Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Coffee Creamer Snowman

A week, or so, ago, my friend Brittney, author of The Military Wife Life, asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I only agreed if she would return the favor in writing a DIY post for me. (DIY's are not my forte, but I still love them!) And of course, she happily agreed. She is really artsy fartsy. And since Abilene already has its first snow of the season, what better to craft than a snowman!? Check it out!!!

It’s almost that time of year again! Winter (and Christmas!) will be here before we know it. If you live up north you’ve probably already seen some snowfall, but for those of us who live in places where it doesn’t snow, it’s nice to have a little reminder that it’s actually winter (even when it’s still 65 degrees outside). To help you celebrate the change (or lack of change) of seasons, here’s a cheap, easy, and eco-friendly craft for you.

Stuff you need:
·        Empty coffee creamer container
·        White paint (acrylic or spray paint—I used acrylic)
·        Black & orange permanent marker
·        Buttons
·        About 1 foot of ribbon
·        Hot glue

Stuff you do:

Start by peeling the label off your empty container, then clean it out with soap and water.

Next, paint it white. I used acrylic paint so it took me 4 coats to make it look good, but you might be able to get away with less if you use spray paint. Just make sure you always let it dry completely before adding another coat.

Tip: you could also leave the container clear and put a strand of white Christmas lights inside.

Now comes the decorating! I used permanent markers to draw the eyes and carrot nose on my snowman, but you could use black buttons, googly eyes, or even construction paper to build your face. The only buttons I could find were small clear ones, so I also used a permanent marker to color them red and green. Of course, you can use whatever colors or sizes of buttons you want. Make it yours! I used hot glue to attach them to my snowman.

For the scarf, I took about one foot of black and white ribbon and used—you guessed it—a permanent marker to make it look similar to red plaid. Again, you can use whatever color/pattern of ribbon you want.

Once you’ve got your ribbon, wrap it around the neck of the container and tie a loose square knot (the kind of knot you use to tie your shoes—the part before you make a bow, that is). Make sure your scarf looks the way you want it to, then use your hot glue gun to secure the knot in place.

That’s it!

See, I told you it was easy!

Happy crafting!

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