I was thinking about doing winter crafts and pondered what would look like snow. Mashed potato flakes popped into my head and I went to the store to pick some up. They looked snow-like but lacked sparkle, so I added some iridescent glitter. That gave it a magical snow quality and we were ready to craft. The rest of the box can be used to make mashed potatoes for the kids.
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Fun and Easy Snowflake Craft:
You will need:
Boxed mashed potato flakes
Iridescent glitter or sanding sugar if using with little ones
White paper or card stock
Black or blue construction paper (or background paper of your choice)
Mix the desired amount of mashed potato flakes with iridescent glitter (or sanding sugar) until you achieve the look that you like for snow. Fold the white paper into a square shape a few times over (or cut into a circle), trimming off the excess from the original rectangle. Draw on a snowflake pattern of your own invention (or use free patterns found online such as these) and cut it out. Older children will have fun inventing their own snowflake patterns. Through experience I found out that if you want the snowflake to lie flat, glue it onto the background paper first. Otherwise, it curls when drying which can be pretty too. Next, add white glue to the snowflake and smooth it out.
A spoon works well to sprinkle the ‘snow’ all over the snowflake. You may want to have the kids add some other drops of glue around the snowflake to create the effect of tiny snowflakes falling around the bigger one. Shake off the excess ‘snow.’ You could also glue the snowflake to a gift bag or card (which I recommend doing before adding the snow). If you trim the background paper so that it encircles the snowflake and add a small hole to the top with a ribbon, it makes a pretty ornament.