Crafty Adventures in Snow Paint – Part 1

Ever since I came across this pin on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it this crafty experiment. If you mixed Elmer’s Glue and shaving cream together, would it truly make a cool snow paint that still dries puffy? I’m always up for trying new things, especially when it comes to crafting, and with the holidays around the corner, what a perfect time to be adventurous.

I grew up with snow in the winter as a child. And I have many fond memories of growing up when the snow outside was the perfect height and the winter temperature was just warm enough to play outside (in head-to-toe snowsuits of course) and dig tunnels or build snow forts in our front yard. Raising my tween in Southern California, she hasn’t had that much exposure to snow. But I still love building snowmen  – I just am doing it with a little craftiness this time. Below is my teaser for part 2 of this post. = ) stay tuned….

For now though, back to “Adventures in Snow Paint” Part 1. This truly was a crafty experiment. I would have never thought to mix shaving cream with white school glue, but that is where this adventure begins. I mixed about a 50/50 ratio of glue to shaving cream on a paper plate using a popsicle stick to mix.

Then with a small paintbrush, I painted snowflake designs onto colored ornament foam shapes that I found at my local craft store.

The snowflakes are almost 3-D on the ornament shapes. You will not get perfect snowflakes from this technique, but it will look like a fresh giant snowflake has just landed on your ornament. The coolest part is that it does indeed dry puffy, and feels soft to the touch when dry.

But, I couldn’t stop there. For a little fun, I printed out recent pictures of my nephews and trimmed out just their heads. I “snow painted” a snowman shape on two foam shapes and created little mini snowmen.

Then, I placed their cut out heads at the top, added pipe cleaner scarves, black beads for coal, and little sticks for arms. Hee-hee, I just want to eat them up they are so cute!

Then, I punched holes at the top and strung them onto some cute fuzzy white yarn. It made a perfect festive hanging garland for my tween’s room.

Lovely! Have fun making your own “snow paint”. Happy crafting.

Stay tuned for snow paint part 2… = )


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  8 comments for “Crafty Adventures in Snow Paint – Part 1

  1. Gretta
    December 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Great idea and I bet fun to make thanks for sharing

  2. Nancy
    December 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I wonder if this would work to make your own flocking or do you have a recipe for that?

    • December 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      hmmm, I wonder, good idea = )
      I haven’t tried that yet.

  3. marlyjanes
    January 18, 2013 at 5:06 am

    achei lindo divino

  4. Anna Allen
    September 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Great website,love to do crafts with the grandchildren,fun stuff !

  5. Kandra Morales
    November 28, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Love this idea! How long does it take to dry?

    • November 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      It doesn’t actually take long to dry, less than an hour. It depends on how thick you put the snow paint on.

  6. Amy
    December 8, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Love this so much I’m planning to do this as our 2nd grade class holiday party craft next week! But… I am wondering if you needed to apply extra glue to attach the chenille scarves, stick arms and photos? Would this work on paper as well? (I’m not finding foam shapes in our craft store). I am prepping for 20!

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