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.
I always stop by the little Christmas village displays in craft stores and look at them for a while, wondering how I could use bits and pieces of it in my holiday decorating without being tacky. It turns out I wasn't thinking creatively enough, because this simple solution is absolutely perfect for me.
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.
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
A coffee table that interacts with its rug. Absolutely precious.
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...
Jeffery Rudell of the modern paper chain fame, has given us another fabulous tutorial for making your own personal snowstorm. And it couldn't be easier--or less expensive--to fabricate!
What you need:
- Dental floss
- 1" round white labels
You can probably figure out how to proceed with the project on your own, but a visit with Jeffery is always a delight!
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...
Here in Minnesota, we have more snow than we need, but if you live in a climate where snow is rare, or non-existant, check out this video. A little sodium polyacrylate and water and--voila--snow.
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.
- Wax paper
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...
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.
Loving this 3-D paper snowflake... it's so festive!
Snowflake cutout templates
Puppet master Sean Johnson offers a very complete tutorial to make a snow man puppet like you see in the photo above. If you need a bit of adorable motivation, check out Frosty in action in the Frosty's 12 Days of Christmas video podcast.
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.
- Pure urea fertilizer
- Fire place ash
- Baking soda on steps and walkways
- Just add sand for traction
- Ground leaves from the...
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!)
- 6 sheets of square paper
I'm off to make at least five.
Read the complete how-to from WikiHow.
Wishing for snow? How about making a few virtual snowflakes? After you make them, you can e-mail them to your friends so they can 'catch' them or just watch them fall lazily from the virtual sky. A great way to put a little snow-break into your day. Go to Popular Front to start a blizzard of your very own!
"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...