Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pretty Paper Snowballs

by Dubravko Raos

This artist is from Yugoslavia and now lives in Canada. He paints beautiful houses of the Victorian Farmhouse style, in all seasons.  I have started a series of house paintings on Lovely Whatevers

Today after I caught up on a few things around the house and then did some cutting and pasting,  trying to invent something with paper, and I came up with this snowball.  If you square off a sheet of printer paper, you can follow along and make this. It might be a bit messy, so you can use tongs to handle the snowball.

Scrunch the paper into a ball  with your hand, making edges smooth, if you can.

Paint clear glitter glue all around the balls of paper. This little cardboard box keeps the mess contained.

Then, pour glitter over the glitter glue and roll the ball around a bit in the excess glitter in the box.  This is a prisma glitter from Joann Fabric store called Fairy Dust, and it sparkles the best.

Try using different colours of glitter for different effects.

I had mentioned that I was going to do some sewing tutorials. I still plan on doing that in the future.

Look how you can decorate with paper. These ornaments do not take up much storage space, and they can be eventually tossed out.  I once did an entire tree with white paper and glitter, with shapes like snowflakes, hats, fans, doves, paper doll garlands, and white paper roses. 


Lydia said...

I can make the paper doll garland patterns if anyone is interested.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lady Lydia,
I would like to learn how to make the paper doll garland patterns. I really enjoy your blog and find it refreshing and encouraging.Thank you.

Gail said...

Btw, Lydia, you look fantastic. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen a paperdoll garland since I was a little kid.
Does the younger generation make them or even know what they are? How fun, yes, I would be interested in seeing your paper doll garland and pattern.

Thank you Lydia for the fun and beauty you bring to the world and for sharing a bit of nostalgia.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lady Lydia,
Love the fairy dust idea you used...JoAnne's has good things to try...and you are very good at trying them!!
Your portrait is lovely...could this possibly be a standard feature now on your blogs? Photo portraits through the year...thanks for all you share with us. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog Lady Lydia! Your crafts are so wonderful!! Also, I love the recent pictures of yourself that you have posted. I was wondering if you could possibly do a post on the lovely ways you do your hair..I love some of the "updo" hairstyles you wear and would like to know how you do them?? God Bless and thank you for such a wonderful womanly blog!!!

Anonymous said...

My older daughter has made me some paper snowflakes, a kind of rolled pattern. It looks complex to me! Anyway, I have a couple of them hanging from threads at the windows, & they look so delicate & pretty. As you've said, it's amazing what kinds of decorations one can make from plain, ordinary paper.


Anonymous said...

Is that you by the tree? You are a VERY beautiful Proverbs 31 woman!

KMD said...

What a pretty site!

You might like a photo of my old 5th-generation farmhouse:

Jerri said...

Thank you for sharing this idea. I will try this......


Lydia said...

We used to make these from newspaper or a roll of paper, because you could make a much longer garland.

For an interesting change, fold your paper wider and join the boy to the girl, or change the hairstyle and the skirt shape of the girl, and put two of them on a strip. Then, draw faces and colour the clothing.
To find out why newspapers have such huge sized paper, go to The Pleasant Times and read the article.

Anonymous said...

I love the photo of you, too! It looks like you have a little silver in your hair. I have quit coloring my hair and am feeling proud of the gray (crown of glory) my hair is becoming. You are beautiful with a touch of silver. Thanks for your lovely blog.

Lydia said...

the silver is not too bad. Girls pay hundreds of dollars to have lighter streaks put in their hair, and I pay nothing!

Anonymous said...

You're beautiful, inside and out, Lady Lydia!

I love the idea of making the doll garlands with newspaper--I think we'll do it today!!
God bless you!