Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Christmas Craft ~ Snow People from Recycled Bottles





Welcome to the 
Creating a Cozy Christmas blog hop!
Hosted by Katie Mansfield of Let's Add Sprinkles ~ Thank you so much, Katie!

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If you are just coming over from Benita's blog Chasing Quaintness and for everyone if this is your first visit to French Ethereal I appreciate you stopping by to visit! 

Today we are recycling different things into a sweet little frosty snow family and here's how to make them...
:)





Making your French Snowmen

Supplies you'll need

plastic bottles with caps for the size snowman/snowmen you wish to create

styrofoam balls to fit your plastic bottles to
use as a head

chalk paint ~ I like this type of paint for its coverage and your object doesn't usually need any prep.

glue sticks ~ you can use regular glue sticks or Gorilla Glue which is what I used for this project.  It holds really well.

felt ~ for snowman scarves in any color you like.

pompoms, buttons, laces and any trims for fashioning
clothing on your snow family.

my sewing box



Making your snowmen

First glue a styrofoam ball on each clean bottle.  Press and hold for 30 seconds to make each ball snug on "its neck."




Paint the snowmen next with any white chalk or craft paint and let dry.  If time is of the essence then use a blow dryer set on low to speed up the drying time.
:)




Pick out trims you'd like to use and cut a little extra... I had to cut twice to get the right length for the
snow woman's head and neck scarves.



Cut the long edge of an 8 1/2"x 11" length
of felt then cut in about 3/8" on each end
across the whole end making fringe.


Tie on the scarves and glue in place.
I glued mine a bit rumpled for a bit of
wind-blown imagination.
;)




I decided not to use the pompoms after all and used some wood buttons I had from an old shirt and then cut these little leaves for the woman's buttons.
{which looked a bit like Chinese frog closures on real clothing}

These faux lamb's ear leaves were originally fashioned into a boutonniere for my husband to wear at our son's wedding a couple of years ago.
The rose had dried out and fallen apart but I saved this part to recycle ~ another of today's redos!
:D


Then because I now had a cute French peasant
man and woman I had to make a little French boy...

I literally walked out of our local Walmart yesterday and tripped over one of these giant acorn hats which had fallen off the obliging overhead oak tree and
voilá I had an idea for a cute hat.

So after  painting and using the blow dryer this time then tying on his scarf {same size and length as the man's} and making it look like this young man had been out throwing snowballs and sledding down hills with his school and neighborhood friends...




That's how  we ended up having three French Snowmen ~ a nice happy family to come and help celebrate our Lord and Savior's birth!
*<;)


I want to thank you so much for coming over to
visit and if you like what you see, please won't you sign up for future posts?  I appreciate you and look forward to getting to know you!



Now next  on the Creating a Cozy Christmas blog hop tour is my friend Eilis of My Heart Lives Here.
I hope you'll take a little time throughout the day and week to visit all of the ladies on the tour ~ there are
so many fun posts for you to recreate!

The links are all listed below for everyone on the tour.
Thanks again!
We appreciate any shares and pins, too.
:)





*In case you have any trouble finding anyone above, do stop back by and reconnect from here.

*BJ's blog, Sweet Nothings, may take you to a page that says, "This page cannot be found."  If you encounter that, just go to her HOME button and that will take you there.


Also Sharing with ~
Hearth and Soul ~ April J. Harris
Really Crafty Link Party ~ Keeping It Real
Happiness Is Homemade ~ Blue Sky at Home
Waste Not Wednesday ~ Faeries and Fauna
Sweet Inspiration ~ The Boondock's Blog
Christmas Decorating Inspiration ~ Southern Hospitality
Dishing It and Digging It ~ Angie the Freckled Rose



Happy Holidays to you,

33 comments:

  1. Your sweet snow family is so cute. What a fun project.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Hello! Thank you so very much for your sweet comments! <3 This Snow Family was fun to create and cost really nothing. Happy Christmas to you, too! <3

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  2. Barb your snow family is so cute, clever and crafty! I am getting excited for Dickens. Can't wait to see you!

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    1. Hi Laura! Thank you so much!! YES... I am getting excited for Dickens, too!!! Looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you again for tea with the Ladies of the DFW Costumers Guild. A really fun step back in time... <3

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  3. I've got a thing for snowmen and your little family is precious. They could even hang around in January when so many Christmas decorations are put away.

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    1. Thank you, Eilis! That is a thought... I do decorate more in just whites in January and they would fit in nicely. <3 Happy to be on the Cozy tour with you ~ happy decorating! :)

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  4. What a darling snow family. What a great way to recycle old bottles and a fun project during this busy holiday season. Thanks for joining our Creating a Cozy Christmas Blog Hop.

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    1. Thank you, Katie, for your sweet thoughts on these little Snow People! I appreciate all you have done and for creating this fun Christmas tour. <3

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  5. I love these! What a creative idea and being able to use supplies that are already on hand...huge plus!! They are just too cute Barb! Have a great one! Hugs!!

