Between Pinterest , blogs, facebook and many more neat places to socially hang out online, there are ideas everywhere on how to make your own seasonal decorations. I love creating and enjoy finding new ideas online to inspire me.
I’ve recently been seeing lots of things being made out of those cheap 1.00 orange pumpkins with the little handle used for gathering trick or treat candy on halloween. Freds dollar store had them for .25 cents each after halloween, so I grabbed a couple thinking I would make a craft or two next fall. Instead, the idea of a snowman hit me! Why not spray paint them white, turn the indented faces to the back and make a snowman (or snow woman)? I used the $1.00 can spray paint, but if you plan on putting your snow person outside, I’d buy the krylon spray paint just for plastic ( lots more expensive ) or put a clear seal on it –but careful, that stuff tends to run so make sure all paints are dry.
You’ll need 2 plastic pumpkins, 1 can of white spray paint, 1 hat or cloth to make a hat, a hat topper (optional) –I used a pine cone….scarf, paint pens or acrylic paint (if you are good with a brush) –I use pens as I’m not too good with brushes. Last, a hot glue gun. After my pumpkins were painted and the plastic handles removed, I hot glued them together. After drying, I found an old elf hat I bought a long time ago that wasn’t being used, and made it into a hat by clipping the top and tying some green twine around it. I also hot glued it onto the top pumpkin head to assure it would stay put. I created the face using a pencil then going over it with paint pens. I had an old thrift store scarf I paid .50 cents for that I cut up and used. I also painted on his buttons instead of buying them (you could do either). I thought it need some sparkle so I touched it off with some glitter hair spray ….also available after halloween for very cheap. That stuff is great for handmade crafts if you’re like me and love a touch of sparkle and it’s very subtle.
Now I present to you…… MR. Frost!
He has a spot on our front porch. I must say, these are very light weight. You could always put some small rocks in the bottom before gluing and hot glue those too so they won’t roll around, if you plan to have him/her in a breezy area. If you are good with power tools, I think a small hole could be cut in the bottom and one of the light inserts you get at any craft store (even walmart) would work to light it up. I may do that with mine. So many options with this project.
I also made my very first tomato cage Christmas tree this year using 2 old rusted cages (zip tying them at the top), 4 pks of green garland and 100 colored lights and a bow for the top, which I had all on hand except one pack of garland.
VERY easy, quick and affordable projects but most of all –>FUN! I think I may have spent around 8 bucks on both projects combined! 🙂 yup, I’m all about creating on a budget.
I would love your comments so feel free to leave them. Here’s a shot of the two finished projects together on the front porch.