Step 3: Painting (continued)

Grab your red paint and give the post a good coat.  One coat is enough for this project.
*TIP:  Go out and buy a box of latex gloves.  They're 6 or 7 bucks for a box of a hundred.  I wear them whenever I paint or work with something I don't want to get all over my hands.  Saves you from all that hand scrubbing later.

Wait about an hour and then remove the tape. 
I made this this year. I did the paint who said to use but it comes off really easy. Going to redo it and use waterproof red duck tape but its a very easy project.
I love it . That's so unique & adorable !!!
This is exactly what I was looking for! I want to do supports on all of the corners at the front of my house. I had this vision after seeing a USPS comercial on TV, where the guy is living in a little house with candy cane supports. What size pvc pipe did you use for the supports? Did you cut angles at the top and bottom? I haven't figured out how to secure it to the soffet. How did you do that? I will probably only do two to start with, one on each side of the front porch, but I might do 8 in all. I like the smaller ones too. I envision a gingerbread house. Love yours!
Glad you like them. The large ones are 4 inch pvc and I cut them straight across at a length where they would basically go about 3 inches up behind the eves. In my case, the top is hidden by the eve and the bottom is hidden by the plants, so I didn't need to cut angles or anything to make it look absolutely structural. <br><br>They pretty much stay there by themselves. If you wanted to put them straight up and/or needed to fasten them, I would probably just drill a very small hole in the pipe and tack it to the eve with a small nail. It wouldn't take much to hold it in place. <br><br>Also, if you can find it, get smooth pvc like I have for the 2 inch posts. I couldn't find it and had to use the french drain type of pipe (luckily without holes) that has the ridges. The paint doesn't stay on as well. If you decided to make these, treat them with care because the paint does chip off easily.<br><br>Mine is also supposed to be a gingerbread house, but it isn't easy to see everything in the photo. Above the lights on the eves, you may have missed the candy canes. These were plastic ones from a dollar store that I drilled holes in and mounted. In between the candy canes are little round &quot;candies&quot; I made out of foam. They are really hard to see because they are a light mint color. I re-painted them red for this year and they really stand out now. These are attached using UGlu (www.uglutape.com).<br><br>Good luck and Merry Christmas!<br>
Cute! I may have to make these with my kids. Nice touch with the tilted ones under your roof line. Did you also make the lollipops? And I love the &quot;snow&quot; on your shutters. May I ask what you used?
I did make the lollipops. Plastic plate hot glued to 1/2 inch thick pvc pipe, wrapped with some colored cellophane and tied with a little ribbon. leave out the stick and tie two ends and you get a wrapped hard candy.<br><br>The &quot;snow&quot; or &quot;icing&quot; for my gingerbread garage was made from pink foam board. The larger part around the window was measured carefully so it could be wedged between the shutters. The smaller pieces on top of the shutters had holes drill into them and were place on the loosened screws for the shutters.<br><br>The large wreath is also foam board.
Deceptively simple and inexpensive to make. Easy to store and probably tough to destroy. (some outdoor decorations break too darn easily.) 5/5!
Neat, it makes your house look very festive.

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