Making Christmas Ornaments from Marshmallows

kaths-snowballMaking Christmas ornaments from marshmallows is one of the simpler ways of having some craft fun with your children or grandchildren. Going through my photographs, I found a picture of this marshmallow tree decoration my granddaughter Katherine made a few years ago. I remember how much fun she had, making it, and how proud she was of the results. So I’ve put it on the list of craft ideas to explore with her little sister, Emily,  next week.

Since Katherine made this one at school, it got me suddenly thinking about public school teachers, and how much we take it for granted when our kids come home with projects like this. Having been doing crafts with Emily for the last 3 weeks, I’m beginning to have some appreciation of the preparation – though ideas are everywhere around us!

But these little ornaments truly are easy to make. And you’ll have a lovely decoration at the end of your craft session, (providing your `Emily’ hasn’t eaten all the marshmallows!)

  • You need:
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Ribbon, cut into 9″ pieces
  • Large beaded-end dress-making pins (multi-colored beads work best)
  • Miniature marshmallows

1. Stick a pin through the center of the ribbon and into your styrofoam ball, so that each end is identical in length. Tie knot at top. (Now you have a loop, for hanging your ornament on the tree.)

2. Push one marshmallow on each pin, then push pin with marshmallow into styrofoam ball, as far as it will go.  Repeat, until entire ball is covered, making sure all the marshmallows are packed tightly together.

3. Hang ornament on tree.

Simple, isn’t it?

But, knowing Emily, I won’t be surprised if she wants us to make Polar bears, snowmen and who knows what else, besides!

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