Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Snow Balls

I saw these fun DIY Christmas decorations in a Better Homes & Gardens magazine somewhere around 2001.  I was charmed by the way they looked in bunches. So I made 14 of them.
They are so fun . . . very easy to make . . . okay for older kids crafting. I'm not sure how they made the ones in their photograph. I just did what I imagined they did. 

 
I went out and bought three sizes of styrofoam balls and practically every toothpick in Kansas City.  Then sat for several nights of TV watching and stuck toothpicks in the balls.

 Some of them have as many toothpicks as I could get in the styrofoam. Some of them are a little empty and have different lengths of toothpicks.
So this is what you do:

Get a bunch of toothpicks - the thick ones - either round or the square ones NOT FLAT puny toothpicks! Get tons and tons of toothpicks.

Get a some styrofoam balls.

Stick the toothpicks into the balls however you like.  Stick them in far enough so they stay in well. My experience is that the square ones stay in the best but the round ones look prettier.

Completely cover the whole snowball with white FLAT spray paint.

Spray with a good coat or two of Spray Snow Flocking. This is hard to find. It must be the worst of the aerosols for huffing, because I haven't found any in a store for several years. I did an internet search and it is available on-line through some floral suppliers. JoAnn's does not carry it in-store or on-line. You can try here

That's it. Easy peasy and pretty cheap - although you have to buy more toothpicks than you can even imagine. I think I bought out the entire supply of at least two stores, maybe three.


To hang them I inserted a hook made from white fabric covered floral wire. Just bend it into a big U and stick both ends deep into the styrofoam. Use whatever ribbon or mono-filament that you choose.
They make really great vignettes. I don't use them every year. Mine have lasted a long time. I pack them very carefully wrapped individually in tissue paper. The toothpicks do fall out occasionally - but go back in easily.

Can you think of any place you might use some spray painted, flocked, toothpicks stuck into styrofoam balls? I think these little snowballs give toothpicks and styrofoam some dignity! How about you?

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

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36 comments:

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Holy cow those are Fantastic!! Pinning immediately. :)

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
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Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

You made 14 of those????!!!!! Awesome girl! I love em!!

Cottage and Broome said...

You are right quirky but so fun. I once stuck over 300 flag tooth picks to make a flag wreath so I can relate! Hope you are having a good holiday season, Laura

Jen said...

These are so cool!
I am so pinning this!

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Julia Konya said...

Looks awesome! I just pinned something similar yesterday but in gold. It's on my DIY list now :)

Bliss said...

Just like your pine-cones, I love these but I have decided you have the patience of a saint!

Bliss

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love these and I never would have guessed how they were made. I especially love them in your window. I have had trouble finding the flocking stuff as well.

michele said...

they're dreamy! have you made the tissue paper pom poms (circa 2009, martha stewart) too? i decided to whip some up for christmas decor.

hope you will have a chance to stop by, and today i am hosting a giveaway. hope you win! http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

peace to you.

michele

Alyssa@Clever Nest said...

These are so cool! Great job :) I was thinking of trying something like this for my tree topper this year (gobbed in glitter of course). Thanks for the how to!
I'd love it if you came by and said "hi" in my neck of the woods! www.myclevernest.com

Alyssa

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Wow, these decorations are just beautiful! I can imagine them even spray painted in different colors for maybe a spring party or something. Very nice project! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment, and I am glad you enjoyed my holiday mantel!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Those are so cute Karen! Sometimes the easiest things have such an impact! Love them!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

Ok, now I'm a stalker, I mean follower. I love your blog and your sense of humor!

Kathryn J Cain said...

love and how fun...try this for glitter...use a flat paint..brush your pom pom then shake your glitter while paint still wet...spray paint does not work because dries to fast..

I love this fun

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

These are FANTASTIC! I can see so many possibilities...bright colors, glittered, all different sizes! What fun for party decor, also. This project is definitely headed for my craft to-do list! Visiting from It's Overflowing. :)

Sandy said...

Love these! My mom used to make them when I was little and piled them together to form a Christmas tree shape, then hung tiny red glass balls, so pretty!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/Clever-Chicks-Blog-Hop-12.html



I hope you can make it!

Cheers,

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

How clever! I love these. It reminds me of the time I strung popcorn and cranberries for a whole week while watching TV.

~ Liz ~ said...

Karen, I remember making these in elementary school at Christmas. Thing is, we just made one. When you make a bunch and group them, they create a chic and eye pleasing look. The simplicity and texture of them is eye-catching!
Liz

...Tabiboo... said...

What a great idea and they look very effective...indeed.

Nina x

Cynthia said...

These are beautiful! So elegant looking; who'd ever suspect they're so simple? This does elevate the humble toothpick and styrofoam ball to a new level. Thanks for sharing!

Lori Robinson said...

so, so cute..love the idea, great job and thanks for sharing!
Lori @ Color It Simple blogspot

Kelly said...

What an adorable idea! I love how they look hanging there in clusters. Fab!

Kelly @ View Along the Way
www.viewalongtheway.com

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Ok... I'm back because these snowballs are amazing and you are a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Featuring you now. :)

Thanks so much for linking up,
<3 Christina

http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/12/twelve-amazing-ornaments-wreaths-decor.html

Seaside Interiors said...

These are so magical looking the way you paired them together!!! I love them!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow! these are so fun!!! i love how they look hanging!

SweetPepperRose said...

It's an awesome project!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

WOW they ARE so fun!! Thank you so much for joining in the party Karen! Hopefully your holiday season is treating you well!!

Bobbie said...

these are so adorable. My daughter is out shopping right now so I called her and asked her to pick me up some styrophome balls and toothpicks. She thought I was crazy until she saw my post on Facebook! I cant wait to do this!! This will be an awesome gift for some co-workers and as toppers for gifts!! Hurry home Andrea so I can get started!!

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