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Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Author Melissa Sweet created these cute ornaments as an homage to the famous floats of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

materials

  • Styrofoam balls in a variety of sizes

  • White glue

  • Toothpicks

  • White tissue paper

  • Matte medium

  • Paintbrush

  • Paint

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Small-lidded box

  • Craft knife or scissors

  • Fine-gauge wire

  • Wire clippers

  • Buttons or wood disks

  • Cupcake liners

steps

  1. Attach a variety of Styrofoam balls together with glue and toothpicks to make an animal shape.

  2. To smooth the surface of the Styrofoam, cover animal with white tissue paper, applied with matte medium and a paintbrush.

  3. Create tail, ears, and nose with pipe cleaners.

  4. Paint lidded box, cover top of lid with fabric, and embellish sides of top with ribbon.

  5. Punch a hole on either side of box top. Thread wire through holes and into a loop over the top for hanging.

  6. Glue buttons or wood disks to bottom for wheels. To create the float "skirt," glue strips of the pleated part of cupcake liners around box bottom.

  7. Glue box lid to bottom and attach animal to lid with white glue.

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