DIY Snowy Ball Ornaments

snowy ballNobody here in the upper Midwest has spoken the "S" word yet, but we all know that these beautiful autumn days are numbered. Despite our best attempts to bribe the gods, winter will come, the snow "S" will fly and we will do what we hearty Minnesotans do in these situations: embrace it complain. I moved here from Washington state 10 years ago, and have never stopped being amazed at how long a Minnesotan can discuss the weather when they don't like it, lol. So it is with great hesitation that I show you this very doable, fun DIY project today. But, never mind the naysayers, here we go!

This project has been posted on Pinterest from several different people, but I think the idea may have originated with the ever lovely Martha Stewart. I love the look of these, they look so lacey and sparkly, and the fact that it uses common crafting supplies is a big bonus in my book.

So, let's get started. The gist of this project is that the snowy ball is made out of string that is wrapped around a small water balloon and then dipped in watered down glue. A wise suggestion would be to make just a couple of these to see how it goes before delving into the 100 that you will undoubtedly want once you see them. Okay, slight exaggeration, but maybe not. I love the idea of giving these as gifts to coworkers, extended family, girlfriends, etc. It is a small, thoughtful and very creative gift that anyone would love to receive. That said, there's also nothing wrong with  making these for ourselves, right?


  • small package of water balloons
  • tacky glue
  • plain white string
  • glitter
  • ornament hooks
  • water
  1. Blow up your balloons so they're about 2" in diameter and tie a knot.
  2. Without cutting a piece of string off the roll, attach the end to the knot on the balloon.
  3. Then randomly wrap the string around your colorful little sphere. Isn't this fun?!
  4. Squeeze some tacky glue into a 4" bowl and add some water so it's pretty runny.
  5. Roll your string-wrapped balloons around in the glue until all the string has been coated.
  6. Sprinkle on glitter to your hearts content.
  7. Attach a twist tie to the end of the balloon and twist the end closed to form a small loop.
  8. Using a small piece of string, hang the twist tie loop on your shower curtain rod.
  9. After 48 hours, pop the balloon using a pair of tweezers, and remove the balloon.
  10. Wrap it up in a pretty box or hang on the tree!

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