Dapper Stacked Snowman Gift Boxes

Three papier-mache boxes stack up into one decoration: a handsome snow fellow perfect for filling with cookies and holiday goodies.


What You Need

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  • Round papier-mache boxes: 9 1/2 x 5, 8 x 4, and 7 x 3 1/4 inches
  • Latex primer
  • Paintbrushes: large flat, angled, small round, and stencil
  • Glossy acrylic paint: white and black
  • Tracing paper
  • Card stock or lightweight cardboard
  • Stencil paint creme: Blue, hunter green, and red (We used Delta Stencil Magic Paint Creme: Cottage Blue, Dark Hunter Green, and Christmas Red.)
  • Tree-shape foam stamp
  • Acrylic paint: dark green, dark orange, green, light green, and orange
  • Spray adhesive
  • Wool felt: green and black
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Pinking shears
  • 2  1-1/4-inch pearl buttons

How to Make It

  1. Apply primer to the outside surfaces of the round boxes, except the smallest lid; let the primer dry. Paint the primed surfaces glossy white.
  2. Referring to the photograph, draw a snowbank pattern onto tracing paper, making it long enough to wrap around the largest box; cut out the shape. Trace around the shape onto card stock; cut out. Wrap the card stock shape around the bottom of the largest box to create an overlay.
  3. Use a stencil brush to gently rub a 1-1/2-inch-wide band of blue stencil paint creme above the overlay so it is darkest along the top edge of the overlay and gradually lightens to pale blue. Lightly shade the area under the trees with blue. Let dry completely. Use dark green acrylic paint to stamp four groups of trees along the snowbank line, spacing the groups 3 to 4 inches apart. Let the paint dry. Use the angled brush and white to add snow to the branches.
  4. For the scarf, stack the boxes and refer to the photo to lightly draw the scarf lines around the sides of the middle box with a pencil. Continue the tails onto the side of the middle box and onto the lid and side of the largest box. Paint the scarf light green, including the entire lid of the middle box. Cut a 3-inch-tall oval stencil from card stock for the scarf knot. Position and bend the stencil over the lid and side of the middle box. Use a stencil brush to shade the edges of the oval with hunter green stencil creme. Cut a second snowbank overlay from card stock and use portions of its curved edge to create folds in the scarf with hunter green shading.
  5. When the stencil creme is dry, paint the fringe using the angled brush and light green acrylic paint; add dark green fringe lines. Dip the handle end of a brush in dark green and make a row of dots above the fringe.
  6. Lightly draw the face on the side of the small box. Paint the carrot nose orange; use an angled brush and dark orange to create crease lines on the carrot. Dip the handle end of a brush in glossy black and dot the eyes and mouth. Very lightly rub red stencil creme onto the cheeks with a stencil brush.
  7. Spray the top of smallest lid with adhesive. Press green felt onto it, cutting the felt 1/2 inch beyond the lid edge. Make slits in the felt from the felt edge to the lid about every 3/4 inch for tabs. Fold and hot-glue the tabs over the side of the lid. Hot-glue a strip of green felt over the tabs. Trace the hat top pattern from the pattern pack onto tracing paper; cut out. Press green felt onto card stock that has been sprayed with adhesive.
  8. Trace the shape onto the card stock; cut out. For the hat side, press green felt onto a 20-x-4-inch piece of adhesive-sprayed card stock; make slits to create tabs in the same manner as for the hat top.
  9. Assemble the hat by wrapping the hat side around the hat top, hot-gluing the tabs of the hat top to the unnotched long edge of the hat side. Hot-glue this piece on the felt-covered lid (which becomes the hat brim), folding in the tabs on the bottom of the hat side as you work. Using pinking shears, cut a strip of black felt long enough to wrap around the hat. Glue it around the bottom of the hat side.
  10. Hot-glue a button to the center fronts of the middle box and the largest box.
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