Living in a typically warm climate, we don’t really know what to do with ourselves when the weather turns cold. Some winters we never see any ice or snow at all, so imagine our surprise when we were hit with a storm this week that has left us surrounded by a winter wonderland with temperatures barely getting out of the teens. Since our cars are not equipped with snow chains and the like and the roads are encased in several inches of ice, we have been finding ways to amuse ourselves at home without going totally stir crazy AND celebrate the snow, which we may very well not see again for at least another year.
If you are a regular reader of Twodaloo, you know I have a thing for window art. Seriously. It’s a thing. And my kids are bananas for colors and color mixing right now, so I am having such a great time following their interests with all kinds of rainbow activities. This little project combines both of our obsessions, creating a beautiful window decoration that celebrates the season and brings a little color into our white, white world!
If you follow us on Instagram (and if you don’t, you should!), you probably saw this photo a few days ago. I set the twins up with some liquid watercolors (see them on Amazon HERE), plastic pipettes (our new favorite thing- best investment I have made lately- see them HERE), and paper towels, and let them drippity drop the colors onto the paper towels. There was also a fair amount of careful pouring and general mad scientist mixing going on. It kept them super engaged!
After they were done, instead of throwing the paper towels away I hung them up under our paper gnome advent calendar and allowed them to dry. I had lots of ideas for them, but once the snow hit, I knew exactly what they were destined for.
If you don’t remember how to make snowflakes, here’s the way I learned to do it back in the day.
First, procure a colorful paper towel (or any old piece of paper). Then follow these steps:
- Fold the top left corner down and across. You want the right sides to line up- there will be a little strip sticking out along the bottom.
- Cut off said strip to make a large triangle as shown.
- Now, fold the top right corner down to meet the bottom left.
- Fold the left side over as shown.
- Fold the right side over to match.
- Flip your triangle over.
- Cut off the little “legs” that are sticking down
- Flip your triangle back over and make cuts into the sides however you’d like. If you cut the tip of the triangle off, you’ll have a hole in the middle of your snowflake.
- Unfold, and there ya go!
Now, roll out a big piece of clear Contact paper (find it on Amazon HERE) or your local superstore. Peel off the backing and arrange your flakes on the sticky side. Now slap the whole thing up in the window and prepare for lots of smiles!
Rainbow-riffic snowflakes meet winter window art. What could possibly be better?
Looking for more colorful and kid-friendly ideas to deck your halls? Try these on for size:
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