How to make a tube sock snowman craft

If you have some lonely socks — you know, the ones that lost their mates and ended up alone in a drawer — this tube sock snowman craft project is a cool way to repurpose them!

Best of all, the finished product is adorable. Make a couple for your own home’s holiday decor, then create one or two for a friend. These also make sweet gifts for a teacher, and can be pretty popular items at holiday fundraisers.

New life for old socks

One big way that this craft is a winner is that it’s so easy — no sewing or special skills required. That simplicity also means these are great DIY projects to work on with kids (as long as an adult is there to supervise and help with the hot glue gun).

These snowmen are also inexpensive to make, because the most important supplies are those solo socks that you weren’t using anyway.


Get this craft’s supply list and complete how-to directions below!

How to make a Tube sock snowman

Fill the snowman’s body with rice

Because each one is filled with rice, it has a little weight to it, so your snowman won’t tip over easily.

Fill the snowman's body with rice

Fill the snowman's body with rice

Use rubber bands to give the tube sock snowman its structure

Rubber bands for snowman craft

Making a sock into a snowman

Supplies for a tube sock snowman craft

  • All-white tube socks
  • Tube socks in varying colors or styles (for the hat)
  • Rice (about 3 cups per snowman)
  • Funnel
  • Rubber bands
  • Small buttons (to decorate the body)
  • Small buttons (for the eyes and mouth)
  • Diamond-shaped plastic bead (for the nose)
  • Burlap or other ribbon (for the scarf)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Making a colorful winter hat for your tube sock snowman craft

Making a colorful winter hat

hat for tube sock snowman craft

Directions to make a tube sock snowman

  1. As in the video, use a funnel to fill one white tube sock with rice.
  2. Once you have a good amount of rice in the sock, knot the top near the end of the filling and trim the excess fabric.
  3. Roll a rubber band down the white tube sock, making two round sections (like snowballs).
  4. Using the colorful/patterned sock, cut off the toe portion of the sock, and fold it as shown to make a winter hat. Place it on the head of the snowman.
  5. Hot-glue three buttons down the center of the bottom portion.
  6. Glue the eyes, then the nose, then the mouth, as shown in photos and video.
  7. Tie the ribbon around the neck of the snowman.
  8. If you like, repeat the process with slightly different colors and button placements to create a companion snowperson!

Use a hot glue gun to attach the buttons and nose bead

Use a hot glue gun to attach the buttons

Use a hot glue gun to affix nose bead

Tie a ribbon around the neck to make a scarf

Tie a ribbon around the neck to make a scarf

Tie a ribbon around the neck to make a scarf

The finished product: An adorable little tube sock snowmen!

The result: cute snowmen (well, snowpeople, because you dress and decorate these cuties any way you like)! And because they never melt, you can enjoy these decorations year after year.

The finished product: Adorable little snowmen!