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Hi Everyone,
Jess here with a great way for you to make something new out of something old.

I love the big old Christmas bulbs.  I usually have bowls of them all over the house this time of the year.  I also have a thing for snowmen.  I have a huge snowman display in the house.  So, do you want to build a snowman with me?

Take your old Christmas bulb and squash a Styrofoam ball on top.  I hollowed mine out a bit and then glued it on to make sure it is really secure.  Once the ball is on cover it with Activa PREMIER POLYMER AIR DRY CLAY

I love this clay.  It dries super fast and is a pure white, so I don't have to spend time painting my snowmen! I have also used Activa's Celluclay to make snowmen. This gives a great primitive texture to the snowmen. The celluclay is gray so you need to paint them white or cream. Make your snowmen and let them dry overnight. Once they are dry you can paint on your face using acrylic paint.

When the paint is dry cover the entire head with a clear glue and quickly cover in a transparent glitter.  I typically leave them to dry overnight after this step as well.

Then it is time to decorate.  I use it all- tinsel, mercury glass beads, brads, buttons, ribbon, perlier beads, pinecones, dew drops whatever I can find in the stash.

That is what makes this so fun.  Each one is different.
I'm going to ask you again, do you want to build a snowman?
Happy crafting!


  1. Such a fabulous upcycle and darling gift idea! Perfect for hostess gifts or as trims on packages for an added bonus gift! GREAT JOB!

  2. Oh my! I need to makes some of these adorable ornaments! But first I need to find me some lights :-D Thanks for sharing!

  3. I can't stand it. These are just too cute!

  4. I have to admit. I have made close to 50 of these guys. I've used big and small bulbs. I love the Activa clay!!

  5. Very well done and absolutely adorable!!


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