Maybe it’s good enough as-is.

October 17, 2013


Let me shorten up the back story: I need to build a float.

It’s going to be a small, hand-pushed thing for the lighted, evening Christmas parade. It’s for the CDC and since I own the drill, I get to build it. Today the forecast was for a sunny, clear day so I thought I’d go buy the lumber after work, but the weather turned all gloomy and really windy. Not plywood-totin’ weather.

In lieu of productive work, I spent an hour working up a full-scale model out of rolled-up wallpaper and plastic tubs.


Can you guess what it’s going to be? (That’s my thing now.)


Fake manger?


Rickety structure? If you guessed ‘rolling birthplace of Jesus’, you are correct!

Things were going well until I tried to make a fake roof. There will be a star above the real one, and I’m trying to get a sense of scale. The first roof was not going well. Sure, I could have called upstairs for someone to help, but it turns out that I like to work alone.

This was my second attempt. I took a photo because I was pretty sure it was going to crush the structure.


Spoiler alert: it did.

Can’t this just be the final model? Slap a pair of skateboard on this thing and we’re good to go.

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “Maybe it’s good enough as-is.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    So are you going to discard the idea of getting wood, and instead do a modern art version? Building a manger scene with various school supplies… it sounds like an interesting juxtaposition of ideas, and it may get a special comment from Kathy Lee Gifford as you pass by the grandstand. She’ll be commentating, right?


  2. Kristi Said on:

    Use Legos. Or better yet use Lincoln Logs.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    How about paper….brown bulletin board paper or kraft paper…with some hay or straw glued here & there to it.

    Or say, how about cardboard….you don’t happen to know anyone who has a ridiclous abundance of cardboard boxes do you?


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