How to Make DIY Faux Snowballs for Your Winter Decor

Winter is here, and what better way to embrace the season than by creating your own DIY faux snowballs? 

This super simple craft is the perfect way to add a touch of winter wonder to your home, whether you’re looking for a unique Christmas ornament or just want to enhance your winter decoration game. I’ll guide you through the process of making these beautiful snowballs using common household items and a sprinkle of creativity.

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Cold Outside, Cozy Inside

Today I’m excited to join some fellow bloggers in sharing all sorts of winter decor ideas. Thank you to Carol from Blue Sky at Home for organizing us with our wintry projects! You may have just come from Perfecting Places and seen all of Kim’s wonderful ideas for decorating for winter. Kim always has such creative ideas that inspire!

Welcome! I’m Missy and I’m delighted you’ve dropped in! Sonata Home Design is all about creative home decorating with color, pattern, and easy DIY projects. Our homes should reflect who we are and bring us joy in both big and small ways!

Growing up in western Nebraska, our snowstorms were epic! 

The snow drifts outside our front door were so tall that we dug multi-level tunnels in our very elaborate fort!

It doesn’t snow quite like that anymore where we live. But I do love to occasionally throw some snowballs when the conditions are right.

And of course, we always love to take pictures of the latest snowfall!

Last year, I caught this photo of my husband taking an early morning snowy photo!

Brian taking an early morning photo of new snowfall.

A fun way to decorate in the winter is by making your own DIY faux snowballs. Now, while they are not to be thrown like real snowballs, they definitely look pretty sitting on a front porch.

I even like displaying DIY indoor snowballs that remind me of the winter wonderland outdoors!

These snowfalls are incredibly easy to make and the glittering “snow” will almost tempt you into indoor snowball fights!

The Magic Ingredients:

To get started on your DIY faux snowballs, gather the following materials:

  1. Diamond Dust or Epsom Salt: This versatile ingredient will give your snowballs that authentic icy texture.
  2. Mod Podge: The ultimate crafting glue and sealer, essential for creating durable and beautiful snowballs.
  3. Small paintbrush or sponge brush
  4. Repurposed light fixture globe: Transform ordinary ornaments into magical snow-filled spheres. You can also use a clear glass ornament.
  5. Rubbing Alcohol
  6. Spray Adhesive
Supplies needed to make diy faux snowballs that include aa glass globe, Diamond Dust, and Mod podge

Where Do You Find Repurposed Light Fixture Globes?

You can find repurposed light fixture globes at various places such as thrift stores, salvage yards, online marketplaces like Etsy or eBay, and even local garage sales. 

Additionally, consider checking with architectural salvage shops, where you might discover unique and repurposed lighting components. I found a shelf with dozens of light fixture globes at our local ReStore. 

Also, keep an eye on community swap groups or online forums where individuals might offer or sell repurposed items, including light fixture globes.

If you don’t have access to salvaged glass light globes, try using clear glass ornaments.  Your snowballs might be smaller but the icy process is the same and you will still end up with festive, sparkling faux snowballs!

How to Make DIY Faux Snowballs

The first thing you want to do is set up a clean and spacious work surface. 

Anytime you work with materials like Diamond Dust, Epsom salt, or white glitter, there is going to be a little mess. 

So lay down some old newspapers or a large tablecloth to catch any excess materials.

Take your clean glass light globe and give it a quick once-over with some rubbing alcohol to make sure it is free of dust.

Next, brush Mod Podge evenly over the entire outer surface. So simple!

Applying mod podge to a glass globe.

Then, sprinkle a generous amount of Diamond Dust into a large bowl. Take the Mod Podge-coated glass globe and roll it in the Diamond Dust. This will give the globe a delightful bumpy texture reminiscent of actual snow!

Pressing Diamond Dust onto a glass globe.

Using a sponge brush, I pounced more glue onto the glittering globe and repeated the rolling process several times.  This gives the “snowballs” the look of thickly encrusted white ice. 

