If you want to add extra flair to your tree at Christmas, creating your own fake snow can add another dimension to your decorations, and can be done using everyday items. There are many different options for materials, and each one can be used to create your own winter scene or decorate a tree to create a real Christmas feeling. If you want absolutely minimal effort, there are powders available which can be mixed with water to make snow, but it isn't much additional work to make your own, and you could save some money.
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Things you need
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup talcum powder
- Mashed potato flakes
- 2 to 3 cups liquid starch
- 2 cups soap flakes
- 3 tbsp water
- Blue food colouring
- Glitter (optional)
Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup talcum powder. The talcum powder gives the snow powder its colour and consistency, and the sugar adds a little sparkle to the mixture. Apply glue to the surface you wish to coat, then sprinkle the mixture on top. This will give your surface a powdery, fake-snow covering. If you're happy to get glue on your Christmas tree, this method can be used to give the tree a realistic and beautiful dusting of snow.
Add the soap flakes and the liquid starch into a mixing bowl, and mix them using 3 tbsp of water. Add the water gradually, and mix the mixture with a whisk. It will thicken as you stir, making a paste that can be applied to any surface. Add in a few drops of blue food colouring to add a cold tint to the colour, and put in glitter if you want your snow to sparkle.
Drop instant mashed potato flakes from a height for realistic falling snow. These are favoured by many people, but can present problems. They can attract unwanted insects, and could be disastrous if you were using them outside and it rained. Their realistic look is mainly achieved from a distance, and anyone close up will have no problem identifying them as mashed potato flakes.
Shred paper or polystyrene for a cheap option for fake snow. This will look realistic on its own, but can be combined with the talcum powder and sugar coating to create a flaky and realistic fake snow for all uses. Paper and polystyrene are safe and inexpensive, but require a lot of work to tear into pieces if you want a lot of fake snow.
Spread soap flakes across a surface for a quick and easy fake snow coating. Soap flakes can be used on a Christmas tree, or sprinkled from a height for falling snow.
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