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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."

Clay Pot Snowman

By: Craft Marketing Connections. Inc. for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

Frosty is enjoying the winter scenery in this snowy wonderland. But for you there is also a reason to enjoy this craft - the hidden fresh-scent Renuzit air freshener.

Clay Pot Snowman

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Balls, one each: 4"; 2-1/2"
  • Renuzit® LongLast® Adjustable Air Freshener
  • Clay pot, 4-1/2"
  • Wooden items: dowel, 3/8" diameter; craft stick
  • Acrylic paints: light blue; orange
  • White textured snow paint
  • White pearl-finish dimensional paint
  • Black felt, 9" x 12" sheet
  • Blue plaid polar fleece, 1" x 15-1/2" strip
  • Half-round black beads, 6mm, two
  • Pink feather
  • Lightweight cardboard, 8-1/2" x 11" sheets, two
  • Gallon-size plastic bag
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Compass or small circle template
  • Transparent tape or stapler with staples
  • Metal tablespoon
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Old toothbrush
  • Household sponge
  • Scissors
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

Steps:

  1. Tape or staple plastic bag over one cardboard sheet. Use pearl-finish dimensional paint to "draw" 18 snowflakes of various sizes (5/8" to 3/4") onto bag. Let dry.
     
  2. Paint clay pot light blue; let dry. Apply second coat; let dry. Open air freshener and place in pot.
     
  3. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 2-1/4"-diameter circle from bottom of 4" foam ball; save foam scrap for snowy base. Use spoon to carve out foam from inside ball, until it fits over top of air freshener; save foam scraps. Place body over air freshener.
     
  4. Cut 2-1/2" foam ball in half; reserve one half for a future project. Place half-ball (head) flat side down on work surface. Cut a 1/2"-wide slice from one edge; newly cut edge is "chin." Slightly shape flat back of head to fit around body.
     
  5. Cut patterns and following pieces from black felt: hat crown, 2" x 5" strip; top of hat, 1- 5/8" circle; hat brim, 3" circle with 1" circle removed from center. Roll and glue hat crown into a tube, with 2" edges slightly overlapping. Glue inner edge of hat brim to inside bottom edge of crown. Glue top onto crown; let dry.
     
  6. Place hat onto head, leaving three-quarters of face exposed; glue to secure. At back of head, fold hat brim up and glue to head. Glue head to body with hat sandwiched between. Lower edge of head should rest 1/2" above pot rim. Glue feather to hat brim as shown.
     
  7. Press and glue flat side of beads into face for eyes. For nose, sharpen one end of dowel in pencil sharpener; sand lightly to remove sharp tip. Use hand saw to cut 1-1/2" from pointed end of dowel. Paint nose orange; let dry. Glue nose into head.
     
  8. For scarf, cut 1" fringe into each end of fleece strip, 1/8" apart. Tie scarf around neck.
     
  9. Cut 2" foam ball in half. Place half-balls rounded side up on work surface. Measure and cut 1-1/4"-wide section from center of each half-ball for arms. Use fingertips to round cut foam edges. To ensure arms will rest on pot rim, remove 1/4"-deep, 1"-long section from flat side of each arm, measuring from one end. Glue arms to body as shown with cut-out area against pot rim.
     
  10. Cut a 1/4"-deep slit into center bottom of each arm. Glue and insert mittens into slits with thumbs facing each other.
     
  11. Cut 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" oval shape from cardboard sheet. Glue bottom of pot to oval. Arrange and glue remaining foam scraps to cardboard around pot to look like snow mounds. Shape foam as needed with knife or fingers.
     
  12. Follow manufacturer's instructions to apply snow paint to mounds with craft stick; let dry. Carefully peel snowflakes from plastic and glue to hat, pot, and snow mounds.
     
  13. When gel is depleted, replace with a new air freshener.



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Very cute for holidays. I love snowmen. Going to try this.

Wow...I can't beleive the list of supplies needed for this little craft. You can use things around the house for most of it and buy little snowflakes at the dollar store. This can be made in a much more simple way.

I thing this article was great i am going to use it for achristmas party sweetmama3

Adorable..

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