Fake snow has many uses from decorations indoors through to making a movie in a snow setting. The fake snow in this article is realistic but won’t melt and doesn’t contain any strange chemicals. It’s based on soap, making it cheap and easy to create.
- Buy a bunch of bars of white soap. It’s a good idea to get scent-free soap if possible, as scented soap can compete with other fragrances in the home if you’re using it for decorative purposes. Also, get a cheese grater if you don’t already have one or you’d rather not use the food one for craft purposes.
- The amount of soap bars needed will depend on how much snow you’re hoping to make. If you need an enormous amount, look in bargain or bulk buy stores.
- Use the side of the grater that has the small holes to grate the soap. Grate until you have the right amount of shavings you want.
- Use a non-slip surface under the grater to assist with safe and easier grating.
- Use the snow. If using for decorative effect, sprinkle it around the tree, on windowsills, on the mantelpiece, etc. Wherever it adds a snowy touch to your decorations, it should be ideal. If you own a business or market stall, this snow can be ideal for adding snowy touches to window or stall displays.
- If you’re making a video, pour the snow into a container. Hold this above your actor out of the camera’s shot and pour the snow down as needed. You can use a fan to blow the snow around to make the falling snow effect.
- If you just want the snow on the ground, make sure you cover all the grass or dirt. This will mean using a lot of soap!
- Make things from the “snow”. The snow sticks together so feel free to make snowballs and miniature snowmen.
- This snow could be sprinkled onto miniature Christmas scenes or on existing decorations.
- After the holidays, gather up the soap/snow, put it in a bowl with a little water and liquify it. You can then use a pump dispenser or recycled dish soap bottle and use it for washing your hands!
- Don’t worry if the soap snow gets in your hair or on your clothes; it will wash out because it’s soap.
- This snow looks best at night.
- Keep the snow in a bowl or bags until you need to use it; just be sure to keep it somewhere cool and dry so that it doesn’t melt into a solid mass.
- If you need a lot of snow, ask friends to come around and help you grate the snow. Obviously, you’ll need a lot of soap bars too.
- Obviously, this is soap, so avoid eating it. Keep it out of the reach of infants and pets.
- It’s easy to grate your fingers and hands if you’re inattentive; pay attention the whole time you’re grating and grate on a non-slip surface.
- Try not to get the soap snow in your eyes as it will most likely sting.
[Edit]Things You’ll Need
- Bars of soap
- A cheese grater
- Non-slip surface for grating
- A fan and containers if using for filming
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