Sunday, November 20, 2016

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Snowman prototype
My kids and I saw these sock snowmen at a holiday craft fair last weekend, and I told my daughter we'd try to make them at home (and I actually meant it.)

It turns out they were super quick and easy. We made the snowmen from dry lentils and dollar store socks (and they are tied off with rubber bands-- no sewing). The hats and scarfs are cut from more dollar store socks. For details seek out any number of "sock snowman" tutorials on line, they are easy to find.

Our spin on this project was that we made some accessories from polymer clay. We even faked some buttons using clay to get just the right sizes and colors that we wanted. I had a headpin running through the carrot sticking out the fatter end of the carrot, so I just added a bit of glue to that end and jammed it in into the snowman's head (sorry, snowman.) The eyes and buttons stay on easily with just a bit of glue.

I built one while my daughter was at school (in a few minutes, really). Then when she and her friend saw them, of course they had to build some. Yeah, I knew that would happen.

Snow family in situ
These snowmen are a cute, holiday-neutral, and kid-friendly project. And let's face it, I was never going to cook those lentils anyway.

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