I love Christmas – especially when it comes to crafting. My holiday board is bursting with projects I want to do. The inspiration for my Snowballs was one of the first projects I pinned when I joined Pinterest over a year ago. Sadly when I actually clicked on it, I discovered it was just an image so I had to do some improvising.
One thing I want to mention..er.. gloat about is that every single thing I used for this project I had in my craft room. It was the best feeling! A year ago I would have had to make fiftyeleven trips to Michaels. I feel like a pro!
Anyway, I bought the foam balls from the the dollar store about a year ago…
I used a black sharpie to dot the eyes…
Added a cheery smile…
Used a little dab of kids acryllic paint in orange for a carrot nose.
Added some red paint for frosty red cheeks. It took me a while to perfect this. I used my thumb, a wet paper towel and a dry paint brush. Dab your thumb in the paint, blot it a few times on the wet paper towel and then tap tap tap on your snow ball like so. I also used a dry paint brush to sort of smudge it around a bit.
repeat repeat repeat
I used some old hemp yarn for the bows and attached with a glue gun. I glued the ribbon to the foam and then tied it in a bow. It was pretty annoying/tricky to do. Unfortunately, my Cali girl roots peeked out and I like totally forgot to take a picture of this step. oops 🙁
Once the snowballs dried, I tossed them into a vase! and by “tossed” I mean obsessively spent several minutes arranging them so they all faced the right way 🙂
This is a free pattern found here
The pattern is pretty easy if you have intermediate knitting skills so this is going to be a relatively short blog. I followed the knitting pattern. However, I did alter the next few steps a bit.
Sew your birdie’s head and back closed using the mattress stitch. Stuff it full of fluff and sew up it’s bum.
Once you’ve finished stuffing and sewing your birdie closed, use the leftover yarn to make the hanging thread. Just thread the yarn through the bird and make a tiny knot – be sure to leave a big loop. Don’t worry about making them all the same length. The varying lengths give them character.
I did add eye’s.. but it looks a little creepy. However, If you like them…
I loved making these and love how they look hanging in my bedroom window. I also stuffed a few with potpourri and hung them around the house.