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Sock snowmen - an inexpensive Christmas craft

Updated on December 4, 2014

The perfect inexpensive Christmas craft that even I can do!

Christmas brings visions of sugar plums and Santa and candy canes and, now, at least for me, sock snowmen! Sock snowmen are the perfect way to use those extra socks you have lying around - you know the ones - the dryer ate the other one. All you need to make this adorable Christmas craft is tube socks, twine, rubber bands, uncooked rice, buttons, or whatever you want to use as decoration for your own unique snowman. I say 'unique' as you'll never find 2 identical sock snowmen; they each have their own personality. I think these snowmen would be an adorable addition to a Valentine's Day gift too. Just find some fun Valentine's Day socks (think hearts) with which to fashion these snowmen.

Those of my readers who know me know that I was my Mom's caregiver for 5 years before her death at 95 in Feb, 2012. During those last few months, she required more care and that's when I really leaned on my friends. So, when I saw sock snowmen, I knew what I had to do - turn some of Mom's socks into sock snowman mementos. My friends loved them.

All pictures are mine - that's right - they're all mine. But, if you want to use one, just let me know. I share.

Those fuzzy socks turned into adorable snowmen
Those fuzzy socks turned into adorable snowmen

Come See More Pictures Of My Mom

During the 5 years I was my Mom's caregiver, I wrote a LOT - actually, we wrote a lot as she frequently helped me find products to go along with my articles.

So, I started a whole new website called: (you can click that link to come see me). You'll find an entire site filled with over 300 items that are tried and proven to be wonderful for the elderly. There's even some you've never heard of, I'll bet - like a day clock.

You'll need a good hot glue gun and glue sticks for this inexpensive Christmas or Valentine's Day Craft

I thought that all hot glue guns were created equal - boy, was I wrong! When we were making these sock snowmen, I was in WV so I just bought a cheap glue gun at the local dollar store. Don't do it!

Cheap hot glue guns heat the glue at a much lower temperature so you'll have strings of glue everywhere. Get the best hot glue guns on the market and you'll have a clean bead of hot glue anywhere you want without all the mess.

Glue dots!

Ok, in my wanderings around the internet, I found these really cool things - Glue Dots! They adhere to almost any surface and would be much less messy than hot glue. Disclaimer: I have not tried these on Sock Snowmen or any other Christmas craft so I can't guarantee they work. If they don't though, they're still great to use with Christmas wrap and Christmas bows.

A whole village of sock snowmen - Great stocking stuffers (ha ha)

A whole village of sock snowmen - Great stocking stuffers (ha ha)
A whole village of sock snowmen - Great stocking stuffers (ha ha)

Get your sock snowmen socks on

You'll need long white tube socks to make your Christmas snowmen. I found the tube socks I needed for this Christmas craft cheapest online, but you can use your own socks or look to Walmart or Target and check prices. Regardless, here's some socks for your look at for your Christmas sock snowmen.

And, remember: one pair of tube socks with make 2 sock snowmen.

My Mom's sock has become a Christmas keepsake for me

My Mom's sock has become a Christmas keepsake for me
My Mom's sock has become a Christmas keepsake for me

This Christmas craft 'recipe' will yield you 2 sock snowmen. You can individualize every sock snowman any way you choose. The below 'ingredients' are only the things that I used to create my very own sock snowmen.

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 2


  • 2 tube socks
  • Twine and rubber bands
  • 6 cups of rice or beans - more or less
  • Buttons
  • Orange felt - for the snowman's 'carrot' nose
  • Any kind of fabric scraps can be used for these sock snowmen
  • Hot glue gun and glue to secure sequins or other 'bling' to your sock snowmen


