How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

Have you seen the adorable sock snowman DIY posts on Pinterest?  When I saw these, I couldn’t resist!  I showed them to Sophie and she was completely on board with the project.  We talked about color combinations.

I know!  Christmas is over, and these would be adorable for Christmas, but winter isn’t over and wouldn’t these little snowmen make cute Valentine decor?

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Most of the items in this picture were picked up at the local Dollar Tree.  The fleece was picked up at the fabric shop and the enamel dots were purchased at Michael’s.

I chose packages of men’s, women’s, and children’s crew socks for the snowmen’s bodies.  The packages have two pairs and that will make four snowmen from each package.

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To begin this project, you will need to choose one of the white crew socks and cut the foot part of the sock from the heel completely across the sock, as shown in the picture.

You can use the leftover top of the sock for a hat, a scarf, or save for another project.

 

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Place the cut sock in a heavy bottomed glass with the toe down and wrap the cut edge over the top of the glass.  It will be much easier to fill this way.  Pour in rice.  Once filled almost to the top, the rice filled sock can be removed.  The rice will help support it and you can continue filling the desired amount easily.

 

 

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Using your hands, shape a neck and determine if you want more rice for the head or if you are happy with what you have.  If you want a larger head, add more.

 

 

Using a rubber band, secure the top.

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Shape a neck and add another rubber band to secure it.

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When you have the size head you want and are happy with it, use string to wrap over the top of the rubber band and secure with a double knot.  Over time, rubber bands can disintegrate.  You don’t want your snowman to fall apart! 

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After tying the knots, trim the string close to the knot.  He’s beginning to look like a sock snowman now, isn’t he?

 

 

 

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Next, choose a sock for the snowman’s hat and scarf.   Cut the foot part of the sock off right before the heel.  That will be shaped into a hat.  Cut the top of the sock about 1″ wide to wrap around the neck and another section below that for the scarf tail.  Cut the scarf tail section loop to create a flat piece of fabric.

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To create the pom-pom, on the hat, take a small amount of Poly-fil Cluster Stuff, (or some stuffing or batting), and stuff in the toe section of the sock. 

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Tie a piece of string around the bottom of the pom-pom.  Pull tight, tie a knot, and tie the string into a bow.  Snip the ends to match.
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Then, with a hot glue gun, apply glue to the lower edge on the outside, a small section at a time, roll up the bottom edge until the entire lower edge is folded up creating a cuff.  Repeat this step, gluing and folding, one more time so that the raw edge is now folded to the inside.

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Take the piece cut from the top of the sock, stretch over the snowman’s head and place over the rubber band and the knotted string around the neck, covering them both.

 

 

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Slip the cut loop for the scarf tail under the band around the neck to look like the tail of the scarf.

 

 

 

 

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Next, you have the fun part, creating an adorable snowman face.  Using a black Sharpie, I covered two of the little enamel dots for his eyes.  You could use hot glue here, but I chose to use Tacky Glue to adhere these to his face.  Have you ever noticed that snowmen look better with their eyes closer together?

 

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A small piece of an orange pipe cleaner was cut for the nose.  

With scissors, I trimmed the end of his nose to more of a point to resemble a carrot.  A little bit of Tacky Glue was placed on the end of the pipe cleaner and pushed into the sock material.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a button box?  Well, I do How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comand that is where I found these little red buttons that seemed perfect.  They were glued on, too.

Remember the Valentine stickers picked up from the Dollar Tree?  One little heart sticker was glued to his scarf.

The final step was adding a little blush on his cheeks.  This was added with a Q-Tip dipped in a little cream blush.  How adorably cute is this little sock snowman?

The Papier-mâché Snowman and Lady Snowman I made last year require a lot of patience.  These little snowmen do not.  They are quick and easy to put together.

Sophie and I will be making more of these this week and will share them on our Facebook page!  When you make your sock snowman, please share them here on My Humble Home and Garden Facebook page!

