When my husband and I were first married, we didn't have a whole lot of money to go out and buy Christmas decorations. We went from store to store looking for the cheapest prices on ornaments, wrapping paper, and the Christmas "necessities". I remember REALLY wanting a nativity set, but seriously, those things are expensive!! (We settled on a Fisher-Price Little People nativity set a few years later, but that's neither here nor there...) We raided the dollar store here in town, but the selection was minimal and we didn't want a dozen of the same ornament on the tree so, I decided the cheapest way to display a variation of ornaments would be to just make them. As the years have progressed, we've been trading out the old, ugly ornaments with new, shiny ornaments, but some of those handmade trinkets still grace our tree every year, and I'm going to teach you how to make one of my favorites! Behold! The Snowball Ornament!
Laaaaaaaaaaaaaa! (<--- Angels singing, of course!)
Now, these were created before I owned a hot glue gun meaning they are incredibly easy to make. This may be a good holiday craft for the kids to help with too.
White yarn (I got the fluffiest stuff I could find)
Flat head pins
This is easy. Wrap the yarn around the styrofoam ball. I used a pin to hold the end to the ball, but you can just hold it if you want.
When you've covered the entire ball with yarn, use a pin to hold the end of the strand in place.
The pin is small so you can't even see it!
Next, take a piece of ribbon and cross it like so. Pin the ribbon to the snowball near the pin you used to hold the end of the yarn. This will be the loop you use to hang it one the tree.
And finished! I told you it was easy. I was honestly worried they would fall apart since there is no adhesive used, but I've had them for 7 years and they haven't fallen apart yet! I still have about 10 of these on my tree. They're subtle. I like that.
I left mine plain, but you could easily dress them up with a bow at the base of the ribbon or with some brightly colored yarn. The sky's the limit!