I’ve had this idea bouncing around in my head to make a winter wreath out of “snowballs” that consist of Styrofoam balls covered in Epsom salt ever since I made the cute little mini pumpkin vase with Epsom salt. Remember that? That project was so easy. I fully expected this one to be easy as well. Not so much.
But before we get to that, here’s how it turned out…
I love the way it turned out. I really do. In fact, it looks just like it did when I pictured it in my mind. I only wish my photo would show how the salt glistens and sparkles in the light!
But while I’m happy with how it turned out, I admit that I’d never make one of these again, for one reason alone…
Oh my gosh…have you priced Styrofoam lately?! It’s obscenely expensive. I mean, I strutted right into Michael’s, knowing fully what I wanted to purchase, and gave little or no attention to the prices. So when I got to the register, and the cashier told me the total, I nearly fell over in shock. I’m sure it showed on my face, but I was too embarrassed to tell him to cancel the purchase, so I went ahead with it.
Seriously…obscenely expensive. I did notice a few days later that the very same Styrofoam is cheaper at Hobby Lobby, so if you decide to make one of these, definitely go there, and USE THOSE COUPONS!!!!
The process is pretty simple, as long as you’re willing to wait patiently while the little balls dry before assembling the wreath. If you’re anxious and impatient like I am, and refuse to wait for the balls to dry completely before trying to hot glue them onto the wreath, then it’s a complete headache because the glue won’t stick, the balls will fall off, you’ll burn your fingers and curse your glue gun, and your “simple” project will end up being not quite so simple.
If you’d like to make your own (after purchasing the Styrofoam using coupons) here are the details:
Tools & Supplies:
- Styrofoam balls (I used 2” and 1.5” balls for mine),
- Styrofoam wreath form (I used a 12” form),
- Epsom salt,
- Mod Podge,
- Large bowl for Epsom salt,
- Small bowl for Mod Podge,
- Paint brush,
- Fork or skewer,
- Cookie sheet (or something to place balls on while drying),
- Hot glue gun,
- Long toothpicks or wood skewers.
1. Using a fork or a sewer to hold the Styrfoam ball, brush the entire thing with Mod Podge.
3. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess Epsom salt, and then place it on the cookie sheet. Repeat this process approximately 750 times (that might be a slight exaggeration) until you have all of the Styrofoam balls completely coated with Epsom salt. Leave them overnight to dry completely.
Now I know you might be wondering why I went to the trouble of covering these in Epsom salt when Styrofoam is already white and a little sparkly. I hope you can tell the difference in this photo, but the Epsom salt really did make a big difference. The plain Styrofoam ball on the left has lots of holes and “pores” in it, which gives it a very light and airy look. The Epsom salt-covered ball on the right looks more dense and icy, like a real snowball (at least, like the few snowballs this Texas girl has seen).
5. When they’re all attached, hang the wreath, and enjoy!
I’m already thinking of more ways to use Epsom salt. I just love the way it glistens and sparkles, and it adds such a pretty touch to fall and winter projects.