If you like, you can enhance the sparkle by adding white or silver glitter to add some beautiful shimmer.

Finish the project by spraying the globe snowball with some spray adhesive. This will keep the Diamond Dust on the globe where you want it!

diy faux snowballs lined up and dryingg on the countertop.

Decorating with DIY Faux Snowballs

Not sure what to do with faux snowballs? Get ready to sprinkle a bit of winter magic throughout your home with our delightful list of creative ideas for decorating with DIY faux snowballs! 

diy faux snowballs displayed on top of glass vases.
  • Table Centerpiece: Place a cluster of faux snowballs in a decorative bowl as a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table or living room coffee table. Add a sprinkle of silver glitter for an extra festive touch.
  • Snowball Garden Planter: Display your DIY snowballs in a garden planter or basket for an adorable winter accent. This makes for a quick and easy decoration that you can place in any room.
diy faux snowballs placed in a garden pot on the front porch.
  • Snowball Candle Holders: Nestle small LED candles into a bed of faux snowballs in clear glass containers for a cozy and safe candlelit ambiance. Perfect for adding warmth to your winter evenings.
  • Snowball Vase Topper or Filler: Use faux snowballs to fill clear vases or apothecary jars. This elegant display adds a touch of winter to any room, and you can customize it by incorporating other seasonal elements like pinecones or berries.
DIY glass snowballs displayed as a centerpiece.
  • Snowball String Lights: Stuff string lights into your DIY snowballs to create a glowing winter display. Enjoy the snowy glow!
  • Snowball Bowl Fillers: Add interest to decorative bowls by using faux snowballs as fillers. Mix in other wintry elements like pinecones or silver ornaments for a lovely and textured arrangement.
diy faux snowballs displayed with evergreens.

Winter Wonderland

These winter DIY faux snowballs are a fabulous craft project to bring a little snowy fantasy to your winter home decor. With just a few simple materials, you can create beautiful snowballs that capture the essence of the season. The bumpy texture of faux snowballs is sure to add a touch of magic to your home. 

diy faux snowballs sitting in front of winter themed wall art.

So, whether you live in a climate with snowfall or not, you can create your own snowy winter with enchanting DIY faux snowballs!

Be sure to head over to White Arrows Home and check out Kristin’s winter mantel inspired by snow days!


burlap wrapped candle with winter greenery on white mantel
challah bread pudding on winer table
candles and comfy pillow
flower flowers in rustic pot with blue patterned bowl
faux snowballs in decorative galvanized bucket
white wood snowflake display
winter table
winter table

Peacock Ridge Farm – Tartan Winter Tablescape

WM Design House – Winter Dining Room Decor

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  1. I love this. I have several I have used as lights in my garden beds, but I love the idea of turning them to glowing snowballs and using them in my window box. Now I have a plan for 2024!

  2. Missy, your DIY snowballs are beautiful! What a great idea to repurpose the light fixture globes! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  3. What a fun craft idea! I love that you used light globes. They look fantastic. I have a few faux snow balls I bought years ago but never thought of making my own. Thanks for the inspiration. XO- MaryJo

  4. Hi Missy! I love these cute faux snowballs! I have never used “diamond dust” but am very intrigued by it! Great DIY for Christmas or Winter decor! I’ll be sharing this in my weekly newsletter on Saturday! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I am so sorry I missed this earlier! Thank you SO much, Donna! I truly appreciate the share! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  5. I am going to keep my eyes out for “snowball possiblities”. Any project that I can embellish with diamond dust is a good project! Haven’t been to my local Restore for way toooo long! Here in Maine we are getting 5-7″ so far of new snow–and I’m NOT a winter lover!

    1. Hi Kathy,
      We are finally getting snow!You might have noticed that my faux snowballs had some green grass in the background? That was early December! LOL! I hope you are tucked in at home so you stay warm and cozy!

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