Even on the coldest days, we simply find winter absolutely beautiful. There’s just something about the way the sunlight hits the snow that lights the whole world up and makes us feel like we’re walking around a shining wonderland! That’s probably why we find ourselves wanting to craft with glitter so much more around the holidays. Don’t get us wrong, we adore glitter and sparkles all year round, but we’ve always got our eyes peeled for cute, sparkly craft ideas to make with our glitter fiend kids around this time of year.
Just in case you love the idea of making glitter based winter crafts just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best designs, ideas, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far this season!
1. Glitter snow globe craft
If you’ve ever made faux stained glass art with your kids before and enjoyed it then we have a feeling this sparkly 2D snow globe craft project from It Happens in a Blink will be right up your alley as well! We’re in love with the way they use sheer wax paper and glitter glue to make the “glass” of the globe so the snowman in the centre can be seen.
2. Sparkly winter paintings
Have your kids often lamented that the winter scenes they love to paint during their crafting time just don’t see to have the same glinting quality that the real world outside has, since there’s nothing shiny in their art for the light to play off of? Then why not add something to make that happen? We adore the way Stay at Home Educator sprinkled a mixture of epsom salts and glitter over their paintings before they dried in order to make them look genuinely frosted.
3. Glittery milk jug icicles
Glitter glue will always be a hit in our house. We suspect that, much like ourselves, our kids will be getting creative with glitter glue until they’ve grown and started crafting with kids of their own. That’s why we couldn’t resist saving this sparkling icicle craft outlined step by step on Kids Craft Room! These particular icicles are made using cut pieces of plastic milk jugs as a base.
4. Icicle glue drip craft
Have you and your kids ever created paint drip crafts before, where you allow the loose, undried paint to move slowly down the page to create an awesome looking dripping effect? Well, this is very similar to that technique except this time you’re working with excess white glue! We adore the way Mommy’s Bundle let their glue move and then sprinkled pretty iridescent glitter over it before it dried to really make it look like snow.
5. Winter glitter candle holders
Perhaps it’s actually you who wants to do the sparkly winter crafting because you’d really like to create a few pieces for your home? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Resin Crafts transformed a plan glass tea light candle holder into a lovely winter piece by adding iridescent glitter all around the top and letting it trail down the sides a little like the icicle ideas you saw above.
6. Sparkly tinfoil icicles
Were your kids pretty intrigued indeed by the idea of making sparkly icicles to hang all over the house but the milk where you come from doesn’t actually come in those clear plastic jugs you saw being used earlier on our list? Then take a look at how this tutorial from Kids Craft Room creates something similar and just as sparkly using glitter instead!
7. Popsicle stick and glitter snowflakes
Are you actually mostly just looking for a craft that will let your kids get creative with glitter and make a little bit of a mess, since you know that’s not-so-secretly their favourite part? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Crafts for Preschool Kids created these cute wooden popsicle stick snowflakes that used the classic glue and glitter pouring trick! Just make sure you put down lots of paper first.
8. Blizzard in a bottle
Have you ever come across big snowflake shaped sequins and thought about how awesome blizzards would look if the snowflakes really were sparkling metallic silver like that? Maybe that’s just us but, even so, that’s why we were so excited to try this adorable “blizzard in a bottle” craft featured on No Time for Flashcards with our kids. Rest assured we put in other loose glitter too, just to make sure the blizzard really sparkles while it swirls!
9. Sparkly winter snowflake slime
Now that you’ve got those silver snowflake sequins and leftover glitter from making the blizzard in a bottle, what should you do with them? Well, our first suggestion would absolutely be to try your hand at making this beautifully sparkling winter version of the trendiest kids’ craft around: slime! Get the full instructions for making glittery snow slime on Little Bins for Little Hands.
10. Frosted, glittery branch
Is it actually you who has been hoping for an opportunity to use glitter in some winter crafting, rather than just your kids, because you think it looks lovely in themed seasonal decor pieces? In that case, we have a feeling this awesomely sparkly frosted branch, featured on Factory Direct Craft, will be right up your alley! It looks like it’s perpetually covered in a fresh layer of morning frost.
11. Sparkling mason jar snowman gift
When we started talking about DIY snow globes in the first craft idea, were you interested but kind of holding out because you thought you might prefer to make something closer to an actual snow globe? Well, this particular idea is actually a little bit different since you won’t shake it around, but Crafts Unleashed still guides you through the process of using white and silver glitter to create a snowy scene inside a mason jar. We love that they embellished their lid and jar like a snowman after!
12. Glitter filled snow puffy paint
Perhaps your kids’ ideal sparkling craft idea would be to paint a wonderfully glitter winter scene on to a page but you don’t happen to have any glitter paint at hand and you’re looking to find them something a little more fun and unusual to do since it’s the holidays? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Imagination Tree made this wonderful snow themed puffy paint that uses iridescent glitter (we love their star shaped choice) to really emulate snow.
13. Sparkly snowman paper plate craft
Paper plate crafts are a simple classic that our kids honestly never seem to get tired of. We love keeping the supplies on hand so they can make just about anything the please out of them whenever the family has downtime. That’s why we thought this super sparkling paper plate snowman was such a great idea! Get the full details for making your own on Easy Peasy and Fun.
14. Christmas glitter gift bows
Maybe you’ve been looking for a glitter craft that you and the kids can make together and share with those around you to brighten their holidays up a little bit as well? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Factory Direct Craft made these adorably sparkly custom folded gift bows that make any little present or holiday party favour you give out this season look even more festive than it would otherwise.
15. Glitter and snowflake confetti votive
Are you still thinking about the glittery candle votives we showed you earlier on our list but you can’t help wondering what they’d look like if you just… covered the entire surface of the glass in glitter? Then we have good news for you! Craft Klatch is here to show you how to do precisely that, but also how to add bonus snowflake sequins if you’d like.
Have you made other kinds of awesome snow and winter themed glitter projects before that you adored the whole process of but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!