Upcycled Tin Can Snowman that Melts Your Heart

Where I live in Northern Wisconsin, we haven’t had a day where the temperatures have climbed to the 50s since sometime last year. Our winters can be long, and I leave snowman stuff out from November to the end of April.

Yep. We get our use out of our winter decorations!

My mom recently made me another snowman for my collection. She’s inspired by the plethora of ideas on Pinterest. And, being a school cook she has access to a lot of empty tin cans. So, she created this snowman for me.

His arms are a little long, and they went off my photo, and I might shorten them just a little to make it easier to store him away…granted our snow does stop and summer arrives here up ‘nort’.

Here’s the scoop on how she made him. She spray painted the cans with white. I suggest a rust-preventing type, especially if you store your decorations in a place where they encounter a little moisture. She glued them together. You can use hot glue, or if you plan to put it outside, try something like Gorilla glue, E-6000,  or Liquid Nails

She used buttons and hot glue for decoration and made a scarf and hat from scraps of felt. You could sew a hat, or if you have an aversion to needles flying across fabric too close to your fingers, you can make it from felt. The top of the hat is a circle glued to a tube of felt, with another Frisbee-like piece for the brim. You could also make a stocking hat by using an old wool sock tied at the top with a tassle added. Or, if you’re even more into Trash to Treasure, cut off the arm of an old sweater, tie one end for the top of the hat, and you have a knit stocking hat. I didn’t make a sample because, my husband wouldn’t consent to having a sweater in his closet with only one arm.

If you don’t have felt for the scarf, try a scrap of flannel and cut fringes on the ends. 

My dad got into the project by drilling holes for Mom in the sides where she wanted to glue stick arms. If you want to be able to store your snowman away during the summer, you could skip the glue and just “stick” [oh, I’m punny today] the arms into the holes. Then, you can remove them for storage. And if necessary, your snowman can get an arm transplant next winter if these arms don’t work out. Now, there’s a bonus.

Now, you’re probably wondering where you can get a nose. For the snowman, that is. I don’t know a thing about human nose suppliers. My mom made the nose from Model Magic clay. You know, the stuff that’s really light weight and dries quick? You’ll find it usually with the kids craft supplies. She used paint to make the rosy cheeks. 

For someone who doesn’t consider herself all that crafty, don’t you think Mom did a good job? And, thanks to our snowy weather, I don’t feel compelled to put him away for spring yet.


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  1. Michelle! This is so cute!! You are certainly handy at making treasures out of trash! I'm grateful that you sent me the advertisements for your new book. I will take them to Pens tomorrow and hey I downloaded your book on my Nook….look I'm a poet! Just kidding! Looking forward to your writing class at the conference at Creative Memories Farm in WI in August!! Blessings to you and yours.

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