Paint

Earmuffed Snowman Ornament

By  Gloria Uhler (domestic-divaonline.com)  for  Testors (testors.com)

Light up your holidays with this adorable Christmas tree ornament. An airbrushed face is accented with earmuffs, scarf, and hat to create a festive tree decoration.

  • Earmuffed Snowman
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  • Step 8
  • Step 9
  • Step 10
  • Step 11
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  • Step 15
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Materials

  • Recycled lightbulb
  • Old black sock
  • Red wired burlap ribbon, 1-1/2”-wide
  • Craft fur boa
  • Black wire, 16-gauge

Tools

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush System with Airbrushable Acrylic Paints: (9440) White, (9441) Black, (9443) Orange, (9444) Peach, (9447) Pink, (9487) Sky Blue
  • Craft knife
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Sharpie Black Fine Point Permanent Marker
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks

Basic Supplies

  • printer paper, pencil, plastic wrap, small paintbrush, cotton ball, paper towels, plastic gloves, scissors, ruler
  • Note
  • 1. Allow paint to dry thoroughly between steps.
  • Earmuffed Snowman
  • 1. Mix peach and white paints to create flesh tone. With gloved hand, hold light bulb at base and airbrush entire surface. Let dry thoroughly before allowing bulb surface to touch anything.

    Step 1
  • 2. Draw face, including eyes, nose, and mouth, onto copy paper. Cut out using craft knife to create stencil.

    Step 2
  • 3. Mix three paint colors: white with little blue, orange with little white, white with little pink. Have mixed paints plus black ready to use on workspace. Mask off areas of bulb not being sprayed using plastic wrap. Position face stencil on bulb

    Step 3
  • 4. Holding stencil in place, use light pressure to airbrush blue mixture in eyeholes, protecting other openings from paint. Repeat, applying orange mixture to nose and black to mouth.

    Step 4
  • 5. Draw lines at corners of mouth and below bottom lip using black marker. Fill in eyes, leaving small amount of blue showing at bottom. Use light pressure on marker to avoid scraping off previous layers of paint.

    Step 5
  • 6. Cut cotton ball in half; dip into pink mixture. Blot on paper towel to remove excess paint. Dab onto bulb to create rosy cheeks. If lines at mouth get covered with paint, wait until pink paint dries and go back over lines with marker.

    Step 6
  • 7. Add remaining facial details for dimension. Using photo as guide, paint two white dots at tops of eyes and highlight top of carrot with thin line of lighter shade of orange mixture. Draw eyelashes, eyebrows, and carrot texture marks using black marker. Outline all shapes with marker.
  • 8. Wrap 2" length of boa around pencil.

    Step 8
  • 9. Holding fur coil in place, adhere to side of painted light bulb using hot glue. Repeat Steps 8-9 for second earmuff.

    Step 9
  • 10. Cut foot off old sock. Pull finished end of sock onto bulb; adhere to bulb using hot glue.

    Step 10
  • 11. Push raw edges of sock into top center and adhere using hot glue to create hat shape.

    Step 11
  • 12. Cut 10" length of black wire. At center, wrap wire around pencil to create hanging loop; slide off.

    Step 12
  • 13. Smooth wire over bulb so wire follows curve of bulb. Create loop at each end of wire using round nose pliers.

    Step 13
  • 14. Bend loop to lay flat against bulb. Place dollop of hot glue on bulb hidden by earmuff fur; press loop into glue. Repeat on other side, adjusting length and loop as necessary.
  • 15. Wrap piece of wired ribbon around bulb's metal base, covering end completely. Secure with hot glue. Cut 6" length of wired ribbon. Adhere center of ribbon to back neck of bulb and at sides using hot glue. Tie ends together; adhere knot to front of wrapped base using hot glue.

    Step 15
  • Tip
  • 1. Holding painted bulb with plastic gloves will minimize possibility of scratches to painted surface from rings, etc.