Indoor Crafts for Snow Days

Indoor Play Snow

Sometimes in Virginia we have a “snow day” when we didn’t really get any snow…sometimes there’s just not enough to play in, or sometimes it’s just ice and bad roads. Make your snowman inside with this easy DIY recipe that feels like real snow.

What you need

  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner, preferably white
  • Plastic container or large pan to use for play area

Directions

  1. Mix baking soda and conditioner together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir together with spoon until somewhat crumbly in texture. Snow should be moldable, like damp sand.
  3. Place snow in container and let play begin! Make snowmen, mini snow castles, and use your imagination!
  4. The snow can be stored in a sealed container for future use. If it becomes dry, revive it with a little more conditioner.
  5. Cleanup is easy…a quick vacuum will take care of it!

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments

In the snowy weather, the birds need some birdseed! Help them out with this birdseed ornament that’s fun and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup birdseed
  • Cookie cutters
  • Parchment paper or wax paper.

Directions:

  1. Over low heat, melt coconut oil in a saucepan
  2. Add birdseed and stir until evenly coated
  3. Transfer to a new bowl and let cool until coconut oil begins to firm. You can also place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until it begins to firm.
  4. Place a piece of wax paper on a flat surface. Pack the cookie cutter full of the mixture, and let set for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from cookie cutter and poke a hole in the center for string to hang the ornament.
  6. Hang the ornament outside (it will soften and melt if they’re kept indoors)

Homemade Winter Window Clings

Add a fun winter flair to your home with these homemade window clings.  They’re super easy and your kids will love making them.

What you’ll need:

  • puffy paint
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Tape
  • A large plastic freezer bag
  • A snowflake template…use ours or draw your own

Directions:

  1. Cut off the zipper part of the freezer bag – it will just get in the way.
  2. Slide your template into the freezer bag and tape it in place.
  3. Use the puffy paint to trace over the snowflake shape on the template. Use very thick strokes for easier peel off, and make sure all the lines are connected to each other.  
  4. Go wild…sprinkle with glitter!
  5. Let puffy paint dry completely, cool outside or in refrigerator, 24-48 hours.
  6. Peel off carefully and stick on windows.

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Printable Window Cling Template:

 

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