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How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish

How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish

How to make wonderful Christmas memories to cherish?  Start family traditions that everyone can look forward to, where everyone can participate.  We have a game room, ‘Man Cave’, in the basement and the kids have enjoyed the games down there for years but participation in each of those is limited and so are the ‘group’ memories.  However, by adding the Christmas Game and the Dessert Contest, we have all-inclusive activities.

The ‘Annual 2017 Christmas Eve Party ‘ is over now.  It doesn’t matter how well I plan in advance, there always seems to be some complication that comes up during the final week of preparation.  This usually results in a mad dash just before the party.  It usually involves one of my children.  This party was no exception.  Not everything was as perfect as I planned, (It seldom is, is it?), some things had to be abandoned.  The party went pretty well in spite of it, and hopefully, everyone has some Christmas memories to cherish.

Decorating the entry, the kitchen, and the family room is one of my priorities.  The objective is for family and friends to say, “Wow!”  Hopefully, they leave lasting Christmas memories of our get together.

Beautiful Decorations

Each year, the strings of lights are meticulously removed from the family room tree, coiled in a neat fashion,  tied with a ribbon, and placed between layers of tissue paper in a large plastic bin.  They are all working when they are removed from the tree and placed gently in the bin.  Why is it when they come out of that bin the next December, invariably, some of the lights don’t work?How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

There are always a few strands that have to be replaced, which makes a trip to the store for replacements necessary.  This year, I had to buy several strands. Well, I didn’t have to, I chose to replace them!  The tree in the family room has about 22 sets of lights on it.  Can’t give you an exact count of lights.  Some of the strands are 100, 150, and 300 light sets.  Almost every branch of the tree is wrapped with lights.  (A couple of branches are almost always missed accidentally, but who would notice?)  Click here ► for complete instructions on how this is done.

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The tree on the catwalk is less spectacular but pretty as well.  It is a three-section tree with the lights already in place.  It’s easy to put up and easy to take down.  This year, after it was completely decorated, the lights on one of the sections quit working!  I checked a few bulbs, then, gave up and bought another set of lights and gingerly wove them through the tree and decorations.  Problem solved. 

The mantel is another focal point and this year, it highlighted the Papier-Mâché  Snowman and the Papier- Mâché Lady Snowman, which were made a few weeks ago.  I love these snowpeople!  (Frosty, the first of the snowmen, was placed on a table in the foyer.)How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A string of white lights on a white cord was laid across the mantel behind the snowpeople next to the wall.  The large jingle bell and the letters J and Y were found at Hobby Lobby.  The inspiration for this ‘JOY’ was found on Pinterest but I LOVE this combination even more.  The Christmas ornament garland made a few weeks ago looks perfect, tying it all together.  This is my favorite mantel display of all time.  How will I top this next year?

The Christmas Game

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For weeks, I have been buying little gifts for the Christmas Game.  This Santa hat was found at Kohl’s in the clearance area earlier this year.  Sophia and I were shopping there and found the hat.  It had been $30.  She was so deviously excited and said we definitely had to buy this for the game, and so, we did.  We bought it for $3.00.  How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

This was the card attached to the gift box.  Jon-Michael knew he was in for a treat as soon as he saw it!  Pulling the tissue paper aside, he was not to be disappointed.

 

 

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These Paula Deen shakers were found at Michael’s last year.  The nostalgic recipe cards were picked up there, too.  Does anyone still use a recipe file?  I do!  Tiffany chose this gift.  Sophie piped up, “You can put powdered sugar in those, Mom!”

This was the card accompanying the shakers.

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The gift box for S’mores was found at Walmart.  The little snowman cups were so cute, I couldn’t resist.  Either of the tags in the picture would have been okay to use for it.  In my hurry, I chose the S’mores tag from last year.

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Sophie was my accomplice in making sure that Memphis, who is a little young for this game, got the number 1 and chose the first gift for her.  (The numbers were designed on PicMonkey and printed.  We had 21 people all together and 21 numbers cut out for guests to draw.)  It was a little stuffed lion and her tag read, We’re not ‘Lion’!  We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Yes, everyone knew that it was a setup but agreed it was appropriate.  Memphis loved the lion.

