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by M.E. Gray

DIY window decals - These aren't regular paper snowflakes!

Here in the frozen north (a.k.a. Minnesota), no one really likes snow. As soon as those first puffy flakes come tumbling down from the sky, you can almost hear a unanimous groan echoing across the state. We experienced our first snowfall the weekend after Halloween, and no one was happy about it... except for me. I love the snow! Granted, I'm not from here, so maybe it's just a matter of me not being sick of it yet. The snow is still magical, though. I can't get enough of it, and I am more than happy to hang a few DIY window decals in its honor.       

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From Humble to Grand: Magical Places in Snow

by DIY Maven

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Have you ever noticed that snow is a great equalizer? Covered in a fresh, frosty blanket of white, the most humble structure can be as breathtaking as the most majestic. Here's a collection of photos that recently caught my eye that seem to illustrate my point. 

The blue home above and the one pictured below were spotted on Pinterest's "Magical Abodes" page. They may be worlds away in locale and square footage, but they're equally...

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How To Make Easy Snow Ice Cream

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To Make Easy Snow Ice Cream

Alas, more snow. Can February be any longer??? What to do with all this snow, and feeling all Jack Nicholson (The Shining)? One tasty little distraction would be to run outside, gather up some snow and whip up some, almost free, snow ice cream. With all the desserts that are baked around here, a little refreshing ice cream on the side will round out a hot apple crisp or double, nay triple, fudge brownie.

All you need:

  • 4 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1/2 cup of milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

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Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

by Chris Gardner

created on: 01/28/09

Brrrr... We're certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel's surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice...

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DIY Snow Globes

by DIY Maven

DIY Snow Globes

Readymade has a fast and so-easy-a-kid-could-do-it tutorial showing us how to make our own custom snow globes. Start with a recycled glass jar--they suggest using a Grey Poupon empty--then use epoxy or glue that won't dissolve in water to attach figures to the underside of its lid. Fill the jar with water and a couple of pinches of glitter. When the glue has fully dried, replace the lid and make it leak-proof by applying a bead of glue or epoxy...

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How To Make a Sparkly Snowflake.

by Chris Gardner

This is a very simple craft, requiring no artistic skill, that looks elegant and professional when completed. It's perfect for attaching to gifts or hanging up for a little winter sparkle of your own.

How To Make a Sparkly Snowflake.
 

Materials

  • String
  • glue
  • Wax paper
  • scissors
  • glitter

1.Cut the piece of string into three 3-inch (7.5cm) pieces, one 4-inch (10cm) piece, one 8-inch (20cm) piece and six 1.5-inch (3.8cm) pieces.

 

2. Lay out two pieces of wax paper. Squeeze a few teaspoons of...

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Free Paper Snowflake Templates

by Chris Gardner

Free Paper Snowflake Templates


Dig on some free and easy paper holiday decorations this winter season. Not enough snow flakes on the ground? Make some paper snowflakes of your own!   

Try making the Modern Paper Snowflake Garland above.
 

Or try this 3D Downloadable paper snowflake pattern #1 pictured above.
 

Downloadable paper snowflake pattern #2


created at: 12/17/2012

Loving this 3-D paper snowflake... it's so festive!


 
 
 
 
 


Snowflake cutout templates

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Better Options to De-Ice Your Driveway and Sidewalks.

by Chris Gardner

This article claims to offer a bunch of environmentally-sound methods of de-icing sidewalks. However, most of their tips are directed more at removing ice from your window (though they are good tips for doing so).

Luckily, the folks in the comments section offer great green ideas that seem much more fun than shoveling at six a.m.

Better Options to De-Ice Your Driveway and Sidewalks.
  • Pure urea fertilizer
  • Fire place ash
  • Baking soda on steps and walkways
  • Just add sand for traction
  • Ground leaves from the...

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3-D Paper Snowflake.

by Chris Gardner

Okay, so this was cool enough to make it to Curbly last holiday season, twice, (see here and here), but it's too excellent and easy not to point out again for a whole new group of Curbliers whom might not have been around last December (including me!)

3-D Paper Snowflake.
 

Materials

  • 6 sheets of square paper 
  • tape
  • stapler
  • scissors

I'm off to make at least five.

Read the complete how-to from WikiHow.

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and...

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How To Keep Your Plants Alive During Winter.

by Chris Gardner

"Gardeners, listen up. You need not stand by each fall while Jack Frost kills off your favorite tender plants one by one. You can rescue your plants from certain death by bringing them in for the winter. Coleus, begonias, and even heliotropes don't mind taking a holiday as houseplants. And once your plants are indoors, it's easy to make more with cuttings. On the following pages, we've laid out a strategy designed to keep your plants healthy...

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