After seeing several refrigerator “snowmen” posts on Facebook and Pinterest, I was totally bummed that our fridge was non-compatible in about every way possible (french doors, stainless, non-magnetic). Then it occurred to me — the garage freezer is white and has a single door. Perfect!
So, my nap-time mission today was to convert it into a snowman to surprise L&L when they woke.
I started by viewing the snowmen I had pinned on Pinterest to get some inspiration. Then I chose the colors I would need (red, yellow, orange, and lots of black). I laminated several whole sheets of card stock in the colors and amounts I thought I’d need. I used a sharpie and a small Corelle bowl to trace circles onto the laminated black cardstock to make the eyes and buttons for the snowman. I used a sharpie and a small drinking glass to trace circles onto the black cardstock to make the mouth. I free-handed a carrot shape for the nose onto orange cardstock; once it was cut out, I traced around the edge with the black sharpie marker. The red and yellow cardstock sheets I cut in half (like a hot dog) and then cut each strip into 3 random-sized rectangular pieces to create the “blocks” I would need to build a striped scarf. I then traced around each rectangle with the sharpie. For the hat, I free-handed a brim using the long side of a piece of black cardstock, while the upper portion of the hat is the majority of a whole piece of cardstock used vertically and just shaped a bit; I added a red strip for color, and taped the hat together. To all of the pieces, I added a small strip of magnet from a magnet roll. Then I arranged them on the garage freezer.
I tried my creation with the hat on the freezer, and also with the hat up on the small, dorm-sized fridge above the freezer.
I think I like it attached to the actual freezer the best.
Because I laminated my pieces and added magnets, it will be easy to:
- reuse the pieces year after year
- allow the kids (or adults!) to rearrange the snowman to their liking. I think it’d also be fun to create additional, interchangeable pieces, similar to a Mr. Potato Head toy.
Here are links to some of the refrigerator snowmen that I used for inspiration:
L&L were very impressed with Frosty. I think DH was, too. I think we’ll probably leave him up all winter long!!!
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