- 2 liter pop or water bottles
- Small votive candle holder
- Patio Brand paint
- Wiggle eyes
- Craft clay to make a carrot nose
First, either with the craft knife or scissors, cut the top off the bottle just below the neck or lower depending on the size you want. You can cut several different sizes if you are making a family.
With sandpaper, lightly sand the outside of the bottle to prepare it for the paint. Wipe with a tack cloth or clean lint free cloth to remove any dust from sanding. You only need to sand a little just to make the paint adhere to the surface.
Now, with your Patio paints (these seem to adhere better), paint the bottle. I have used while for snowmen and while still damp sprinkle with a light dusting of glitter. Let dry and then using a clear coat of varnish like clear coat or something similar add at least 2 coats dry inbetween each coat.
For snowman, use the large wiggle eyes; apply with glue let dry. For the mouth, I like to paint a heart on each cheek and then use a black permanent marker to draw his mouth to each side to the tips of each heart. For his nose I used clay; you can buy it in tubes at Micheal's and it comes in different colors. I used orange for the carrot nose. Form a carrot shape and dry. When completely dry, glue to face.
You can either buy a large felt hat to fit the open top or use felt and make your own.
Add sand to the inside of the bottle to weight it down and to provide a safe area to place your candle and holder. DO NOT BURN with hat on snowman.
I use these at night to line my walk way or arrange them on a table on your patio. When not in use place hat on snowman.
For October and November you can also paint them orange to make pumpkins. Use your imagination and you can create most any animal using these simple steps. They are fun to make and you will enjoy all the compliments from your friends, family and neighbors, or give them as gifts.
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