This Christmas craft idea has been turned into a budget friendly project. No expensive supplies required.
When you like to make craft projects, sometimes things can get out of hand. The list of supplies can be expensive and seem endless. There are however exceptions, since even broke but determined crafters can find a way to create. It just takes a little imagination.
There was a magazine printed by Better Homes and Gardens in the 90's called Decorative Woodcrafts. The December 1995 Vol 5 No. 6 Issue No. 26 had a project called Fence full of Frostys. The contributor was Katy Watkins Hoopes. Her company was Brown Barn Designs, 1287 Valley Rd. Salem, OH, 44460. I did some checking and I'm not sure the company is still in existence. I guess 1995 is a few years back, isn't it? Twenty years. How could that be? Wow, where does the time go?
These picket fence snowmen are about 7 inches tall and made from baltic birch wood. They were cut out using my scroll saw. I made this in 1995 and I still put it out every winter. It is one of my favorite holiday decorations.
I decided that it might be fun to try to simplify this , enlarge it... A LOT and make it cheaper. It was going to really grow, from 7 inches to 3 feet tall. Yes, easier, bigger, cheaper. No sawing, no sanding.
This turned out to be really inexpensive and easy. How could that be? Baltic birch is expensive, not to mention a scroll saw. Who has that stuff just lying around? Cutting wood is also very dusty.
I traded in the scroll saw for a heavy duty pair of scissors. Okay, I didn't technically trade in the scroll saw. The scissors are just an unexpected substitute. Instead of baltic birch, I used cardboard.
It turned out great. It was cheap but it doesn't look cheap. The only catch is, you must use heavy cardboard. This does make it a little more difficult to cut. Cardboard that is too thin, will curl up when it is painted.
So, the next time you come across a great Christmas craft idea but it uses materials that are too expensive or supplies you don't have, don't despair. Think about an alternative. You may be able to add a little bit of a twist to it and make it anyways. Make it easier, faster, bigger, cheaper and still have impressive results.
Who needs baltic birch and a scroll saw when you have cardboard and scissors?
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