Styrofoam balls make for versatile and economical Christmas decorations. Regardless of whether you prefer minimalist snowballs or show-stopping glitter, you can indulge your own taste and find your festive flair by making your own Styrofoam Christmas decorations. This is also a useful way to teach kids basic craft skills. invest in hard, smooth Styrofoam, as bits of it won't break off while you are working with it. You can purchase Styrofoam balls from craft stores or online merchants. .
Cover the ball with tacky glue and decorate with glitter, beads ribbon or buckwheat while the glue is still wet. You can also decorate Styrofoam balls with flower petals and leaves or stencil them with festive scenes. Attach a piece of string and a ribbon bow for hanging the ball by gluing it down and secure it with a small pin.
Wrap the bauble in tissue paper. You need to do this if you are painting the ball because paint will melt the foam. Tear the paper into small strips and glue it onto the ball. Use several layers. Wrap twine or yarn around the ball and secure it with a small pin. Spray paint the ball in the color of your choice. Use acrylic paint if painting the bauble silver or gold.
Create a festive fragrance by making a Styrofoam bauble with fresh lavender. Bend the lavender stems around the flowers and place the Styrofoam ball inside. Secure the stalks with twine and decorate with ribbon. Add interest by using different-colored ribbons. Cut a length of ribbon to 18 inches and fold it in half with the good side facing out. Knot the ends securely together. Create a hanging loop by securing the knot side of the ribbon to the stem side of the ball with a straight pin. You will need 30 or 34 fresh lavender stems per 3-inch ball.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep Styrofoam balls away from very small children and pets.
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