Homemade Snowballs and A Christmas Lantern

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Today I am sharing with you a quick tutorial for making homemade snowball bowl & vase fillers. As you can see I used them in a Christmas lantern. Or you can hang them from your tree or garland too!

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Here are the supplies I used.

Old Christmas Ornaments {I removed the hangers since they were not going on the tree}

Mod Podge

Epsom Salts

Crafting Paint Brush

Cardboard/Paper surface to pour Epsom salts onto

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I also found some grapevine balls and pine cones in my crafting supplies and covered these in Epsom salts too!

The process is pretty simple. Paint your old ornaments with Mod Podge and then roll in the Epsom salts & let dry.

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The ornaments really look like snowballs and the grapevine balls & pine cones look as if they are covered in ice!

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I placed these in front of the wood stove and they dried so fast!

Then I mixed them with extra grapevine balls, pine cones and berries from the dollar store.

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I tied a simple holiday ribbon to the handle of the lantern and the look was complete!

Now I have a Christmas Lantern.

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  1. These looks great! I bought some snowy items last year and would like to add more to eat this year. Your tip may be just what I need. Thanks!

  2. Wow! These are so beautiful!
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  3. I love it, Sarah! What a great project… I’m definitely going to be doing it this year! Thanks for sharing :)
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  4. These look so easy to make and look great mixed with the rustic/natural orbs.
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  5. These are all look so wonderful
    Very nice job!!
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  6. Great wee tutorial. Love them!!

  7. Thank you for this tutorial. I was thinking I needed something sparkly for a display and I think this will work.
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  8. Very cute, love the snowballs!!
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  9. I have been wanting to try this method. Your snowballs look fantastic in your lantern. Love the icy look of the pine cones too. I also made some faux snowballs but used different materials.
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  10. looks so beautiful, Sarah.
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  11. This looks a little more natural than glitter so I think I’d better give it a try. I start on Christmas projects this week!

  12. OOOO!!! I LOVE this idea! These look so cool and really effective! :)
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  13. Cute idea and love it. I need to get a lantern. Thank you for sharing. Always looking for new ideas.

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  14. Beautiful! I love the look and it looks like so easy :)Thanks for sharing!

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  15. These are beautiful! I have some epsom salts left over from another project and I had no idea what to use them for…I think I’ll be trying these! Thanks for sharing.
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  16. I am so going to make some snowballs! I love this. I appreciate you sharing on “I Gotta Try That Monday”
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  17. Too cute! Looks great!


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  18. AWESOME and cheap. I’m totally going to do this with dollar store ornaments!
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  19. That is such a clever idea, Sarah. I think I must try that!

  20. This is very lovely and amazing! What a nifty idea! So simple and beautiful. Thank you for giving me some ideas for Christmas decorating. Yay! :)

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  21. Beautiful!
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  22. Such a great idea, thank for the tutorial. Love your cabinet and the vines, everything is beautiful. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. Looks great! Very pretty! Cheers.

  24. I just linked up my lanterns…I love those snow balls! They would be perfect in mine too! Excellent idea! ~ Julie
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  25. I do love the sparkle that Epsom salt gives those white balls! How beautiful!
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  26. So pretty! Love the cozy affect! :)

  27. I didn’t know snow balls could be so easy, and that display cabinet is fabulous. I’d love it if you’d like to my first ever Worthy Wednesday Link Party. http://forwhatitsworth-jeannie.blogspot.com/2012/11/im-excited-and-nervous-to-introduce-my.html?spref=bl
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  28. Love your Christmas lantern! I’d love for you to share it at my party! Hope you can stop by!
    House on the Way
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  29. Oh my goodness – I love this so much! Pinning for a later project. I would love for you to share this on my pin-up party at MightyCrafty Mondays: http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/search/label/MightyCrafty%20Mondays
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  30. I love it! Those little snowballs are super cool looking, and everything looks wonderful in that lamp. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
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  31. Hi, I’m visiting from Hoo’s Got Talent! I love your snow balls. So cute. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Love it! Im making this for my outdoor decoration.

