Good morning! It’s almost Thanksgiving!! Can you believe it! Do you start decorating already or do you wait until after Thanksgiving? I have started, mostly because of this blog, but I love it! I especially like the twinkling lights.So festive!
I have a Christmas craft for you today. I should have pictures of the living room and dining room for you next week. There are just a few finishing touches and it’s all ready for the holiday!
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For this project, I started out with a old painted clay pot. I sanded it down a little and then spray painted it white.
After the paint had dried, I mixed up the Plaster of Paris. The package I had contained 4 lbs. of plaster. I used all of it. Of course, this is because one package drained out the hole in the bottom, even though I tried plugging it. After putting another piece of cardboard in the bottom and letting that plaster dry, I added the rest. I used a couple of disposable containers to mix the plaster in. I poured in the required amount of water, added the plaster and then mixed until smooth. Then I poured each one into the pot.
Once the plaster had set for a bit, about 1/2 hour, I put an old picket into the pot. You could use pallet wood or buy a piece from the store too. I then put some scrap pieces of wood around it to keep it upright until it completely hardened, about 24 hours.
Now comes the fun of decorating my snowman. I found an old pair of socks and used a red one to make the hat. I cut off the toe and then slid it over the top of the picket and tied it with a plaid ribbon. I also found a piece of red fleece to tie as a scarf. I hot glued some buttons for the eyes and the mouth.
Steve cut a small triangle for scrap wood to use as the nose. I painted it bright orange and then attached it with hot glue.
I found these numbers awhile ago at a thrift store with no idea what I was going to use them for. This was a perfect craft for them! You could also use scrapbook numbers or house numbers or even print some off the computer to use.
I hammered in small nails, below the scarf, that didn’t have much of a head on them, so I could easily slip each number on each day.
I added a little batting to the pot to look like snow and he is done! He adds a little cuteness to the front porch!
Maybe I will add some stick arms too! With mittens!
This is a great way for your kids to count down the days to Christmas and a reminder for you every time you come to the door!! Of course, we don’t get real snow here, so maybe this makes him more likable. 🙂 See you next week with Christmas decor!
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