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Glittered Snowballs, Snowmen and Ornaments

Frosty -- yet charming -- snowballs, snowmen and ornaments that will melt your heart.

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frosty snowball projects are easy and fun to do

Snowballs

Materials and Tools:

plastic foam balls - any size
1 cup of all-purpose glue
2 teaspoons water
large canister of white or clear glitter
2 Medium-sized plastic bowls
wax paper

Steps:

1. In one bowl, mix together approximately 1 cup of the all-purpose glue and 2 teaspoons of water.

2. Roll/tap the foam balls in the glue and water mixture to give each a light coat. Working over the second plastic bowl (to catch the excess glitter), sprinkle the glitter over the glued ball.

3. Place the glittered balls onto waxed paper for drying. You might want to turn the balls on the wax paper every 30 minutes so that the glue does not clump in one area.

Stand-Up Snowmen

Materials and Tools:

2 glittered snowballs (as created above), one slightly larger than the other
Scrapbooking eyelets and brads (for eyes and details)
3 small buttons
2 toothpicks
felt scraps (for the snowman’s scarf and hat)
2 two-liter soda bottle caps
permanent marker
orange acrylic craft paint
tacky glue
embellishments

Steps:

1. Secure the larger snowball (the body) to the smaller snowball (the head) by pushing a toothpick into the body and placing the head on top. Flip the snowman over and push one of the two-liter soda bottle caps into the bottom of the body to form a firm base.

2. Use the permanent marker to color the other two-liter soda cap. This will be the top of the snowman’s hat. Cut a small circle of felt to form the brim of the snowman’s hat. Glue the soda cap to the brim. Once dry, glue the hat in the desired position on the head of the snowman.

3. Working on the face of the snowman, place and push eyelets or brads into the foam to form the eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

4. Paint the second toothpick orange and allow to dry. Cut the toothpick in half and push into the nose area of the face to form the carrot nose. Tacky glue can be used for extra security.

5. Cut the felt into a long rectangular shape and snip fringe at the ends to make a scarf. You can layer up many shapes and colors of felt to add details. Wrap and glue the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Add buttons and any additional embellishments.

6. Working on the body, glue buttons down the front or push brads into the body for extra details.

Snowman Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

2 completed glittered snowballs, one slightly larger than the other
1 yard of fishing line
bamboo skewer
tape
jingle bell
scrapbooking eyelets & brads (for eyes and details)
3 Small buttons
toothpick
felt scraps
1 Decorative 2- or 4-hole button
orange acrylic craft paint
glue

Steps:

1. Thread and tie the jingle bell at the mid-point of a one-yard length of fishing line. There will be two tails of fishing line of the same length. Tape the two ends of the fishing line to the tip of a bamboo skewer.

2. Push the skewer through the bottom of the larger snowball (the snowman’s body) and out through the top as straight as possible. Skewer the smaller snowball (the snowman’s head) in the same manner. You will have two snowballs threaded onto fishing line anchored at the bottom with a jingle bell. Remove the fishing line from the skewer and tie the line in a knot at the top of the head.

3. Cut a small round hat shape from a piece of felt. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in the felt. Thread one end of the fishing line through one poked hole and repeat for the second piece of line and hole. Tie in a knot to secure. Thread the fishing line through the decorative button and tie in a knot to secure. Tie the fishing line in a knot at to the appropriate hanging length. Trim off excess fishing line.

4. Working on the face of the snowman, place and push eyelets or brads into the foam to form the eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

5. Paint the toothpick orange and allow to dry. Cut the toothpick in half and push into the nose area of the face to form the carrot nose. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

6. Cut the felt into a long rectangular shape and snip fringe at the ends to make a scarf. You can layer up many shapes and colors of felt to add details. Wrap and glue the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Add buttons and any additional embellishments.

7. Working on the body, glue buttons down the front or push brads into the body for extra details.

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