Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

Palm "boot" piece, bow, eyes.
 When we lived in the panhandle of Florida, a parent of one of my kindergarteners presented me with the cutest "Rudolph" for a Christmas present. He had taken a "boot" from a palm tree, cleaned it, applied a clear varnish and added a bow and eyes--and of course, a cute nose.  When I went to hang "Rudolph" last year I realized the original bow, eyes and nose no longer looked very good. Still,  the tree piece was in great shape.  I removed the yellowing eyes, the crumpled and faded bow and the sad looking nose.
Hot glue bow, eyes and a nose.
The new, crisp bow just below the "antlers" part of the palm piece is now bright red (and made from outdoor, colorfast ribbon).The eyes are large, shiny "google" eyes and the new nose is a bright red. The transformation simply took some fresh ribbon, craft "google"eyes and a puffy craft ball and some hot glue to keep it all in place.

The old Rudolph is recycle, refurbished and renewed and . . . the handsome new Rudolph is ready to hang on a wreath on our front door.

Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer

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