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This snow family won't melt

This snow family is one way to transform the yard into a winter wonderland.

Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, the kids and the family dog will help you share the joy of the season with your family _ and the whole neighborhood _ and they won't melt when the sun comes out.

Almost easier to make than a real snowman, the snow family can be put together in a single weekend. To build, glue the figures onto exterior plywood with a waterproof glue and cut them out. Next, sand the edges and paint the edges and back. To finish, attach stakes or stands and set them up.

No special skills or tools are required, and no painting is necessary. Designed to stand up to the elements, each full-color figure is printed on weather-resistant poster paper in waterproof inks. The finished figures should last several years untreated, but a coat or two of polyurethane weather sealer will help.

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

The Snow Family Display, No. C6, is $30.95 and includes posters for the five figures plus step-by-step instructions (the Merry Christmas sign and candy cane posters are available separately).

A catalog with hundreds of projects is $2, and a free holiday brochure is available on request. Prices include postage and handling. Please allow about four weeks for delivery (for first-class postage, add $1 per item up to $3 maximum).

To order by mail, send this article with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call toll-free 1-800-828-2453.

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