Last year during our advent activities we had a go at making some yarn snowballs they were so much fun that we decided to give them a go this year - but adding a little sparkle to them making them naturally sparkly with a little help from the kitchen cupboard. These yarn crystal snowballs are messy and fun to make and really really easy to do.
School Glue - PVA Glue
Yarn or string
How to make them
So there are two different ways that I see to make them - last year we piled our yarn into a bowl and then tried to untangle it as it came out soaked in glue and it was very very messy. This year we tried an alternative method - coating the balloon.
To make the balloons round instead of tear drop shaped you need to blow up the balloon quite small then squeeze the air into the blown up part making the opening tie longer and longer - when you have a round shape squeeze a little more and tie in a knot - you will have lots of tail left but also a round balloon rather than the tear drop shape.
Mix some PVA glue with water in 50:50 ratio and then roll the balloon in the glue.
Let the glue drain off the balloon a little and then wrap the yarn around the balloon - changing direction, making loops so that you get an interested effect with it covering the whole balloon.
Once it's covered with the yarn that you want then in a paper dish pour some Epson salts and roll the balloon into the salt so that it covers it.
The best way that I have found to dry them is to use a cup - add some cling film to the top and then place the balloon in the cup let it dry over night.
To remove the balloon - gently cut the end off and watch as the balloon and your yarn ball slowly deflate - you now need to put your finger between the balloon and the yarn and slowly pull it away from the balloon.
Once you have the balloon removed then shake out the ball and reform - it will easily keep it's shape and then you can hang on your Christmas Tree or decorate a bowl with the balls.
I love the way at night when we have our lights switched on the lights capture the Epson Salts and sparkle like glitter.
Out Now! - Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn't it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I've been there!
So that is why we've put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
More decoration ideas for Christmas
Check out these other fabulous Christmas decorations that you and the kids can make together.
Do your kids like to help decorate for the holidays? Try making one of these Jolly Kid Made Salt Dough Christmas Ornament Garlands! from Crafty Mama in Me
Easy to make Cinnamon Scented Sled for Winter Decor. Made with Cinnamon Sticks and Candy Canes. Easy for Adults, Fun for kids from Playdough and Popsicles
Work on fine motor skills like a tripod grasp, open thumb web space, and intrinsic hand strength by making a standing Snowman craft using glittery painted egg cartons from Sugar Aunts
Are you looking for homemade holiday decor ideas? Kids can help make these festive pom pom garlands from Spark and Pook
Make some simple Christmas Jingle Bells Ornaments that really make a jingle noise from Peakle Pie
Bubble Wrap Stamping makes for a super simple Holly Wreath decoration for kids to make from Crafty Kids at Home
A simple upcycle craft for kids to make a Nativity Lantern to explore the Christmas Story from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots
This delightful DIY gift wrap is a decoration in itself from Mum in the Madhouse
Use glitter glue pens to create a Gingerbread Man decoration for your Christmas Tree from Adventures with Adam
Make this super adorable gingerbread house ornament to use as a photo frame! from Teach me Mommy
A fun and easy tissue paper wreath for Christmas from 3 Dinosaurs
Make simple gingerbread man paper dolls to use for Christmas decorations or fun from Creative Family Fun
Use your kids' drawings and paintings to create a Christmas tree decoration from Non Toy Gifts
Create a Santa Hat Pom pom decorations with the kids from Gingerbread House
Kid-Made Little Blue for Christmas Cards and Toy Trees from My Bright Firefly
Recycled crafts snowman Christmas tree decoration from Sew Kidding