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Build a snow family for your garden

Since we can't depend on the weather to deliver a white Christmas, this snow family is a great way to transform the yard into a winter wonderland.

Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, the kids and the family dog can be put together over a single weekend. Glue the figures onto exterior plywood with a waterproof glue, cut them out, sand the edges, paint the edges and back, attach stakes or stands, and they're ready to display.

No special skills or tools are required, and no painting is necessary. Each full-color figure is printed on weather-resistant poster paper in waterproof inks. The finished figures are designed to stand up to the elements, but we recommend a coat or two of polyurethane weather sealer for a longer life.

Mr. Snowman stands about 5 feet tall, Mrs. Snowman is about 4{ feet tall, and the snow kids are both about 2 feet tall.

The Snow Family Display, No. C6, is $28.95 and includes posters for the five figures plus complete step-by-step construction directions. The Merry Christmas sign and candy cane posters are available separately. The sign is $5.95; the canes are $7.95 a dozen. In addition, a catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95, and a free Christmas brochure is available on request. Prices include postage and handling.

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