How To Make A Papier-Mâché Snowman – Part 2

How To Make A Papier-Mâché Snowman – Part 2

Part 2 – How To Make A Papier- Mâché Snowman

After the little Papier-Mâché snowman from Part 1 was dry, I realized his feet weren’t so steady.  I had used the cream cheese box to cut out and make soles for his feet.  That cardboard was not so firm and somehow the ends of his feet curled in the front.  As you can imagine, that created a bit of a wobbly snowman.  Extra paper clay had to be applied there and flattened to make him a little more stable, which meant more drying time.  Sigh…

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To remedy this, on the second snowman, a pizza box lid was used to create soles for feet.  Let me tell you that this was a far better idea.   After stuffing the newspaper sleeve, applying the paper strips and allowing that to dry, I glued the pizza box lid soles in the appropriate spots and allowed the Tacky glue to dry.

Then, the paper clay was used to fill in the space around the bottom, creating a nice base.  Paper clay was also applied in a ring around the neck.  The clay was allowed to dry.  This helped to stabilize the head and the base.  I think I will start doing this with all of the snowmen!

 

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After the clay had completely dried, a coat of white primer and paint was applied.  I really liked the paint used on the pumpkins as a base but that particular paint does not come in white.  This Olympic primer and paint in one works really nicely, too.

He’s beginning to look more like a snowman now and less like an alien or a troll!  Lol!

 

Remember the Easy DIY Melted Snowman Tablescape from last year?  I had some of the fabric left from the flannel plaid scarf.  This was used to create a little scarf for this first snowman.  The snowman stands about 10″ tall.  The scarf measures 18″ long and ended up being 1 – 7/8″ wide.  The lines of the plaid were followed as a guide to cut straight lines.

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Threads were removed from both ends to create fringe.  I didn’t bother to sew up the edges.  They were left raw.  There shouldn’t be a lot of strain on them once they are tied around the little fellow’s neck.

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Since the plaid had green in it, too, florist wire was used to create a band for the earmuffs.  (I saw this done on a snowman in a store and thought it was so clever!  However, they had used some black wire.  The florist wire seemed perfect for this project.)

 

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His eyes were painted with regular acrylic craft paint.  Since they were supposed to look like coal, they were painted black.  Of course, his carrot nose was painted orange.  Red paint, to match the plaid fabric, was used for the mittens and the earmuffs.  And, he now looks more like a snowman, doesn’t he?

 

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A big crooked smile was painted on his face.  White twinkles were painted on his ‘coal’ eyes and white snowflakes brighten up his red mittens.

Frosty was looking a little too bright and new.  A waterbased antiquing medium by FokArt was used to take off the new look.  The antiquing medium was watered down with a wet brush and applied to the snowman in sections.  Then, the surface was quickly rubbed with a paper towel and most of the antiquing medium was removed.  It looks subtle but that is a good thing!

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After the antiquing was dry, it was time to add some sparkle to Frosty!  A light coat of Mod Podge was brushed on, a section at a time, as glue and then clear glitter was sprinkled over the wet Mod Podge.

I have to tell you right now, looking at this little snowman really puts a smile on my face.

Next, using the Loctite Super Glue, the ends of his coiled band for the earmuffs were glued into the little holes made earlier.

The plaid scarf was the finishing touch.  I love this little snowman!  Another two are in various stages of becoming snowmen, too.  

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How To Make A Papier-mâché Snowman

How To Make A Papier-mâché Snowman

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To make this  Papier-mâché snowman, first you’ll need newspaper and a newspaper sleeve.  Yep, I used the newspaper sleeve.  It seemed the right size for the snowman I had in mind.  Just imagine a row of these snowmen made from an item you usually toss in the trash…

 

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Since this was a little on the small side, I tore the newspaper in half and used the single sheets to wad into balls.  The balls of newspaper were then placed in the plastic sleeve.  When the sleeve was filled with enough of the newspaper, the plastic bag was tied in a knot.

I wanted legs to be visible.  Using masking tape, I taped the bag creating two ‘legs’.

 

 

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Then, a head was formed.  This was a more compacted ball of newspaper to create a round ball.  That was placed in the sleeve above the body and the knot.  Another knot was tied to hold the ball in place.

 

 

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As you can imagine, the head was a little ‘wonky’.  In order to make it more stable, I wrapped a piece of masking tape around it.  Awww, perfect!

 

Just like the pumpkins, strips of newspaper were glued to the shape with the Papier-mâché glue.  ◄ (You can find complete directions for making the glue and the clay here.  This makes a lot!  You might want to make half or a third of the recipe unless you are planning on making much bigger or a lot of these!)  I cut the strips for the snowman a little shorter and not as wide as the ones used on the pumpkins.

This was actually done in two settings, allowing the paper strips to dry and stiffen the figure a little before applying them to the head.  Take note, a few strips were applied to the neck area both times to help support the head.

