Celebrate Christmas in July
I know it may seem early to some, but for the crafty, the holidays are less than six months away. There's no time like the present to start hand-making ornaments guaranteed to give you and yours a truly cool Yule!
What you'll need
- Styrofoam balls in the size you would like your ornaments to be (I use 3-inch)
- Paper mache or air dry clay
- Acrylic paints and brushes
- Kitchen skewer or length of sharpened dowel for nose
- White glue
- 18-gauge wire
- Ribbon for hanging
Step 1: Shape the face
Make indentations into your Styrofoam ball by pressing gently with your fingers to make eyes and mouth.
Step 2: Sculpt
Cover the entire surface of your Styrofoam ball with clay, starting in the recesses made for the eyes and mouth. Then insert a short length of kitchen skewer, dowel or even a sharpened pencil into the ball (sharpened end out) to make the nose. Cover with clay and blend into surrounding clay.
Step 3: Paint the face
Apply a coat of white acrylic paint over the entire head. When the base coat is dry to the touch, paint on details using a fine brush. Allow to dry and add glittered accents using white glue.
Step 4: Add the finishing touches
Add a wire loop at the top for hanging, and any other details that you want your snowman to have. I put a cupcake on top of his head which makes him look extra sweet! Set aside until it is dry and hardened.
Some of my best friends are Flakes, and I hope now you can say the same!