Smoothfoam balls are SO easy to decorate and definitely meet my criteria - Quick'n EZPZ. So here are a couple of my guests for the "Holiday Ball" - (I'd say they were my Holiday Balls, but would hate to offend anyone).
I made two versions - one for a fancy tree and one for my "kid friendly" tree and here they are:
1. This one is kind of elegant, but still easy to make. You'll need a length of 18 gauge floral wire, crystal glitter, white glue, sponge brush, fancy beads, a decorative ornament hanger and I thought the feathers added a nice touch. You'll also need a Smoothfoam ball....... this one is 3", but you can use any size.
Step one is to push the wire thru the center of the ball. Smoothfoam is very dense, so I heat the end of the wire in a candle flame then push thru the ball, using the hole at the bottom of the ball as a guide. EZPZ. Use needle nose pliers to make a small loop at the top. Next step is to cover the surface with an even coat of white glue, then sprinkle with glitter. I push a bamboo skewer into the bottom of the ball (next to the wire) so I have something to hold onto while I do this. Set aside till the glue is dry, then remove the skewer, trim the wire and make a small loop at the bottom. Thread whatever beads you have on hand onto an eye pin, beading wire, or thread then secure to the loop at the bottom of the ball. To finish I added the feathers by poking the ends up thru the bottom bead, then added the ornament hanger to the loop at the top.
2. The snow "ball" is even easier. (there's actually 2 versions).
Push a piece of wire thru the ball as above then make a loop at the top for the hanger. Cover the ball with glitter. His eyes and center of his mouth are large, black quilt pins. I used 2 smaller quilt pins for each side of the mouth. The nose is a red pony bead held in place with a large, red quilt pin. Now you can hang on the tree as is, or decorate him in variety of ways. I used a cupcake paper for the hat, and chenille and pom poms to make ear muffs and a scarf for the other. The pom poms were held in place with quilt pins. I also used a small, "U" shaped piece of wire to attach the bell to the bottom. So many ideas, so little time - Christmas is only 3 weeks away - oh my!!! Better get cracking........... Enjoy! Y'all come back now.................
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON CRAFTING!