Homemade “unbreakable” sand balls for the Christmas tree!

Recently we hosted the Sabbiarelli team at our stand at the G! come Gioccare event for children that is held in Milan every November.  After three intense days, I came to realize that kids LOVE using sand as a part of their art projects.  This realization together with the need to make Christmas tree ornaments that are resistant to little hands (glass balls on the tree just don’t work with a curious 3 year old in the house!) stimulated the following post.  We had a lot of fun making these colored sand covered styrofoam balls and I can’t wait to see how they hold up during the holiday season.

You will need:
Styrofoam balls
Washable school glue
Red craft sand
Glitter glue
Kebab sticks
Chenille stems
Small beads
Paint brushes

How to make them:

Step 1: Insert the kebab stick into the styrofoam ball. This will allow you to paint, cover with sand and decorate without having to actually touch the ball.

Step 2: Put your glue in a small bowl and add a little bit of water to thin it. Completely paint the ball with the glue.

Step 3: Working over a small bowl, pour the red sand all over the ball so that no more white is showing. If you white shows through, you can repeat this step once the first coat is dry. Let dry.

Step 4: Use glitter glue to decorate your “Sand Balls”. Let dry.

Step 5: Cut a 9 cm piece of chenille stem.

Step 6: Slip the cut ends of the chenille stem through a colored bead.

Step 7: Once your glitter glue decoration is completely dry, remove the kebab stick from the ball. Insert the cut ends of the chenille stem into the ball and secure with a drop of glue.

Decorate and enjoy that they don’t break when they hit the floor!


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