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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!
😀

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!
*<;)


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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,

56 thoughts on “A Christmas Craft ~ Snow People from Recycled Bottles”

  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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  2. Thank you so much for sharing, April! I appreciate it very much. ❤ 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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  3. Thank you so much for sharing, April! I appreciate it very much. ❤ 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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