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Once the paper strips were dry and the piece was completely covered, I felt the feet needed a better foundation.  This little snowman has to stand on his own, unsupported.  I had an empty cream cheese box and cut ‘soles’ for the feet from the cardboard box, glued them to the bottoms of the feet, and filled in the gaps with the paper clay.

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About two-thirds of the body was covered with the paper clay.  You can see the arms are beginning to take shape.  The little fellow was allowed to dry for a day at this point.  In order to hasten the drying, he was set next to the heat register in the kitchen.   (Yes, we already have the heater turned on this year!)

I learned with the pumpkins and the pumpkin stems, that you need to dry areas before applying too much of the paper clay or you might have a collapse.  The stems completely covered in one setting ended up having dropsy.  By covering the base of the stem, allowing it to dry, and then, covering the top, the stems had a better base.  They stand more erect.

Remember that.  You must have patience.  

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Once the lower body was completely covered with clay and dried, clay was applied to the head and some clay was added to his arms.  He was allowed to dry again.  The register expedited the drying process nicely.  He’s beginning to take shape.

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The idea of having earmuffs on this little guy was inspired by a snowman at a local store.  The band across the top was a spiraled wire and for whatever reason, I just wanted to recreate that look.   It just seemed so clever!

To make them, two equal-sized balls were shaped, flattened, and applied to the wet clay on both sides of the head.  Placing the wet clay on the wet clay helped the two fuse together.  (I wanted definition between the ear muffs and the head.  The wet on wet clay helped create that.  You can blend the wet clay out onto the dry clay and it will adhere easily without a line but in this case, the definition was preferable.)  At this point, you can poke a hole with a toothpick on both of the flattened shapes where the spiraled wire will be attached later.  If you would rather, or forget to do this, a drill can be used to drill a tiny hole for it after the piece has dried.

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After the Papier-mâché snowman dried overnight, another thin layer of the clay was spread over the head, smoothing out the clay, and subtle cheeks were formed.  You can see that a carrot nose was also shaped and applied to his face.  (Laying him on his back kept the carrot erect instead of drooping.)The eyes were shaped to resemble coal.  I tried to shape ridges on the edges to replicate the edges of chipped coal.  I’m not sure how successful that was but that was the objective.

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He was laid on his back to add the carrot nose, the coal eyes, and to cover the front with another smooth layer of clay.  At this point, he seems to resemble a troll more than a snowman but we are not done yet.  Another day of drying and working on the back will be the next step.

Part 2 will be posted in the next few days.  I can’t wait to get to the painting part and, ultimately, this little  Papier-mâché Snowman will be glistening, too.  Until then,

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Need A Fun Holiday Tradition? You’ll Love This Game!

Need A Fun Holiday Tradition? You’ll Love This Game!

Need A Fun Holiday Tradition? You’ll Love This Game!

December 26, 2016

    Need A Fun Holiday Tradition? You’ll Love This Game!  Last year, I found a post for ‘The Christmas Game’ on Pinterest.   My family enjoyed it so much and the grandkids have been asking if we were playing it again this year.

    “The Christmas Game”, which I came across inspired our version of this game. A few changes were made to the original.    You can read last year’s post and copy some of the tags made for last year here ►Christmas Game.

    The gifts for this game are displayed on the coffee table in the family room, keeping them separate from the other Christmas gifts.

    The idea is to collect inexpensive presents for everyone who will be at the Christmas party and wrap them.  Most of the gifts I purchased were $10.00 or under.  Cash or gift cards can be hidden in some of the gifts.  One of the gifts will have a more significant amount of cash to make it interesting.   I am only wrapping one gift for each person again this year.

 

   We are having eighteen people here so eighteen numbers were printed on a piece of paper, cut out, folded, and ready to be drawn from a wooden sleigh.  Number one goes first and chooses a gift and opens it.  Number two goes next.  That person can pick another gift from the pile or steal an opened one from someone else.  The person with the stolen gift can either choose another gift from the pile or steal from someone else.  

    The game resumes and the next number is in play.  Although the blogger who inspired this new tradition gave three steals before being dead, we decided a  gift can only be stolen two times before it is dead and can’t be stolen again.  (Most of us have probably played a similar game with co-workers, but everyone brought a gift.)

    I thought this was a great idea, but I took it a little farther and chose some cheesy sayings, which were also inspired by some pins on Pinterest, to accompany the gifts.  I am sure some of the puns will get some laughs and perhaps some will receive winces but it will be so much fun.

    Deciding to make the ‘rein-beer’ gift, which we have all seen on Pinterest, I went in pursuit of some root beer.   The store where I was shopping only had A&W in plastic bottles, some larger and these I chose, which are 12-ounces.  

