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How To Make Fake Snow For Crafts (Craft Guide)

The countdown is on and it won’t be long till that jolly old man will be slipping down your chimney with his sack full of presents, or coal — It depends on how good you’ve been this year.

And it’s time to get festive! But how can you get Christmas crafting without knowing how to recreate the most essential part of any Winter Wonderland – snow?

Well, if you thought snow would be pretty difficult to recreate, then think again.

I’ve been crafting fake snow every holiday season for the last 20 years, so it’s safe to say I’m something of a seasoned pseudo snow savant, and I’m going to show you how it’s done!

Of course, if you’re just looking for a little decorative snow for a table setting or whatnot, you can use salt, shredded white paper towels, or cotton balls.

But if you’re wanting snow that you can shape and mold, you’ll need to give these recipes a try.

Let it snow!

The Many Ways To Make Fake Snow

Method #1: Paintable Snow

If you’re looking to make fake snow that you can paint on decorations or ornaments then this is the way to do it.

What You’ll Need

  • White Craft Paint
  • Measuring Cup
  • Glitter
  • Tablespoon
  • White Sand
  • Plastic Bowl & Lid
  • Paintbrush

Steps To Follow

  1. Pour ¼ cup of your white paint into your plastic bowl
  2. Then sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of your glitter
  3. Then add 2 tablespoons of white sand
  4. Mix together with the tip of your paintbrush
  5. Paint the mixture onto your decorations and leave for an hour to dry

I love using this method to spruce up old baubles for the tree or decorate festive signs.

I’ve even used this recipe to make my own super snowy Christmas cards! If you’re crafting with kids, however, be sure to observe at all times.

Method #2: Moldable Snow

If you’re looking to make snow that you can mold then this is the way to do it.

What You’ll Need

  • Hair conditioner (white) or shaving cream
  • Baking soda
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon/Mixing apparatus

Steps To Follow

  • Measure a ¼ cup of white hair conditioner or shaving cream- do not add to the mixing bowl yet.
  • Measure one and a half cups of baking soda and add to the mixing bowl.
  • Slowly and gradually add the hair conditioner/shaving cream and mix it in.
  • If your conditioner is quite watery add less, if it is thick you’ll need to add more.
  • Continue adding conditioner until you have a somewhat clumpy mixture.
  • You can then start to try and form snowballs together. If they crumble add more shaving cream/hair conditioner.

This moldable snow recipe is my go-to for things like super detailed window displays or getting the kids into the festive spirit.

It’s so workable that you can even use snowball makers to whip up a big old pile of snowballs in no time.

If that sounds good to you, I’d recommend checking out the Max Fun snowball maker four pack that I use.

They’re affordable, the plastic is incredibly durable, as are the joints, and the hand grip is an absolute godsend when you head out to make real snowballs in your thick gloves!

Method #3: Snow Using Paper Towels & Baking Powder

This makes a super fine powdery snowy texture that is perfect for crafts

What You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Blender or food processor
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon/fork/mixing apparatus

Steps To Follow

  • Shred your paper towels into small pieces
  • Add these to your blender or processor and mix until they become extremely fine.
  • Add the blended paper to a mixing bowl.
  • Add ½ a cup of baking soda to the mixing bowl.
  • Add just a few drops of water to the mixing bowl
  • Mix together thoroughly until it forms a snowy texture

This is another window display secret weapon of mine. I’m friends with a coffee shop owner in town, and I do their display every year — I’d say a good 70% of my decoration is made up of this faux powdery snow.

I also like to use this recipe for decorating homemade cards and tree decorations.

Method #4: Sparkly Snowy Glaze

This is perfect to sprinkle over the glue to make it look like it really snowed on your cards.

What You’ll Need

  • Table salt
  • Talcum powder
  • Glitter
  • Mixing bowl
  • Glue

Steps To Follow

  1. Measure out a ¼ cup of table salt and place in a mixing bowl
  2. Add a ¼ cup of talcum powder to the mixing bowl
  3. And then add a sprinkling of glitter
  4. Spray or dab the surface of the card or decoration you wish to coat with snow with craft glue
  5. Sprinkle the mixture in the bowl over the surface while the glue is still wet and then allow it to dry
  6. Once dry turn the decoration or card upside down to shake away any excess snow.

I mostly use this glaze recipe for card creation with my kids, as it works incredibly well with glue, but it’s fantastic for all types of decorations.

I once made a fantastic length of snowy Christmas bunting using this glittery method, and now it’s one of my favorite bits of festive gear to dig out of the attic when the holiday season rolls around.

Method #5 Toothbrush Snow

This is a super easy way to paint on snow for any crafts and is the perfect option for younger children.

What You’ll Need

  • Old toothbrush
  • White paint

Steps To Follow

  1. Place the card or decoration you wish to cover in the snow on the table in front of you
  2. Dip an old toothbrush into any kind of white paint
  3. Place your thumb on the bristles of the toothbrush making sure that it faces toward the surface you wish to decorate
  4. Rub the bristles and this will spray the paint onto the surface to give a look of snow.

This here’s my all-time favorite kid-friendly crafting snow method. It’s messy, it’s fun, and there’s nothing better than seeing their face light up as this fake snow steadily thickens on their decoration.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Fake Snow In A Can Made Of?

Store-bought fake snow in a can is made out of processed polyacrylate polymers (usually sodium polyacrylate), but it’s far more fun to make your own using one of the recipes detailed above!

How Long Does Homemade Fake Snow Last For?

It can be tricky whipping up just the right amount of moldable homemade snow, so there’s a good chance you’ll have some leftovers, but fret not!

You can keep it in an airtight container for up to 7 days before it loses its snowy qualities.

Final Thoughts

As you can see there are so many different fun ways to recreate snow for crafting. Some are more sensory, like the molding snow that can be really fun for chilled yet fun nights in with the kids.

Making that is sure to involve plenty of laughs and giggles.

Then, there are also many other ways to make snow for your crafting too. Using paint, either the glittery way or the toothbrush way will work great for making decorations look more Christmassy.

Then the paper towel method provides a more realistic snow dusting look, as does the snowy glaze.

Whichever method you do settle on, I can promise you this, as long as you get blasting those Christmas songs, wrap yourself up in cozy PJs, and have a nice warm hot chocolate beside you as you get your craft on, you are sure to have that Christmas feeling.

And is there any better feeling in the world? I think not.

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Michelle Jacobs

Michelle Jacobs

Michelle is a young mom and crafts fanatic. In her free time she loves to write about her latest creations, and how other moms can entertain their children with some colored paper and a pair of scissors!
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