Homemade Snowman Parts
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It took me 5 ½ hours to drive into Portland and back yesterday. I had a last visit with my wonderful (retiring) knee and hip surgeon. I have said in the past that no one should be forced into dealing with a specialist who is unlikeable or rude or pompous. Yes, it may be difficult to find a brilliant surgeon who is also fun, sweet and caring. But those doctors do exist, and mine is proof of that.
Most of our post op visits (I’ve had 4 replacements, so I’ve had a lot of post op visits) are spent talking about our old cars, which boxed wine is best, our homes and our lives.
Why on earth that man is driving an old car and drinking boxed wine is beyond me, but he knows the brand and variety of wine and the price, so I’ll take him at his word (sure I will!)
The fact that he has no airs about him makes him all the more loveable and genuine for me. He said the A/C on his old Mercedes doesn’t work, so he just drives with the windows down. I mean, REALLY?? And his assistant of many, many years has made my surgeries happen, flawlessly, through her sweet disposition and amazing ability to MAKE IT HAPPEN. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude!
Anyway, the point is, I didn’t have the time or energy to write yesterday for today’s post. So, I went through my photos and found this one of Snowman Parts that you can make.
The reason I don’t have any photos of the actual snowman is because we haven’t gotten any snow, so far, this year. And last year, needing a new knee, I was in no position to walk out to the yard, let alone build a snowman.
But this is a cute idea you might want to consider making. These Snowman Parts are easy and quick to make, and will last for years. Even young kids can do this!
Modeling clay (the kind you bake in the oven)
Acrylic Sealer (if you use some oil based spray sealers, you could get blistering, so it’s best to use acrylic sealer)
You’ll need some modeling clay and some small sticks. You could use skewers, tree branches, and even popsicle sticks (although with continued use, those might deteriorate).
With your modeling clay, form a nose, two eyes and some smaller balls for the smile. You could also make some buttons, if you like. How about a pipe?
Into each part, insert your stick so that it’s about one to two inches deeply embedded in the clay and has about 3 or 4 inches remaining, to be stuck into your snowman, later. Make sure you press on the parts after inserting the stick, to make sure they’re not going to wobble or come out.
Place these on a cookie sheet and bake, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
After removing the parts from the oven, let them cool thoroughly.
Paint with 2 coats acrylic paint, letting them dry well between coats.
Tip du Jour: you know the green foam blocks that are used for dried flower arrangements? The ones that I’m referring to are the super light weight ones that are not meant to sit in water. If you place one or two foam blocks on a box or something, you can stick your face parts into the blocks, so they are standing up. Then, take everything out to the garage (ventilation is important) and you can spray sealer all the way around the parts. This will cut your time in half, and will keep the sprayed parts off of the cardboard, too.
Spray with acrylic sealer – maybe 3 coats so that snow or rain won’t ruin the parts.
There you have it. When the snow falls, your kids or grandkids (or you) will be ready to race outside and create your snowman.
This is a great project for the days before Christmas, when the kids are out of school and climbing the walls. Hope you get snow!
If you don’t have a craft store nearby, here’s a link to Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CAbaE2
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!