Frosty’s on our Freezer!

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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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

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