 

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Perhaps, you have seen the socks rolled and fashioned into what appears to be a cupcake.  I love this idea!  Aren’t they cute?  A cute little pom pom sits on top of the sock to resemble a cherry.  These were the thick socks and the muffin cups used were Wilton King-Size baking cups.  Two ‘cupcakes’ were placed in a box, along with an emery board and a sleep mask, in red, of course.

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We had to have a Christmas movie, too, ya know.  This year, National Lampoon’s  ‘Christmas Vacation’ was the selected classic and a few bags of popcorn were added along with a tag to make the gift complete.  The tag reads, Merry Christmas to All and to All A Movie Night!

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This pack of body butter was found at Joann Fabric and Craft store for half the regular price.  The tag reads, You ‘butter’ watch out!  You better not pout! Santa Claus is coming to town!

 

I can’t lie, it’s almost as fun to make up these cheesy cards as it is to listen to everyone read them and then open their gifts! 

(I also made up a couple of extra gifts just in case we had last minute guests.)

A Sampling of This Year’s Cheesy Cards

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  1. Have a De ‘Light’ ful Christmas!  Flashlight.
  2. We’re not ‘Lion’.  We wish you a Merry Christmas!  Stuffed Lion.
  3. For Christmas, we bought you $25.00 worth of lottery tickets!  We went ahead and scratched them off for you and you’re a WINNER!  (On the outside of the present.)
  4. (Inside the package.)  Congratulations!  You Won 5 Dollars!  Here’s your money!  Merry Christmas!  $5.00 bill.
  5. Wishing you Joy beyond measure!  Merry Christmas!  (We R Memory Keepers Small cutting mat  and 6″ ruler.)How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
    1.  Christmas is a time of cheer with warmest wishes for a bright New Year!  (S’mores gift box or hot chocolate mix and cups.  A warm throw would also be a nice gift.)
    2.   Merry Christmas to All and to all a movie night!  (Movie and popcorn.)
    3.   We ‘Wash’ You a Merry Christmas!  (Bar of soap or Liquid Hand Soap.)
    4.   Hoping your Christmas is Happy Beyond Measure.  (Measuring cups and spoons.)
    5.   Hope you have a ‘Scentsational’ holiday season!  (Yankee Candle – Sparkling Pink)
    6.   A calorie-free gift for someone sweet, not to eat, but to wear on your feet!  Merry Christmas.  (Socks rolled up to look like cupcakes.)
    7.   Here’s a sprinkling of good cheer to last throughout the year!  Merry Christmas!  (Kitchen Shakers and recipe cards.)
    8.  Get your ‘It’s just what I wanted’ face ready!  (Last year’s gift was a singing Hillbilly reindeer, and this year, it was the Baddest Santa hat.)

As we played the game this year, Christmas memories from last year kept coming up and we all had to laugh.  

Maybe these ideas will inspire you to start your own ‘Christmas traditions’ with your family if you don’t really have any, or maybe to add one or two of these ideas to your already existing traditions.  

How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish part 2 will follow.  Be sure to come back for the next post and the results of the holiday dessert contest!  Sign up for our newsletter below and you won’t miss it!

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How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

Want to make a snowman you’ll love?  Making these Papier-mâché Snowmen is so much fun!  This is the third snowman I’ve created using the same Papier-mâché used for the pumpkins earlier this year.  Creating those was so much fun, too!  What can I make for spring?  Hmmm…

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How to make a snowman?  This little snowman, (With his hat, he stands 12″ high.), was made in the same way the other snowman and the lady snowman were made, using a newspaper sleeve and crumpled newspaper.  A warning here, after you make a snowman, making these can become addictive!

You may think that I had a vision when each of these was started but that is not really the case.  For Frosty, I knew he would be wearing the earmuffs.  For Ellie, (It just seemed an appropriate name for her.), the Lady Snowman, I knew she would be wearing a red hat.  The last snowman, Archie Frost, (My friend, Cyndi, named him!) would be wearing a top hat.

