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Melting (Florida) Snowman Christmas/Holiday Decoration

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I've seen snow a total of.. one time(s). This is because I've lived in Florida all my life, and anybody who's been here knows we have a shortage of it. As in no snow at all. That means I've never done certain kid activities like sledding, snowball wars, or building a snowman! (Though I did go ice skating recently!)

So, this year as a Christmas decoration project I decided to make a melting snowman for my front yard. I had to decide on something that would hold up outdoors so I immediately ruled out paper mache. (Though if you want an indoor decoration that'd probably be cheaper!)
 
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Step 1: Gather your materials!

I used the following items to make my snowman, but you can add plenty of stuff, omit, or substitute plenty of stuff too! Everything I bought came from Walmart and Dollar tree.

*3 playballs of varying sizes (large, medium, and small)
*Spray paint (I used blue, orange, and white)
*Glitter
*Black rocks/buttons (I used the kind you use for floral arrangements/crafts)
*Great Stuff expanding foam
*Foam cone (Used for floral arrangements)
*Red ribbon
*Two sticks for arms
*Magician's Hat (Dollar Tree!!)
He looks great! Perhaps he needs one of those little sign saying "Will Work for Freezer Space."
DIYDragon (author)  starshipminivan4 years ago
haha that's pretty good. I might have to find me a sign to paint on. ; )
Ha. That would be hilarious.
joycegerity20 days ago

I think this is adorable. I would love to make a few, and then just some heads, since the rest of the body has melted. What an awesome idea. Thank you so much!!!!!

this is a great idea. I love anything to do with spray foam
LucDaRocka12 years ago
i like the idea, but i dont think it looks like its melting too much..... in my opinion not to be rude.... :)
l8nite3 years ago
he turned out great ! For lining up the spheres how about a dowel driven thru the center? An added benefit would be a built in stake to secure him in light winds
DIYDragon (author)  l8nite3 years ago
Not sure how that'd work since they are inflated balls.. o.o Weighted-ness would be a benefit since I have to go outside and pick him up when it gets a tad windy. Maybe something heavy foamed onto the based to camouflage it.
uuummm yea...duh me ! for some reason I was thinking styrofoam balls
mquaynor l8nite3 years ago
how are u mr
I know this is late, but better than never! You could try something like this: http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Throwies/ to add lights to it for next year! Awesome idea and I would gladly ship you some snow from up here in MT if it were possible.
DIYDragon (author)  Shades of Grey3 years ago
That would've been cool. I've been wanting a reason to make some throwies. haha
oakback3 years ago
Nice! I hear on our local (north Florida) news last night that Florida was the only state without snow on the ground (apparently there is snow on some mountain top in Hawaii).
farzadbayan3 years ago
Snow man in grass !
Good work !
ChrysN4 years ago
Aww, he looks so sad. I guess a snowman would look a bit out of place in Florida, nicely done!
DIYDragon (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Wouldn't you be sad if you were melting? : )