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Just For Kids: Snowman Door Hanger

Snowman What parent or grandparent wouldn't want a hand- made Christmas present from a child? Here's one that's simple and requires little in materials.

From the picture above you can tell that this is a snowman that hangs from a door knob. You can customize yours to any size you like, but here's how to make the one in the picture.

You will need a 1" x 10" x 12 1/2" piece of pine (plywood would also work), and a piece that's 3/4" x 2" x 11 1/4" for the sign. Measure up from the bottom of the larger piece 4 5/8" and using your combination square draw a line across the width. Next, measuring across the width and place a mark at 5" and draw a straight line all the way until it intersects the other line you just drew. Now with a compass you've bought or one you've made like in our book, "Woodshop 101 for Kids", set the distance between the pencil and point to 4 5/8". Place the point of the compass where the two lines intersect and draw a circle. Measure down from the top 5" and draw a line across the width (this line will go through the top part of the circle). Next, at the top measure in 1" on each side and draw both lines down to the line at the 5" mark.

With the piece firmly clamped to the workbench cut off the two 1" pieces you just measured, down to the line at the 5" mark. Next, using a coping saw cut the circle around until you come back up to the line at the 5" mark and stop. You should now have the basic shape of the snowman. Use a small piece of waste wood to cut out the nose which on ours is 1" in diameter.

Paint the snowman next using a paint for outdoor use. Don't worry about where the paint for the face and the paint for the top hat come together, the sign that's also the snowman's brim will cover this area up. Paint the sign and the nose and with some brad nails tack them to the face. You can paint the sign to say whatever you like. The bird on top of the hat in our picture is easy to do but you don't have to use it. If you do decide you want it, sketch out a shape and with your coping saw cut it out, paint and glue it to the top hat. Attach a piece of wire (wire works better than string if you plan on hanging yours outside because the wind won't as easily blow it around) to the top hat by drilling a couple of holes and threading the wire through.

If you have any questions about using the handsaw, coping saw, combination square or making your own compass, refer back to our book, "Woodshop 101 for Kids".