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Christmas Gone Wrong
A scene of Christmas gone wrong with Santa stuck in the (fake) chimney, a reindeer tangled in lights, an elf hanging from a ledge, and presents strewn over the roof and in the trees. The display builds on the faux chimney with Santa legs that we debuted last year.
projecting an image of a reindeer onto 2″ thick rigid wall insulation.
Two of the (eventual four) layers of foam. The layers with the legs sandwiched a later with body/head/tail. A front layer was added with body/head.
Once glued together, the four layers of the foam were shaped with saws, blades and a surform shaver.
The antlers were carved separately then attached after they were coated in glue and paint.
I built a stand with wood and metal. The foam was eventually attached to the stand with long screws and adhesive.
I used a brown faux fur with light brown tips to cover the body, legs and head. The collar and tail were a longhair off-white fabric. The fur on the face and “hooves” were trimmed to appear darker.
The nose is made of leather and was attached with glue and straight pins. The eye is felt and a straight pin with a large white head gives it it’s gleam.
The harness is made of old leather suspenders with red felt.
The base elevates the reindeer to the height of the parapet wall.
Christmas Gone Wrong Reindeer
Santa’s sack with gifts:
We made “gifts” from foam.
We wrapped the foam blocks with wrapping paper and secured them with packing tape. We used long screws with string to keep the gifts in place.
Santa’s burlap sack was filled with a large trashcan and bags of leftover foam bits. (I guess we were bad this year)
Santa’s bag, mounted and topped with a gift.
We drew and cut the elf from three layers of 2″ thick foam. The layers were glued and shaped.
After dressing the elf – felt, bells, yarn hair and lots of hot glue – screws were placed in the hands. He was secured to the façade with small nails and wire.