 

Beyond that, they just began to take shape as the clay was applied and the arms were shaped.  Archie reminded me of a dancing snowman at first.  The way his arms happened to be positioned, it just seemed right. 

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Then, a little bird perched on his hand came to mind, and there you go.  Perfect!

 

For complete instructions on how to make a snowman, click here ►How to Make A Papier Mache Snowman from the beginning.

After he was completely dry, he was painted white, antiqued, and clear glitter was applied just like the other two before him.  He looks adorable just like this, but wouldn’t he just be perfect with a top hat?

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Instructions On How To Make A Top Hat

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To make this hat, I actually used the same brim pattern I cut out of an advertisement for the Lady Snowman’s hat.  Ellie and Archie had heads that were about the same diameter.  The hat I envisioned was a little wider at the top than it was at the base.  So, I cut a piece of newspaper, which would fit the inner circle of the hat brim.  Then, I sliced the top of the crown pattern, as you can see in the picture, to open it up a little.  You can see that making your own pattern is pretty simple.

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Using that piece as a pattern, and leaving those spaces open, I traced it on another piece of newspaper.  Then, it was folded in half, pinned to a piece of folded black felt, and cut out.  You can see the brim was cut, too, but a little width was added to the brim.  

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The piece for the crown was folded in half and a 1/8″ seam was stitched on the loose edge, which would be the back seam.

 

 

 

 

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Fold the brim in half and mark the fold with straight pins.  Fold the brim in the opposite direction and mark these folds.

Divide the crown into quarters in the same way.  Then, match up the pins and pin the two pieces together, adding more pins to secure the pieces.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Sew around the pinned opening, 1/8″ from the edge.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

A four-inch circle was cut for the top of the hat.  The top edge of the crown and the circle were divided into fourths with the straight pins and that edge was sewn in a 1/8″ seam.  

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Clip the threads and turn it right side out and you have a hat!  How simple is that?

A piece of red velvet ribbon was attached by using a tiny dab of Tacky Glue in the front, on the right side, the back, and on the loose ends on the left side.  A little sprig of holly was glued where the two ends came together.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

I think this is my favorite so far!  Each has his own personality!

How to make a snowman you’ll LOVE?  It’s really easy!  Hope this inspires you to make one of your own.  Another newspaper sleeve with crumpled paper stuffed inside with a wadded up ball of paper for a head sits beside me right now.  Yes, a collection begins.

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How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine Cone Wreath

How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine Cone Wreath

A beautiful, delicate, pine cone wreath caught my attention on Pinterest.  Attached to ribbons, the pine cones were delicately suspended from the wreath.  I had never seen this done before and felt I needed to make one of these.  The pine cone wreath on Pinterest was more natural and woodsy, however, the wreath in my vision had beautiful shiny silver pine cones.

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At first, the plan was to buy another grapevine wreath as the base, but when I went to the basement storage room, the DIY Christmas wreath I made a couple of years ago caught my eye.

Wouldn’t those silver pinecones look great with the sprigs of greenery and the little red berries?  The tiny silvery leaves would echo the silver!  So, there was the plan in a matter of seconds.

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All of the flowers and the ribbon bow were removed from the wreath.  There was basically a blank canvas.  Although the wreath previously had a coat of theDeluxe Snow Spray’, a few more light coats were sprayed over the front and sides of the wreath. 

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Next, the pinecones had to be spray painted silver.  The cinnamon scented pinecones were purchased at JoAnn Fabric and Craft store for half price.   They don’t have to be scented.  That was just a bonus!  A search for that ‘mirror’ spray paint at several of the craft stores was fruitless.  I settled for shiny silver spray paint, which ran about $3.oo.  (I read a review on the mirror paint and the lady wrote that it was just an overpriced silver paint, in her opinion, anyway.)