  33. What a great idea, thanks so much for the tutorial! I LOOOOVE that lantern, where did you get it??? Love the trees too. XO, Pinky

  34. Hi Sarah these are really cute”snowballs” ;-) I’ve made two “test” ornaments, but not decorating just yet – I’m still basking in the Fall / Thanksgiving colors.
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  35. What a great idea! And they turned out so pretty. Make me long for Christmas even more. :-)
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  36. Love this, epsom salt makes the best “snow” I have plans to make some snowballs of my own now – thanks!
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  37. so clever! they look lovely my friend. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo
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  38. Oh this is simple but so effective!! Thanks for sharing!
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  39. I love every little detail! And what a beautiful piece of furniture!

  40. Another great project! I’ve become a new subscriber – great job! Joining from Shine On Fridays – http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/
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  41. Love the look! It came together so well and is gorgeous. This is something I need to do.

  42. Aaah! I can’t believe those are so simple to make and SO gorgeous!! Love love LOVE! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!
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  43. Sarah,
    This is BEAUTIFUL! Just gorgeous! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    and the snowballs are sooo cool.
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  44. Love these fabulous snowballs and your Christmas lantern. I can’t wait to try these fabulous fillers.
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  45. Love your snowballs , they look great with the pinecones !
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  46. Love, love this project! Beautiful idea and great inspiration!

  47. This is so beautiful and a great tutorial. I would love to have you share this and any other posts with this weeks Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
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  48. Sarah, love this idea! I just bought epsom salts and created a few snow scenes in bottles. I have a brown lantern I want to use out on my porch. I usually fill it with pinecones. This year I think they need a good frosting. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
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  49. LOve this idea — pinned. Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  50. Hey lady!
    This looks fabulous! I LOVE it! Apparently, so did Marvelous Mondays visitors as this was the most viewed link at last weeks party. I will be featuring it tonight on the party post!

    Have a great Sunday.

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  51. Everything looks great, I love the sparkle on the balls.

    I’m headed over to enter the Scentsy giveaway if it’s still going on (I LOVE Scentsy).

    Visiting you today from the No Rules Weekend hop. :)
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  52. These are fantastic I just shared them on my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/missinformationblog
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  53. So gorgeous!! LOVE all the textures and colors you put together. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!! Pinning this.
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  54. Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative last week – I’m featuring you today! I’m also hosting my first official giveaway and would love for you to check it out.


    Have a great day!
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  55. You have been featured on this week’s Creative Corner Hop. Feel free to stop by and grab the “Spotlight is on You” button from the right sidebar of my blog. And thanks for sharing with us!

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  56. Gorgeous! Wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up today.

  57. You always have the neatest ideas! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I’m looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  58. Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love your cabinet with your handmade snowballs. So festive!

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  59. I love these! Everything looks so lovely. I’m sharing your post on FB. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy
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  60. The snowballs, grapevine balls & pine cones look as if they are covered with snow, plus your table trees they all make a beautiful snowy scene, vignette.

    I’m concerned about using epsom salt tho what if a dog gets it and chews on it, epsom bath salts are toxic aren’t they??? Anyone else concerned about that? Would kosher salt work as well?
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  61. Hi! So happy to feature you at me Super Link Party! :-)
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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  62. Sarah,
    LOVE this idea! I’m going to make some then decorate the lantern I made my hubby buy and NEVER did anything with! lol Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :)

  63. This is a really cool idea!!!! Relatively inexpensive to achieve with not a ton of time investment. I’m not a “crafty” person per se, but I do love the look of anything “blingy”, so something like this really appeals to me! I wonder if I could use old basketballs or those cheap rubber balls to have even bigger snowballs? Hmmmmm….Something I’ll have to investigate! Great tip, and your Christmas vignette is really pretty! Happy Holidays!
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  64. Congrats! You’ve been featured for this creative project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. The snowballs and lantern are a great idea for the Christmas holiday! Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  65. what a great project! Would love to display them on the porch to greet visitors. You make it look easy and truly lovely.
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  66. I love this idea! I will be featuring them at Creations by Kara tomorrow. :)
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  67. Gorgeous!! So simple and look fabulous!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Artsy Corner. Hope to see you again this week! :)
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  69. Awesome idea! Totally pinning it!
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  70. Thanks for idea. Ornaments were wrong scale for my project so I used 2nd hand golf balls. I painted white craft paint over ball title & let dry. Then I used your method. Perfection! Thanks

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