Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial

Do you want to build a snowman?  This adorable Olaf sock snowman was created for Lu’s Frozen birthday party several years ago. Now that Frozen II is soon to be in theaters, I think it’s time to make little Olafs again!  This project is perfect for parties because each guest can make their own. The project was a huge hit for us, and I hope it will be for you, too.  Want to learn how to make your own “Happy Snowman?”  I’m super excited to share the tutorial and a free printable for the felt pieces.  Here we go!

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? {Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial from OneCreativeMommy.com} Frozen Birthday Party & Snowman Craft for Kids

Special thanks to Bear (age 12) for helping me out with this project.  She hates getting her picture taken, but she made the ultimate sacrifice and let me take pictures of her creating Olaf.  (As long as I didn’t take pictures of her face, of course!)

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Do You Want To Build a Snowman? {Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial from OneCreativeMommy.com} Frozen Birthday Party & Snowman Craft for Kids

Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial

You can adapt this tutorial for any size sock, but my measurements and printable are sized for Bobby Socks, kids size small, fits shoe sizes 5 1/2 to 8 1/2. You can use anything from a toddler sock to an adult sock, but I liked this size the best.

Materials Needed

These materials, plus a couple of cups of rice = one Sock Snowman Olaf! {OneCreativeMommy.com}

  • 1 bobby sock
  • Approximately 1 1/3 cups of rice — any kind (for larger socks, use more rice)
  • 2 1-inch white pom poms
  • Orange felt — just a small piece
  • Large googly eyes (mine are about 1 cm in diameter)
  • Adhesive-backed black felt–one sheet of sticky-backed felt is enough for 12 snowmen.
  • 3 clear hair elastics.  (I used goody brand, medium size.  They come in tiny, medium and large sizes.)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Free Olaf Features Printable.  Click download link below to get the download.

Click here to download Frozen Teacher Gift Tag Printables

Video Tutorial


*Hint.  When filling the sock with rice, you will need a helper.  One person holds the sock open and the other pours the rice. Or, check out the video tutorial for an even easier way to fill up the socks that even little kids can do all by themselves.

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? {Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial from OneCreativeMommy.com} Frozen Birthday Party & Snowman Craft for Kids

  1. Pour just under 3/4 C rice into the bottom of the sock, and squeeze and shake it down until you have the shape you want for Olaf’s bottom.  Make sure that the top of the sock is centered in the middle.
  2. Using a clear hair band, secure sock tightly just above the rice.
  3. Pour just over 1/8 C rice into the sock, squeeze and shake down the rice, and secure the section with a second clear hairband.
  4. Pour a little less than 1/2 C rice into the sock, and squeeze and shake down the rice.  Shape the head so that it is taller than it is wide, and secure it with the third clear hairband.

Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial -- Glue Sections

  1. Starting where the middle section touches the bottom section, secure the ball with hot glue so that Olaf keeps his shape.  Repeat where the head and middle ball touch.

Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial -- Add felt details

  1. Starting with the mouth, peel the backing off the felt pieces (one at a time), and stick them to Olaf’s face and body.  (I did not provide a pattern for the nose, but any old triangle-ish shape will do.)
  2. Glue the nose and eyes on with hot glue.
  3. Add the arms and the pom-pom feet.
  4. Don’t forget the hair!  Be sure to attach it at the bottom of the elastic hair tie, or it will look like it’s floating.  (You’ll see some floating hair in the picture of the kids’ finished Olafs.)

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The adhesive-backing on the felt is pretty temporary.  If you are doing this project yourself, once you have the shapes where you want them, add a little hot glue to make them stay.  If you are doing this project with kids, just wait until they are finished and then add the hot glue.  (The pieces are way too small for the kids to help with the gluing.)

Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial -- Add felt details

Poor Olaf.  He’s missing his eyebrows!  We didn’t even notice until we started making them at the birthday party.  Actually, several of the kids decided to leave off the eyebrows, but I like them!  For me, it’s not Olaf without the trademark eyebrows!

