I was told you enjoy handmade ornaments for the holidays so I’m here to share a little something I came up with. MaryJanes and Galoshes is all about modern style with a vintage influence and I think you will see that in my ornament. I live in Wisconsin so we can’t have Christmas without a little (okay, who am I kidding, a LOT) of snow! And snow means snowballs!
It’s really hard to tell in the photo, but this snow ball is really sparkly. My camera doesn’t seem to like glitter much, but I love it!
What you’ll need-
Styrofoam ball (mine is 2.5 inches, but any size will do)
Cotton batting (just enough to make a thin layer over ball)
Glitter (I used Martha Stewart’s crystal)
7 inches ribbon
Small foam brush (optional)
Wooden skewer (optional)
Small pins with colored heads
Hot glue gun
Dilute your glue with a bit of water. Spread a thin layer of batting around your ball and saturate with the diluted glue using your foam brush (or a paper towel would work fine too).
Once the entire ball is covered set aside to dry. This may take over night depending on how much glue mixture you put on, but you can speed up the process with a blow dryer if your impatient (like me).
Once dry, apply a generous coat of white paint to the now stiff batting. Sticking the ball onto a skewer makes it easier to handle while painting and glittering, it also makes the hole you will need for the hanger.
While the paint is still wet, apply glitter generously then tap off the extra (be sure to catch it on a piece of paper so that you can put it back into your container, don’t be wasteful!). Set aside to dry.
Once dry pull the stick out, or if you chose not to use one make a hole in the top of your ball. Fold your ribbon in half and knot, trim the ends.
Fill the hole with hot glue and put the knotted end of the ribbon into the hole and glue. I used a type writer font to print out my “let it snow” but you can write it by hand if you choose. Trim your words into a strip and cut a triangle out of each end. With a pencil (or something round) curl the paper (like you would ribbon when wrapping a gift). Curl the whole thing to the back then curl the two ends back toward you.
I applied my banner at a slight angle. Hot glue on each end to the snowball. Pin a small pin through each end where you glued.
All done! Hang and enjoy.