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« on: December 03, 2006 10:55:17 PM »

I made these with my niece this weekend - she's seven.  I've been promising to have a craft day with her for ages and we finally got round to it on Saturday.  We made a few Christmas decorations, and this is one of the fun things we made.

Here's a quick tutorial 

Glitter / Glitter snow*
Polystyrene balls (any size will do but we used 2" balls)
Wooden skewers (or the handle of a skinny paintbrush)
PVA glue (if it's too thick, water it down very slightly)
Small pins
Sequins (optional)
Narrow ribbons or braids
Two plastic dishes or trays (the kind you get with take away)
Disposable plastic cup
Something to stand them in while they dry

*I found this glitter snow stuff at the local garden centre last year and immediately thought "hey, that's cool".  Then it never got used (like most stuff in my craft room!).  Anyway, it was perfect for this project, although you could use just about anything small enough to coat the balls such as fine (Art Institute glitters work well), coarse glitter, caviar beads or small delicas, sugar or even sprinkles (but don't eat them!)


Fill the plastic cup up about a third with the PVA glue.

Half fill one of the small trays with the glitter snow (or whatever you're using) and place the second tray beside it.

Pop each ball on a wooden skewer.  Use the pointy end of the skewer when pushing it into the ball or you run the risk of splitting the polystyrene ball.

Fill a disposable plastic cup about 1/3 full with PVA glue.

While holding the ball upside down by the skewer, dip the ball into the cup twirling and rolling the ball around in the glue (kind of like when you make toffee apples).

Allow the excess glue to drip off.  Make sure the entire ball is evenly coated. 

Hold the skewered ball in one hand over the empty tray.

Pick up the tray with the glitter in your other hand and gently sprinkle the glitter all over the ball, allowing the excess glitter to collect in the empty tray.  Rotate the skewer so that you cover the ball completely and gently tap off the excess.  Don't be tempated to dunk the ball into the glitter  as bits of glue may drip and ruin your glitter. 

Stand the skewer in a suitable container to allow the ball to dry.  I used an old air freshener but you could also stick the skewers in some plasticine/play dough, a polystyrene block or one of those oasis you get from florists.  Use whatever you've got lying around the house.

When dry, gently remove the skewer.  Now it's up to you to decide whether you want to embellish the balls further, or just leave them as they are.

When attaching ribbon to the ball, use a pin, pushed into a sequin - this stops the ribbon from fraying/tearing

Hope you find this useful and fun.  This is my first tut on Craftster so if you have any questions then let me know.

« Last Edit: December 04, 2006 01:52:59 PM by craftybernie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006 10:58:36 PM »

Very cuteee.
im gonna try this with my seven year old sister for sure =]
she would love it.

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2006 10:13:52 AM »

Thats so pretty, espically when your 7. I used to go and craft at my aunts house, that was always the greatest.
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