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Scout-made Christmas Ornament 2009 November 6, 2009

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Hello fellow Scouters,SnowmanBulb1

Hallmark has their annual collectable ornaments, and we can have our own annual Scout collectable ornament! The great thing about our Scout ornaments is that they are made by our Scouts! Last year I wrote about a Scout-made Christmas ornament using paint for snowmen (you can find the blog entry here). This year’s ornament continues the snowman theme and will actually be a green ornament – not in color, but in eco-friendliness.

All you need is a white light bulb, and you have the start of a snowman. The reason I’m posting this so far before the Christmas season is so you can spread the word to your parents to save any burned out bulbs for this (yes, you can go buy a package of white light bulbs for this project, but why not reuse and recycle?)

You can decorate your bulb any way you or your Scout wants to.SnowmanBulb2 First thing we did was paint the screw-top, so that can dry before working with the rest of the light bulb (we painted it blue, but if I had it to do over again I’d paint it black, so it would look like a top hat!) We used a piece of orange foam for the nose. We sprayed the bulb with some spray adhesive and glued on a strip of cloth for a scarf and threw some glitter on it. We also painted on the eyes and a coal-smile using toothpicks. Toothpicks work great for painting small dots and fine lines.

You can wrap some wire around the top to create a hanger. I would recommend using a hot glue gun to tack down this wire, so it doesn’t slip. Then your snowman is ready for hanging!

If you are looking for a fun Christmas craft to do with your den, start saving your light-bulbs now. Your snowman is waiting for you!

In Scouting,

 - Scouter Jeff <><

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1. TDL Emily - November 11, 2009

Jeff,

Love these. They are adorable. I do have to admit that I don’t like using glitter in craft projects ’cause it gets everywhere, but these little guys are do dang cute.

2. thetrainerscorner - November 11, 2009

Good point about the glitter. This is how we did it, but it’s not a necessary step, as each group can customize them.

Of course, now you know one of the reasons why we always had our den meetings at my assistant’s house :-)

Thanks!
-Jeff

3. thetrainerscorner - December 21, 2009

As a follow up to this post, we have this ornament on our Christmas tree this year. Inadvertently we placed it over a red tree light (from our multi-color strand). The ornament is glowing red! It looks really great! So consider placing this in front of a tree light – you will get a neat effect.

Merry Christmas!
– Jeff


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