A few years ago a friend of mine who works in a pattern making factory gave me about 50 x 1" thick plywood circles that measure about 10" across, these were waste from a job he was doing and were to be thrown in the skip, knowing what I was like he brought them to me. At first my head said Clocks but the wood was too thick so I have had them in the garage ever since bringing one out occasionally to see if it fits the project I was working on at the time but alas they never did until this project!
I wanted to make a large snowman something and the idea wasnt very clear even to me but this it how it turned out - My Snowman Lantern Holder
To be honest not the easiest thing to take a decent photo of as its quite tall
I took one of the wooden circles and drilled a hole large enough to take a walking stick which was glued into the hole at a slight angle. The circle then had a goove cut into it to take the bottom of the snowman. The walking stick was then painted in white masonary paint,
Once the snowman had been glued into the base I covered the whole circle with Pollyfilla giving it a snow like texture, once dry the whole thing was painted in white masonary paint and taken outside to be glittered, I am not sure it shows up in the phot but it does look lovely when it catches the light.
I had a couple of lanterns in my garden that were looking a little worse for wear but still not at the stage of throwing them away, they would have to be far worse than this to be disposed of. All I have done is removed the glass some of which was broken and gave them a wash.
As I am a Florist I decided a nice artificial arrangement of Christmas greenary added to the top of the lanterns would just finish them off, I have added a battery operated Tea Light for safety.
Then a large cup hook was screwed into the bottom of the handle for the lantern to hang on. I must admit I do love this Lantern holder so much I am in the process of making another with a slightly different snowman. I have lots more circles and more walking sticks but alas no more lanterns so another back to the drawing board for the other supplies but I will think of something to do with them - eventually!
What do you think to my Snowman lanterns then? I think they will look really nice in my Christmas window although I think I may have sold both of them so they may never make it to the shop.
I have to say I have a little army of Snowmen all at different stages of being finished but I will post photos of them all once they are completed.
Off to get ready for my work day so catch up with you all later.
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