Today’s post came about when I was rinsing out a POM juice container I had left over from my Pomegranate Martini Mocktail post.
The bottle the juice came in was just so fun that I didn’t want to throw it away. (Based on all my KCup, frappucino bottle and other repurposing projects, you can probably tell I have a hard time parting with would-be recycling.)
The bottle sat on my counter a few days until it struck me: The shape of the container reminded me of a short squat snowman. So just for kicks I wondered what it would look like if I spray painted it white. And this was the result:
I admit, at this point I was skeptical if this was going to work out. I mean, I knew it was going to look crafty, but I didn’t want it to look like a second grader made it and I also didn’t want it to look like it was obviously a POM bottle. If you compare where I started with where I ended up, I think I definitely achieved those goals.. but I wasn’t always so sure.
I added a few more coats of paint and on the final one (when it was still wet) I added some iridescent glitter to mask the bottle’s seams. The neck of the bottle was really long and I knew I would have to mask it somehow, so I decided my snowman needed a santa hat so I gathered a 8x3 inch piece of fleece and some white yarn.
To make the hat I sewed the fleece into a tube and then ran a line of stitching all around the long side (the opening of the tube) I used the longest stitch length my sewing machine would give me.
Then I pulled the loose ends of the thread and gathered the top of the hat to close it. I used a few hand stitches at the very top to keep the gathering closed. Then I folded up the opposite end to form a cuff.
Next I needed a pom pom for the top, so I borrowed my 1st graders fingers and wrapped the thread around about two dozen times.
I tied the loops in the center (TIGHTLY) and used a scissors to cut open the loops.
This is the wonky puffball I ended up with.
I gave it a good trim until it was round..…and hand sewed it onto the top of the hat. Things were starting to look like they would come together at this point! I used a strip of plaid fabric to create a scarfUsing a needle I was able to fray both ends of the fabric strip giving me the fluffy ends of the scarf that I wanted. I used tacky glue to add some buttons in various sizes to form the eyes, mouth and buttons of the snowman. One set of buttons was so small I had to use a tweezers to apply them. (if you are curious, they are called "micro buttons" and you can find them here.)
To top it off I added a set of three little christmas lights charms I had and a yarn bow.
Because the area of the hat is so large (to cover up the top of the bottle) I wanted to add a little more interest. I think it came out adorably!