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Paper Mache Snowman
Paper Mache Snowman

Paper Mache Snowman creating with paper mache is fun, fairly easy, but can be messy! 

Blow up two balloons (or three) to make the body of the snowman.  The smoothest paper mache can be made by boiling one cup of flour mixed with four cups of water.  Stir a lot and as soon as it thickens, take it off the flame and pour into a bowl.  Add several ice cubes and continue stirring.  If you want to make it cold, just use the same amount of flour and water and stir-it won’t be as smooth, but it will also work! 

Dip strips of newspaper into the paper mache mix and lay across the balloons.  Tape the balloons together with masking tape.  Let them harden overnight. 

Make more paper mache the next day and cover the balloons with a second layer-either more newspaper or strips of white copy paper (white because snowmen are white-if you use newspaper again, you’ll need to paint the dried layer white). 

After the second layer dries, you can paint the snowman or decorate by cutting up construction paper.  You can make a nose by creating a construction paper cone, for example.  You can also use construction paper to make a stove top hat (cut a circle out by tracing a circular object (a DVD, e.g.) and tape a cone on top).  Add eyes, a mouth and buttons and there is a snowman that will last all winter!

Paper mache snowman are a fun and easy way to make holiday decorations. It’s a great way to recycle newspaper. If you like you can fill them with candy and turn it into a piñata. Be creative with your individual snowman you can even create a family of snow people to enjoy for years to come.

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As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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