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DIY in a BOX: Snowman Ornament

Posted by Kristina Lough on

Thank you so much for bringing our Snowman DIY in a BOX kit into your home!  (Don't have your kit yet?? Click HERE to order.) 

We're super excited about our new Collection, & to be crafting with everybody this fall/holiday season.  Don't forget to join our Private DIY in a BOX Group on Facebook (click HERE to request access) & tag @paintedbytheshore with all your DIY photos on Instagram!

We suggest reading this full post before beginning (including the section about mistakes & tips/tricks at the bottom):

Our snowman ornament is a really fun piece to put your own personal spin on. So rather than go step-by-step for the design pictured at the top here I wanted to show you a couple choices that you can re-create.

After covering the surface of the ornament in white (I used 2 coats) you have the option of lightly penciling the face on before painting. By sketching lightly you'll have the option to erase or paint over your markings, should you decide to change direction with your ornament.  See the next section for tips on the nose. 

One thing to note, prior to starting the face, & after the white is completely dry, add the string & hold your ornament up to see how it hangs.  As we're working with a natural reclaimed piece of wood sometimes it will hang slightly off, & holding it up as it will hang on your tree or wall will allow you to put the face on evenly.

Using the back of the brush to dot on the smile &/or eyes, I find, is super helpful to get that perfect round shape.  Below are a few examples that use that technique + combine using the brush. 

If you're opting to sketch the nose on it helps to turn the ornament sideways, or on an angle, & draw a cone.  When painting the nose start small, then add to it- it's easier than starting large, realizing you'd prefer small & needing to layer on white to cover.

Mistakes: If you make a mistake on the wood, let it dry & go over.  It's easier to give it a few minutes then go over the paint while wet which leads to mixing.  If there is a raised bit of paint on your piece dot it with a towel while it's wet so when you do a coat over it it'll lay flat.

Tips & Tricks: When you need a fine point on your brush, it helps to push down slightly on a paper plate while spinning & then go back to painting.

Final note: We're here for any & all questions!  Email or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group. - Kristina

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