December 6, 2015 – Snowman in the Keys

Two years ago, we went to Wisconsin in December for my exceptional grandson Cam’s birth. While there, we went to Discovery World Science and Technology Center.  Just inside the door was a snowman made of plastic cups. Here is Daughter Jennifer holding newborn Cam and admiring the snowman.  I was charmed.

 

Log Plastic Cup Snowman

I vowed to make a snowman for myself, even though I think it is silly to have a snowman in the Florida keys.  We came here to get away from cold and snow, after all. This is the year.  We drove to Key West, to the restaurant food store, and bought some plastic cups.  Then I started stapling them together until I got a cramp in my hand.

I am not a craft person!  My snowman is uneven and crooked.  He tilts forward. Some of the cups stick out uneven with the ones around it. The three sections don’t match up very well. He was pathetic. But after I painted the bottoms of some small cups with Magic Markers to make eyes, nose, and buttons and then put a scarf around his neck.  He looked great!

b Snowman Day

We stuck a rope of lights in the top of his head and this is what he looks like at night.

b Snowman Night

Andy named him Cuppy. He is about 40 inches tall, bigger than I expected him to be.

It has been raining for days and days.  My garden is growing.

b Garden

We have a large crop of tiny green tomatoes. I just hope they make it to harvest.  The iguanas are a problem here.

b Green Tomato

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21 thoughts on “December 6, 2015 – Snowman in the Keys

  1. Ann December 6, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Would a plastic netting of some kind help to keep the iguanas away?

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    • Dinata Misovec December 7, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I was thinking of some kind of netting. I used it in my garden in Maryland to keep away birds, squirrels, deer, groundhogs, and whatever else was nibbling in there. I’ll have to look around for some. Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. Wandering Soul December 6, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    I think Cuppy is cute. There is beauty in imperfection. And especially, since you made it. Very creative and environment friendly too

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  3. kokomofotwo December 7, 2015 / 7:42 am

    LOVE your snowman !!!!

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    • Dinata Misovec December 7, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      Well, stop by and see him in person! I’ll make a pot of coffee.

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  4. Dinata Misovec December 8, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Thanks Lynn. It was fairly easy. I bought three different sized cups so the three sections would be different sizes. Just lay the first layer on the table or floor and staple the cups side by side in a circle (which naturally forms due to the shape of the cups). The trickier part for me was the next layers. It is important to keep them centered between the lower cups. I didn’t do a very good job of connecting the sections. The middle one needs another layer on its bottom so it isn’t bigger than the bottom layer. We love him anyway!

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  5. honestme363 December 8, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    He looks fabulous! We all have imperfections Dinata, including snowmen! What a sight to see at night! Great job!

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    • Dinata Misovec December 9, 2015 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks! I keep saying I want to add another row of cups to the bottom of the center section to make it match up better, but Andy insists he is fine just the way he is.

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  6. milliethom December 11, 2015 / 8:30 am

    What a fantastic effort with your snowman. He’s great – imperfections or not! For someone who isn’t a craft person, you’ve done brilliantly with Cuppy (great name, too!). Cuppy would look excellent in our conservatory. Hope the iguanas find something else to eat and leave your tomatoes alone.

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  7. Dinata Misovec December 11, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Thanks. I am really enjoying looking at him, especially at night when the lights are on. Andy insisted that we keep him under the canopy so the cups don’t fill with rain. He is huge up there on the table where we eat our meals!

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  8. amaya911 December 12, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    He’s cute! I can’t believe I missed this post.

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    • Dinata Misovec January 2, 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Glad you liked the snowman. It was fun to make in spite of a cramp in the stapling hand.

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