   My plan was to place them in a metal bucket.  I had been watching for a bucket on all of my recent shopping expeditions but couldn’t seem to find one.  Having seen them there before and making a mental note that they were very affordable, I knew that Lowe’s had a variety of sizes of metal buckets.

     Unfortunately, lots of people must have had a similar idea.  There seemed to have been a run on buckets!  This little bucket for three dollars was the last of this size.  One size up was completely gone.

     With Tacky Glue, sparkly red pom poms, googly eyes, brown pipe cleaners, the bucket, and some red and green basket filler, the ‘rein-beer’ were created. 

   Last year, some gift cards and some cash were hidden in some of the gifts.  Alex seemed very happy with her mints and then she found the ’20’ dollar bill hidden in the cardboard sleeve!  

    This year, I chose to forgo the gift cards and simply use cash.  Dave stopped by the bank and picked up a hundred dollar pack of singles for me to tuck into some of the gifts.

     As I was putting this bucket together, the notion of dollar bills being referred to as ‘bucks’ came to mind.  The idea for a  ‘bucket of bucks’ was born.  So, I decided to roll a few up and tuck them around the bottles.  The ‘Bucket of Bucks!’ label was designed on Pic Monkey, printed out on card stock and attached to the bucket with clear packing tape on both edges.

    The original gift tag I had planned was placed in the middle of the root beers on top of some of the rolled dollar bills.  The finished bucket was placed on a few sheets of tissue paper, which were offset and pulled up around the entire bucket, and then placed inside a holiday bag.  Isn’t this cute?  I have to say, this was my favorite gifts this year!

    So, this year I found this gift box with Hershey cups and the ingredients for S’mores!  The sentiment for this tag was changed a little to be appropriate for Christmas.  That is the great thing about this game.  You can change the wording a little to fit the gifts you find and make it your own.

    Although there are many different ways you could package ‘candy kisses’, I liked this package, which also has a cup with a lid.  How cute is that?

    Everyone seems to like these soft throws.  This one looked so rich and soft and the neutral color would go with any decor.  The price was so affordable, it seemed a perfect pick.

   The small stuffed toy in this cup is a reindeer!  How cute is this?  And there is chocolate in it, too.  Notice the clever, or not so clever, play on words here!  Yep, I made that one up on my own!  Wince…  It did seem appropriate.

 

  This gift had a bar of great smelling holiday berry soap, a loofah, and a sleeping mask.

   The tags for this year can be copied for your personal use here ► 2016 Tags.

   Hope these give you inspiration for some great gift ideas!  Seriously, do you think you Need A Fun Holiday Tradition?  You’ll Love This Game!

 

 

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Create An Easy Apothecary Jar Snow Scene Complete With Lights

Create An Easy Apothecary Jar Snow Scene Complete With Lights

Create An Easy Apothecary Jar Snow Scene Complete With Lights

December 15, 2016

   Create An Easy Apothecary Jar Snow Scene Complete With Lights.  Simple and elegant, anyone can make one of these.  Granted, you may have to fiddle with things a little, but you can create a nice little vignette to add to your holiday decor.

    This glass apothecary jar was bought from the craft store.  It was the largest I could find.   Ever frugal, I used a 50% off coupon for it.  Even though it was the largest, I did have some problems finding the item to fit into it!

    At first, the idea of a snowman scene included in those little ceramic Christmas village pieces you can buy at the craft stores was part of my plan.  Yeah, it was too big for the part of the jar that is recessed.  Although the bowl part was plenty big, it had to go through that smaller part of the neck! 

   The thought of making my own little cardboard house came to mind, but I found this little church ornament and it also lights!  

    The front door has the ‘Snowman Wreath‘ I made a few weeks, ago.  The Christmas tree on the catwalk has white lights.  The pine bough across the banister rail is decorated with a heavy coat of faux snow.  Snowflakes, suspended in air with fishing line, create an arch to walk through into the family room.  Do you see a snow theme going here?

     The apothecary jar snow scene seemed to be the perfect addition to this area.  The little church ornament is white with snow, glitter, and gold accents.   

    To begin with, I bought the little ornament, the faux snow, and lights with a battery pack.  (Batteries are not supplied with it.)  This particular light set was a little more expensive than the one for the lantern with the deer.  The great thing about it is that it has an on, off, and a 6-hour self-timer switch.  You flip the switch at the precise time you want it to come on each day and it will stay lit for 6-hours automatically.  Each day, it will turn on at that time and turn off 6-hours later.  It works like a dream.

    So, my plan was to place the battery pack in a glass, wrap the string of lights around it and place in the apothecary jar.  Thinking that the battery pack could be encased in two glasses, one upside down and fitted inside the other, I searched through the cabinets and came up with these two glasses.  Perfect, right?

    Although it fit perfectly inside the two glasses and would have cut down on the snow needed, when I put the little church on top, it was too tall.   The church went up inside the neck too far.  Guess a smaller church ornament would have worked better.

