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DIY Snowmen Ornaments Made From Junk Drawer Finds

It is a synch to DIY snowmen ornaments using items from your junk drawer, hubby’s toolbox, the thrift store, or wherever you store the small junky stuff.

Today is Thrift Store Decor Day and my snowmen ornaments are going to give my tour mates a run for their money. Just throwing it out there. You can put these cute little men together using any number of things.

diy snowman ornament made from poker chips

Look at this little cutie I made using a single checker and a sewing machine bobbin. You will never believe what I used for his top hat. See if you can guess before you get to the tutorial below.

Jolly DIY Snowmen Ornaments Junk Drawer Crafts

I made a whole host (gaggle….pride…..flock….I crack me up sometimes) of snowmen using everything from metal washers to door hardware to poker chips.

items from the thrfit store and junk drawer for making snowmen ornaments

When I came up with the snowman ornament idea, I went through the workshop gathering things I thought might work for the ornaments.

how to make snowman Christmas tree ornaments using reclaimed and upcycled items

Then I started putting items together, seeing what worked best according to the size and type of junky piece.

use inexpensive white spray paint to make snowman ornaments

I found this budget spray paint on my paint shelf. The only white paint I had and it worked perfectly. I sprayed the pieces front and back, then laid them out again to see how I felt about the combinations. Still works for me.

use hot glue to put ornaments together

I used hot glue to put everything together. That glue gun is so ugly, but it works. I bought a fancy one a few years ago and don’t like it nearly as well. It just sits on the shelf.

add twine or decorative string to hang ornaments

I used twine and decorative cord for the ornament hanger. I learned a long time ago to use popsicle sticks, toothpicks or something similar when working with hot glue. I have no fingerprints left due to hot, hot glue.

think outside the box when putting recycled crafts together

I told you guys earlier that you wouldn’t be able to guess what I used to make the black hat and I bet I was right. I cut a hat shape out of sticky back rubber/foam wall protectors. Then I just stuck it on his head. Genius huh??

make a snowman top hat using a recycled Christmas Card

For the larger snowman, I found an old Christmas card (always save cards) and cut a hat from it. The red is so pretty. This snowman is made out of a mason jar lid and a door knob or something?

reclaimed hardware snowman ornament

Some of the pieces I used to make the snowmen had more surface for the hot glue to adhere to and some of them had very little like the two parts I used for this snowman.

tiny snowman ornament made from stainless steel washers

I used two different sizes of metal washers to make the simple snowman above. The red and white cord is from Target. A purchase I made a couple of years ago.

diy snowman made from poker chips

Do you think this “snowman” looks like an Owl? I do but the JTS said it looked like a snowman to him.

I added a bit of pizazz to a few of the guys with different accessories. I don’t know if you would call eyes an accessory, I have a thing for googly eyes, and sisal rope, and faux succulents.

jolly diy snowman Christmas tree ornament

To accessorize this snowman, I added a sparkly pipe cleaner scarf. All of this stuff was in the workshop. I didn’t head to the store for anything special. The “head” of this snowman is some rubber fitting.

ball jar lid snowman Christmas ornament diy

The simple snowman above is made out of that door knob part I don’t the name of and a mason jar lid ring.

how to make a snowman ornament from recycled items

The ornaments can be used on gift-wrapped packages, candle holders, and all sorts of things. Make some to give as gifts.

junk items make fun snowmen ornaments

I made a bunch of snowmen in no time at all. Make gifts for everyone or have your own snowman ornament tree this year.

snowmen ornaments

Find my other DIY Christmas Ornaments here……..Teacup Ornaments…..Silver Bell Ornaments……Vintage Card Ornaments.

Which DIY snowman ornament was your favorite? I’m partial to the washer one and the black top hat guy. Time to take the Thrift Store Decor Tour. Just click the pink text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage…..

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As always, thanks for being here, and have a great day, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Sweetest junk snowmen in the land! Love the bits and pieces you turned into junk magic Kathy!

    I’m featuring these cuties this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk 502. Thanks for bringing them over!

  2. Kathy,
    These are adorable. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!

  3. What a fun idea! And I love your verbage: junk drawer crafts, as I have a few of those! lol Its fun to go “shopping” in my own craft room. I literally have a drawer of metal pieces. I find them everywhere, the parking lot ground, in the dirt, leftover elements from deconstructing larger items. Its vast enough to create an adorable snowman army! The wiggly eye snowman made me smile. Those eyes give him a whimsical personality.

  4. What a cute idea, Kathy! My favorite is the little guy with the black top hat. I can’t wait to go through my junk drawer!

  5. Well, I can not resist the checker one. He looks like he’s King Of The Snowmen! But they are all pretty darn cute!

  6. Kathy, your junk snowmen are so stink’n ADORABLE! Had me guessing how the heck you made that hat – very clever. Pinned 🙂

  7. Hard to choose a favorite. I love them all and probably have stuff around here to make some myself. Very imaginative!!!

  8. My Favorite?

    The little guy with the googly eyes! 🙂

    You really got clever with the hats, great job!

    sharing on pinterest and facebook.