Frosty the Doorstop

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 Frosty the Doorstop
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages preschooler

While most snowmen are made up of flakes, ours is made from a single paving stone. Want your Frosty to greet folks from the porch? Use all-weather paint instead of acrylic.

* A note about the pavers:
These keyhole-shaped pavers may prove hard to find, as some major home improvement stores no longer carry them (or stock them only in the spring and summer). We recommend you check Menards, which stocks the paver in stores, or your local masonry and gravel supply store.


What you'll need

  • Keyhole-shaped paver (available at many home improvement stores) *
  • Paintbrush
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • Orange modeling clay
  • Superglue
  • Fleece
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Two 1 1/2-inch pom-poms
  • Rubber band
  • Felt

How to make it

  1. Rinse off the paver to remove any loose bits of dirt or cement. Paint it white and let it dry. If needed, apply a second coat and let it dry completely.

  2. Lay the paver flat and paint on the eyes, mouth, and buttons. Let the face dry, then mold a clay nose and affix it with superglue (a parent's job).

  3. Cut a fleece scarf (ours measures 1 by 22 inches) and tie it in place. For the earmuffs, bend a 5-inch piece of pipe cleaner into an arc. Superglue the ends to either side of the head and the pom-poms over the ends (a parent's job), then wrap the rubber band around the snowman?s head to hold the earmuffs in place until the glue dries.

  4. To protect indoor floors, superglue a small piece of felt to the base of the snowman.

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