Tuesday, December 13, 2011

~ Tuesday Tutorial ~ Snowballs ~

Hi Friends,

I wanted to share with everyone how I made my snowballs. 


I did mine a little different than what I have seen out there. Same concept but being the thrifty queen that I am… I used what I had. And what I had… was 125 silk covered plastic ornaments. (If you don’t have ornaments you can buy Styrofoam balls. Try to get them on sale because they aren’t cheap.)


I decided these would work just fine. So I pulled all the silk off…


And gave Phat Boy a wonderful head of golden locks. Ha!


He did not appreciate it as much as I thought he should.


“I’m a boy. This is ridiculous.”


Ok… enough messing with the kitties. Back to the snowballs.

Mr. Primcat snipped the plastic nubs off the ornaments with heavy duty wire cutters. The ornaments also had holes in them so I just scotch taped them up.


And then came the messy part. Joint compound.

Put on some gloves… grab a glob in your hand and start smearing it on.


You get these. Let dry for 24 hours and repeat where needed. Let dry another 24 hours.


See how pokey they are...


Snowball fight anyone????? :)


I have my ammo prepared!


After drying… The snowballs will be pokey and pointy and you don’t want that. Hubby and I decided to sand them with 80 grit sandpaper to take those nubs off.

And here is the finished result.





Put them in bowls, jars, and baskets, under shoofly’s, on plates and tucked into shelves. I also found they are really cute sitting in the branches of your Christmas trees. Might theme one with them next year.

Another reason I really liked this project is that this is winter themed and can stay out months into the new year.

Merry Christmas!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


BumbleBeeLane said...

You made it look easy girl! Hopefully I can remember for next year.I'd love to fill a old dough bowl with some.Warm Blessings!~Amy

ohiofarmgirl said...

That golden hair gave me such a laugh this morning! The snowballs are fun too. Dianntha

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Poor Kitty, the things our fur-babies put up with~ I tourcher mine too. heehee.
Your snowballs turned out beautiful Carmen. I made some last week and used balled up newspaper for the core and they turned out fine. Yes, styrofoam is expensive.
Thanks for sharing!
Merry Christmas

Green Creek Primitives said...

Hi Carmen, You had a neat idea, just love how they turned out, would look great in a bowl or basket or with a snowman in my blue wagon in my garden. OK the cat was just too cute. Take care, thanks for sharing, Vicky

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hehe - what fun we have with our kitties and what a great idea to use those Dollar Store balls! Enjoy your day Carmen!

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Carmen~ clever girl~ just love these ~ you did a wonderful job~ thanks for the tutorial~ I know mine would not turn out that nice~ plus I would have a total complete mess~ giggles in my hair~ on the floor~ in the cats fur~ on my jeans~ giggles~ Phat boy is so cute~ love the "Do"~ you can tell he is saying Mommy stop it~ giggles~
have a wonderul day

Michelle / Simple Pleasures said...

Hi Carmen,
Those are so cute! I bet you could roll them in glitter and make them sparkly! I'm going to feature them on my blog next week and link back to you, hope that's ok. Happy Holidays.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

I Love making these. I made some up for friends and family. I like the idea of using those silk ornaments. I'll have to keep my eye out for those. I scored big time on styrofoam balls at a couple of my Goodwills over the summer. Alot of them were new and in the packages yet. Prices were reasonable which suprised me, so I grabbed all they had and ran, Lol! Thanks for sharing, Carmen. Enjoy your day.

Carmen C. said...

I would love to have a snowball fight with you...Carmen vs. Carmen, LOL! They turned out great and I laughed so hard at your kitty, he sure does NOT seem to appreciate your kind efforts, LOL! Have a great day and thanks for the giggles;)

primitivebettys said...

I like yours better than the ones I made! How cool to start with old ornaments! Great idea!

To smooth down the bumpy parts, you can also use a damp rag instead of the sandpaper. That would eliminate the dust. However, they will need another day to dry.


Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love things that can stay out pass Christmas! They seem so easy! And I love the cat with the golden locks. So adorable! Enjoy your day!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh you know how I love these snowballs of your Carmen - but, I'm with Teresa - I have visions of complete and utter chaos here (I'm not even allowed near paint any more - can you imagine joint compound???) But I do love them! And Phat Boy is precious - That golden blonde look really becomes him! ;o) Thanks for the tutorial and the smiles....Hugs ~ Robin

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

now that is just too cool.....
I do love the look in the evergreen on the shelf..... and I love anything that can stay out with my snow peoples.....

Karen said...

My daughter and I loved the photos of your kitty--so cute--we had to laugh! :) I love your snowballs. I think I'm going to try and make some! ~Karen

frontporchprims said...

Thanks for the tut Carmen. They really are so cute and can be put all over the house. How thrifty to use old ornaments. Good job. -Steph-

cynthia lee designs said...

The pictures of your kitty are just priceless!! It sure made me giggle today.
Thanks for sharing how you made your snowballs. I was wondering what you had used for the ball part. I love the ones that I got from you...and plan to leave them out thru the winter.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

oh what a cute idea..although I must say your kitty looked so cute as a goldilocks..those were way too funny,;)

jennifer768 said...

My thanks to the kitty for the giggles tonight!Love your snowballs!Great tutorial ,thanks for sharing.Hugs,Jen

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Wow, when you make snowballs, you make SNOWBALLS. A lot! They came
out great, and does kitty like to
bat them around? My kitties like
to knock the apples and pears out
of my bowls and bat them all over
the house until they are too lazy
to go underneath something to
retrieve them. (not real fruit)
Your kitty looks like, "Mom, puh-leez!"

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Never would have guessed you make those with joint compound, lol. They look great!