It’s that time of the month again when blogging friends from around the world take part in the Int’l Bloggers Club. This month’s theme is all about Christmas crafts and how we spend the day in our countries. So for this challenge I thought I’d make us an African snowman. Meet Olaf’s cousin 😉
Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever? But before I get into how we made him, let me tell you little bit about how we spend Christmas in South Africa.
Christmas in South Africa
Down here in the Southern hemisphere it’s summer and hot as Hades, so the chance of us having a white Christmas is zero, unless it hails 😉 Since we seldom get snow in the northern parts of South Africa, we all go into a complete meltdown when it does happen. Shops close and everyone jumps in their cars and rushes off to do snowy things and maybe build a snowman. It’s chaos. So while we’ll probably never have a white Christmas, we will have braais (our local version of a bbq) and watermelons and pool parties. The kids will get burnt to a crisp and the adults will indulge in copious amounts of ice cold beer.
Most South Africans will go to church on Christmas morning before joining their friends and family for a full blown Christmas brunch around the pool. We normally serve a butterflied lamb that the hubby cooks to perfection on the braai and there’s always Malva Pudding. Because our Christmas is spent outdoors our decorations tend to be “outdoorsy”. Is that even a word? So our Christmas trees are real growing specimens and most of our ornaments are all hand made. After watching Frozen again the other day and I really wanted my very own Olaf to celebrate Christmas with us. I know, it’s kind of the impossible dream but hey, this is Africa and we love the impossible 😉
What You Need To Make an African Snowman
To make Olaf’s African cousin we used the following:
- A broken lamp base. You could also insert a threadbar into a piece of wood
- Three different sized faux topiary balls (small, medium and large)
- Two extra large wiggly eyes
- Twig from the garden
- Small top hat
And our African snowman probably took all of three minutes to make too.
Making An African Snowman
Slide the biggest faux ball onto the broken lamp and then add the second biggest. Grab two twigs and insert them on either side to make some arms.
Glue those extra large wiggly eyes onto the smallest faux ball before sliding it onto the broken lamp.
Squish on a twiggy nose.
And finally make him a top hat using an empty tin can and some craft foam. If you prefer you could also buy one of those little top hats from the toy store.
Once you’re done give Olaf’s cousin a big fat kiss, before moving your African snowman to his new home next to the pool 😉
I don’t think our little guy is going to melt anytime soon 😉 What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed a little sneak peak into how we spend Christmas in South Africa and I’d love to hear how you celebrate in your part of the world. If you’d like to make one and don’t want to go to all that trouble of finding the materials to make your own African snowman, I’ve got you covered 😉 Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more crafty things to share with you 😉
So here’s wishing everyone a beautiful, safe and loving festive season and remember to pop on over to my international partners in crime to read all about there traditions.