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    1. Thank you, Benita! They were a lot of fun to make and I am glad I kept the one bottle and then the other was almost empty, so... Poured it out into the new container. :) Glad you liked them. <3

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  6. Well, these are just adorable! When it comes to snow people, we seem to be on the same page, Barbara--love the darling family you crafted! Happy to be joining you on the hop and hope you have a blessed Christmas season!

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  7. Only you Barbara can see a hat for an adorable peasant boy from an acorn on the street. I love these. They are so stinkin cute! But what in the heck is ground Mace? I've never heard of such. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I laughed so hard when I saw your comment, Cindy! Thank you for that. :) That little acorn hat is the WHOLE REASON the mace got dumped out. And, yeah, I don't even know WHY I ever bought it 'cuz it's only been used once. Lol! Thanks for coming over and Merry Christmas to you, too! <3

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  8. Barb, this is the cutest little French snow family I have ever seen! Such an adorable and a fun idea to use what you have on hand. Thank you for sharing the excellent tutorial. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I'm glad you like them. ;) Happy to share with you. <3 Hope you have a great week and Christmas season, too!

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  9. Snow people are one of my favorite Christmas loves...right behind Santa....
    Yours are adorable..

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    1. Hi BJ! I SAW your big Santa... He's cute and very affordable! No wonder your daughter (?) picked one up, too! Thank you for your sweet comments as I really appreciate it. These snow people were fun to make. <3

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  10. The snow family are so cute. I love the little boy with his acorn hat.

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    1. Hi Debra! I appreciate your sweet comments! They were all fun to make and for different reasons but I do like the little boy with his acorn adornment. ;0) Happy to be on the Create a Cozy Christmas tour with you. <3

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    1. Hi Bonnie! Thank you, these little Snow People were a lot of fun to create. I actually just made about 10 more as gifts for friends but went and picked up inexpensive bottles at Winco for 68 cents each.

      Happy Christmas to you and your family,
      Barb :)

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  12. Barb, these snow people are adorable! You are very clever. I have a group of snow people collected through the years. I have them out the month of January after all the Santa figures are packed away.
    Thanks for sharing this idea. Happy Holidays to you.

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    1. Hello Sarah! Thank you so much for your sweet comments!! That's a great idea to leave them out after Christmas... I may have to do that! Right now they are happily residing next to our big t.v. amongst a forest of Christmas trees and a few candles. ;)

      Have a wonderful Christmas,
      Barb :)

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  13. Hi Barb, these are super cute. These are perfect for the entire winter. How perfect for the acorn top to fall right there so you could grab it.

    Enjoy the season

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! These guys were super fun to make and really, other than the chalk paint taking a while to dry, they are super fast to make!! Perfect for making for teacher gifts, etc.

      Best wishes to you for a wonderful Christmas with your family,
      Barb :)

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  14. These are awfully cute, Barb, and not hard. I'm going to pin this one and save it till either I have crafting time and/or Baby Grand is older and we can do this one together!

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    1. Hi Jeanie! I know your grandchild will have fun making some!!! We used to make all kinds of fun crafts with our kids and then with the kids in school. In our classroom, I was often the art project leader. :) You know... even as a very small baby, you could still show her how to paint and glue on eyes and yarn hair with your hand as a guide. Even now it would make a fun "first year" project together, then every year make another...

      My absolute favorite Christmas ornaments are the ones our kids made at Sunday school and in their classrooms each year at school.

      Hope your Christmas season is going well!
      Love and hugs,
      Barb :)

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  15. That's such a cute idea. I have some styrofoam balls at home that we could use to do something similar.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! I appreciate the pins!!! Often I don't have anything recently made so that's why I am not always over to link up, but when I do I hope I have something wonderful for you all!!!

      Happy Christmas to you, my friend,
      Barb :)

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  16. You come up with the cutest upcycles! This would be such a fun craft to do with my nieces and nephews!

    So happy to be joining you on this hop. Merry Christmas season!

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    1. These Snow People are super easy to make and fast, other than the paint drying time. :) I found very inexpensive, small bottles at Winco if you are looking for some?? They are spice bottles so they may be available elsewhere. Glad to be on the Cozy at Christmas blog hop with you, too!

      Hugs and Christmas blessings to you and your family,
      Barb :)

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  17. I love these sweet little snow people, Barb! What a fun, sustainable craft, and such great decorations. I love the little vintage box in your sewing box, as well as your pin cushion! Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing, April! I appreciate it very much. <3 I do like joining your party ~ always good ideas! :) I think that little sewing/candy box is one I picked up while thriftshopping with my sister-in-law when she and my brother Gene were still living at Woodfield Farmhouse, Sawtry, Cambridgeshire.

      I took my kids over for a visit in 2005 before he was transferred back to the States, and for 17 days we were NOT ALLOWED to take any naps (did force us to get on their time) but had the best time touring around Cambridge county visiting Hammerton Wildlife Centre (? sp.), St. Ives, Huntington, and a quick 7 hour visit to the V&A on our trip to London. We also went to the Peterborough Antiques Faire and it was fabulous!!! Do go if you can sometime.

      Happy Christmastime to you and your family,
      Love and hugs,
      Barb :)

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I appreciate your leaving me a comment, thank you!
Hugs,
Barb :)

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