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Building a TP Snowman with Silhouette

This idea was born off of a message a group member sent me asking about a file. I shared how I created the original prototype using the tools in the Silhouette software in this post
Designing in Silhouette – Snowman Pieces.

But, I just couldn’t stop with that one and thought I could add my own touch to it.

This year I didn’t get holiday cards out or neighbor gifts before Christmas. But, after Christmas was over, I decided this little snowman would be the perfect gift for neighbors and close friends to welcome in the New Year!

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First gather the supplies:

4 rolls of TP
New plunger – Target $4.99
Clear gift basket bag
Designs (listed see below)
Adhesive Vinyl
Felt for the scarf

How to design the snowman

First, measure the 4 rolls of TP or the blank that you are going to be applying it to.
My TP rolls are 5″ x 17.25″ when stacked on top of each other.
Using the Draw Rectangle tool & Scale tab, draw a rectangle 5″ x 17.25″ so you know what area you have to design within.

Then came the buttons.
I had already drawn them from the previous snowman so I copied and pasted those to a new design mat.

To draw them.
Choose the Draw Ellipse tool on the left side.
Then hold the Shift key down to draw a perfect circle.
Fill the circle with black using the Fill Color Panel or QAT (Quick Access Toolbar).
Duplicate the circle 3 times up. Move the top circle up a bit.
Select all 4 circles – choose Align Center. Then choose Vertical Spacing.
Group together once Aligned.

I used the Snowman Faces Dingbat Font by Sweet Afton – Design #303061 and it had so many options to choose different faces.

The hardest part was deciding on the faces to use.

I duplicated and arranged all the pieces to be cut out of Oracal 651 adhesive vinyl.

I used the Draw a Curved Shape and the Rectangle tool to draw Weeding Boxes around the designs to make it easier to weed in smaller sections.
Check out this post HERE on weeding lines for more information on how it can help.

Then I cut out all the noses from Oracal 651 orange.

Using Oracal transfer tape, I applied the vinyl to the cellophane gift bags. Make sure to measure about 3-1/2″ from the top of the bag, so you can account for the area that forms over the top of the toilet paper when the bag goes on top.

Next came the hats. I used the 3-D Snowman Top Hat file by Amanda McGee – Design #308002 .

All the pieces are cut from plain cardstock, glitter cardstock for the berries, and a metallic cardstock for the leaves.

I cut all the pieces and then assembled them all while watching a movie one night. I used Scrappy Tape and Glue dots to hold the pieces together.

I then set up a print and cut to create tags.

I combined a couple of designs to make the tag. The first was a sentiment from the
4-Step Card – Happy New Year by Lori Whitlock – Design #283956.

And then I used the TP tree from the 2020 Christmas Tree design by Megan Hardy
Design #338817.

I added text using the Text Tool and Text Style Panel. Then using the Draw Ellipse tool drew an oval around it the size I wanted.

Perfect print and cut tags!

For more tips on Print and Cut check out this Basics post HERE.
Or check out the full step-by-step Print and Cut Class with bonus troubleshooting HERE.

Stack the toilet paper on the plunger, cover it with the cellophane bag with the snowman design facing front, cut a piece of red felt to tie around as the scarf, and add the top hat to top it off!

I did tape the corners of the cellophane bag down so they laid flat before gluing the top hat down. I just added a couple of glue dots to the bottom side of the top hat to secure to the top.

I placed the tag on some twine and then taped it underneath the backside of the scarf.

They were a hit!
Such a relevant year for the Toilet paper snowmen!
Perfect for a bit of winter decor and useful as well, if needed.

I would love to see what you are creating with your Silhouette machine.
Feel free to post on my Facebook group
Silhouette Secrets with EllyMae.
If you have questions feel free to post below or on the Facebook group too!

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