Vintage Spindle Snowmen

Do you remember the ginormous box of vintage spindles I picked up at an auction earlier this Fall?  I have no idea what someone needed with all of those spindles… but now they are mine 😉  (and I will have a never-ending stock of spindles for years to come!) a box of vintage spindlesThere were a lot of different styles and lengths and the score also included these spindle tops.

When I was looking through the tops, I thought they would make really cute hats for snowmen… and the spindle snowman idea was born 😉 old spindle tops before paintingWith the spindles being thin, they would not stand on their own.  I needed something to keep them upright and these little wood slices were just the right size.

By gluing the spindle onto the wood slice they got the stability they needed to stand and it was in keeping with the rustic look of the snowmen.  wood slicesTo make the wood slices look like they were snow-covered, I painted them with Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement.  wood slices with one being painted with Casement from Fusion Mineral PaintSince I wanted the snow to look even more realistic, I took a little of the Casement and added some Fusion Fresco Powder.  mixing Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement with Fusion Fresco to make snowThe thick mixture was ideal and held its shape once it was “painted” on. adding snow "paint" to a woodsliceI looove how the Fusion Fresco mixed with the Casement makes it look like real snow!  Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement mixed with Fusion Fresco to make snowFor the actual spindle snowmen, I gave them one coat of the Casement, and then added Coal Black faces and buttons and Fort York Red hats.  Fusion Mineral Painted spindles turned into snowmenan old spindle turned into a snowmanThese little guys are just so darn cute and I am so glad to have found something to do with at least a few of the spindles 😉 vintage spindles turned into snowmen with Christmas lights

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The paint for this project was generously supplied by Fusion Mineral Paint. 


12 Comments on " Vintage Spindle Snowmen "

  1. Lisa

    So far I am impressed with your ideas and how you make them come alive again. The Snowmen really caught my attention. I LOVE Snowmen!!! I decorate with them for Christmas and keep them out until the first of April. My Easter decor quite often utilizes them too. Thank you for sharing so many great ideas…j

    1. Lisa

      Thanks so much Jacqui! I love snowmen as well and have used them in my decor for years and I love being able to leave them out all winter. Enjoy!

  2. Lisa

    i have a tree trunk that is now leaning and ready to fall. do you know someone who can take it down and even do some of the slicing of the trunk?, which can be used even for stepping stone look? my email is [email protected]

    1. Lisa

      Hi Bea, the best thing to do is search online or the yellow pages for tree removal services in your area. I am in Ottawa Canada and we have quite a few people here who do it. Depending on how big the tree is, you will want to find a professional company that knows how to safely remove the tree and then let them know you would like to keep the wood for projects.

  3. Lisa

    Very cute! Lisa, where do you get the wood slices? Thanks!

    1. Lisa

      Thanks Sierra 😉 Those wood slices we cut ourselves but you can usually find pre-cut ones at places like Michaels and Hobby Lobby (especially this time of year they usually have them with all of the holiday decor).

      1. Lisa

        Thanks Lisa! Just found your site and lovin’ it!

        1. Lisa

          I’m so glad! Enjoy 😉

  4. Lisa

    I really love the spindle snowmen, thank you for sharing your ideas.

    1. Lisa

      🙂 Thanks Zona!

      1. Lisa

        Hi Lisa. I would LOVE a workshop where we can make these lovely snowmen. Have a nice weekend.

        1. Lisa

          Sergine, what a great a great idea! I am not sure if there is a date we can squeeze it in this winter but I will check! Love it!

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