13 November 2011

Fabulous Faux Snowballs

I think I should start off with a disclaimer that these snowballs are not actually for sale. Nope, the cute little sign is part of the charm.

This week, I made snowballs and chuckled as I thought of the original batch of fake snowballs my mom made many years ago. They were to be part of a wonderful winter display at the craft store where she was working. She arranged the snowballs in a cute little basket with a similar homemade sign "advertising" them as five cents each. Big mistake. Within hours, a customer snatched them from the display and bought them. My mom was ready to strangle the cashier.
Later, my mom made extra-large snowballs and turned them into ornaments for the designated "kid" Christmas tree at home.  My brothers and I thought they were the coolest ornaments ever! I still love these fabulous faux snowballs and now that I've got my own collection, I can share the "recipe" with you.
Here is a list of basic suppliess: 
  • Styrofoam balls 
  •  Snow-Tex by DecoArt (regular or glitter)
  •  Thin wire and wire cutters
  •  A butter knife 
  •  Clothesline for drying

I didn't mention specific quantities because it all depends on how many snowballs you want to make, and how big they are.  I bought twenty styrofoam balls in small and medium sizes and ended up using six jars of Snow-Tex to cover them. I hope that helps. The Snow-Tex consistency is similar to ricotta cheese while wet so keep that in mind as you are trying to figure out how much to buy.  You can always buy more if you need to--which is what I ended up doing. Also, Snow-Tex comes in regular or glitter varieties. Just be consistent in whichever kind you buy.
To prep your styrofoam balls, insert a wire through the styrofoam and out the other side about 1". Twist that end into a hook and push it back into the styrofoam.
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On the other side, clip the wire so that it is two or three inches long.
 
Using your knife, scoop a glob of the Snow-Tex onto the styrofoam ball. Spread it around like you would frost a cupcake. You could certainly try to cover the whole styrofoam ball by holding it by the wire, but I found it easiest to actually hold the styrofoam ball and just cover half of it at a time.
Yes, they're a bit messy, but luckily the mess washes out with soap and water :) 
Hang the snowballs to dry onto your clothesline by wrapping the wire around the rope/ribbon/string. (I strung up some old ribbon for a makeshift clothesline.)
 
Let them dry overnight. Resume applying the Snow-Tex to the other half of the styrofoam and hang to dry overnight again.
Then you are ready to do what you want with them! You could twist the wire into a loop and add a ribbon for ornaments. Or you could tie them into a garland or wreath. I snipped the wire off for my basket of snowballs.
To make a charming little sign, see my tutorial at the Therm O Web blog: 
Snowballs for Sale (Sign Tutorial) 

I've shared this tutorial with my favorite link parties!
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19 comments:

  1. Those are SO darling! I think they would even be a fun craft for kids after Thanksgiving Dinner. Thanks! :-)

    p.s. I love your tree! It's just gorgeous! I have the itch to put my tree up right now too :-)

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  3. Love this idea. I think I will pin this! I've always wanted to try using Snow-Tex. This will be the perfect project to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Those are adorable--I want to make some!

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  5. These are adorable! I was just thinking about buckets of snowballs, and that I hadn't seen anyone showing them off yet this year! Funny!

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  6. wow. these are awesome.. thanks for sharing! i have a giveaway going on over at my blog and would love for you to stop by:
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  7. I love it!!! This would make a great gift for a homemade Christmas too! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. So cute! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from TRH Linky!

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  9. So cute and clever. What's the cost of the Snow tex? Are there cheap alternatives? Love your sign and display!

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  10. Those are REALLY cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie this week! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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  12. Ann--I believe each jar of Snow Tex was $2.50 at JoAnn's and I haven't done much investigative work as to whether it could be purchased more inexpensively. It ends up drying to look like stucco, so that is really the only alternative I know of!

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    1. Maybe at Michael's ? or the Hobby Lobby ? im going to check out EVERY AVENUE for i plan to figure a way to make the Life like Snow Man :) wish me luck LOL :) cheers.....

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  13. Do you think there's anything I could spray on these to make them weather proof for the outdoors/porch

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    1. thats a GOOD question Anonymous.. glad someone thought of that .. for that would be quite a site to .. indeed ! when / if u find out.. pls let me know too ok?:) tyvm ....

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  14. I have made faux snowballs but I covered my Styrofoam balls with Mod Podge and then covered with Epsom salts

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    1. WOW.. now thats an idea too Colleen.. ty for sharing.. i have LOTS of good ole Epsom Salts on hand.. whoopieeeeeeeeeeee this is gonna be fun :d

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  15. ty for sharing such a wonderful and fun DIY craft for all who wish to partake in making our own :) i sure plan to... but my question is..wonder if there is such a way to make the LIFE LIKE size , u know.. a Snow man..5 or 6 ft tall? just curious i am..guess thats one for going back to the books on , for thinking of a way lol... thats me.. always thinking of challenges hee hee.. ty again..simply LOVED this idea .. truly.. Happy Holidays !

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