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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Caroling Snowmen

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

Christmas carols are great to sing and great to listen to. Create your own caroling snowmen for some fun decorating ideas.

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM* Brand Products:
    • Eggs: three 3"; three 6"
  • Beads, 6mm black, six
  • Wooden dowel, 3mm x 3" or wooden skewer (noses)
  • Sheer white tights or trouser socks (no reinforced toes)
  • Fiberfil, small amount
  • Acrylic craft paint: rose, orange, white
  • Blush
  • Pom poms, tiny black, six
  • Cardstock, 9" x 6" cream
  • Tassels, 1-1/2", three
  • Hats: 8" x 6", burgundy knit; 2" x 6" and 8" x 8", tan wool; 6" x 6" black felt
  • Scarves: three fabric scraps, 18" x 2-1/2" each
  • Fringe, 6" x 3/4"
  • Ribbon: 1/8" x 6" burgundy; 1/4" x 6" black
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Skewer or other tool with point
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
    Pattern

 

Steps:

  1. Cut slice from large end of 6" egg so it will stand; cut slice on an angle from small end of egg. Use serrated knife to cut foam; wax knife blade first with an old candle for easier, smoother cuts. Cut small slice from large end of 3" egg, which will be the head. Glue two eggs together, positioning head so it tilts slightly backward (see Figure 1). Using skewer or other pointed tool, poke a hole in center bottom of body.
     
  2. Insert snowman, head first, into tights or sock. Pull sock tightly around bottom of body, trim excess. Place glue in hole in bottom of egg and push ends of sock into hole.
     
  3. For each arm, fold in half lengthwise a 2-3/4" x 4" rectangle. Sew seam 3/4" from folded edge and curving across one end (see Figure 2). Trim close to stitching, turn. Gently stuff with fiberfill. To attach arm, use sharp tool to poke open end of arm directly into snowman's shoulder; add dab of glue for extra hold.
     
  4. For songbooks, cut cardstock into three 2" x 3" pieces; fold each piece in half. Cut a slightly smaller piece from white paper; fold in half. Glue pages to inside of book; glue tassel to top, inside book. Glue book to ends of arms. Save two books for remaining two snowmen.
     
  5. To make nose, cut 1" length from dowel; whittle one end to a point. Paint orange; let dry. Apply glue to blunt end and insert in face, tilted upward. Glue on black beads for eyes, pushing beads slightly into foam. Paint a tiny white dot on bead for highlight. Paint small rose oval for mouth. Lightly blush cheeks.
     
  6. For scarf, fold lengthwise 2-1/2" x 18" fabric length; sew 1/4" seam, leaving one end open. Trim and turn. Whipstitch open end. Glue fringe on ends. (Note: only one scarf is fringed; remaining scarves are plain.) Tie scarf around neck or drape over shoulders; glue in place. Glue three pom poms down front for buttons or tie 1/8" ribbon in bow and glue to neck.
     
  7. Repeat Steps 1 - 6 for remaining snowmen.
     
  8. Hats:
  • To make top hat: Cut hat brim, hat top and 1-1/2" x 6" rectangle from black felt (hat crown). Overlap ends of rectangle 3/8" and glue, forming tube. Glue crown on brim around inside edge of hole. Glue hat top on top of crown. Glue 1/4" wide ribbon around bottom of crown, overlapping ends. Glue on snowman.
  • To make wool visor cap: Cut two visors and 8" circle from wool. Sew gathering stitch around circle, 1/4" in from edge; pull gathers until opening measures 1" across. Knot and clip thread. Sew visor pieces together along curved edges; clip, turn and press. Glue top of cap on visor, extending visor slightly forward. Glue on snowman.
  • Stocking hat: Fold knit fabric in half and following pattern, sew along seam line. Trim close to stitching and turn. Rollup base of hat twice and pull on head; hold with glue.
     

 

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you use what is left of the white tights or touser socks for the arms

Material for the arms looks like white felt.

THERE IS NO MENTION OF WHAT MATERIAL YOU USE FOR THE ARMS OF THE SNOWMEN. JACKIE D

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