Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Salty Snowman Picture

This was a fun Winter art project Emily and I both enjoyed during a pocket of time while Clara was napping earlier this afternoon. Emily loved how the salt made the snow seem so "realistic". I loved that this did not involve glitter (a.k.a. what I affectionally refer to as "the herpes of all craft supplies"). Plus, salt is waaaaay cheaper!


To make your own salty snowman picture, you will need some salt, crayons, construction paper, paintbrush, and glue.

Start by drawing your snowman with the crayons. Emily didn't leave quite enough room at the top of the paper for the snowman's hat, but she loved how it looked as though it was blowing off his head in the wind!
Next, brush glue over the parts that will be covered with salt for a snowy effect.


Pour on the salt and shake any access off the paper. Here's where a baking sheet is perfect for containing any mess.


I made a salty snowman picture too!


Added benefit of using salt instead of glitter -- no need to worry about little ones getting some in their mouths.

Have fun!!

29 comments:

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

If you had used sugar, I'm sure there would have been a lot less snow on Emily's snow man.

Love,
Mark

Infant Bibliophile said...

Clever!

Annette said...

With my husband's hatred of glitter, I don't anticpate ever buying it or using it at home. Yes, salt is a perfect sub!

Kitten Muffin said...

That's what we call glitter too. I think it's a Demetri Martin quote. I can't say no though, so we have the stuff everywhere and Paul frequently goes to work with random sparkly bits stuck to him. Playdough seems to pick it up off surfaces pretty well. I've had to resort to using a strip of packing tape to get it off my face though!

Valerie said...

@ Mark -- I'm sure you are right about that!

@ Kitten Muffin -- Ha! Ever since I heard Demetri make fun of glitter, the phrase has stuck. I've heard of people using lint brushes for glitter clean up, and I suppose that would work fairly well. I'm not about to try and find out!

Ivy said...

Cute activity.

Just Breathe said...

That is a great idea. Thank you.

Clemencia said...

I love this! very frugal too :)
have to give it a try with my preschool kids and my daughter, thanks for sharing :)

...they call me mommy... said...

Cute! Thanks! :)

Biancifiore said...

oh what a nice idea! today I'll make it with chiara! thanks!!! love

Christy said...

We have done this before but not for a snowman picture - cute idea!

Ashley said...

What a cute idea! I love your blog - such cute ideas! My 2yo (almost 3) is getting to the age where I can start doing crafts with her - I can't wait to use some of the ideas you have on here with her!

Mom and Kiddo said...

The other thing people don't realize about glitter: it is actually tiny pieces of plastic that will never decompose! And will probably end up in the belly of a bird or fish. I hadn't thought of salt as a substitute. Good idea.

Petula said...

I think you did it... you got me! I may just have to do this one with the kids. Hmmm? But I like Mark's idea of sugar! Oh wait, I use raw sugar. I don't want dirty looking snow so I guess salt (sea salt, actually!) will have to do.

Very cool idea. Thanks... Tell Emily I love the hat blowing in the wind.

Valerie said...

@ Ashley -- That makes me very happy!

@ Mom and Kiddo -- I didn't realize that either, yuck! Salt works quite well, and we may use it for some other "glittery" projects too.

@ Petula -- Excellent, my work here is done. ;-)

Mama King said...

Great idea. I never would have thought to use salt.

I love the hat blowing off Frosty's head.

danita said...

okay, i did it and i used glitter! tons of it! it looked awesome! and i linked to your post, too!

min said...

Thanks for the wonderful idea! We did this activity today and it was fun!

Adriana said...

Your glitter comment cracked me up! Looks like fun!

Katie said...

I love the texture.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, that is so creative! Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

Valerie said...

@ Rachel -- You're welcome! Thanks so much for the link! I really appreciate it!! :-)

Denise said...

So cute! I'll have to use this idea as a Sunday School project. Thanks!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

ahh now this is why i LOVE your blog... this is the perfect craft and i cant wait to try it! Deen would love making this snowman

maryanne said...

Very cute idea!

Stacy of KSW said...

Yay! Adding this to my list of fun Xmas Advent projects to do with the kids

jennwa said...

I love the idea of using salt. I will be borrowing that idea.

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

As usual, you crack me up. And now I'm re-thinking the three tubes of glitter I picked up at the rummage sale last month. Anyway, linked here. Thanks!

Mom of Two said...

My daughter & I did this project today. And the (tape) snowflake one. You are my new favorite blog. Glad I stumbled across your blog.

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