Friday, December 11, 2009

Snow Balls - 5 cents! (a crafty tutorial)

After being stuck in the house for three days because of snow and finally getting to go out, I decided to celebrate by getting some craft supplies and making these cute little ornaments:

I got the inspiration from a Gooseberry Patch Christmas book - they had a full-sized bucket like this on a front porch. I thought tiny versions might be cute for ornaments.

small galvanized buckets (I had to look for awhile, but I found them in the containers section of Hobby Lobby for .77 each.)
Giant white pom poms (one for each bucket)
Small white pom poms (about 12 per bucket)
Red paint
Christmas printed scrapbooking paper
Fine point black marker
White sticky-backed craft foam
Red satin ribbon
Decorative red and white ribbon
Hot glue and glue gun
Spray adhesive
Crystalline glitter

Step 1: Paint red stripes on the toothpick (I had a six year old helper for this step. Your stripes will probably be neater.)

Step 2: Write "Snow Balls 5c" on small squares of craft foam with marker. (I actually wrote first, and then cut out the words.)

Step 3: Make signs. Cut squares of scrapbook paper slightly larger than craft foam squares. Sandwich a toothpick between the foam and the paper. Set signs aside.

Step 4: Liberally apply hot glue to bottom of inside of bucket. Stuff a giant pom pom in the bucket. This is just to fill up the bucket.

Step 4: Use hot glue to attach small pom poms all over the top of the bucket. Use a dab of hot glue to hold the sign in place when you stick it down inside.

Step 5: Spray adhesive on pom poms. Sprinkle with glitter.

Step 6: Tie a bow around the bucket and knot it in the front. Tie a loop of red satin ribbon on the bucket handle to hang the ornament.

Cute stuff, eh?

In looking at the supply list, I realize the list looks long. The good news is you probably have most of it lying around already, and the supplies you do have to buy are cheap. My six year old helped with some parts, but definitely required a lot of help. The two year old just threw pom poms at us while we worked. :o)


Crazy Homeschool Mama said...

very cute!

Wendy said...

This is a super duper cute idea! I probably have all the materials somewhere in the house. Don't have those little pails, but do have lots of little galvanized watering cans from an old birthday party's favors. I guess that could do too, right?

Julie said...

Oh, I bet little watering cans would be adorable, Wendy - great idea!