When winter delivers a fresh canvas of snow right outside your back door, it’s time for your inner artist to go out and play! Everyone can get into the creative spirit with colorful, easy-to-mix snow paints. Use them to turn your snowy lawn into a rainbow of graffiti art.
What You’ll Need
- Plastic squeeze and/or spray bottles with removable caps
- Liquid food coloring or egg dye in bold or neon colors
- Cold water
- A bucket, basket, box, or other container to carry your filled bottles
Get Ready… Get Set…
1. Collect enough plastic bottles to have one for each color you’d like to make. Use squeeze bottles with narrow openings, like sports bottles or dish soap bottles, to make a narrow stream of color. Spray bottles, like those for your hair, will create a softer, mistier effect and cover a bigger area. Spray bottles with adjustable tops, like window cleaner or laundry spot remover, are extra fun—they can do both! Just be sure to clean and dry any bottles you upcycle.
2. Remove the caps and set them aside while you fill the bottles with cold water. Leave about an inch of space at the top of each bottle.
3. Add several drops of food coloring to each bottle. Have fun mixing colors to create your own custom snow paints. Keep adding food coloring until the water is dark; the colors will look lighter in the snow.
5. Put the nozzles back on nice and tight, then gently shake the bottles to combine the food coloring with the water. If you think your snow paints are too light, add a few more drops of food coloring.
6. Put your snow paints in your carrying container, bundle up in your winter gear, and head outside!
1. Find a spot you’d like to paint, choose your colors, and stream or spray the snow paint to create colorful designs. Hold the bottle a few inches away from the snowy surface to make the brightest, boldest graffiti.
2. Use a squeeze bottle to:
- Make lines or squiggles
- Draw shapes or outlines
- Doodle smiley faces, flowers, or animals
- Write your name or a message
3. Use a spray bottle to:
- Make polka dots or fuzzy shapes
- Fill in a bigger design
- Create lighter and darker shades of a color
- Layer colors over one another
4. When you’re finished painting, store your snow paints indoors, or outdoors in a place, they won’t freeze. If you keep them inside, chill them in the snow before you paint again, otherwise, they’ll melt the snow instead of coloring it. You can also label your snow paints and put them in the refrigerator.
Give a snowman rosy cheeks, create an abstract masterpiece with swirls of color, or write a friendly message to brighten your neighbors’ day. Just like snowflakes, no two works of snow graffiti are ever alike!