   So, I tried one glass upside down.  Nope.  That didn’t work either.  Although this might work for you, the glass just was not working for me.   Not one to give up, I brainstormed.   I thought it just needed something clear to sit atop.

    A small glass from a picture frame came to mind.  The glass was taped to both ends of the battery pack and it was placed upside down in the jar.  The church was set atop and the whole thing slid sideways.

 

      The glass against the glass jar was too slippery.  So, I remembered I had some clear rubber bumper pads and positioned them on all four corners of the battery pack.   That worked.  The rubber pads caught on the glass and the battery pack stayed in place.  (I re-positioned the one on the left to hang just over the edge like the others.)

    The little church was placed on top of the glass taped to the battery pack and the faux snow was poured around the base of the ornament, covering the lights.

    Then, the lid was positioned on top of the jar and the jar was placed on a tray on the table in the foyer.  Some greenery was circled around the jar and a few pine cones were also strategically placed on the greenery.  To finish it off, a bow of a sparkly white and silver ribbon was made and placed in the front and to the side of the jar.

    It’s funny that so little went into this jar with the little snow scene.  It does make a stunning impact during the day but especially as the sun sets.

   Maybe this will inspire you to Create An Easy Apothecary Jar Snow Scene Complete With Lights!

 

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Love This Dazzling Christmas Decor? It’s Insanely Easy!

Love This Dazzling Christmas Decor?  It’s Insanely Easy!

Love This Dazzling Christmas Decor?  It’s Insanely Easy!

December 11, 2016

     Don’t you Love This Dazzling Christmas Decor?  It’s Insanely Easy!  If you recall, this lantern was purchased to display the DIY Moss Covered Bunny in 2015.  My plan was to display a snowman in it this year.  Well, you know how it is, due to circumstances, sometimes plans change.

    Time has definitely been pressed this year.  Helping with Memphis, Aidan, and Sophia, some medical issues in the family, and numerous birthdays here in December have all eaten away at the time.  Family comes first, you know.

    Time for shopping has been almost non-existent.  The perfect snowman was not found.  So, the boxes of Christmas decorations were packed upstairs from the basement, opened, and while unpacking the collection of Santa’s, an idea struck me.

    The smaller Santa’s are usually displayed on the sideboard each year.  You know, if you have a collection of items and they are scattered all over a room, or the house, they can be barely noticed or missed altogether.  If gathered together and displayed as a group, they take on more importance.  (This picture is from a couple of years ago.)

    Well, as I unpacked the Santa’s, I placed two of the larger ones on the fireplace mantel, cocked my head sideways, and considered them.  Then, the white trees bought last year were situated between them.  The golden wire trees were also used on the ends and ultimately, a sparkly gold deer was centered on the mantel below the clock.  (The deer had been purchased to display in the lantern, but it ended up being a little too tall.)

    The mantel display looked nice, but it needed some more weight.  Since the Christmas tree ended up being predominately red and gold, the color red seemed to be needed.  And yes, it just so happened we have a sparkly red poinsettia length of garland.

    The poinsettia garland was attached to the mantel using a couple of those ‘Command Strips’ placed on the top of the mantel and some floral wire.  Instead of laying it straight along the edge of the mantel, an arch was formed mimicking the arch of the trim.  A red velvet bow was attached to each end with floral wire.

    A string of white lights is scattered behind the vignette.  When they are turned on the magic happens.

 

 

    Back to the lantern, a pin on Pinterest gave me the idea to add lights to it.  These little lights are available at craft stores.  These were purchased at Michael’s and they were half-price at the time.  This wooden lantern has four holes in the top, which is not removable. 

           With the leftover piece of ribbon from the Christmas tree, a bow was made.  Green plastic wrapped wire was used to secure the loops and some greenery and a pine cone were also attached with floral wire.

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    These lights have a battery pack, which takes 3 – AA batteries.  This set has to be turned on and off with a switch.  The holes in the top came in handy.  The lights were snaked down through the holes and the battery pack sits behind the bow on top of the lantern, out of sight.   

*The light set purchased for the apothecary jar displayed in the foyer has a timer, which can be set for 6 hours.  It was also purchased at the craft store.

   Using clear packing tape, the string of lights was secured to the top of the inside of the lantern in two places.  

    Faux snow was sprinkled on the floor of the lantern and then the golden deer, which matches the wired Christmas trees on the mantel, was set inside.  How insanely easy is that?  The battery pack for the string of lights was switched on.  Doesn’t It really look quite stunning in its simplicity?

    Given more time for shopping, some of this Christmas decor would have taken on a completely different look.   Sometimes, maybe having less time can be a good thing!

    Love This Dazzling Christmas Decor?  Maybe it will inspire you!  It’s Insanely Easy!

 

 

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