The pinecones were just placed in a shallow cardboard box and several light coats of the silver paint were sprayed over them, allowing them to dry between coats.  I didn’t get obsessive over this.  Some of the areas at the base of the pinecone petals were not covered, which was not a big deal.  The pinecones had a nice silver shine to them.

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Using a drill and the smallest drill bit I have, a tiny hole was drilled in the top of the pinecone.  Some of the stems had to be removed before the surface was flat enough to be able to drill.  I just used the needle nose pliers to break the stem off to make it easier for drilling.  The hole makes it much easier to start the eye screw. 

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 The space where the stem was in these pinecones was limited.  It was necessary to remove a few of the petals around the stem on a couple of the cones.  My fingers would not fit to screw in the eye screw on several of them.  I could get them started but ended up using the needle nose pliers to finish the job.

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The red ribbon is such a bright contrast to these silver pine cones!  I love it!  

Not sure how long I wanted the ribbons at first, a ribbon end was threaded through the eye screw and tied in a knot.  The wreath was hung on the closet door so the ribbon lengths could be determined.  The ribbon was draped through the wreath and allowed to hang down, while the other end was held and manipulated until a decision was made on the length of the longest one.

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Then, the ribbon was cut and another pine cone was attached to the loose end.  (I already liked this pine cone wreath at this point!)

 

That process was used to decide how long each length of ribbon, with pine cones attached, needed to be.

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Once I was happy with the positioning of the pine cones on the ribbon, the tiny silver spray with the red berries was wired to the bottom half of the wreath.

Then, a bow from red ribbon was made.  I stood back and looked at it and decided that bow that was removed from the original wreath was really perfect for this wreath, too!  

Once it was attached to the wreath, there was still something lacking.  The top half looked plain.  It needed something delicate to balance what was going on at the bottom of the wreath.  After scouring the craft stores, fabric stores, department stores, etc., nothing seemed quite right.  The unfinished wreath sat here for a week. 

Then, I went to Michael’s and they had all of their tiny ornaments on sale – 70% off the regular price!  There were little boxes of 1″ diameter silver ornaments and I could envision them on the wreath as the perfect subtle finishing touch.  They set me back $1.80!

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To attach them to the wreath, instead of using hangers, a piece of wire was cut and shaped into a ‘U’ resembling a hairpin.   Then, the wire was slipped through the hanger on top of the ornament and twisted to hold it securely.  The two loose wires were then twisted around the branches on the wreath so they would hold more securely.

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The wreath was hung in the dining room.  Although this pine cone wreath has a pop of red, it really seems quietly elegant, doesn’t it?

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Actually, the title of this post could have been, How To Make A Beautiful Delicate Pine cone Wreath For Next To Nothing!

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The Daring Elf On The Shelf’s Explosive Arrival This Year

The Daring Elf On The Shelf’s Explosive Arrival This Year

Elf On The Shelf’s Arrivals

Our ‘Elf On The Shelf’, referred to as “Jingles” has been a tradition for a few years now.  Sophia, Aidan, and their parents stayed with us for awhile when they were young.  They were here for Christmas and I bought Jingles for them.  Sophia and Aidan are growing up so quickly.  I wanted to make Jingles’ appearance this year special.  In the past, Jingles has appeared at the front door in a postal package…The Daring Elf On The Shelf's Explosive Arrival This Year on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

riding up on a Remote Controlled Truck in the garage…

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perched on a swing dangling from the rails on the catwalk and holding a sign, “Let the Elf games begin!”, to name a few.  For more of our elf’s antics click here ►Jingles.

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The Daring Elf On The Shelf’s Explosive Arrival This Year 

But this year, I wanted to make it something much more memorable.  Fireworks came to mind.  My first thought was having him come out of the fireplace where a small firework, smoke bomb, or something would be set off.  Okay, that vision was quickly nixed because it would be pretty dangerous and stupid.  I didn’t want to destroy the house in the process.

The thought of Jingles dangling from a parachute in the maple tree in the backyard was considered, but that really didn’t mesh with the firework idea.  The idea of a loud bang to get the grandkids attention was the objective.

