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Making Figures: Snowman

Inspired by vintage Christmas decorations, this pipe-cleaner snowman is the perfect craft to do with a little one. Make a matching pipe-cleaner wreath and candy canes for a trio of ornaments to keep in the family for years to come.

Photography: Howard Bjornson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2000


  • Pipe cleaner

  • Wooden beads

  • Black chenille

  • Hot glue

  • Wire-tinsel

  • Felt-tip pen


  1. Fold a standard pipe cleaner in half. Slide a wooden bead over the fold for a head, leaving a loop at the top. For the arms, twist a 3-inch pipe cleaner once under the bead; then wind a full pipe cleaner around the torso, below the arms.

  2. Shape the hat from a 6-inch strip of narrow black chenille that has been wrapped around a pencil.

  3. Use hot glue to attach wire-tinsel skates; crimp up the feet for the best bond. Draw in a face with a felt-tip pen. Add a cane and a striped chenille scarf, and off he glides.

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