DIY Snowman Ornament (Spool Knitting)

Snowman crafts are classic winter and holiday decorations. It is one of my favorites.  Each year I add a new snowman or snowmen to my collection by either making a DIY snowman craft or by purchasing one at a local craft fair.

The happy smiling snowman faces bring joy and happiness into every room of my home. The fun thing about snowmen decorations; they can be displayed starting right after Halloween and continue right through the end of January.    

To celebrate snowmen, we want to show you how to spool knit a snowman ornament with a spool knitter.  For generations, people have been spool knitting.  It's a fun, easy craft for people of all ages, from 4 to 99.Snowman Ornament


Whether you live in a place with lots of snow or a place with no snow at all, this snowman ornament can be displayed on the tree or around the home indoors for the winter season!  They are a fun and neutral way to celebrate the holiday season without any religious implication.

Making a spool knitted snowman ornament is a fun indoor activity that will keep kids busy for hours.   It's a way to teach kids how to knit without knitting needles. It will be easier for a child to understand knitting with needles after mastering spool knitting.

To make the snowman decoration, get out the spool knitter and let the kiddos spool knit a length of white spool knitting cord. Then with a few basic craft supplies you probably already have around your home, they can put together this snowman ornament.

Want to see more snowman crafts?  We have a collection of snowman projects on our Snowman Crafts for Kids and 30+ DIY Adorable Snowman Crafts pages.

Watch this video or continue reading this post for a written photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to make a spool knit snowman ornament.

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 free snowman spool knitting pattern 

WHAT YOU NEED for snowman decoration:

  • Spool Knitter
  • White Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Black Craft Foam
  • Scissors
  • 8 Black Buttons
  • Hat Embellishments - ribbon, plastic floral holly, etc.

snowman ornament craft INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: make spool knitted cord

Spool Knitted Snowman Ornament CordingTo make the spool knitted snowman ornament, with white yarn use a spool knitter to knit in a continuous circle to form a tubular cord 34 inches long.  

If you don't know how to make the spool knitting cord, here you will find instructions on how to spool knit

When the cord is long enough, bind off and cut the yarn leaving a long tail.  This long tail of yarn will be used to sew the spool knit cord together.


Thread a tapestry needle with the yarn tail.Spool Knitted Snowman Ornament Sew Completed Circle Begin by coiling the cord into a circular shape as shown in the picture and sew together with the yarn.

STEP 3: snowman ornament hanger

For the hanger, you can use yarn, ribbon, twine, etc.

After sewing the cord into a circle, it should look like the picture in step 2, attach a piece of yarn, ribbon or twine to one end.  This will be the top of the ornament.


Cut a hat for the snowman from the black craft foam and either leave it plain or embellish it.  Some ideas are to add a ribbon for the hatband and some artificial holly leaves and berries as decoration.  Be creative!Spool Knitted Snowman Ornament HatThen, hot glue the hat to the top of the spool knitted circle. 

STEP 5: Snowman craft eyes, nose and mouth

Spool Knitted Snowman Ornament Sew Button Eyes Nose Mouth

To make the snowman's face, hot glue the buttons onto the piece. (You could also sew them on if you prefer.)

The cute snowman ornament is completed.  Make several to hang on the Christmas tree or as decoration on the window.  

Another idea is to omit the hanger and add a magnet to the back to place on the refrigerator.  

This winter, check out the snowman craft ideas that are perfect for kids, preschoolers and adults on our Snowman Pinterest Page

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Have a great crafting day!


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