Decorate your front door with a friendly polar bear made from metal mixing bowls.

By BH&G Crafts Editors
October 23, 2019
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Fun and fanciful, this playful holiday door decoration could have been taken straight from a children's book. This whimsical polar invites visitors into a magical make-believe that will have them feeling like a kid again. Switch out your traditional holiday wreath and create your own using two stainless-steel metal mixing bowls. Customize your bear with a cozy scarf in your favorite winter colors (or try making your own DIY blanket scarf!).

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Start to finish 2 hrs
  • Difficulty Kind of easy
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How to do it

Step 1

Attach mixing bowls

To create the head for your polar bear wreath, lace large bowl upside down and use adhesive to secure the small bowl to the center; let dry. Drill a hole in the rim of the large bowl where each ear will go. Thread the wire through the holes, twisting ends at back to create a hanging wire, like a picture hanger. Drill a hole in the rim of the large bowl at each side of the bear's chin where the scarf will go.

Editor's Tip: Be sure to wear protective eyewear when drilling holes. 

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Step 2

Sand and Paint

Lightly sand the surface of both bowls and wipe clean. Put down a drop cloth or paper to prevent overspray. In a well-ventilated location, spray with primer and let dry. Spray with exterior white gloss spray paint and let dry. 

Editor's Tip: Stainless-steel mixing bowls are lightweight and withstand winter weather, especially when painted with exterior spray paint approved for metal. 

Adam Albright
Adam Albright
Step 3

Make Faces and Hang

Using our free face patterns, cut ears, eyes, and nose from black and white felt. Hot-glue layers together then hot-glue pieces to bowls, positioning ears over the drilled holes. Thread the wire through the lower holes and secure a tied scarf to the bear. Hang your wreath from a hook on the front door. 

Editor's Tip: Complete your winter front porch with chipboard snowflakes (Lasercut Chipboard Snowflakes, $2.90, Etsy) and plastic ball ornaments hung from clear fishing line. Add a small tabletop Christmas tree and acrylic display cubes filled with faux snow.

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