Combine art and geometry this winter by making DIY yarn snowballs!

Materials:

  • yarn
  • round balloon (inflated to about 4 inches in diameter)
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge Fabric (0r regular craft glue)
  • water
  • thumbtack
  • a glass
  • a bowl
  • petroleum jelly (optional)

Instructions

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      1. In a bowl, mix together Mod Podge Fabric (or regular craft glue) with a little water.

     

      1. Cut off a long strand of yarn and dunk it into the glue mixture.

     

      1. Inflate a round balloon to about 4 inches in diameter. Cover the balloon in petroleum jelly to prevent the yarn from sticking. If you want to avoid this step (we did not do this in the video) you can simply pull the yarn away from the balloon with your fingers.

     

      1. Squeeze the excess glue mixture from the long strand of yarn and wrap it all around the inflated balloon. Wrap around and around until you come to the end and then tuck the end piece underneath one of your wrapped strands.

     

      1. Place the balloon wrapped in yarn on top of a glass.

     

      1. Set the yarn covered balloon aside to dry.

     

      1. Once completely dry, pop the balloon with a thumbtack. If the yarn sticks to the balloon, simply pull apart with your fingers and fluff the yarn back into a sphere shape.

     

    1. Tie a strand of yarn to the sphere and hang for the holidays!

Caroline Gravino, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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  • susan evans

    This is such a great craft, especially if there is no snow outside or even worse it’s too cold to enjoy the snow. I wonder if you could use different kinds of yarn, like a fluffier white and make it more covered. That might be a really neat looking snowball.