Light-Bulb Snowmen

Several years ago I made some light-bulb snowmen as gifts for friends and family. I also made a couple for us to keep, one with each of my kids names on them.  Now that we’ve added two more kidos to our brood, I thought I should make a couple more snowmen to complete the set. ;)

I also made one for my daughter’s piano teacher…

I started out by spray painting the light bulbs flat white. I sanded the light bulbs to give them a rough finish so the paint would stick better. (Okay, I won’t lie… I didn’t sand them at first, but then had to go back and sand them, after the first coat of paint kept peeling off. Trust me, sand first! :))

To paint the light bulbs, I used a pizza box with little “X” cut into the box.  Then, I “screwed” in my light bulbs into the little “X”.

My son, Jonathan, asked me when I was going to turn the lights on. (He’s three. :D)

Then I took my light-bulb laden box out to the garage to paint. I covered the floor with taped-together-trash bags (classy, I know…) and went to town with my spray can. After about 3 coats of paint (letting the paint dry in between coats), I turned the bulbs a ¼ of a turn to make sure the bulbs were evenly coated, and then added a couple of more coats.

After the bulbs were dry, it was time to dress and paint little faces on the snowmen.

First, I added some ribbon to hang the snowmen. I tied the ribbon around the threads of the bulb and added a dot of hot glue to keep it in place.

For the hat I used the thumb of a glove. I also cut an extra strip off the thumb to make a scarf for the snowman.

I poked scissors out the top of my little hat so I could pull the ribbon through, once I put the hat on the snowman.

Then I secured the hat by adding hot glue around the edge of the hat…

And, then added a little pom-pom to the top of the hat.

Now, to put a little life in my snowman…

First, I penciled on the face to see how I liked it…

I held the scarf in place to make sure I liked where the face was going, but I didn’t actually put the scarf on until I was done painting the face and the rest of the body.

After I was done with the face, I moved on to the wreath and then the arms.

Once I had everything the way I liked it, with pencil, I painted it.  Then, added my scarf with a dot of hot glue to keep it in place.

Tied a knot in the end of the ribbon, and my little snowman was ready to hang…

I think he turned out kind of cute! :)

When I made the snowmen for my kids, I used one of their baby socks for the hats and scarfs.

I just love ‘em!

Now, my set is complete and my kids won’t fight over who, they think, I love more! :)

Have a great rest of the week, peeps!

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Light-Bulb Snowmen — 63 Comments

  1. Those are absolutely adorable!!! What a great idea!!! And the pizza box?? Brilliant!! I would never have thought of something like that. I am gonna HAVE to try those!!

  2. These are very cute and well-made. Thanks so much for linking up to Things I’ve Done Thursday!!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  3. These are so stinkin adorable! This is definitely our ornament gift for next year! (We do one every year & have this years already picked out)
    Please come link up to My Favorite Things Friday Link Party going on all week(& every Friday) but I would LOVE for you to link this cutie up! I hope you will come visit!

  4. So cute! I do something different with light bulbs – may do some later today and post.
    Yours are adorable, like your blog too.
    Found you via Flamingo Toes.

  5. This is so incredibly fun and colorful and THRIFTY! You did a great job with the tutorial! A lightbulb??? I would never have thought of that! I am so glad I found you through Tonia’s party! I am one of Tonia’s “monday party gals” that are mentioned above. My readers would LOVE this and love to meet you! Would love for you to head over! Either way….I am glad I found you! Love, Me

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  7. This is seriously one of the cutest and most creative things that I have seen all season! Your blog is so much fun- you have some of the best ideas on here! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We hope that you will come back tomorrow and share more of you amazing ideas!
    Camille @

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