There’s no business like snow business. Having grown up in the North but now a transplant in a much warmer locale, I don’t miss snow. My kids, on the other hand, have never experienced snowball fights, snowmen, or homemade-but-suspicious looking snow cones forged in a foot or two of it.
To others who haven’t had the pleasure or displeasure of an encounter with real snow, it’s a beautiful and intriguing thing to behold. Even the fake stuff! Faux snow is pretty to look at and touch, whether it’s part of a huge display or inside a snow globe. Why do you think the wonder and look of it is infused into so many wintry decorations?
Since snow is alluring in so many ways, it’s lead to people coming up with ingenious DIY versions that are great for play or decorating. Case in point: DaveHax’s video on how to make artificial snow. It’s inspiring enough to make you want to create snow people and winter scenes. Just watch, see, and try it out for yourself!
- Baking soda
- White hair conditioner
To make the snow, mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1/2 cup of hair conditioner. You’ll note that in the video, instead of using a spoon, the mixture is being kneaded by hand. This will allow you to feel the texture of the snow. If you find that it’s too sticky, add more baking soda. If it feels too stiff, add more hair conditioner instead. You are going for a fluffy feel that is still moldable.
Some DIYers have been known to use shaving cream instead of hair conditioner for their faux snow recipes, making the snow feel cold. Other combos include cornstarch and shaving cream, baking soda and water, or plain old coarse sea salt. Use what you’ve got to make what you want!
There are so many things you can do with this, including using it for arts and crafts projects. Add some silver glitter to give it a frosty shimmer. Try lining a mason jar with some faux snow to make your own snow globes. The salt version would probably work best for such a project.
If you and the kids decide to make large batches of baking soda faux snow, it can be used for play both indoors or outdoors. Just be prepared for cleanup! Tip: for large outdoor play areas, use a plastic tablecloth under the snow’s container. For indoors, use a baking sheet or newspaper to help keep the area tidy.
Once your Florida-bred babes get the hang of rolling and throwing snowballs, it’s O-V-E-R. This stuff will be the hit of Christmas gatherings, summer breaks, and every snow themed birthday party.
To find out more about how DaveHax used his DIY manufactured snow, watch the video below. It’s not the same as the cold, wet stuff that a lot of people are used to shoveling and frolicking in, but it’s still fun! And, there’s no achy back or frostbite involved. Have you ever played with real snow? What would you do with a DIY version like this? Tell us in the comments!