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How to Make Your Home a Winter Wonderland

By Katy Sommerfeld

The Christmas season has finally arrived, and it's got you dreaming of rich hot cocoa and ice skating and soft, fluffy, white snow drifting from the skies onto your front porch. You want to make snow angels with the kids and have snowball fights with your friends, but there's just one problem – it doesn't snow in your neck of the woods!

What do you do when all you want for Christmas is a winter wonderland, but you live in a place with sunny skies and warm weather to keep your spirits low? Or maybe you’re in the city, and dreams of sledding and making snowmen seem impossible. Do you just resign that you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

No way! Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Make a winter wonderland at home!

Here are five of the best DIY crafts that will make your home come alive with the Christmas spirit and make you want to curl up next to the fire and sip some hot cocoa even though it may be sunny and 75 outside!

Glue Gun Window Snowflakes

Have the most beautiful windows on the block with this easy craft.

Supplies needed:

  • Parchment paper
  • A glue gun and glue sticks

Optional supplies:

  • Snowflake tracing patterns
  • Glitter

  1. First, lay your parchment paper over the snowflake pattern you want to use.
  2. Using your glue gun, trace over the pattern as best as you can, or freehand it. Make your glue lines as thick as possible to ensure that the snowflakes will hold together well!
  3. Let the snowflakes dry and cool down. If you want to add glitter to your snowflakes, now is the time! Once they are dry, you can peel them right off the parchment paper.
  4. To adhere the snowflakes to windows, dab a small amount of hot glue on the corners of the snowflake and press it onto the glass.

Think of all the beautiful snowflakes lining your windows! What a great way to feel like you’re surrounded by a winter wonderland. Line your windows with Christmas lights or use fake candles to light up your snowflakes at night.

Homemade Snow

Why not bring the fun out of the outdoors inside? Make some fun, moldable, homemade snow to play with!

Supplies needed:

  • 2 cups of frozen baking soda
  • Up to 1 cup of cold water

  1. Start by pouring two cups of the frozen baking soda into your large container.
  2. Add the cold water very slowly, mixing until you reach a snow consistency that you like.

And that’s it! It’s so easy to make fake snow to use for decorations or for playtime. You can use buttons and beads to make a snowman and go all out by getting a tiny black hat and sculpting a tiny carrot nose for him!

Foam Snowman

Who brings winter cheer better than a snowman! If you don’t have real snow in your front yard, it’s easy to make a snowman out of foam from your local craft store!

Supplies needed:

  • 3 foam balls, one small, one medium, and one large
  • A knife
  • Glue
  • Old scarves, hats, buttons, and other accessories you’d like to use on your snowman

  1. The first thing you need to do is slice off the tops and bottoms of the larger two foam balls so that the snowman can stand flat on the floor or ground. You only need to slice the bottom of the smallest ball, since this will be your snowman’s head.
  2. Next, glue the foam balls together, with the largest ball on the bottom, middle-sized ball in the middle, and the smallest ball on top.
  3. The last thing you’ll need to do is decorate your snowman! Use hats, scarves, and other accessories to dress him up to the nines.

Now you can have your very own Frosty in your living room or your front yard!

Paper snowflakes

This classic winter-time craft will spruce up your home and give it the ambiance it needs to create a winter wonderland!

Supplies needed:

  • Square white paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Thread

  1. First, fold the square piece of paper diagonally to make a triangle.
  2. Next, fold your triangle in half again, making the pointed corners meet.
  3. Point the 90-degree angle of the triangle down, then fold the right 1/3 of the triangle over.
  4. Fold the left 1/3 of the triangle over.
  5. Then, cut across the top of the paper so that it is straight.
  6. While the paper is still folded, cut out different shapes and designs from the edges of the triangle.
  7. Carefully unfold the paper to reveal your beautiful, original snowflake!
  8. If desired, use thread and tape to hang your snowflakes from the ceiling to create a snowfall in your home.

If you are interested, there are countless snowflake patterns online that you can use to make intricate snowflakes to hang up in your home.

Snow-Covered Pinecones

Make your home a dazzling winter woodland creation with these darling snow-covered pinecones!

Supplies needed:

  • Pinecones – you can either buy them or find them outside!
  • Glue
  • Fake snow from your local craft store
  • 2 paper plates

  1. To start, pour a large amount of glue onto one paper plate.
  2. Pour the fake snow onto the other paper plate.
  3. Dip a pinecone in the glue where you want the snow to stick.
  4. Lastly, roll the pinecone in the fake snow. Let it dry on a protected surface.

How simple is that? This little craft will add just the right amount of winter wonder to your home this season.

Try these five crafts out and turn your home into a magical, snowy world. You’ll definitely be needing that extra cup of hot cocoa with all the winter cheer these crafts bring!

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