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Welcome the snow family

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, now you don't have to depend on the weather to deliver a white Christmas. This friendly snow family -- Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, the kids and the family dog -- is happy to transform any yard into a winter wonderland, from Hawaii to Florida and all points in-between. Plus, they're guaranteed not to melt.

Printed on weather-resistant poster paper with waterproof inks, the snow family is almost easier to make than the real thing. No special skills or tools are required, and no painting is necessary.

To build, simply glue the figures onto exterior plywood with waterproof glue and cut them out. Next, sand the edges and paint the edges and backs. Finally, attach stakes or stands and set them up. The finished figures should last several seasons untreated, but a coat or two of polyurethane weather sealer is recommended for a longer life.

Mr. Snowman stands about 5 feet tall, Mrs. Snowman is about 4 1/2 feet tall and the snow kids are both about 2 feet tall.

The Snow Family Display, No. C6, is $34.95 and includes posters for the five figures plus complete step-by-step instructions (the "Merry Christmas" sign and candy cane posters are available separately). A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2, and a free holiday brochure is available on request. Please include $4 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

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