We don’t often have snowballs in Mississippi, especially at Christmas. With our 68° temperatures of late, I decided it was time to dream up my own version. So, in my head, I’d envisioned a very large ornament for hanging from a light fixture, a chandelier, or possibly from the ceiling as a Christmas tree topper.
This is my inspiration:
The Mississippi Snowball necklace – a popular necklace over the last few years sold here in Mississippi at specialty retail shops. I love the beauty of it, the fun idea of it, and the unique-to-Mississippi aspect of it. State pride, y’all.
In my mind over the last couple of weeks, I’d pictured one made from various shades of white ornaments. While shopping at JoAnn’s Crafts, I found some silvery-white ones I liked. Then, at Dollar Tree, I found a set of ten smaller ornaments – one dollar, y’all, for ten! Couldn’t pass that up.
I tried stringing them all together with ribbon.
Looks OK, but not symmetrical when hung. So, I fired up the old glue gun…
Started gluing on the only foam ball I had on hand. Scratch! Too much surface, not enough ornaments. Strike two! So, I carefully removed the ornaments I’d already glued and trimmed down that styrofoam ball.
OK, so I’m showing my total stupidity here. Still too big. Strike three, but I’m not out, ’cause I’ve got the ball, and it’s still in play…right? The rest of the story is that I found in my craft “stash” a leftover styrofoam egg from my Hymn Book Christmas Angel. Looked pretty small for this project, but it worked.
I love it as much as expected, y’all. Maybe it’s a Mississippi thing. You can make one and call it by your state name. Although, if you’re from Chicago or New York, it probably won’t have the same effect. ‘Cause you’ll have the real thing.
Merry Christmas, y’all!