Tis The Season Door Hanger

2011 Satin Cone Tree
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With a carrot nose and branches for arms that hold up a greeting, this snowman makes a big statement. Measuring 36” from top to bottom, deco mesh and battery powered lights crown the project and a tiny red cardinal perched on greenery finishes the bottom. The snowman and plaque are made from foam board. The deco mesh slides on to a wire hanger you received with your last trip to the dry cleaners. The mesh clumps together to create a ruffled arch.  The “tis the season” message is included with the directions. Create it with your printer and glue it to the foam board plaque. Just to keep your snowman from getting too frosty, fashion a scarf from leftover mesh. This project is fun to make and so much fun to look at!

Directions

step 1 - The Snowman Lightly draw three different size circles on the foam board with a pencil, with each circle overlapping the one below it.

step 1 - The Snowman

Lightly draw three different size circles on the foam board with a pencil, with each circle overlapping the one below it.

step 2 - Draw the carrot nose at the center of the top circle. With a craft knife, slice off about 1” of the bottom circle to create a flat edge.

step 2 - Draw the carrot nose at the center of the top circle. With a craft knife, slice off about 1” of the bottom circle to create a flat edge.

step 3 - Cut out the completed snowman shape with the craft knife.  Smooth the edges of the foam board with sandpaper.  Use orange paint to color the nose. Outline the color with a black marker. Use the marker to create the eyes, mouth, and buttons down the center of the middle circle.

step 3 - Cut out the completed snowman shape with the craft knife.  Smooth the edges of the foam board with sandpaper.  Use orange paint to color the nose. Outline the color with a black marker. Use the marker to create the eyes, mouth, and buttons down the center of the middle circle.

step 4 - Give the flat snowman dimension by outlining the edges of the face and body with tan paint. Apply paint, creating a curve between the middle and bottom circles.  Cut a strip of mesh about 12” wide to create the scarf. Use hot glue to attach it to the foam board.

step 4 - Give the flat snowman dimension by outlining the edges of the face and body with tan paint. Apply paint, creating a curve between the middle and bottom circles.  Cut a strip of mesh about 12” wide to create the scarf. Use hot glue to attach it to the foam board.

step 6 - Your finished canvas should look something like this.

step 5 - Paint a small bird and greenery at the base of the bottom circle. Use the black marker to add details to the bird.

step 6 - The Mesh Hanger Twist the white tube between the wire sides of the hanger to remove it. Use pliers to straighten the bent ends and bend both wires over your thigh into an outward arched shape.

step 6 - The Mesh Hanger

Twist the white tube between the wire sides of the hanger to remove it. Use pliers to straighten the bent ends and bend both wires over your thigh into an outward arched shape.

step 7 - Fold the beginning of the mesh in half with the finished edges together. Fold in half again. Stick one end of the hanger wire into the mesh close to the finished and folded edge. Five inches from that spot, stick the wire into the edge again. 

step 7 - Fold the beginning of the mesh in half with the finished edges together. Fold in half again. Stick one end of the hanger wire into the mesh close to the finished and folded edge. Five inches from that spot, stick the wire into the edge again. 

step 8 - Keep working through the entire length of deco mesh along the edge inserting the end of the wire every five inches. Work until you have a 20” inch tail remaining. Use pliers to place a bend in the wire so the mesh doesn’t slip off.

step 8 - Keep working through the entire length of deco mesh along the edge inserting the end of the wire every five inches. Work until you have a 20” inch tail remaining. Use pliers to place a bend in the wire so the mesh doesn’t slip off.

step 9 - Wrap a pipe cleaner around the mesh end. Attaching the pipe cleaner to the bend in the hanger wire which will form a loop in the 20”of the deco mesh and conceal the raw edge. Add deco mesh to the other side of the hanger in the same way.

step 9 - Wrap a pipe cleaner around the mesh end. Attaching the pipe cleaner to the bend in the hanger wire which will form a loop in the 20”of the deco mesh and conceal the raw edge. Add deco mesh to the other side of the hanger in the same way.

step 10 - The Plaque Greeting Using foam board scraps, cut out a plaque for the message measuring 14" x 5".  Print out the free message template and center it on the plaque. Adhere the page with spray adhesive. Poke a hole into the upper corners of the plaque and insert the pipe cleaner ends. Twist it with the matching end to hold the plaque.

step 10 - The Plaque Greeting

Using foam board scraps, cut out a plaque for the message measuring 14" x 5".  Print out the free message template and center it on the plaque. Adhere the page with spray adhesive. Poke a hole into the upper corners of the plaque and insert the pipe cleaner ends. Twist it with the matching end to hold the plaque.

step 11 - Snowman Arms Search hedges or wooded areas for two matching branches to use as the snowman’s arms. Clean and trim the branches. Hot glue the larger ends of the branches to the snowman’s body on the back side of the foam board.

step 11 - Snowman Arms

Search hedges or wooded areas for two matching branches to use as the snowman’s arms. Clean and trim the branches. Hot glue the larger ends of the branches to the snowman’s body on the back side of the foam board.

step 12 - Wrap jewelry wire around the thin ends of the branches.  Pierce the bottom of the plaque corners with a needle.  Push the wire ends through the holes and secure them on the back side.

step 12 - Wrap jewelry wire around the thin ends of the branches.  Pierce the bottom of the plaque corners with a needle.  Push the wire ends through the holes and secure them on the back side.

step 13 - Lights Attach the battery pack to the back side of the plaque with hot glue. Finish arranging the mesh by pulling every other folded mesh section to the front and the opposite to the back. Use pipe cleaners or tree ornament hangers to attach lights in the mesh.  

step 13 - Lights

Attach the battery pack to the back side of the plaque with hot glue. Finish arranging the mesh by pulling every other folded mesh section to the front and the opposite to the back. Use pipe cleaners or tree ornament hangers to attach lights in the mesh.  

 

Supplies

At Amazon

  • battery pack light string
  • 10 yards x 21” roll of green deco mesh
  • Super 77 adhesive
  • 18 gauge Artistic wire
  • glue gun

At Craft Store

  • 20” x 30” Foam board
  • red, green and tan craft paint
  • pipe cleaners
  • craft knife
  • black marker

Miscellaneous

  • 2 branches
  • wire hanger
  • printer paper

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