Happy Snowmen! {Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial from OneCreativeMommy.com} #olaf #frozenpartyideas

Just look at all of these Happy Snowmen!  I hope your family likes this project as much as we did.  Special thanks to Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me for the Olaf idea.  She created hers using tiny socks and polyfill.  Check them out here.  They’re adorable!  Without her post, I would never have figured out how to give Olaf hair!

Do You Want To Build a Snowman? {Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial from OneCreativeMommy.com} Frozen Birthday Party & Snowman Craft for Kids

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have lots more Frozen activities from the party coming!  Need more Olaf?  Check out these posts.  (Images below are linked.)

Olaf Frozen Party Invitations -- Do you want to build a snowman? {Free Printable from OneCreativeMommy.com}

Frozen "Warm Hugs" Valentines {Free Printable from OneCreativeMommy.com} Just print, cut, and add a hug!

Valentine--You're Worth Melting For / Frozen Olaf {OneCreativeMommy.com} #valentine

Quick and Easy Snowgies Craft for Kids inspired by Frozen Fever! {Soon your house will be covered with these adorable baby snowmen!} Tutorial on OneCreativeMommy.com

Did you know that I have free bingo games and lunchbox jokes on my site? Be sure to check those out, too. What do you think? Should I make a Frozen bingo game?

These dinosaur lunchbox jokes are going to make my kids so happy! {OneCreativeMommy.com} Free Printables #lunchboxjokes #lunchboxlovenotes #dinosaurs #printable #free

The Ultimate Holiday Bingo Games Collection! {OneCreativeMommy.com} Free printable bingo games for the major holidays.



  1. What a fun idea! And perfect for one of my unmatched socks ;)

  2. This is adorable. My daughter went to a Frozen birthday party over the winter. She said it was the best party she ever went to! This would be great for a party decoration!

  3. The snowman is adorable and I bet the Frozen birthday party was awesome! I have to pin this!

  4. Very cute. My girls are going to love this. They are constantly singing the songs and acting out the movie.

  5. Love it!! What a great idea for Frozen party!!

  6. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Completely adorable idea!

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  9. How cute is this? Wish there were more ideas when we had our party.

  10. What a totally adorable craft! That would make a good winter decoration as well!

  11. What a sweet craft idea! I loved Olaf :)

  12. I have to admit, I am a little over Frozen, but I love the idea of making an Olaf out of a sock as a rainy day craft. Thank you!

  13. Oh he is adorable – and doesn’t look too difficult to make either. I have to get my kiddos hooked on Frozen so that we can use some of your ideas for a birthday party!

  14. Love it! Can’t wait to try it with my girls, thanks!

  15. Your post was the most-viewed at the Do Tell Tuesday party! Congrats!

  16. Loved your olaf tutorial . Must try this with my daughter Thank you for sharing.

  17. I am having a frozen birthday party for my daughter this coming weekend and are making these with kiddos! I’m excited for them. When printing the downloaded attachments, are what size should they be? Thanks for the awesome pin for these!

  18. I love Frozen, this sock Olaf is adorable! I am thinking of making one for my grandson…Thanks so much!!!

  19. These are A-dorable!! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!!

  20. Love this! Did you have all the kids making these at the same time? I might need a few more glue guns and moms for that! :)

  21. Olaf just has the cutest face ever and this is a really cute craft idea. I plan on making a few Olaf crafts for the holidays Thanks for sharing!

  22. This is so “cool”. I have shared this on my page as a part of this week’s Trend Setter. Thank you for sharing. Lor.xx http://www.facebook.com/BeadsBraidsAndBows

  23. Thanks for sharing the pattern. Love the size. Granddaughter is only three so I think I will use the fiberfill due to her age. She will love it. Thanks again.

  24. these were the best. i loved to make them. i used two of them to decorate a santa chair and all the kids asked why they ere their and i said their saints little helpers and two olafs is better and more funny than one!! thanks for the idea! : – )

  25. This didn’t turn out well for me.

  26. Thank you for sharing…our kids love Olaf. We’ll be trying this one for sure this weekend!

  27. Just found this OLAF! …tutorial …my grandchildren Love Olaf!….and my little one who lives close by would love to make one with me!…So glad I found this and Thank You for sharing it is Awesome!!! :) <3

  28. I came across this most adorable post on Pintrest a few days ago. We are having a Frozen-themed Winter Reading Club at our library, and Olaf is the perfect project to kick off our program! I can’t thank you enough for your extremely detailed instructions! The kids are going to LOVE this so much! Thank you for sharing this with all of us!!

