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When it doesn’t snow on Christmas, these crafts will add a touch of fluff.

by Lisa Iannucci

 

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, but Jack Frost isn’t cooperating, don’t worry. There are many creative ways you can bring the feeling of winter and the fluffy white stuff indoors to enjoy for the rest of the holiday season.

Mason Jar Snow Globes
“Create your own snowy scenes that last all year long,” says Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events in New York. “All you will need is a mason jar with lid, super glue or a hot glue gun, glitter and water – and something cute like a figurine, snowman or Christmas tree scene to put inside.”
Jacobs suggests using a waterproof glue, such as Gorilla Glue Super G, to adhere items to the metal lid. “While the glue dries, fill the mason jar with water and glitter or fake snow,” she says. “When you’re done, fasten the lid tightly and give it a whirl.”

Sweater Wine Sleeves
Nothing says winter like snow and an ugly holiday sweater, so why not wrap up your bottles of wine in one too! “You can buy these online inexpensively or recycle old sweaters,” Jacobs says. “It’s as simple as cutting off the sleeve of the sweater, and sewing up the open hole. Pop the bottle of wine or cider into the sleeve so that the bottle’s neck sticks out of the wrist of the sweater sleeve. Tie it with a ribbon.”

Frozen Hot Cocoa Snow Cones
Jacobs brings “snow” into the kitchen, too, with this frozen treat. “Create a batch of hot cocoa (you can use premade mixes) and freeze in a freezer-friendly container,” she says. “When almost frozen, blend the hot cocoa in a blender or food processor to make a nice icy mix. Don’t over blend or it becomes a slushy. If you’re over 21, you can spike your cone with a favorite liqueur.”
Once blended into a shaved ice, put in a paper cone and decorate with candies and sugar crystals.
“Works well with eggnog, too,” she says.
Looking for crafts for young ones? They can cut out paper snowflakes, creative a snowflake journal, create outdoor snow paintings and more. For more snowy ideas, check out other websites as well, including Hands On As We Grow (handsonaswegrow.com).

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