Today’s forecast: A flurry of no-melt snowball crafts

There are big, beautiful and very fluffy flakes falling through the sky right now, and I’m in the mood for snowball crafts. (I confess – come March, I won’t be quite so smitten with snow.) No matter where you live, you can craft these no-melt snowballs to enjoy all season long. No shoveling required! Pick the crafting technique you prefer and have a ball.

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Better Homes & Gardens shows you how to make a Snowball Wreath.

We’ll start with two projects from Better Homes & Gardens. The no-melt Snowball Wreath is super-easy and assembled from plain balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Spray snow adds a touch of snowy texture. To make the Snowball Garland, spray paint your balls first (be sure your paint is foam-safe) and make them sparkle with mica flakes.

how to make a snowball christmas garland

Instead of stringing cranberries & popcorn, make a snowball garland for your tree.

Save-on-Crafts shares a tutorial for making snowballs using quilt batting. The wrapped balls are covered with white craft glue and then rolled in shimmery vase filler.

how to make fake snowballs from quilt batting

Quilt batting gives these snowballs a hand-packed look.

Taylor from Mary Janes & Galoshes shares a similar technique on the blog Under the Table & Dreaming. Taylor makes her Vintage Glitter Snowball Ornaments by wrapping the foam balls in a thin layer of cotton batting, followed by paint, glue and a dusting of crystal glitter. I love the addition of the “let it snow” tag on these ornaments.

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The mini banner adds charm to the Vintage Snowball Glitter Ornament.

I know you’ve met Patty Schaffer of Capture the Details before, and she shares her easy technique for making a bowl of fluffy snowballs. Just like snowflakes, Patty’s snowballs are all different, thanks to the assorted varieties and textures of yarn she uses.

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Kids can help make Patty Schaffer’s beautiful fluffy snowballs.

Mariel of Or So She Says and Char of the Pickled Pepper Patch make snowballs using joint compound and glitter. Display them in a container, or add a ribbon and hang them on the tree. Char suggests using a sealer like exterior Mod Podge if you plan to display your snowballs outdoors.

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Toss your no-melt snowballs in a galvanized bucket for a fun decoration.

decorate with fake snowballs

Add ribbon and hang your “snowballs” on the tree.

As a Canadian now living in California, the Domestic Goddess, who blogs at Montrealaise en Californie, doesn’t get to see much snow. In warm & sunny California, she now makes no-melt boules de neige, or snowballs, using foam balls, spray adhesive and fake snow. (Carefully read the label on the spray adhesive and test it on a scrap piece of foam first, to be sure it’s foam safe.)

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These boules de neige, or snowballs, never melt in California.

Crayola Model Magic is one of our favorite go-to materials when we’re making crafts for kids. These clay-covered snowballs from Birthday Party Babble have so much personality and you can easily accessorize them by pinning on buttons, bows, beads, sequins, etc.

Model magic snowballs for kids

Model Magic air-dry clay is a fun way to make no-melt snowballs.

Fresh Home (have you seen this new magazine? Love it!) has a super-fast technique for making snowballs. Roll and compress the foam ball on a flat surface so that it more closely mimics an irregularly shaped snowball – and that’s it. For a finishing touch, add an ice bowl for a Snowball Centerpiece.

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The Snowball Centerpiece from Fresh Home includes a bowl made from ice.

And finally, one of my all-time favorite (and easy!) craft ideas – the Fun & Easy Snow Shovel Decoration on StyrofoamCrafts.com. Making this is a lot less work than shoveling snow, for sure, and it’s a whimsical alternative to a more traditional Christmas wreath. Better yet, you can display this snow shovel all winter long.

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Fun & Easy Snow Shovel Decoration on StyrofoamCrafts.com

Does it snow where you are? Tell me about wintertime where you live and I’ll pick one name next Tuesday, November 15, to win a six-pack of 3” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and a craft apron. That way, no matter where you live, you’ll be able to make your own wintertime fun. **This giveaway is closed.**

And wait till you see what we have planned for next week!  Monday kicks off the Handmade Holidays crafting extravaganza on Under the Table and Dreaming with Stephanie Lynn.  Each day next week, a collection of 24 inspiring craft bloggers will showcase new Christmas crafts for decorating and gift giving, all made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam.  I cannot wait to see each and every one, and I hope you’ll join us on Monday for the first installment.

See you Monday!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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15 Responses to Today’s forecast: A flurry of no-melt snowball crafts

  1. Alyse says:

    I am new to your blog and love all the crafts you put up! I live in the Pacific Northwest and we get rain all winter; any bit of snow shuts down the city. After spending a few years in Eastern Idaho, I love the snow!

  2. Clare G says:

    I’m from Minnesota- we have snow, I prefer the snowballs made from the Styrofoam – they don’t hurt as much if you get hit with one!

  3. Stephanie B. says:

    Oh my gosh does it snow here. I live in NE Ohio, enough said. Last year the frist week of December it snowed so badly my kids were foff 2 days of school, it was awful to have that much snow so early in the season and my husband was out of town for work, so much fun!

    • Sharon says:

      As a fellow NE Ohioan, I feel your pain, Stephanie. We’ve been lucky so far this year, eh? Let’s hope for more snowball crafting this year and less of the real stuff! Sharon

  4. We usually get one or two snows a winter. The past couple winters, it seems like we’ve seen a little more than usual, but the song Tender Tennessee Christmas by Amy Grant was fairly accurate.

  5. AdoAnnie says:

    Hello from the Gulf Coast of Texas, Our temp got down to 47 degrees one night this week! We loved it. It was such a wonderful contrast to 107 in the shade that we had all summer and fall. Ok, we hardly ever get snow, but it is nice to dream about and then be happy that I don’t have to shovel a driveway. ;-)

    Yes, it’s back up in the high 70s/lo 80s now, but it’s a relief and a blessing. We are even supposed to get some rain this coming week. My poor pitiful lawn, what’s left of it, I’m thinking of maybe covering a part of it with sand and tiles so it doesn’t look so bedraggles.

    • Sharon says:

      Hi there! It sounds like our faux snowball crafts will be perfect for you — you can enjoy it all vicariously without boots, mittens, scarves, etc. Enjoy, and thank you for visiting. Sharon

  6. Lisa says:

    Love all the snowballs. What a hit!
    Can’t wait to give them a try.

  7. Jeannie says:

    I live in Maryland which has some snow most every winter and occasionally gets a whopper of a storm which snows everyone in for days at a time. This has already been a rare winter since we had our first snowfall in Oct. I remember another rare year when I was a teen when a beautiful sunny early Spring day was broken up by a freak snow storm which temporarily had the ground and roads completely covered.

    • Sharon says:

      Winter came early to Maryland this year, and it sounds like you got walloped! I hope you weren’t one of the ones suffering without power for days on end. Here’s to a white Christmas and an early spring! Thank for joining us.

  8. Melanie says:

    definitely snow here the first one this year was before Halloween.

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