The moment the snow falls each winter, just about everything in our house becomes winter and snow themed. That’s because our kids positively adore playing in the snow. Even on days when it’s too cold for them to last long outside, the come inside and immediately want to watch winter movies, bake snow themed treats, or make snowflake shaped crafts; preferably all three at once, if they had their way. That’s why we always have our eyes peeled for new, wintery DIY ideas that are kid friendly and will keep them busy on long, chilly days inside over the holiday season!
Just in case your family is just as enthusiastic about winter and snow as ours is, if not more, here are 15 of the best designs, ideas, and crafting tutorials we’ve come across so far this year.
1. Coffee filter, paper straw, and pasta snowflakes
Our kids have always loved mixed media crafts. The most different (and preferably unconventional) things they can use at once to make something awesome, the most time they’ll spend doing it! That’s why we thought these tie-dyed coffee filters with paper straw and pasta noodle snowflake details were such a good idea. Get the full details for making them on Easy Peasy and Fun.
2. Snow slime
Any parent with kids of just about any age will already be all too familiar with slime because of how hard it’s trended lately, but honestly, we’re pretty sure we like it almost as much as our kids! There are just so many awesome kinds you can make and it keeps the kids busy and happy for hours. make them extra happy over the holidays by helping them make this snow themed textured slime featured in detail on Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls!
3. Sparkly sequin and popsicle stick snowflakes
Have your kids always marvelled at the way snowflakes twinkle and sparkle in the sun or the moonlight as they fall from the sky? In that case, we have a feeling they’ll get a huge kick out of this popsicle stick and sequins craft featured on Toddler Approved. They show you how to glue the sticks just right to make a snowflake shape, as well as how to add sparkle with fun, colourful sequins and more glue.
4. Paper plate snowflake yarn art
Paper plate crafts are a classic and diverse hit, which makes them very popular in our house indeed. Lately, however, the kids have been particularly obsessed with this yarn and plate stitching art outlined step by step on iHeart Crafty Things! Our kitchen and living room are currently covered in differently colour versions of what you see here and we don’t mind one bit.
5. Watercolour doily snowflakes
Did we really catch your attention with the sort of tie-dye or water colour effect you saw on the coffee filters a little higher up on our list but you think your kids would rather make a craft that centre that a little more? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little better with these adorable watercolour paper doilies from Crafty Morning instead! The pretty detail in the lace does all the pattern work for you and you just have to add colour and make a few extra cuts to really drive the snowflake shape home.
6. Stained glass tissue paper snowflake decorations
Just in case your kids do love cut and paste or paper based crafts but you’d like to challenge them a little and help them make something really cool, here’s a fantastic idea from Kinder Craze for making icy looking stained glass inspired art! We love the way they created their snowflakes in black so they look like a silhouette against the delicate blue o the “stained glass” part.
7. Pasta snowflakes
Have food based crafts always been hugely popular in your house and that’s the aspect that caught your eye most about the very first idea we showed you because you know that’s the part they’ll be the most interested in? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Two Little Birds skipped the other elements and made adorable snowflakes out of just dried pasta!
8. Cupcake liner snowflakes
Have your kids always loved making paper snowflakes but they’ve already grown tired of working with white paper this season? Then maybe they’d get along a little better with something like this craft from Sugar Aunts that shows you how to make brightly coloured little paper snowflakes from flattened cupcake liners!
9. Differently patterned paper snowflake tutorials
Have you actually been looking to teach your kids new ways to make classic paper snowflakes specifically, but you think they’re up for a challenge and would have more fun making fancy, specifically patterned ones than the beginners kind made of randomly cut triangles? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at these different guidelines for lovely patterned snowflakes outlined step by step on It’s Always Autumn!
10. Sparkly hot glue snowflakes
Have you and your kids actually been looking for a snowflake themed craft that’s a little more sparkly or realistic looking, but still hands-on and fun to make? Well, if they’re a little bit older and up to the challenge of working safely with hot glue guns, then we think you’ll find this snowflake ornament from DaveHax rather intriguing! They show you how to make it happen with glittered glue sticks, which you can usually find at your local craft supply store.
11. Snowflake table runner
Have your kids actually made so many lovely paper snowflakes recently that you’ve got them strung in garlands all around the house, stuck to just about every surface, and you’ve still got piles of them leftover and set aside, hopefully waiting for a new display idea? Well, You Are My Fave is here with an awesome solution! Their tutorial shows you how to make a lovely paper table runner out of the paper snowflakes, no matter their shape.
12. Etched snowflake birch ornaments
If you’re a little more experienced in working with projects that involve wood, then perhaps it’s time to tackle a slightly more intricate craft like etching? We’re absolutely in love with the rustic aesthetic of these branch section ornaments outlined step by step on Design Mom, who shows you how they made the delicate lines on each section’s surface in order to make pretty snowflakes of all kinds.
13. White clay and and silver glitter ornaments
Do your kids always do best and end up the happiest when they actually get to mould and create something with their own two hands, right from the start of it? Then it sounds like they might to really well making something like these adorable dried clay snowflakes outlined step by step on The Imagination Tree!
14. PVC pipe snowflake hanger
Rather than working in a more handiwork based way with wood, would you rather do so with something a little more unconventional? Then maybe you’d have more fun cutting sections of PVC pipe in varying thicknesses and getting your kids to help you arrange and glue them in order to make a snowflake shaped door hanger! See the whole idea in more detail on Ashbee Design.
15. Puzzle piece snowflake
If you’re going to make something cute and winter themed from scratch, would you rather create something that also repurposes something else you’re no longer using that might otherwise be thrown out? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Mama, Papa, Bubba saved old, mismatched puzzle pieces from such a fate by turning them into cute, sparkly snowflake ornaments that are easy enough for kids to make and experiment with!
Have you made other kinds of awesome snowflake crafts with your kids before that they had a blast with but that you don’t see here? Tell us all about what you made or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!