  29. Love this! We’re going to make them with our Guides at our holiday craft night in December. Just one question – what size are the eyes? I can’t decide if it’s better to risk them being too big or too small

    • Good question, Michelle. Don’t know why I didn’t think to put that in! The eyes came in a pack with many sizes, so I’m not sure the exact size. Using a ruler, they are about 1 cm in diameter. Hope that helps. Have fun!

  30. Wow!! My husband and I just hosted our first “Kids’ Christmas Craft Night” in Nicaragua. This was a “must-do” because our neighbor girls (4 and 5 years old) run around singing “Soy Libre” which is the translation for “Let it Go.” So I knew this craft had to be done. It’s not always easy to find crafting stuff here- but it all came together. Thanks again, great tutorial. If you want to see pictures shoot me an email, I’d love to share.

  31. Love love love this!

  32. Love this! Thanks for sharing! I’m room mom for my son’s 2nd grade class and this would be perfect for his holiday party activity. So how did you got about all the felt pieces? Did you have to trace them and cut them all out? Was that pretty tedious? Thanks so much!

    • Hi, Erica. There is a printable with this post for all the cutout pieces. Yes. I did cut them all out. I tried using my silhouette, but it wouldn’t cut the felt. It took some time, but it wasn’t too bad.

  33. Awesome and lovely. you give me a brilliant idea.

  34. Hi! Very nice tutoriel. I made these with my upper setion kindergarden class! 28 olafs!! The children loved to do them and it turned out to be a real success. To fill the socks with rice. I made a hole in the bottom of a plastic,picnic goblets, inserted it into the socks and made the kids fill the socks with the rice.. They were happy and proud to make thier snowman all by themselves. Thank you.

    • 28 kids! Wow! Your filling idea is genius. Thanks so much for sharing it. I’ll add it into the post so that others can use it as well. Such a great idea. Thanks for letting me know! I love to hear when people enjoy my projects.

  35. I am hoping to do this for my daughter’s 4th grade class craft. I am thinking the hot glue gun would be too much for me and the teacher to do for 24 kids. Do you think fabric glue would work?

    • Have fun, Lisa! (Check out the comment above yours for a great idea on how to fill the socks without making a mess. It’s from a teacher who did it with 28 kindergardeners!) I think fabric glue would be a better idea for school. That way you wouldn’t have the liability of a child getting burned accidentally. I’d love to hear how it goes.

  36. Hello!!!!!
    As for the glue I used fast sticking Glue that comes in tubes,when working with the children. I used hot glue after just to assure and give a better form. I think fabric glue can be a good idea too.

  37. Such a fun idea. I plan to make craft kits for a local children’s hospital, Primary Childrens Hospital.
    I have been searching everywhere for a plain white bobby sock with no luck. The socks are always cute and colorful but not the basic white. Could you tell me where you found yours? Thanks!

  38. These are adorable and I know they’ll be popular with my after school group. Heidi, have you or anyone else converted the printable into an .svg file that I can use on my Silhouette Cameo?

  39. Oh my!!! This Olaf is super fun and cute!! I love that it’s super easy to make! I featured it in my blog: http://www.plushiepatterns.com/olaf-sock-snowman-tutorial/ Thank you so much for sharing! The kids will definitely love this!

  40. Wow, so cute! I will make some for the kids. I’m sure they’re going to love this, they really love Olaf! It’s so simple to make.
    Thanks for this adorable idea. :-)

  41. Hello there! love your Olaf tutorial! sooo easy, and fun! I featured it in my blog: http://www.plushiepatterns.com/olaf-sock-snowman-tutorial/ Thanks for sharing! love it!

  42. I just shared your adorable link on my blog http://www.realityofamommy.blogspot.com and can’t wait to try it!!

  43. Hello there! this is the best Olaf tutorial i’ve seen, thank for writing this interesting guide..

  44. Hi! Very nice tutoriel. I made these with my upper setion kindergarden class! 28 olafs!! The children loved to do them and it turned out to be a real success. To fill the socks with rice. I made a hole in the bottom of a plastic,picnic goblets, inserted it into the socks and made the kids fill the socks with the rice.. They were happy and proud to make thier snowman all by themselves. Thank you.