My husband Dave is not one to go to when you have an idea that is a little on the creative side.  He will immediately tell you why your idea won’t work.  So, I talked to my youngest son, Will, who usually is in charge of the fireworks on the fourth of July.  He was on board immediately.

He agreed the deed had to be done outside and on a flat surface.  We brainstormed for awhile and he said he would take care of it, getting the appropriate firework that is.  That turned out to be a mortar.  

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The plan was for him to set off the mortar and then, from a safe distance, throw the elf close to the mortar shell.  Positioning wasn’t critical.  Jingles had, presumably, been blown up by a mortar! 

 

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 A little charcoal colored eyeshadow was applied to the little guy’s face to look like he had been smoked.

Well, after everyone finished the Thanksgiving meal and all were preparing to play games and other activities, there was a loud boom and bright lights in the backyard.  Everyone looked around in wonder and asked what that explosion was.   We all filed out onto the deck.

Even though it was dark by this time, the kids immediately noticed the upright mortar shell in the yard.  They also noticed something right beside the shell but were not sure what it was for a few seconds.  Then, Aidan shouted,  “It’s Jingles!”

Lulu commented that his face was all black.  There were several discussions going on at this time and I thoroughly enjoyed listening.  One of those comments was, “Jingles is really naughty.”

We cautioned them to stand back for a few minutes, and then, they cautiously crept up to Jingles and shouted, “He has a letter!”

Tiffany asked if they could retrieve it without touching Jingles.   Remember, the magic will disappear if he is touched.   Aidan was successful in accomplishing the task and they all came inside to listen to Aidan read it aloud.  He untied the red ribbon wrapped around the letter and unrolled it to reveal this note.  The note was created on PicMonkey.com using the “design” icon at the top of the page.

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Well, they were a little concerned that he was outside but we assured them he could take care of himself.

When they were all preoccupied, I sneaked out to retrieve the errant elf and hid him under the front seat of my car.

The Next Morning

The kids spent the night with us and the next morning, bright and early, I got up thinking I’d rescue Jingles from the car and place him somewhere before the kids were out of bed.

That didn’t happen.  Aidan was already sitting at the kitchen table!  After he got involved in something on the iPad, I pulled Jingles from the car and hid him in my robe.

Once upstairs, I pulled him out and began to clean his face.  I noticed a dark spot on his leg and began to brush it away, thinking it was a piece of leaf.  Wrong!  Jingles had been wounded!The Daring Elf On The Shelf's Explosive Arrival This Year on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Apparently, Jon-Michael helped Will with the covert deed and laid the elf next to the mortar before it exploded.  Sparks from the fireworks landed on the elf.  That was not the plan but who knows?  It could have happened if he had been tossed there later.  I knew there were risks when this scheme was first formed in my mind.  We are lucky he didn’t catch fire and go up in smoke right in front of the kids!  That would have scarred them for life!

What to do?  Clearly, I didn’t have time to repair him at that point.  I pulled out an old sachet that looked like a tiny pillow, slipped Jingles in my umbrella cover, and placed him in front of Frosty in the foyer.  That Totes cover kind of looked like a sleeping bag, right?  Well, it hid his injuries, giving me a little more time to figure out this catastrophe!

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Sophia woke up and immediately said, “Where is Jingles?” 

In a short time, she had found him and said, “His arm is broken!”

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What?  When he was stuffed in my robe, apparently his arm was disfigured!  She showed Aidan and then began to go over what had happened the previous night.  They surmised it had happened during that explosion.

 

Well, the next time they came over, Jingles had an arm sling and two tiny Band-Aids on his burnt leg. 

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 Sophie exclaimed, “See, I told you he broke his arm!”

Not sure right now what to do to repair the little guy.  Maybe some clothes are in order.  Any suggestions?

Perhaps this was not the best idea but I don’t think the kids will ever forget The Daring Elf On The Shelf’s Explosive Arrival This Year!

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