Festive Flop

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Festive Flop

Jill Sprankell of Carrollton, Texas, says her mail carrier inspired this idea when he jokingly warned her not to fall into the bushes as she hung her holiday decorations. A bonus: The spoof requires hanging just half the lights! (Jill also came up with the idea for "Antarctic Auditions," another winter lawn display.)

What you'll need

  • 2 (5-foot) 1-inch-diameter wooden dowels (we used tomato stakes)
  • Newspaper
  • Duct tape
  • Adult's jeans
  • Adult's work or snow boots
  • Large safety pins
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Permanent marker
  • Plastic lawn sign, 15 by 19 inches or larger (we got ours at an office supply store for $5)
  • Outdoor string lights
  • Ladder

How to make it

  1. Wrap one end of each dowel with enough crumpled newspaper to keep it from shifting after it's placed in a boot, and secure the paper with tape.

  2. Slide a dowel through each leg of the jeans, then slip on the boots. Attach the jeans to the boots with safety pins.

  3. Loosely fill several plastic grocery bags with newspaper, tie them closed, and stuff them into the jeans, shaping the legs as you go.

  4. Write "Oops!" on the lawn sign.

  5. To set up the scene, invert the legs and place the dowel ends in a shrub or bush. Arrange the sign, lights, and ladder (we secured ours in packed snow) as shown.

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