Add a little antique flair to your Christmas tree this year with these vintage inspired snowman ornaments made from clay pots, fabric and antique matte Mod Podge. Rusty wire was used for the hangers, but these are highly adaptable to fit your tastes and craft supplies on hand.
Have you tried the Antique Matte Mod Podge yet? I’ve tried it on several projects and there was only one I wasn’t happy with.
These snowmen however, were a complete success! It gave the cream colored fabric just the right amount of tint to look old without looking dirty.
[Full printable instructions are below.] I also used Gesso, which is an artist medium that can be found in the art department of the craft store. I get mine at Michaels. It’s similar in nature to a primer. The reason that I paint them white or with gesso first is because the natural color of the pot is dark. Therefore, with the light colored fabric, it can be a bit transparent sometimes, depending on the material. Painting the pots first also hides any blemishes the pots may have, OR if you are recycling a pot from a previous project it’s a great way to create a “new slate” so to speak. :) So no, you don’t HAVE to paint them first, however I prefer to have a white canvas to work on when dealing with light colored fabrics :)
You’ll create fabric bottoms for the pots (see instructions) and decoupage them on and fabric to the sides of the pot.
Decoupage patterned fabric onto the rim of the pots.
Add cheeks and facial features.
Make hangers from rusty wire. :)
- 2" clay pots
- Gesso or white paint
- Ivory or white fabric
- Mod Podge Antique matte
- Colored patterned fabric
- Fine point black Sharpie
- Paint: pink, black, orange
- Rusted wire
- Round nose pliers
- Paint clay pots with Gesso or white paint.
- Trace bottom of clay pot on the ivory fabric. Cut out the circle and fold in half then in half again. Cut the tip off to create a hole in the middle of the circle. Decoupage this circle to the bottom of the pot.
- Decoupage ivory fabric onto the sides of the clay pot.
- Decoupage patterned fabric onto the rim of the pot.
- Apply a coat of decoupage over the entire pot and rim and let dry completely.
- Use scruffy brush dipped in pink paint, excess paint dabbed off on a paper towel, to add cheeks.
- Use the handle end of the brush dipped in black paint to add eyes. Use a Sharpie to draw on mouths. Add nose with orange paint. Let the paint dry completely then add another layer of decoupage.
- Make ornament hangers from rusty wire by bending a length of wire in half and creating a loop. Then twist the wire below the loop together. Insert the twisted end into the hole in the bottom of the pot. Squeeze the loop together so that you can push the loop almost all the way through the hole. This will give you enough room to coil the twisted end of the wire around your round nose pliers to keep the hanger from coming back through the hole. Push the loop back up through the hole and widen the loop again.