or for everyone you know.
A snowman looks great on a buffet, side table, as a centerpiece, in the bedroom, classroom, or anywhere else you like to decorate for Christmas and the holidays.
These make WONDERFUL gifts for anyone on your Christmas list this year- family members, grandparents, friends, school teachers, church teachers, and more.
Even the kids can get in on the fun!
My toddler daughter saw my older daughter and I making a bunch of this sock snowman craft and wanted to make her own, so I let her fill up her snowman with rice and pick all of the decorations for her snowman.
Of course I used the hot glue to glue it all together, but she is so proud of her little snowman that she made herself!
It is so wonky and wonderfully cute, and I love how she has been carrying it with her everywhere she goes.
Thanks for letting me teach you how to make a snowman with socks!
This sock snowman craft is easily one of my favorite Christmas crafts ever because it’s so easy, inexpensive, and adorable.
You can also make an easy clay snowman decoration to go with it!
- 1 white men's sock (must be ALL white)
- 1 pattern or color sock (fuzzy socks look best)
- 3 cups rice
- rubber bands
- hot glue
- fabric scissors
- 2 tiny black buttons
- 1 piece orange pipe cleaner
- accent buttons
- fabric or ribbon for scarf (optional)
- Use fabric scissors to cut straight across the white sock under the heel. Keep the bottom portion and discard the top. Turn sock inside out.
- Place a funnel inside the sock, then add about 3 cups of rice inside the sock. Plop the sock down a few times to stretch it out to fit more rice inside. This will make the snowman nice and plum and firm. Close off the top with a rubber band, then use another rubber band to create the head. Trim the excess sock from the top if necessary.
- Cut a few inches off from the toe of a pattern or colored sock to make the hat. Cut another straight line just underneath the heel of the same sock to make the sweater. Place the hat on the snowman's head and the sweater on its' body. Use hot glue to hold the hat and sweater in place, then add a pom-pom to the top of the hat.
- Hot glue two tiny black buttons to make the snowman's eyes. Cut a small piece of orange pipe cleaner, then use hot glue to press it into the sock for the snowman's nose. If you'd like your snowman to have rosy cheeks, dip a tiny pom-pom or Q-tip into pink blush and gently press it onto the snowman's cheeks.
- Hot glue buttons onto the snowman's sweater. If you'd like your snowman to have a scarf, then cut a long strip of fabric or ribbon, tie it around your snowman, and hot glue in place. Use scissors to create fringe on the scarf ends.
- Proudly display your snowman or give it as a thoughtful handmade Christmas gift to family members, neighbors, friends, grandparents, or teachers.