Winter DIY: How To Make Indoor Snowballs

See how easy it is to make your own faux snowballs to use in winter decorating. Use them as vase or bowl fillers to bring some of that outside beauty inside your home. My snowball tutorial is super easy and makes durable snowballs that will last for years.

Once the weather gets cold outside, I’m always looking for winter DIY projects that I can do while I spend more time indoors. This snowball craft is just the ticket for using up some of the creative energy. Although I have seen several snowball crafts that are for indoor snowball fights, this project is not that. These snowballs are for adults to use for some chic winter decor. For those who prefer to spend more time indoors during the winter, you can still enjoy the beauty of snow in the comfort of your own warm home.

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Indoor Snowball Supplies

I love a project that only needs a few supplies! These snowballs only require three things and you can make several at a time.

How To Make Indoor Snowballs

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***Tip: It’s easiest to follow these steps to complete the top three quarters of the ball. Then once finished, flip the ball over and repeat the steps for the bottom. Place the ball in a small cup or dish while it is drying so it doesn’t roll all over the place.

Step One: Cover Styrofoam Ball With Snow Tex

Using a stiff paint brush, apply the Snow Tex by dabbing and swirling it on. It should have a bumpy texture that resembles real snow. While the Snow Tex is still wet, continue to step two.

Step Two: Sprinkle Diamond Dust Onto The Wet Snow Tex

When you look at snow on a sunny day, you will notice that it sparkles like diamonds. By sprinkling Glamour or Diamond Dust over the wet Snow Tex, it takes on the look of real snow. This is my favorite part because it gives a beautiful glistening effect.

Since the iridescent Glamour Dust is getting harder to find, I recommend using Diamond Dust which gives the same look.

And that’s it! Two easy steps for a fun winter DIY project to decorate your home. Now all you have to do is fill up some buckets, bowls, or trays with your snowball creations.

Ways To Display Decorative Snowballs

diy faux decorative snowballs

Simply place a few snowballs in a decorative bowl. It looks like these were just collected from the outside. However, these balls will never melt!

sparkly faux snowballs

Place a couple of snowballs in a shallow dish on a windowsill. With the sun shining in, you really get to notice the glistening sparkle.

winter diy decorative snowballs

Another idea is to combine the snowballs with other types of decorative balls.  I have a large glass vase that I plan on filling with some of these snowballs and a variety of balls with different textures and colors.

It may also be fun to use a variety of sizes of Styrofoam balls for a more interesting look in a large bowl or to create snowmen for another fun winter craft idea.

The nice thing is that since this craft is so easy, you could fill the house with them!

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  1. could you make snowball ornaments from this?

    1. Yes you can! Just insert either a beading eye pin or an eye screw into the styrofoam before adding the snowtex. You’ll also want to dip the pin or screw into glue first to be sure that it holds well.

  2. Caulking works just as well as Snow-tex. Even though it is thinner making it messier it is sooo much cheaper

    1. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try that out too.

      1. Thank you for the idea. I am a craft designer and specialize in Christmas arrangements. I love this idea to put in arrangements to add a different texture. I will put this knowledge to use. Unfortunately because of COVID-19 all my craft shows have been canceled. 😬

  3. Thanks so much for these instructions. I was getting ready to do this for a project and now after seeing this, I can go ahead and do mine. You make it look so easy with the instructions and the great pictures. Thank you again.

  4. A couple of days ago I’m found this recipe for the snow.You mix equals part of craft paint(found at Hobby Lobby) and FINE sand from Michaels.. Easy to mix and I keep it in a air tight jar.

  5. Can’t wait to try this.

  6. Hello,
    I was just wondering is it durable enough not to fall apart if kids touch them? Also is the texture rough in a way that might cut children’s hands? I am making these into snowmen for a children’s hospital.

    1. Yes these are quite durable and would not be something that would cut a child’s hands. I love the idea of making them into snowmen!

    2. Even though Christmas is over…I’ll be READY next year!!!tfs

      1. You can never start too early! I like decorating with snowballs for the entire Winter season.

  7. BEST recipe for snow. Contact me

    1. Hi,
      Would you please tell me how to make the fake snow and
      quantities you use for each product needed. I like to make new
      things for our church bazaar each year.

      Thank you for the help.

      1. Hi Maureen,
        The instructions are in the first section of the post. All you need for the fake snow is a small container of “snow tex” and some “glamour dust” to sprinkle on. A small container (as pictured) will make approximately three 3 inch balls. It does depend on how thick you apply the snow tex to the styrofoam balls. If you are making a lot of balls, I believe snow tex is sold in larger containers as well.

      2. What is the mixture for the snow you put on the ball?

        1. It’s a product called Snow-Tex which is then sprinkled with glamour dust.

  8. Another way is to take a styrofoam ball, cut in half and rub the two flat sides together….by doing this you will get little particles, when you get a pile, add some white paint, mix and apply with brush. easy peasy

    1. I like that idea! Definitely something to try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Where do u buy the things needed to make this
    I’m having a terrible time. Tried Many recipe and none dry hard and lumpy like this. Ty

  10. I make my snow with white craft glue and baby powder from the dollar store. It really looks good when “pounced” on with a sponge. I have applied this mixture on my Christmas village house roofs and sprinkled them with fine iridescent glitter. This might be another option for you. I’m definitely going to try the sand technique.

    1. Hi Shirley, i would love to know more about your recipeforsnow with the glue and baby powder, if you don’t mind sharing! It sounds awesome!

  11. That’s a wonderful project, but for this lady, it is the only type of snow I want to see! I am including it in my list of craft’s to make with my little nieces – they will love it and I will have some fond memories of time spent with them!

    1. Haha…then this would be a perfect way to see the sparkly white…without having to drive in it or shovel 🙂 It would be a great craft to do with kids….enjoy!

  12. What a cute project.. what a cool center piece this would to have a bile of these on the table. Thanks for the craft idea!

    1. Your welcome Corey! It doesn’t take long at all to make a whole pile of them either 🙂

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