The Christmas decorations are down, the days are short, the skies are grey, the rain has arrived, and it is down right depressing. Well not this winter! Instead, it’s going to be a winter wonderland for the month of January. All things that begin with snow are free game. Time to decorate the front porch with snowflakes, snow sleds, and a snowman.
We replaced our fence a year ago and I saved the best of the fence boards for future projects Look at me, finally getting off my ass a year later and using those boards.
The supplies were gathered and included; the reclaimed wood, a pressure treated 1×4, wood screws, and the necessary tools.
Hold onto your Seahawks hats kids, because we are going to be using the compound miter saw for this project. Of course, you could use a hand saw, or a jig saw, or your teeth. Whatever strikes your fancy. Me, I love some good chop saw action. It’s fast, precise, and gives you a feeling of power.
Decide how tall you would like the snowman to be and measure the pressure treated 1×4 for the back of the snowman. You will be screwing all the reclaimed wood onto this board. Measure it one more time to make sure its correct before you cut.
Bring the board to the miter saw and prepare yourself for the first cut. Next, lay out the boards WRONG SIDE UP and make your marks for the snowman. This does not have to be perfect because the miter saw is going to help you make those cuts exact. The important thing is to make sure each new board matches up to the next. The saw will take care of the rest.
Take a deep breath and start making your cuts. Make sure as you cut each side of the board, you are aligning the miter saw up at the correct angle on both sides. It doesn’t matter if you use a 45 degree, or a 35 degree, just that you use the same angle on each side. Lay out the snowman as you go and make sure the next board lines up before moving on to your next cut.
Time to screw the boards onto the back board. Line them up and place two screws per board to hold them straight and steady.
Here is a shot from the back.
Now, you could certainly leave your lovely snowman just like this. It looks rather on trend with all the pallet business going crazy on the DIY boards. Or, you could sand it down and paint it like a traditional white snowman with a corn cob pipe and a button nose. Or, give it a cool modern twist and paint it a bright fun color like a hot pink, teal, or purple. I have something else in mind.
I am going to keep the boards as is, but drill a hole for a real carrot nose to be inserted and add my own accessories to bring him, or her, to life.
Grab a drill and a paddle bit that is the correct size. First, I tried the 9/16 inch bit, but it was too small. So, I upped it to the 3/4 inch bit so a regular size baby carrot can fit into it.
Add a couple button eyes, a cute hat and scarf, a painted on red mouth, and the carrot. Viola! You now have a one of a kind, handmade snowman to greet your guests at the front door.
My snowman is leaning against the wall, If you would like to stake your snowman into the lawn or, in a pot, there is a quick fix.
Simply, add a u-shaped bracket to the back of the snowman with a couple of screws.
Hammer a wooden dowel or PVC pipe into the ground. Slide the snowman onto the stake through the bracket. The snowman will now stand up on it’s own. I use this method for a number of my holiday yard props and it works surprisingly well.
How would you decorate your snowman? Happy winter decorating!