Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snowball Fight in a Bucket!

Ever had the urge to throw a snowball at someone...
say...your sister...
and there was just no snow around to do it?

Or you didn't want the hassle of putting on your snow suit,
bundling up with 3 pairs of socks, boots,
long underwear, your scarf and mittens...
then waddling outside in the cold to MAKE the snowballs?

Never fear!
Now you, too, can have an indoor snowball fight!
No cold, wet, messy snow needed!

Start with some styrofoam balls.
These were $4.77 at HobLob before the coupon ($2.86 after).
Some felt sheets 4/$1...can't beat that!
You'll also need a couple paint pens or some acrylic paint and brushes.
Oh...and some hot glue.

Next you need a pail.  I got this one half off so it was $2.50
but it ended up being WAY too small for this size snowball.
I actually found a larger one in the basement that was nice.

It would be perfect for the next smaller size.

For this size snowball...I cut the felt into these funky
shapes to fit the ball...about 1 3/4" at the widest spot by 4 3/4" long.
You'll need 6 per snowball.

If you're me, you need extras for when you screw up.

It might sound funny to say: center your first piece on the ball...
but you'll see what I can be lopsided if you try. :)

Follow suit with the remaining pieces...matching up the edges as you go.
The points will come together like this:

Looks like I need some lotion.

For the faces...I had rubbed on some pink cheeks, but
I think the glitter spray paint made them fade away. :(

However, you could dab on some pink acrylic paint...
I had only used a gel pen.  Trust me...that didn't work.

The eyes and mouth were a fine tipped permanent pen.
I used an orange paint pen for the nose.

You could use paint pens for all of it...
or just paint and a brush...or three.

I finished off the balls with some glitter spray paint.
I tried applying glue and glitter.
Ummmm...that didn't work so well.

But I did NOT use the Krylon Glitter Blast -
I think that might be TOO much and cover the face.

I spray painted the pail...this is the Krylon Cherry Red.
Isn't it happy?

I was going to use vinyl for the front of the pail...
but that didn't work out so well.  It didn't want to stick.

That "frame" you see is vinyl...but it may come off at any moment!

The writing, snowflakes and snowball face are all drawn on with paint pens.
They are awesome.
I love them.
A lot.

The felt gives the styrofoam enough weight
to be thrown across the room...
but not enough to hurt or likely break anything.

Not that I'm advocating horseplay in the house.
But not that I can stop it.
You should see the chaos when a grown man and his
18 year old daughter have a marshmallow gun war.

I hide in the bathroom.

I hope your holiday season has started off smashingly.

I know I promised some hot drink mixes...
they are a-comin' folks...
workin' on the last one.

So...what's YOUR favorite hot drink
at Christmas or any time during the winter?

Sloshing it up at these fun parties:

The Dedicated House
Simply {Kierste}
The 36th Avenue
Savvy Southern Style
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Clean and Scentsible
Jennifer Rizzo
At The Picket Fence
Tatertots and Jello
Serenity You
I Heart Naptime
I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Or So She Says
Averie Lane
Love Grows Wild
Life With the Crust Cut Off
Wonderful at Home
Lamberts Lately
Saving 4 Six
From My Front Porch to Yours
Embracing Change
Living Well Spending Less
A Peek Into My Paradise
The Craft Dictator
Crafts a la Mode
Lil' Luna
Cheerios and Lattes
Twelve O Eight
DIY Showoff
Carrie This Home
Put A Bird On It
Horrific Knits
Will Cook For Smiles
Live Love Create
Living Locurto
The Scrap Shoppe
3 Little Greenwoods
Lolly Jane
Huckleberry Love
Sew Can Do
Funky Polkadot Giraffe

This project was inspired by something in a catalog from this site.


  1. Really cute project! I love the little red bucket too! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  2. Kelly- I think those are the cutest snow balls I have ever seen. You did a great job on them. VERY clever-xo Diana

  3. I think these are such a fun idea! I know my family would love using them. Pail is simply wonderful.

  4. I am thinking you should sell these! They are fantastic!!!

  5. What a super fun and seriously original idea! And I'm seriously impressed with your artistic skills on that pail.

    No go hide in the bathroom.



  6. This is such a fun idea! I'm might have to do this since we rarely have snow in Louisiana! Thanks for the visit today! Please stop back by again soon!

  7. So cute! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Tuesday - Saturday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  8. I'm in love with cute! I'm so happy you linked up with Mop It Up Mondays yesterday. You're being featured on The Tuesday Ten:

    Thanks bunches!

  9. Kelly! This is the CUTEST idea!! I just love it. Pinning... NOW! : )

  10. This is too stinking cute! I love anything snowmen at Chrismtas.

  11. so cute featuring this tomorrow on Serenity Saturday @

  12. What a clever and fun idea! I'm afraid my kids might get a little too much use out of this! Pinning!

  13. LOVE.Pinning. Following you immediately ;) hehe! Loving your blog!! Glad you visited me today!

    ~ Brenda

  14. Oh, this is so cute!! Pinning!
    Would you like share it at the Foodies & Crafties Soirée - There is one each Thursday with a blog hop on different social media, so great way to gain some new followers:)
    Hope to see you there! Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  15. These are so cute! It will be a great project for a winter day and the kids will love them! Thanks for sharing!

  16. So, so cute!! I think this would be a great thing for our Elf on the Shelf to bring one day. :) Stopping by from LWSL Thrifty Thursday and pinning. :)

  17. These are just so adorable! I love anything with snowmen! :) Visiting from Tatertots & Jello - thank you so much for sharing! Hope you have a happy weekend!

  18. I told you last year how much I love this idea ... and now I'm telling you again! Oh, and I'm pinning again too!!!

    Thanks so much for your amazing and fabulous inspiration!

    :) Linda

  19. Oh my, these are just to cute and found you while being featured over at Living Well Spending Less. Thanks for sharing this with us today. :-)

  20. Super Cute! They would be so cute sitting by the fireplace- Great Job and thanks for sharing

  21. What a cute and creative gift idea! I might have to make this for my kids. I would love it if you'd link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop--we love seeing cute craft ideas like this! By the way--your photos are fabulous!

  22. Hey Kelly! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! I love this post and would love for you to link up to the Merriest Blog Hop each Friday until Christmas and share your creations! This is such an original idea. Very creative!

  23. I saw these in a catalog and thought, "Hey, I could make those!" But I wasn't quite sure the best way to go about it…felt, stuffed with fiberfill…or pom poms? This way is genius! Love it!

  24. Amazing idea and perfect for my kids and nephew, thank you!!!

  25. What a cute toy for the little ones. Love the tin transformation too!

  26. Kelly this is SO fun! What a cute idea for kids! :)

  27. thank you for linking up last week @ craft, Create & Inspire linky party your awesome project is featured this weekend , I hope you will join us again this weekend :)

    don't forget to grab a featured button off my sidebar :)

    claire @ live love create (new blog name )

  28. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your indoor snowball fight! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  29. OMGee this looks like so much fun! Love the cute bucket too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this post at Show Me Saturday! I can't wait to see what you linkup this weekend!

    Merry Christmas!
    ~ Ashley

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