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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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!