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Snow-People Lawn Ornaments

Aluminum flashing serves as the “snowballs” in this meltproof metal pair. Threaded rods act as sturdy spines and, when stuck into the frozen ground, keep this cute couple upright. A coat of spray paint on their magic hats makes this dandy duo come alive.

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Sources

Aluminum flashing, by Amerimax, 6 inches by 50 feet, $18, homedepot.com

Zinc threaded rod, 3/8 inch by 72 inches, $6, homedepot.com

322 multipurpose HVAC foil tape, $8 a roll, homedepot.com

Wooden beads, 1 1/2 inches wide with 3/8-inch hole, $4.75 for 10, craftparts.com

materials

  • Aluminum flashing, 6 inches wide

  • Drill and 3/8-inch bit

  • Zinc-plated hex nuts, 3/8 inch

  • Threaded rod, 3/8 inch by 72 inches

  • Silver foil tape

  • Spray paint

  • Wooden bead, 1 1/2-inch diameter with 3/8-inch hole

steps

  1. Following assembly plan, cut flashing to indicated lengths with scissors.

  2. Working on top of scrap wood, drill holes in flashing according to plan.

  3. Screw a hex nut onto rod; turn to move down rod.

  4. Roll each piece of flashing so holes 1, 3, 5, and 7 align; secure with tape. Starting with largest snowball, thread rod through holes 1, 3, 5, and 7. Screw on a nut (to hold bottom of snowball down). Screw on another nut (to hold next section of flashing up), then thread rod through hole 2. Add a nut; thread through hole 4. Add a nut; thread through hole 6. Repeat for remaining snowballs. Continue moving snowballs and nuts according to plan.

  5. To make top hat: Cut a 34 1/2-inch piece of flashing. Working in a well-ventilated area, spray-paint one side; let dry. Drill 2 holes, 6 and 22 3/4 inches from one end. Measure 12 inches from same end and fold long side over short side, pressing along fold until piece lies flat. On long side, measure 3 inches from fold and bend metal up 90 degrees to form bottom corner of hat. Measure 5 more inches and bend metal down 90 degrees, forming top of hat. Measure 5 1/2 inches and bend metal down 90 degrees. Measure 5 inches and bend metal up 90 degrees, forming bottom corner. Measure 3 inches and fold last inch of metal under, creating a flap. Insert other end of flashing into flap so hat holds its shape.

  6. To make cap: Cut a 22 1/2-inch piece of flashing. Working in a well-ventilated area, spray-paint one side; let dry. Drill holes 4 1/2 and 15 1/4 inches from one end. Measure 9 inches from same end and bend metal up, forming bottom corner of hat. Measure 12 1/2 inches from bend and fold last inch of metal under, creating a flap. Insert other end of flashing into flap so cap holds its shape.

  7. Slide rod through bottom hole in hat; add 2 nuts (one to hold up hat top, one to push down bottom). Slide rod through hat top; add nut. Add bead to top of cap, then add a nut.

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