DIY Snowball Centerpiece: Lighted for Winter!

That time between Christmas and spring can be such an awkward time to decorate for. Most people pack up anything winter when they put away their Christmas decorations, but you don’t need to put them all away. After all, it is still winter after December 25th, even if it’s still 70° outside like it is where I live! In this post I’m going to show you how to make a DIY snowball centerpiece that includes icicle pinecones and faux snowballs. You can add some fairy lights for a beautiful piece even at night.

Looking for more winter DIYs? You’ll love this round door hanger and this matching winter porch leaner! Those projects contain great tutorials for great crafting ideas that you can use year-round, as well as PNG designs that you can use on signs and other decor!

For a DIY snowball centerpiece you need:

  • packs of styrofoam balls- I got mine from Dollar Tree and used 2 packs of 3 2″ balls and 1 pack of 4 1″ balls. You may need more or less depending on the size of your bowl.
  • pinecones- You can use store-bought pinecones or some from your yard. If you get them from your yard, be sure to bake them at 200° for several hours to open them and kill any insects.
  • other wicker balls or glitter ornaments- I used 2 wicker balls, 3 tiny white ornaments, and 2 small silver ornaments. If you use ornaments, don’t use any that have Christmas-y colors like red and green. Silver, blue, and white are good for winter decor.
  • Mod Podge or liquid glue- Mod Podge holds a little better, but if you don’t have any liquid glue, like Elmer’s, will work.
  • paint or foam brush
  • Epsom salt
  • fairy lights
  • decorative bowl or dish
  • white spray or acrylic paint (optional)

Mod Podge the Styrofoam Balls

Lay down some kraft paper, cardboard, or other scrap paper on your work surface then place the styrofoam ball on top of it. Brush a layer of Mod Podge or glue on one side of a styrofoam ball. You can do one entire side or a small section. Only add glue to the area you can work on before it dries.

Sprinkle the Epsom salt over the Mod Podge.

Pouring Epsom salt over Mod Podge on the styrofoam ball to make a faux snowball for the DIY snowball centerpiece.

Continue adding glue to the ball and sprinkling the salt over the glue until the entire styrofoam ball is covered. You’ll have an adorable faux snowball. Continue making snowballs until you have the number you’d like for the DIY snowball centerpiece. You can scoop up the Epsom salt that is on the kraft paper and sprinkle it on the ball to avoid waste. When you’re finished, carefully pick up the paper and pour the excess salt back into the bag.

Styrofoam ball covered in Epsom salt to form a faux snowball for the DIY snowball centerpiece.

Paint the Pinecones

If you’d like a uniformly white or light-colored centerpiece, you will need to paint the pinecones. It’s absolutely optional as the Epsom salt will lighten the pinecones a little. I had some white pinecones that came from a decorative filler pack and some that were brown, so I painted the brown ones white. You can spray paint them or use acrylic paint. If you use acrylic paint, make sure you paint both sides. Meaning, paint the pinecones while they’re upright, then turn them upside down and paint that side.

Using a paint brush to paint a small pinecone white. It will go in the DIY snowball centerpiece.

Add Epsom Salt to the Pinecones

If your paint is still wet, you can pour the salt on the wet paint, and it will stick without glue. If the paint has already dried, use your paint brush and add Mod Podge to the tops of the little “branches” of the pinecone. Then sprinkle the salt on to the glue. Again, use any excess that’s fallen on to your kraft paper by scooping some up with your fingers or use the paper to pour it back into the bag or on to the ball.

Using my fingers to pick up and sprinkle Epsom salt on to a white pinecone. That makes and "icicle pinecone" to go in the DIY snowball centerpiece.

Continue adding glue and salt until you’re happy with the way the pinecone is covered. When you have all of the icicle pinecones you need, do the same with your wicker balls. You can also add Epsom salt to the ornaments if you’d like to. Mine were covered in silver glitter so they didn’t need anything extra.

Rolling a wicker ball covered in Mod Podge in Epsom salt to be added to the DIY snowball centerpiece.
Here I was rolling the glue-covered wicker ball in the Epsom salt.

Place Fairy Lights in the Bowl

Battery-operated fairy lights are better for a centerpiece than the ones that plug in. It’s kind of hard to hide a cable coming out of the bowl! Add batteries to the lights then place the battery pack in the middle of the bowl. Wind the lights around the inside of the bowl, and if you need to, place some transparent tape on the cable to hold it in place.

Add Items to the DIY Snowball Centerpiece

All you have left to do is to add your beautiful snowballs and pinecones to the decorative bowl. Place your larger items in the middle to cover the battery pack.

Placing a faux DIY snowball in a lighted bowl for a winter centerpiece.

When you add items, you want to even them out throughout the bowl. I added a snowball and a pinecone in the center to cover the battery pack. After that, begin adding an item to the left, and then the same or a similar sized item on the right.

Placing a winter wicker ball in the snowball centerpiece.
I added some bath “beads” to this ball which looks like powdered snow.

Continue adding items until your DIY snowball centerpiece is full and you’re happy with the way it looks. Here is what mine looks like at night.

Winter faux snowball centerpiece in the dark.

Now here it is with the lights on.

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