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How to make a 3D Wood Snowman

This 3D Wood Snowman measures 4 feet and makes a great DIY outdoor Christmas decoration.

3D wood snowman.

Last year I shared how to make a 3D wood Christmas tree and if you recall, I mentioned that I wanted to make a 3D wood snowman too.

I’m super excited to say that we did!! It was so much fun making it!

3D snowman made with wood.

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How to make a 3D Wood Snowman

Supplies

Tools:

Instructions:

Step 1:  Cut out a piece of graph paper to 24 squares wide and 48 squares high.

I had to use tape to attach another piece of graph paper in order to have it 48 squares high.

Note: Each square represents 1 inch.

Graph paper.

Step 2: Fold the graph paper in two vertically.

Graph paper folded in two.

Step 3: Using half the graph paper, draw half of a snowman.

For a reference: 

  • I started my snowman at square 7 at the bottom.
  • First snowball ended at 20 squares up and 6 squares in.
  • Second snowball ended at 15 squares up and 3 squares in.
  • Third snowball ended at 7 squares up and 3.5 squares in.
  • Hat rim 3 squares, 1.5 square high, top of rim 3 squares, and 5.5 squares high.
Drawing a snowman on graph paper.
Half a snowman drawn on graph paper.

Step 4: Keeping the paper folded in half, cut out the half snowman.

The purpose of Step 1 through 4 is to see what the snowman will look like. If you like how the snowman turned out, continue to Step 5. If not, modify your snowman template until you are happy with it.

Snowman graph paper folded in half with scissors.
Snowman folded in half.
Snowman made out of graph paper.

Step 5: Take out wrapping paper with a cutting grid on the back.

Wrapping paper with cutting grid on the back.

To replicate the snowman template, cut the wrapping paper 24 squares wide and 48 squares high. Each square represents 1 inch.

Wrapping paper cut to size.

Step 6: Repeat Step 2 through Step 4 using your graph paper snowman as your guide.

Wrapping paper folded in half.
Graph paper snowman over wrapping paper grid.
Markings on wrapping paper grid.
Drawing snowman on wrapping paper cutting grid.
Half a snowman drawing.
Close up of snowman with scissors.
Half a snowman wrapping paper.

Step 7: Place the 4 feet snowman template on a piece of plywood and trace it.

Snowman template on plywood.
Tracing snowman template on plywood.
Close up of snowman traced onto plywood.

Step 8: To make the bottom part of the snowman cut out the bottom snowball from the template.

My snowball measures 20 ¾″ high.

Snowman template with scissors.
Snowball template folded in half.
Snowball template.

Step 9: Trace the snowball on the remaining piece of plywood.

Tracing snowball onto plywood.
Snowball drawing on plywood.

Step 10: Use a jigsaw to cut out the snowman and the snowball.

Cutting out the snowman from plywood.
Plywood snowman.
Cutting out the snowball from plywood.
Plywood snowman and snowball.

Step 11: In order for the snowman and the snowball to be attached together, a slit needs to be cut out of both pieces.

  • The snowman needs a slit centered at the bottom 11 ¾″ long 
  • The snowball needs a slit centered at the top 9″ long.

11 ¾″ plus 9″ equals the height of the snowball 20 ¾″.

Use a scrap piece of plywood to trace the width of the slit.

Working on the snowball:

Marking cut lines on a plywood snowball.
Cut marking on a plywood snowball.
Cutting out a slit with a jigsaw.
Snowball with slit cut out.

Working on the snowman:

Marking cut lines on a plywood snowman.
Cut marking on a plywood snowman.
Cutting out a slit with a jigsaw.
Snowman with slit cut out.
3D wood snowman cut out.

Step 12: Use an orbital sander to smooth the pieces.

Sanding the plywood snowman with orbital sander.
Wood snowman cut out.

Step 13: Dry fit the 3d wood snowman together to make sure the pieces fit together.

Dry-fit wood snowman and snowball together.
Insert snowman into snowball.
3D wood snowman.

Step 14: Place the snowman on sawhorses and apply a piece of painters tape on the rim of the hat.

Painters tape on the rim of the hat.

Step 15: Paint both sides of the snowman and the snowball in white outdoor paint. Apply two coats.

Painting the snowman in white.

Remove the painters tape right after applying the second coat of paint, while the paint is dry.

Removing the painters tape from the rim.

Step 16: Apply painters tape below the rim of the hat.

Painters tape on the snowman.

Step 17: Paint both sides of the hat in black. Apply two coats. 

Painting the hat in black.

Remove the painters tape while the paint is still wet.