  1. 1. Add 3 cups of rice into a tube sock - this will make a pretty plump sock snowman.
  2. 2. Tap the rice down and put a rubber band around the top to secure the rice in the bottom or use twine.
  3. 4. Add a 'sweater' by cutting a tube out of a decorative sock and putting it around the rice filled sock.
  4. 3. Now, take twine and section off your sock snowman in 3 sections - the bottom, the middle, and the head. The 'sweater' can be in the middle.
  5. 5. Fold down the top of the sock to make a hat. To make a snow woman, leave the hat off and let her 'ponytail' hang down.
  6. 6. Decorate any way you choose! We used beads, buttons, string as hair, etc.
  7. Note: Think of using toothpicks or pipe cleaners for arms if you'd like but, personally, I think the easier the better. They look just as cute without arms.
  8. BTW: that snowman in the picture above was made for one of my friends who never met a mirror she didn't like. This snowman is holding a mirror! My Mom would have laughed and laughed at this!
5 stars from 1 rating of Recipe for making 2 Sock Snowmen

A family of sock snowmen ready for decorations.

A family of sock snowmen ready for decorations.
A family of sock snowmen ready for decorations.

Look to me like these two sock snowmen (actually, one is a snow woman) are on a date

Look to me like these two sock snowmen (actually, one is a snow woman) are on a date
Look to me like these two sock snowmen (actually, one is a snow woman) are on a date

You can find inexpensive craft supplies on

Here's a sampling of what eBay currently has for crafting supplies. If you're looking for a deal, you can sometimes find inexpensive craft supplies here:

Accompany your sock snowman gift with a box of treats

I really think that these Christmas box of treats are a great way to show your friends your appreciation, regardless of why or when. And, the fact that these Christmas box of treats are not just square boxes is a bonus in my book.

Or, if you're looking for some great gift of the month clubs, you can find them on my website, on the Christmas gift page.

A whole sock snowman family

A whole sock snowman family
A whole sock snowman family

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I was looking for this craft project pattern so you really came through for me on this one. I had seen a picture on pinterest of the sock snowman but it didn't lead anywhere. (Frustrating!) So I was hoping to discover the tutorial at some point this season. Officially pinning this pattern!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These are one of the cutest uses of socks I've ever seen. Very well done, and thanks for sharing.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'd seen similar snowmen on Pinterest and thought it looked like a fun craft, simple enough even for me.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These are sooo cute and look like a fun activity for kids and parents to enjoy!

      Thanks for sharing and have a great day! :)

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Great idea to get kids making stuff. Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @momsfunny: Is your dog a Maltese? I have one, too. Love the snowmen.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love these Sock Snowmen. What fun!

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      ComfortsOfHome 5 years ago

      Oh, these are so cute!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Love your sock snowman, thanks for sharing. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie, congrats for making the front page.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      What a cute idea...Blessed

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      orlandohopper 5 years ago

      very nice...

      this snowman's are very cute...

      Merry Christmas

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      shahed4u2 5 years ago

      Cute I loving it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Faboo! I can see myself having a lot of fun with this craft. I can share it with me granddaughter and great nieces.


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      sjenkins7 5 years ago

      So Cute!

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      ZenSquid 5 years ago

      Very nice! Cute snowmen!

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      greentiger11 5 years ago

      my wife will absolutely love this lens. I gotta send this over to her! Great Lens!

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      MissJumpingCastle 5 years ago

      Lovely Christmas craft.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      It looks like a good fun to spend one afternoon with kids.

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Adorable Christmas craft!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      The little sock snowmen are very cute and what an awesome Christmas craft!

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      These are very cute.

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      ChrisMag14 5 years ago

      I'm not crafty in the slightest, but even I could make a Snowman thanks to your helpful guide! Great lens!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love this idea. Maybe if I start now, I'll have some finished by next Christmas! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great idea! I'm going to collect some pairs before next Xmas!

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      Vicki Green 5 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun idea and a lovely remembrance of your mom.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You are right. This is really easy to try.

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      Lilie 5 years ago

      So cute. I have to try this myself :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping by to wish you and your darling sock snowmen a Merry Christmas!

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      triciaerics22 5 years ago

      nice craftwork. I will try this snowman for christmas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are cute.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      My neighbour has made one for her son's 50th...I just had to send her the link to your lens:)

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Thank you for great directions for making sock snowmen. Yours are delightfully done, more so because they are a tribute to your love of your mother and the friends who helped you through the rough times of caring for her. Merry Christmas blessings to you!

