Since I love crafts so much, I always tried to find a craft project that I could do with my children when they were younger. My oldest Daughter made a version of this when she was in nursery school and I was very fascinated by it. They made a few big ones as a class and hung them from the ceiling. A couple of years ago, I took on this project with my youngest Daughter. It was a bit fiddly but something a parent and child could do together.(or really who needs a child, it can be an adult craft project too!) It was worth it in the end, because these string snowballs are very sweet!
- Ball of cotton string
- Craft glue
- Clothespin – used with dowel to make something to hang the snowball from for it to dry, but you can come up with whatever works!
- thread /ribbon for hanging
Blow up the balloon until it’s slightly smaller than your fist. Tie the end of the cotton string to the end of the balloon.
Thin the glue slightly with water and brush some on the bottom of the balloon to tack down the string. Begin wrapping the string vertically around the balloon. When 3/4 of the balloon is covered vertically, begin wrapping the string horizontally. To change direction, wrap the string around the tied-off end of the balloon. Continue until 3/4 of the balloon is wrapped horizontally.
Cut the string and secure it with a dab of glue. Brush the watered-down craft glue all over the string-covered balloon. Pinch the top of the balloon with a clothespin and thread the clothespin onto a dowel that you’ve suspended between two points. Allow to dry for several hours. I left mine overnight.
Once dry, pop the balloon with a pin and remove it, using tweezers, if necessary. It sort of shrivels up once popped but it needs a bit of encouragement to come off. Add a loop of thread or ribbon and brush the balloon with glue again. Working over a bowl, spoon on glitter and set aside to dry.
I will try to post a few more of my craft ideas this week so if you like them, you have time to get crafting! Have a Great Day!