Snowman Snow Gauge
This snowman snow gauge is a cute tool to use to measure the
amount of snowfall.
Keep this yard stick by your door
so you can measure the depth of the snow. Just plunge
the stick into the snow in your yard and you can get a
quick measurement. We live in a part of town that is
elevated, so we often get more snowfall than our neighboring cities.
It is fun to have a quick way to measure how much snow has
fallen the night before.
I also have family that lives in
North Carolina, and when they call they always want to know how much
snow we've gotten. Now I have a way to tell them
The snowman on top of the yard stick is made out of
three foam balls. Add a few embellishments, and you're done!
Needed for the Snowman Snow Gauge:
- 4 inch foam ball
- 3 inch foam ball
- 2 inch foam ball
- large straight blade or knife
- yard stick
- wooden craft stick
- small buttons
- 2 large black seed beads
- small straight pin
- orange beads (I used two large beads, and one small seed
- felt or fabric scraps
- small bit of ribbon
- hot glue gun
- 2 twigs (for arms)
1. Begin this snowman snow gauge by slicing off a small
of the 2 inch and 4 inch foam balls, as shown. For the 3 inch
foam ball, slice off a portion of the top and bottom of this ball.
This is done so the balls sit flush with each other when you
stack them to make a snowman. I used a long craft blade which
used to cut polymer clay canes (you can find them in the craft store
near polymer clay). If you do not have a blade like this, you
use a knife, but please be careful!
2. Next, push a wooden craft stick through the middle of the 3 inch
ball, right through the flattened areas you just carved. The
stick should stick through both sides of the ball, as shown.
3. Push the large 4 inch ball on the bottom the stick, and the 2 inch
ball on the top of the stick. The balls should now be
together, with the flat sides flush. The three balls should
be looking like a snowman.
4. You can make your snowman look any way you want, using many
different craft supplies you may have on hand. I will
what I did to make mine. For the scarf, I cut a small length
red fabric and tied it around the snowman's neck.
5. Next, I glued small buttons to the body, and used buttons for the
eyes. I glued large black seed beads to form a mouth.
the nose, I threaded two wooden orange beads (about the size of pony
beads) and one small orange seed bead on to a straight pin, and pushed
it into the face to become a carrot nose.
6. To create the hat, I cut a rectangle of felt. I made it
enough to wrap around the entire snowman's head. I used hot
to keep this in place. Next, I used a piece of ribbon to tie
the top of the hat, then cut off the excess. For the
arms, I found two twigs and pushed them into the foam.
7. Using some scissors or a knife (be careful!) make a opening in the
bottom of the foam so you can push the yard stick into the snowman.
I was able to easily do this using some scissors.
use some glue to secure the snowman on, if you like.
8. You can also use this snowman snow gauge as an indoor
decoration too! Replace the yard stick with a small dowel to place in a
plant, or use the snowman as part of a table centerpiece or displayed
on a shelf.
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