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Before there were Christmas inflatable holiday decorations, there were wonders of plastic known as blow molds. The technique became popular in the 1930s. Many blow molds have become quite collectible, while others continue to be manufactured or are being reproduced.
To add a bit of flair to your decor, here are the best blow mold outdoor holiday decorations.
General Foam Plastics Nativity Scene Camel with Light
While intended to be part of a blow mold Nativity scene for your lawn, this gold-toned resting camel could easily be at home next to your other blow mold figurines. While the one-humped Arabian ungulate is described on other sites as "life-sized," it measures just under 30 inches across—not sure what scale we're talking about here, but, who cares?
Resting blow mold camel comes equipped with its own light cord and socket. The manufacturer recommends an "A"-size bulb for maximum light with minimal electric usage.
General Foam Plastics Santa with Sleigh and Reindeer
Made of durable, weather-resistant polyresin, this highly sought-after Santa with reindeer is about 3 feet tall and nearly 6 feet long. The prancing reindeer lights up with a C7 bulb and is connected with a 3-foot power cord (bulb included). Santa lights up with a 4-foot cord, but you'll have to buy his bulb. Add more reindeer each year to create an old-fashioned scene across your porch or on your roof.
Santus 22" High United Solutions Penguin with Bow
Union Products is one of the pioneers of blow-mold plastic lawn figurines. They may have never thrown out the mold for this charming penguin, which stands nearly 2 feet tall. Get several, and create a colony of penguins on your holiday lawn. Some folks allow Plastic Penguin to roam their yard year 'round, even near the swimming pool in August.
Union Large Snowman 40-Inch
Like Santa, this plastic Blow Mold Snowman from Union Products is painted and stands a stately 40 inches tall. Jolly snowman takes a C7 bulb to get that inner glow, and light up your porch or yard for the holidays. Place him (or her) across from Santa for a symmetrical entryway or to light up your holiday porch or snow scene.
General Foam Plastics Toy Soldier with Black Hat Figurine 32-Inch
General Foam Plastics had Babes in Toyland in mind when creating this erect-postured 32-inch toy soldier sporting a faux version of a black bearskin military hat. Like his other blow mold tribe, soldier boy is equipped to plug in and illuminate your porch or yard.
Union Gingerbread Figure 24-Inch
If only gingerbread people could be real! A newer design, this plus-sized cookie lights up your outdoor display and adds whimsy to the cast of characters that inhabit your yard for the holidays. This illuminated character is made by United Solutions.