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Embrace the snow and your inner creativity this winter by making wildlife variations of the traditional snowman. In addition to the typical buttons and other household items, try using natural items like seed heads, twigs and parts of cones or make parts some by cutting out shapes from cardboard such as bird wings. Remember that packing snow is best and sometimes you’ll need to get your warm hands on the finer part to help the snow stick around added items like buttons. Here are some ideas to get you started - please send us your own creative ideas and photos!
Snow bear: Make an upright oval with rounded ears at the top. Just below two black eyes, add a small rounded snowball for the muzzle on which you can put a round black button for the nose. Add a couple of twigs for arms.
Snow porcupine: Put a rounded oval of snow lengthwise along the ground with a slightly pointy end for the muzzle on which you can place two black eyes with buttons, seed heads or pine cone pieces. Use lots of small twigs or the stems of seed heads for the quills that point away from the head. Add a flat tail behind it if you fancy, with smaller twigs for quills.
Snow bunny: Make a rounded oval and place along the ground. Make two smaller longer ovals and attach as ears. Make the face long and add eyes and nose. If you want, add paws along its sides.
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