Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

Good morning! Today I’m sharing a tutorial for some festive snowman earrings – something to make for yourself, or as a DIY gift to give away this Christmas!

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

How cute are they? I love Christmas jewellery – you can see a special trinkets box I decorated to keep my winter jewellery in HERE, and some Christmas tree paperclip earrings I made last year HERE. I can never have enough, as I like to wear a different item of festive jewellery every day in December if I can manage it!

These little snowmen could also be adapted to use one as a charm for a bracelet or keyring, or as a pendant, if dangly earrings aren’t your thing!

To make these earrings you will need: white Fimo or other modelling clay (standard Fimo is better than kids Fimo if you have it), black and red acrylic paint, a tiny paintbrush, round-nose pliers and wire cutters (mine is a 3-in-1 tool), 2 head-pins, 2 fish-hook earrings, ALSO not pictured – 2 jump rings, a black fine sharpie or other permanent pen, and optional extras of Blue Tack, white acrylic paint, and varnish.

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 1: Pull off four balls of Fimo. I used Kids Fimo as it’s what I happened to have, but standard Fimo is better if you have it – Kids Fimo is softer so it’s easier to mould, but it also means it shows fingerprints more and is easy to knock out of shape while you are working. Two of the balls should be larger and two smaller:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Push the larger balls onto the headpins first, then the smaller balls. Shape the smaller ball so it has a pointy top:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Make a couple of teeny-tiny balls for the pom-poms on top of the hats:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Bake the Fimo according to the instructions on the pack. Mine took 30mins. Leave it to cool, then paint a red hat onto each snowman:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: When I was painting the hats I realised there was a lot of dust / tiny fibers baked in to the surface of my Fimo. I think this was because it was Kids Fimo, which does seem to be a bit stickier than standard Fimo. You can just about see them here:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Because of that I decided to paint both earrings with white acrylic paint, which worked a treat. It only took one coat to hide the dust!

Step 6: Once the white paint was dry I painted on the eyes and coal buttons with black paint, and used a fine black Sharpie to add the smiles. If you make any mistakes with the black paint you should be able to wipe it off while it’s still wet, using a baby wipe or damp paper towel. I attempted to paint the mouths several times before giving up and using the Sharpie pen!

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also see above that I used Blue Tack to hold the earrings while I was painting them and while they dried.

Step 7: Use wire cutters to chop off the excess wire – I acutally cut mine a bit short – you need about 6 – 8mm of wire showing at the top:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Use the round nose pliers to curl this excess wire into a hoop shape:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Then you just use the pliers again to attach a jump ring and earring hook to each snowman. You can add a layer of varnish if you want to, I didn’t bother as they were just for me but I probably would if giving them away:

Festive Snowman Earrings Tutorial at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve just noticed one of the mouths is a bit smudged, maybe I should have added varnish after all! Ah well, I doubt anyone will notice when I’m wearing them!

Be Inspired:

Make some festive earrings or other jewellery

Add a little red hat with a white pom-pom onto a character on your next project

Put together a snowman by paper-piecing or another technique

Here’s a snowman I paper-pieced onto a card years ago, cutting his hat and scarf out of patterned papers, so that’s another idea for you if you don’t want to make jewellery:

Snowman Collage Christmas Card at Jennifer Grace Creates

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning (8am GMT) with the next Frosty Festivities 2015 post!

I hope you have a great day,

Jennifer x

29 Comments
  • He is tooo cute! I am so not a ‘fiddly’ person…. & snow men in Australia just don’t seem right! Might have to substitute Frosty for a Koala, heeheee!!!!

    November 2, 2015 at 9:18 am
  • These are very cute….I must give Fimo a try.

    November 2, 2015 at 10:08 am
  • Cute, my niece would love these!

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

    November 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm
  • KT Fit Kitty
    Reply

    These are adorable! I have never tried to make jewelry before – you make it look so easy!

    November 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Cute, cute, cute!

    November 2, 2015 at 3:47 pm
  • ahhhh these are so stinking cute and they look easy too! yay! I have to save this for some homemade gifts this year! Thank you!

    November 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm
  • Jen Hart
    Reply

    Fab, what a lovely crafty idea 🙂

    November 2, 2015 at 8:27 pm
  • I’ve never tried Fimo.These look very cute though.

    November 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm
  • Janet Lebeau
    Reply

    Those are earrings super cute and I love your card!

    November 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • sooooo cute! I am not sure I would be very good at making tiny little figures but I have been lucky enough to receive some Christmas Fimo makes for the talented Sylphraven aka K!

    November 2, 2015 at 10:44 pm
  • First challenge completed and now to put thinking cap on for this one 🙂
    Mary

    November 3, 2015 at 6:51 am
  • LOve your little snowman earrings!!! I do love making my necklaces but really should think about doing earrings!!
    You have the coolest ideas. Thinking cap on 🙂

    November 3, 2015 at 10:44 am
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Super cute earrings…never made jewellery before but have used Fimo for food in my dollshouse!!

    November 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm
  • Shelley
    Reply

    Sweet earrings. Thanks for the tutorial. This would be a great project to do with kids.

    November 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm
  • The earrings are super cute and so is your card. I love the paper -pieced snowman.

    November 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm
  • I love making earrings from fimo, & those snowmen are very cute.

    November 5, 2015 at 9:52 am
  • ayse erdin
    Reply

    These are adorbale

    November 5, 2015 at 11:46 pm
  • shartl
    Reply

    Haha, these are cute and they make me smile. These would make really cute pendants for my two little girls if I strung them on a thin ribbon!

    November 6, 2015 at 2:02 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    I have been going through my craft supplies this past month and I found an unopened package of white FIMO!! Maybe I’ll give this a try but I’m hoping the FIMO is still useable because I don’t know how old it is!

    November 6, 2015 at 3:33 am
  • Denise Bryant
    Reply

    cute as can be!

    November 8, 2015 at 3:28 am
  • These are darlling earrings. You are very talented!

    November 9, 2015 at 12:45 am
  • I can so see you wearing these Jennifer. Little charms for a necklace or a bracelet or even a keyring are perfect so that the kids can have matching….and you can create a snowman family (I know my little man would love that 🙂

    Claire x

    November 10, 2015 at 12:37 am
  • Super-cute earrings!! I don’t really do jewelry, so I will try some of the other options on this challenge.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm
  • love em …. x

    November 15, 2015 at 8:24 pm
  • These are simply adorable! My dearest but now gone to Heaven auntie would have L-O-V-E-D these…

    November 20, 2015 at 12:28 am
  • Like your Australian commenter, I don’t ‘do’ snowmen (or snowflakes, snowy scenes etc) here in New Zealand as it seems totally off in our blazing sunshine (that’s a hint to our summer-yet-to-come, as it’s not quite blazing yet)! Not sure if I can make a recognisable kiwi (bird) out of fimo (kiwifruit now, that might be easier, ha ha) but I might try some other festive ear-rings. Off to goggle a tutorial…..

    November 22, 2015 at 4:40 am
  • Dawn F.
    Reply

    I love your jewelry tutorials and I love snowmen! I just made snowman earrings out of beads that turned out cute.

    November 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm
  • Zoe
    Reply

    What cute happy snowmen!

    December 2, 2015 at 12:07 am

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