Hinged Wooden Snowman Family

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had gotten myself into a number of projects last week that snagged all my time. This is another one of the gifts I made, this one for my son's teacher.

And I thought I would share with you how this one was done too.

The first thing I did was cut my pieces of wood. I used a 1 x 4 that was in nice shape so it didn't require much sanding. I started by determining the length of the tallest snowman, then I adjusted the other sizes by about 2 inches each. I just did the measurements visually, so I don't know what they were exactly, but I believe the tallest one was about 18-20 inches. That's about as tall as you can go using only one hinge like I did.

I had a family of 5, so I cut 5 pieces. I needed to decide how to arrange the wood, whether I wanted it random...

... or descending. I decided that in this case, I liked the descending arrangement best.

I measured 3 1/2" from the bottom and placed the hinge. I spaced the wood apart about 3/8" to give the hinge room for movement.

After marking the hinge holes, I used a drill to make a pilot hole in each slot. I repeated this step with each board and each hinge. I skipped every other slot, then flipped the whole arrangement so I could place the backside hinges, which filled the spaces I skipped on the flip side.

I put in the screws temporarily, so I could test the size and functionality. I did this with all the hinges.

Then I took it all apart and applied several coats of paint. I painted the front, back and sides, but not the top and bottom.

I also applied a light coat of white spray paint to the hinges. Be careful not to apply too thick of a coat or it will interfere with the functionality of the hinge.

When the paint was dry, I sanded the corners.

Then I put the hinges in place.

So far so good.

Then I began preparing the hats. I decided to put the names on the cuff of the hats. I used an embroidery machine and made them out of fleece, but other options could be used. I think the names add a special personalized touch to the final project.

Next, I began assembling the hats. You can see a tutorial on the hats here. For these, my initial square of fabric was 8" x 9".

I added the cuffs with the names, alternating the height of the cuff to match the alternating height of the wood.

I wrapped a strip of fleece around the wood and looped it in the front to make scarves.

I used a sharp pair of scissors to fringe the ends of the scarf.

I made the noses out of craft foam, cutting them with a pair of pinking shears to give them the textured edge. I also added google eyes.

And the last thing I had to do was add the buttons.

And they're done!

And an added bonus is how neatly they fold up for easy storage. That is, if you ever put them away anyway!

Share your thoughts and your examples!

Here's a fun one done by Brooke at BrookePitcher.com. I think it turned out great! Check it out here!

And don't forget to check out the endless list of inspirational ideas at my home page childmade.com.


  1. Oh how cute!

    This would make a great project to do with paint stirrers that you can pick up at any home improvement store for free and really make for a simple activity.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I love that they are hinged together. So Cute!

  3. I love these little guys. I want to make them next year. Thanks for sharing. I hope you and your family have a MERRY CHRISTMAS

  4. I love these so creative.
    Link post at
    Very Cute

  5. cute, cute, cute, did I say cute, love them, great job!

  6. Oh my gosh... I'm smiling BIG. That is not only adorable, but easy to store! So creative. :)

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  7. oh my gosh I love these - I want to make these next year for sure !!!

  8. wow! wow! wow! I love these...so very cute and thanks for shring the directions too...

  9. Very cute! Thanks for the great tutorial. The pictures make it easy to follow! ~~Rhonda

  10. OMG they are adorable! I HAVE to make these this year for sure for gifts. GREAT JOB!

  11. This is so super cute. Love this idea!

  12. That is so cute! I love that you have the names on them too! So clever! Thanks for linking!


  13. WOW, so cute! I had a set of personalized snowmen, but a couple were lost over time (and many army moves). If I made something like this, I'm guessing at least the family of snow folks could stay together! ;)

  14. I made these for my entire family last year for Christmas. They loved them as much as the one i made for my own family. thank you so much for your wonderful ideas. I love them.....

  15. These are soooo cute. I really want to make these. Thanks for sharing! Pinned it on Pinterest.

  16. These are definitely a 'must make' for me! I love snowmen anyway but yours are soooooo very cute! Thanks for the share! Charlotte from AZ

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