Invite young friends to gather around a table made of snow. Tightly pack snow (wet snow works better than the powdery kind) into two large galvanized tubs, and leave it overnight to harden. Overturn one tub, unmold the snow, and then overturn the second tub on top. (To ease the way, set the frozen tubs inside a garage or a shed for a half hour to warm the snow.) For a seat, use the same trick and a 5-gallon bucket.
Rosy SnowmanSurely the snowman gets cold out there -- but winter's chill is rarely shown on his face. Kids can give a rosy glow to their frosty friends by mixing five drops of red food coloring with a cup of water, then using a spray bottle to spritz the cheeks with a fine mist.
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This dapper fellow breaks the mold. No wonder: Kitchen molds form his fancy hat. Raid the cupboards to outfit your snowman. Shapely dessert molds, such as for gelatin or pudding, or even a small ice-cream scoop can make wonderful details.
The rare snowball caterpillar is native to chilly climates. Its larger-than-life body is easy to spot -- and to create if you use a snowball maker, a tool that forms perfect spheres of snow.
Playing in the snow is not just for kids -- line your driveway or walkway with these stately snow towers.
1. Pack snow into a nonstick or tinned steel Bundt pan. To release form, tap bottom of pan firmly. If snow "cake" doesn't come out in one piece, pack the snow in again and let the filled pan sit outside for about 30 minutes to harden; release.
2. Trim the wick of a pillar candle to 1/4 inch, so the flame stays small.
3. Secure candle on a flat surface, such as a step, by packing snow around it.
4. Once you have three forms, stack them over candle. Lightly spritz pillar with water; everything will freeze in place. To light the candle, use a long fireplace match.
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Outdoor winter crafts, check! Indoor winter crafts, check!