Monday, February 13, 2012

a tutorial :: skinny snowmen

so, for sammy's winter one-derland party, i wanted to make some snowmen out of bottles. i had seen this and thought "oh, the kids would love this!" BUT i don't drink frappacinos and i didn't want to waste $6 on some bottles. so, my friend runs a coffee shop here in town and she gave me some old syrup bottles. so, i made skinny snowmen! they are very simple, and i love them so much, i still have them displayed in my kitchen.
here's the toot.

white paper
medium sized styrofoam balls
construction paper
permanent marker

1. wash the bottles with warm water and let them air dry
2. wrap the bottles with white paper and hot glue so it adheres well
3. fold up the top kind of like you're wrapping a present. it will look a little more like snow this way and you can cover the whole bottle.
4. cut a 2 in. strip of white paper and wrap it around the neck of the bottle.
5. press the ball into the top of the bottle, but not too hard because you don't want to break the ball. there's no need for glueing the head since it will be pressed into the top of the bottle.

6. draw eyes and a mouth on to the ball with your marker.

7. cut a 2 in. wide strip of felt and wrap around the neck of the bottle, glueing every so often. snip the ends to make a scarf.
8. cut out an orange triangle (or a mustache!) and glue on for the nose.

9. cut out a hat shape of any kind and glue on the top.
10. add buttons to the bottle

sammy's birthday

i can not believe my baby boy is one! i'm sure every mom says that at some point in her life, but i feel it. i mean, i really feel it. anyway, the day that sammy was born, jackson got about 4 inches of snow. what should have taken a 7-8 minute drive to the hospital took us 25-30 minutes. it's a good thing sammy waited to come! ha! anyway, the idea entered my head that we should have a winter one-derland party. i had seen a few pictures on pinterest and other blogs, and my head just went into high gear. we invited family to come celebrate sammy and his wonderful joy. anyway, here's some pictures and i'll post some tutorials soon about some of the decorations.

with sweet marie
hot chocolate bar
the spread
frosty the snowman cake

snowmen banana kabobs

chocolate covered oreo penguins
the snowmen centerpiece (tutorial here)
the birthday boy!!!
birthday donut

happy birthday, little buddy!!!!