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      Art Inspired 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing this fun craft. We display our own snowman family on a mantle every Christmas season. Make it a creative day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What cute snowmen ! Really a great idea

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      tonyjunior 5 years ago

      another nice lens from u, i like it

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      tonyjunior 5 years ago

      another nice lens from u, i like it

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      BelleBanks 5 years ago

      So adorable. We have tons of snowmen decorations in out house and these would make a great addition.

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      Benjamynn 5 years ago

      I love the sock snow men. Great lens, Happy Holidays :)

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Cute Snowmen!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Love your pictures! Your sock snow people are so cute -- and all the more: treasured mementos from Gertie!

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      journey103 5 years ago from USA

      They're sooooo cute. Love it!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      I've got some Sock Snowmen in my living room right now! They're such fun to make!

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      Mike Best 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Love these. Great craft and great story. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These sock snowmen are adorable! I love the embellishments. What a great way to remember your mom during the winter season!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @BarbaraCasey: EXCELLENT idea!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @rattie lm: I'd love to see pictures if you do!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Now this is my kind of craft. I think I even have some odd socks hanging around that I can try this out on.

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      candy47 5 years ago

      Clever and simple! Love the sock snowman family :)

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      susansweaters 5 years ago

      I have done these with kids before - so much fun!

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      SpoiledOne 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. I am always looking for something to do with my daughter. Something to take her eyes off TV :). This looks simple enough. I'll get some cotton balls to put inside of these snowmen so they are soft.

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      Sharon Stajda 5 years ago from Shelby Township Michigan

      wonderful lens, I just love the snowmen!

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      ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

      What an adorable collection of home made snowmen :)

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I am totally not in the Christmas spirit. I feel under pressure for two months and the week after is such a relief for me. That being said. These little sock snowmen are incredibly cute.

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      july_lim 5 years ago

      so cute....

      it's unique and creative

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      july_lim 5 years ago

      so cute....

      it's unique and creative

      please visit my

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      This a great idea! My lonely single tube socks need a good home :-).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Purely great idea..! thank you for the lens

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Great idea! These are super cute.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They are wonderful!

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      Tom 5 years ago

      That is a really neat idea!

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      What a great idea. So many uses for socks. I may have to try these. Blessings.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      I love crafts that even I can do! Thanks for the tutorial. I think I might try it!

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      rattie lm 5 years ago

      Just adorable! I can't wait to try these with my students.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are the cutest snowmen ever!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Very cute idea. You've given me another way to use some of those 60-year old buttons in my mom's button box.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      What a great idea ... the snowmen look super cool .

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      How adorable are these snowmen! Lovely Christmas craft idea!

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      JuDe83 LM 5 years ago

      adorable lens

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      a family of snowman!!! they all look great :)) this is a nice idea, will start working on these once i find enough white socks

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      a family of snowman!!! they all look great :)) this is a nice idea, will start working on these once i find enough white socks

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      These are super cute!!!

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      So cute! I am going to try them out for Christmas.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Oh my goodness but these are just so cute! Now I know what to do with those old tube socks that have holes at the bottom or tops. Angel Blessings! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what a cute idea!

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      very cute! nice project to make with the kids. great lens*

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      They look so cute. Great lens my friend.

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      stephiy 5 years ago

      Oh these are so darling! Great lens :)

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Those sock snowmen are the cutest thing!!!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      So CUTE! What a lovely idea. I can't wait to make one. It's ideas like this that get me into the Christmas frame of mind. Thank you so much for sharing. :^D

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Adorable! I should make a sock snowman to keep my sock monkeys happy!!

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      koreeo lm 5 years ago

      These are soo cute! I love them

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      I love your idea, so sweet :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      The sock snowman are so cute.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      These are so cute! What a great craft for Christmas break.

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      Avi Wolfson 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very cute!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      These are so cute. My kids would love making this fun Christmas craft. Thank you for sharing.