Best Winter Art and Craft Ideas: Make a Dreary Day Dazzling!
Are you seeking some unique winter art and craft ideas to pass the time, to keep your kids out of the bane of boredom, or looking for something fun to do to get out of the dreary doldrums? Look no further! If you are suffering the wintertime “blahs” don’t get sad. Get crafty instead!
When working on winter art and craft activities, think of colors like blue, silver and gold as the focus. (Sorry – I guess that means no more orange for me right now! Oh well, c’est la vie.)
Just for the record I’m one of those sun-worshippers who hates dreary sunless days. If you can relate to that you’re not alone. But the good news is that a date with the paper collection, paint set, and other materials, is all it takes to go from sad to glad.
Tissue Paper and Coffee Filter Snowflakes
Yep you knew I was going to start this off by talking about making snowflakes….Before you go “Meh!” c’mon…snowflakes are pretty! This is coming from someone who doesn’t get to see much snow where I live, so I guess that makes seeing it in real life extra special. If you’re like that too, come up with your own!
If you don’t have tissue paper on hand, the perfect item for this is some basket size coffee filters as they are thin and already the signature color. They’re highly versatile despite being such a “mundane” item – I’ve made flowers out of them too! If you flatten a coffee filter out easily enough you can fold it into half, thirds and fourths easily and cut little intricate designs.
Try to see how detailed you can make yours before you unfold them. These in the image below are mine made out of coffee filters…whatcha think? You can stick them in windows via a little bit of hanging putty.
Pine Cone Birdfeeder
The handmade birdfeeder never goes out of style….especially the classic one made from a pine cone! A great overall winter craft idea especially for something you can do with kids. Try to find a larger cone for this, your backyard probably has plenty of opportunities when wintertime trees like spruce or fir are in abundance.
Spread some peanut butter over the pine cone. Pour some birdseed onto a paper plate, sheet of wax paper or aluminum foil. Now roll the pine cone into the birdseed which will stick to the peanut butter.
Here is the one I made a few days ago…I’m curious to see how popular it will be with my avian visitors when compared to this one I made last spring!There are always some birds that don’t fly south for the winter….or they might take a detour 🙂 Give them a little sustenance with this feeder idea!
Hang your feeder via fishing line, wire, or another kind of material that will wrap around the cone easily.(You may want to do this step before the peanut butter/seed part – it’s easier.)
Craft Stick Snowflake Hangups
Everyone who enjoys crafts from these sticks should give this one a try! Another gem of an idea you can use popsicle sticks for; create some snowflake hangups to adorn your windows or hang from the ceiling or hallway. You only need two sticks, perhaps four combined, to create the design. Apply some adhesive to the middle of the sticks to hold them together.
Paint your snowflake stick designs in pretty wintery colors like white, silver, and light blue, and don’t be afraid to glitterize them a little too! Attach some crystal bling for real pizazz and turn a dreary winter day into a dynamite one when you showcase your stick snowflakes.
Make a Handmade Snowglobe
Just like my glitter globe idea, but you can give yours some wintertime flair with “snow” or if you can find some glitter in a white sparkly look, that would work very well too. Follow the directions on that tutorial and you should be in good hands. Find a cute object to go into the globe that would suit the wintertime theme like a snowman, cabin in the woods, etc., made out of something nonporous like a glass or ceramic figurine.
Make Winter-Themed Artwork Using Cotton Balls, Styrofoam, etc.
Those ordinary looking cotton balls you get from the drugstore look like mini snowballs…what a cool thing to incorporate into wintery scene artwork! If you have kids i think they will love this idea. Give them some cotton balls, cardboard, or the lid from a shoebox to use as a base, and some paints and glue and you may be surprised what they can come up with.
Scrap wood or Styrofoam made for crafts can also be used on its own to make winter themed crafts like snowmen, little model houses, and decorations. Don’t forget the glitter or rhinestones to make it extra special and sparkly too!
Another fun approach to making two or three-dimensional artwork with wintertime themes is to get some Plaster of Paris; it is white and your child can make handprints or footprints in the snow by using their finger or thumb to make the “footprints”
When the substance dries, the impressions/depressions will be formed and it will look just like a model version of footprints in snow. How cool is that? They can also use Plaster of Paris to make other three dimensional sculptures like snowmen or snowflakes.
So if you ever get the winter blahs, a little time in the craft room may be just the thing you need to get your jollies going again! Have fun!
Well I’ve given you some really good wintertime arts and crafts ideas; it’s up to you to make them happen. Now you have everything you need to turn sad into glad with just your imagination and some simple materials!