Several years ago I made some light-bulb snowmen as gifts for friends and family. I also made a couple for us to keep, one with each of my kids names on them. Now that we’ve added two more kidos to our brood, I thought I should make a couple more snowmen to complete the set.
I also made one for my daughter’s piano teacher…
I started out by spray painting the light bulbs flat white. I sanded the light bulbs to give them a rough finish so the paint would stick better. (Okay, I won’t lie… I didn’t sand them at first, but then had to go back and sand them, after the first coat of paint kept peeling off. Trust me, sand first! :))
To paint the light bulbs, I used a pizza box with little “X” cut into the box. Then, I “screwed” in my light bulbs into the little “X”.
My son, Jonathan, asked me when I was going to turn the lights on. (He’s three. :D)
Then I took my light-bulb laden box out to the garage to paint. I covered the floor with taped-together-trash bags (classy, I know…) and went to town with my spray can. After about 3 coats of paint (letting the paint dry in between coats), I turned the bulbs a ¼ of a turn to make sure the bulbs were evenly coated, and then added a couple of more coats.
After the bulbs were dry, it was time to dress and paint little faces on the snowmen.
First, I added some ribbon to hang the snowmen. I tied the ribbon around the threads of the bulb and added a dot of hot glue to keep it in place.
For the hat I used the thumb of a glove. I also cut an extra strip off the thumb to make a scarf for the snowman.
I poked scissors out the top of my little hat so I could pull the ribbon through, once I put the hat on the snowman.
Then I secured the hat by adding hot glue around the edge of the hat…
And, then added a little pom-pom to the top of the hat.
Now, to put a little life in my snowman…
First, I penciled on the face to see how I liked it…
I held the scarf in place to make sure I liked where the face was going, but I didn’t actually put the scarf on until I was done painting the face and the rest of the body.
After I was done with the face, I moved on to the wreath and then the arms.
Once I had everything the way I liked it, with pencil, I painted it. Then, added my scarf with a dot of hot glue to keep it in place.
Tied a knot in the end of the ribbon, and my little snowman was ready to hang…
I think he turned out kind of cute!
When I made the snowmen for my kids, I used one of their baby socks for the hats and scarfs.
I just love ‘em!
Now, my set is complete and my kids won’t fight over who, they think, I love more!
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