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!
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