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DIY Dollar Store “Snow-Tex”

For Christmas this year I am making my own snowman head ornaments and I need a large amount of Snow-Tex, but the cost of it being $3.99 for a meager 4 oz jar is not happening!  I decided to try my own recipe for it fresh from the dollar store – well mostly anyway.  

This product is simple, easy, and will most certainly save you money!  It’s just two simple ingredients:

  • White sand
  • White acrylic paint

Mix sand and paint until you get a thick, spreadable paste and voila!  You won’t be able to see a difference – except in your wallet!

On the left DIY version and on the right $3.99 4 oz jar of Snow-Tex!

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DIY Grinch Sculpted Ornament 

I’ve been collecting ornaments for each year that my husband and I have been married for the last 13 years, but this year I decided to make one of my own.  I started out with Rudolph in my mind and then suddenly I turned it into the Grinch.  He looks much harder than he is to make.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • 3 small Styrofoam floral balls found in $ store variety pack
  • Metal wire
  • Air Drying Clay loo9
  • Limerick green Acrylic Paint
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Yellow Acrylic Paint
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Cricut weeding tool
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  1. Cover one Styrofoam ball adding slightly more on one end, slowly sculpting a pear/curled tear drop shape.
  2. Using the Cricut weeding tool, work in rounded snout/muzzle section working back in layers the creases in his face for his smile.
  3. Tear a small amount of clay and shape it like a tear drop and then use the weeding tool to sculpt his evil eyes using the curved side to shape the eyes.
  4. With the weeding tool create an my shape to make his nose.
  5. Cut a loop of wire and  secure through the head after adding spear shaped hair on the tip of his head.
  6. Cover to more Styrofoam balls with clay connect then together creating the torso shape.
  7. Shape arms and legs working the dough together until it is well connecting it.
  8. Set aside the pieces and allow to dry overnight or use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
  9. Hot glue head onto the torso once dried completely.
  10. Mix lime green and white paint together to get your grinchy color and paint him.
  11. Paint the eyes yellow.  Remember that if you mess up your lines you can always fix with more green paint.
  12. Once the eyes are died, outline them with a thin layer of black and draw his lashes and eyelashes.  Contour his facial lines in black and while slightly wet go over the facial lines in green making them less severe.
  13. Draw a stubby u in each eye for his pupils.
  14. Finish with an acrylic spray.

I hope that you have fun making these too.  Merry Christmas!