  45. Its really awesome and creative too . Thank you.

  46. awesome article. I will love to make this for my little princess. Thanks for sharing keep sharing more and more

  47. Awesome and lovely. A fun idea for me to try at home.
    Thanks for sharing.

  48. Urgent Care Near Me says

    Awesome post! Thanks for sharing really liked the tutorials….

  49. This is awesome idea and tutorial! Thanks for sharing it. My kids are crazy about olaf and frozen in general. :D

  50. Japanese dog breeds says

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  51. Ha! I don’t have kids but I’ll be doing this craft myself! I’m also so excited you added the tiny fever snowmen, those are precious.

  52. These ideas are AMAZING!! My kiddos are going to love them!

  53. These are so cute!! I want to make one for my daughter.

  54. This is so fun! My daughter would love to make Olaf.

  55. This is such a great DIY idea!! I am definitely going to make one with my niece next week!

  56. aww these are so cute! I remember making something like this when I was a kid!

  57. Oh gosh! He’s adorable! What a great tutorial!

  58. Aw this is super cute! I love it!

  59. These little faces are so cute! They do really remind me of Olaf!

  60. This is so adorable and an easy tutorial!

    Isaly Holland

  61. You have such cute tutorials on your site. I think my girls would love to make a Olaf Sock Snowman! I will be saving this, thank you!

  62. Wow, this is so fun and easy. It’s great for kids party and even teach them how to make it their own.

  63. What a cute idea! This is unique and easy to make! Kids will surely love it.

  64. How utterly adorable is this!? My kids would have loved this when they were going through their Frozen phase. :)

  65. Very nice idea for a Frozen themed party or winter activities at home!! Thanks for sharing!

  66. I love how Olaf is STILL such a big hit! This certainly looks like a fun and easy DIY project to do with my niece :) Thanks for the idea! Happy holidays :)

  67. Wow! Bear is so smart I love the Olaf sock snowman tutorial it looks fantastic!

  68. Debra M Schroeder says

    This is so stinkin’ cute. And what better way to use those orphaned socks.

  69. This is so stinkin’ cute!

  70. That has to be one of the cutest craft ideas I’ve ever seen. Great idea for elementary school teachers.

  71. Oh my gosh! This DIY tutorial looks amazing. I can’t wait to do it with my kid. Such a great idea. Thanks!

  72. Oh my goodness. Great great job. Love this craft.

  73. Aww! What an adorable arts and crafts idea! I’m sure this will make a lot of kids happy over the season! It would be an awesome decor or a nice gift to the kids! It’s definitely worth the effort!

  74. These must’ve been so fun to make! They’re so cute as well!

  75. These are so cute! My kids would love to make something like this.

  76. These are the cutest! I’ve never made arts and crafts like this before, it’s awesome! I would love to give this away to kids especially those who aren’t really fortunate enough to celebrate Christmas.

  77. Great idea for elementary school teachers.

  78. nice tutorial… snowman..i am loving it

  79. I really Enjoyed your tutorial loving it

  80. So Cute

  81. Never the less snowman is too cute

  82. Finding your tutorial very easy. I hope I can follow the steps and make a beautiful Snowman for my kids

  83. This Olaf Sock Snowman Tutorial looks so easy to do. Kids will love this.

  84. A decor that will remind you of the winter time in any season. Very beautiful.

  85. Wow I Really loved these snowman ideas. Frozen is favorite movie of my Kids.

  86. C’est vraiment très beau. Je vais essayer d’en fabriquer pour Noël. Ma petite Lou sera heureuse. Merci ce nous faire partager

  87. Wow I Really loved these snowman ideas. Frozen is favorite movie of my Kids.

  88. i really love your content cheers to this awesome tutorial..!!

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  122. We want to use this for an activity. I can’t find sticky back felt. Where did you get yours? Did you cut these out with a cricket? Will sticky back craft foam work? Thanks for a great idea and great instructions!!

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