Asked on Nov 22, 2015

Repairing/refurbishing outdoor Christmas snowmen, reindeer, polar bear

by Biteofreality
Hello, I have a number of snowmen, polar bears, and reindeer that are covered in that clear plastic-y material. Sadly it does not hold up well -discolors terribly, breaks, etc the frames rust and motors quit working [some are animated]. Now I can repaint the frames, replace the lights, and maybe buy replacement motors, but the plastic-y covering are giving me a real problem. I can't seem to find anywhere to purchase this -and am hoping someone has found a solution to this problem that will work. I really like these and don't want to add them to landfill so your help will be appreciated.
  4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 22, 2015
    The only idea I can think of is to go to your craft store and buy rolls of Linear(the plastic children often use to make bracelets out of) I would use a spray paint for plastic first then weave this material through to cover any other imperfections.
  • Valerie Valerie on Nov 22, 2015
    Does the plastic-y covering only cover the frame itself? If so, could you not use coloured duck tape or washi-tape? Electrical installation tape would be another option. You could just wrap it around for a similar effect.
  • Ann Ann on Nov 23, 2015
    Could you just spray paint them with like Krylon? They make a plastic paint. I'm not sure what you mean by plastic stuff.
  • Opal Opal on Nov 28, 2015
    I have no experience to offer but, if it were me, I would try to glue together using E6000 or the like, reinforcing with wire frame and chicken wire, modge podge with either heavy wrapping paper or cloth, paint and seal very well. Reinforcing the pieces with chicken wire and wire framing underneath to help hold their shape and stuff with either lightweight spray foam or stuffing where you can to maintain the shape.