On Sunday November 17th Tampa Bay had the lowest high temperature for that date in recorded history. The high was only 53 degrees F. Now I know what you’re thinking; it sounds like a great temperature to those of you up north. It was over 20 degrees cooler than our average for this time of year. November is usually warm to hot. On the Friday before, a cold front moved into the area from up north where many folks got snow. The skies looked like snow but we got 3 to 4 days of cold rain with grey skies. Then our usual blue skies returned with mild temperatures and lows in the 40’s and 50’s. Love this kind of weather.
I’ve been trying to do some little decorating jobs to get ready for December. Even though we don’t get snow here, lots of us love decorating with snowmen in December. Having a beautiful day to work makes it even nicer. I’m ready to add “winter” to my home.
I saw several snowmen on Pinterest made from cardboard boxes. Now that’s something I can do! I saved boxes and started trying to get 3 that would tier smaller to the top. You’ll note I had to turn boxes on sides to get the shape I wanted. I said to my friend Vickie let’s do it on the porch.
I thought I would use plastic tablecloths from Dollar Tree to wrap the boxes. Did it work? Not very well. The plastic is very thin and you can see the brown box through the plastic. Fold the tablecloths to double the density. I ended up putting the bottom 2 boxes in big white garbage bags for a 2nd layer. I wrapped the top box twice
I added 2 black construction paper eyes and 3 black buttons and covered them with clear packing tape. The nose is again construction paper covered with plastic tape.
His hat is a black plate upside I then decided to leave the snowman on the porch for an outside decoration. If he lasts 4 weeks, it will be a miracle and I’ll be thrilled. The boxes were free and I spent $3 on tablecloths. Vickie gave me 2 large garbage bags to finish. Ribbon, packing tape, and construction paper were in my supplies. (By the way, it rained the second night he was on the porch, and he was fine!)down with a black paper top taped on it (laminate paper). A bow is added at his “neck”.
I’m now in a more festive mood! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and lots of blue skies!
Update 12/27/2019 My snowman was hit by strong winds multiple times. First time it demolished his hat but the boxes were undamaged. I got tired of picking up the boxes. If you live in a warm climate and choose to place a box snowman outside, be sure and put bags of rocks, sand or dirt inside the box before wrapping. Empty boxes can fly through the air!
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