Date: December 8, 2011
No need to wait for Mother Nature's cooperation to make these glistening no-melt snowballs! These lightweight snowballs are so quick and easy to make, we're surprised they're not piled up in everyone's yard, waiting for a good snowball fight! They can also be grouped or clustered together to make a lovely wintery display! They get their glistening opalescent sheen from several layers of plastic wrap, so this is not the most environmentally-friendly craft, but considering they have a shelf life of a thousand years, you should be able to get at least several holiday seasons out of them! And you can always unravel them and re-purpose the paper and plastic wrap!
• Paper ready for recycling. Newspaper works great too. The color of the paper will show through the snowball a bit so you can do some creative experimentation with different wintery colors like purples and blues.
• Plastic wrap. One container, approximately 200 square feet, will make about 8-10 eight inch snowballs.
• Scotch tape.
How to Do It:
1. Wad up the paper in a very loose ball. There is no need to pack it tightly as that will require too much paper!
2. While the plastic wrap is still on the roll, gently start to wrap it around the paper ball. If you pull too tightly on the plastic wrap in this step, your snowball will shrink substantially.
3. Using a flat surface like a table, continue to wrap the plastic around the ball, gently rolling the ball on the table as you turn it in the plastic wrap. This will help it keep its round shape. You should rotate the ball in the plastic wrap as you roll it so that the wrap is going in different directions.
4. Continue to turn the ball and wrap with plastic until there are approximately 10 layers of plastic wrap, or until it is fairly opaque and you can no longer easily see through it. You should have a nice glistening sheen at this point.
5. To prevent the ball from unraveling, secure the ends of the plastic wrap with scotch tape if necessary. As an option you can also apply a little heat from a blow dryer (with the assistance of an adult) to soften the wrap so it adheres to the layers underneath.
6. Deck the halls!
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