Remove painters tape from the hat.
Painted snowman and snowball.

Step 18: Use a pencil and lightly draw eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons on the snowman.

Drawing a snowman face.

Step 19: Use a paint brush and/or foam pouncers to paint.

I like to erase my pencil marks prior to painting, it still leaves enough markings for me to see where to apply paint.

Foam pouncer with paint to make an eye.
Painting the contour of the eye with a paint brush.
Painted snowman eye.
Painted snowman eyes.
Painting a carrot nose.
Using small foam pouncer to make the mouth.
Four black painted dots to make the mouth.
Painting the snowman mouth.
Painted snowman face and buttons.
Painted 3D snowman.

Step 20: Insert both pieces together to form the 3D wood snowman.

Painted snowman pieces to make 3D wood snowman.
Assembling 3D snowman.
3D plywood snowman.

3D Wood Snowman

3D wood snowman.
3D snowman made with wood.

What do you think of the snowman?

I really like how it turned out!!

I’m thinking of maybe adding a little wood cardinal on the rim of the hat. What do you think?

I could also add branches to make arms, but I like it without for now.

Do you ever DIY your outdoor Christmas decorations?

If ever you are looking for more ideas, I also made a Christmas tree wood lantern and an outdoor Christmas marquee countdown sign.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own DIY Christmas projects!

Have a wonderful day!

Christine
3D snowman made with wood.

3D Wood Snowman

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Estimated Cost: Less than $40

Learn how to make a 3D Wood Snowman with plywood. The wood snowman measures 4 feet tall. Wonderful DIY outdoor Christmas decoration.

Materials

  • Plywood – 2 pieces of plywood 4′ by 24″ 5/8″ thick - See notes below
  • Graph paper
  • Wrapping paper with cutting grid on the back
  • Painters tape
  • White outdoor paint
  • Black outdoor paint
  • Orange outdoor paint

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Jigsaw
  • Orbital sander
  • Sawhorse
  • Paint brush
  • Foam pouncers

Instructions

  1. Cut a piece of graph paper down to 24 squares wide and 48 squares high. Graph paper.
  2. Fold the graph paper in two. Graph paper folded in two.
  3. Draw half a snowman. Half a snowman drawn on graph paper.
  4. Cut out the snowman. Snowman made out of graph paper.
  5. Cut the wrapping paper 24 squares wide and 48 squares high. Wrapping paper cut to size.
  6. Fold wrapping paper in half. Wrapping paper folded in half.
  7. Replicate the graph paper snowman onto wrapping paper. Markings on wrapping paper grid.
  8. Cut out the snowman template. Snowman template on plywood.
  9. Trace the snowman template onto the 4′ by 24″ piece of plywood. Tracing snowman template on plywood.
  10. Make a snowball template by cutting out the bottom snowball from the snowman template. Snowman template with scissors.
  11. Place the snowball template on the 2′ by 24″ piece of plywood. Snowball template.
  12. Trace the snowball. Tracing snowball onto plywood.
  13. Cut the snowman and snowball out of the plywood with a jigsaw. Wood snowman and snowball.
  14. Both pieces need slits cut out of them in order to fit together. The snowman needs a slit at the bottom 11¾″ long and the snowball needs a slit at the top 9″ long. Use a scrap piece of plywood to trace the width of the slit. Cut out the slits using a jigsaw. 3D wood snowman cut out.
  15. Dry fit the pieces together to make sure they fit well. Snowman made with wood.
  16. Sand the pieces smooth with an orbital sander. Sanding the plywood snowman with orbital sander.
  17. Paint both sides of the snowman and snowball. The bodies in white and the hat in black. Painting the hat in black.
  18. Draw a face on the snowman using a pencil. Drawing a snowman face.
  19. Paint the face and buttons. Painted snowman face.
  20. Assemble the 3D wood snowman.

Notes

Plywood

  • 1 piece of plywood left as is 4′ by 24″
  • 1 piece of plywood cut to 2′ by 24″

Stephanie LH Calahan

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Oh how smart to use the grid on the back of wrapping paper! Cute project.

Naush

Monday 30th of November 2020

So creative ! We would love for you to share your post with us at our weekly blog link party - Meraki Link Party at https://doodlebuddies.net/2020/12/01/meraki-link-party-16/ - the party is from Monday thru till Thursday. Thank you Naush

Cindy@CountyRoad407

Thursday 12th of November 2020

This is super cute and clever. Thank you for sharing it over on the Farmhouse Friday link party. Hope you link up again soon. Pinned! :)

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