How to Make Fake Snow for Decorations

    by Ashley Kurz

    About the Author

    Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.


    You can make fake snow to decorate for the winter season indoors or even outdoors if you are in an area where snow is unusual during winter holidays. There are a few ways to quickly and simply add snow to your decor with ordinary household or craft supplies. Create a winter scene on a tabletop or add some frost to Christmas tree bulbs. Give any piece of decor a winter makeover with fluffy white snow.

    Things You'll Need

    • Cardboard or poster board
    • Utility knife
    • White glue
    • Polyester batting
    • Scissors
    • Iridescent glitter
    • Paper plate
    • White glitter
    • Polystyrene balls
    • Spray adhesive
    • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
    • White craft paint
    • Paintbrush

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    Create a Tabletop Winter Scene

    Cut a piece of cardboard with a utility knife so that it fits the surface of an end table or coffee table.

    Drizzle white glue over one side of the cardboard. Don't worry about messy lines, as they will not be seen through the snow.

    Cut a sheet of polyester batting to fit the same table and press it over the glue on the cardboard so that it covers the entire sheet. Allow the glue to dry for about 20 minutes.

    Sprinkle iridescent glitter over the foam batting to create the illusion of sparkling snow.

    Arrange your knickknacks and other items of holiday decor over the snowy tabletop for a winter scene.

    Make Snowballs

    Fill the bottom of a paper plate with white glitter.

    Spray several polystyrene balls with spray adhesive and roll them in the plate of white glitter. Allow the adhesive to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    Place the snowballs in various places throughout your home or arrange them on a table, in a basket or in a bowl.

    Add Permanent Snow to Tree Ornaments

    Set your hot glue gun to medium heat and allow the glue inside to melt.

    Drizzle a bit of glue onto the tops of Christmas tree ornaments and allow the glue to dry.

    Paint the glue drips with white craft paint and a paintbrush to make them look like snow resting on the ornaments. Allow the paint to dry before hanging the ornaments.


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