How to Create a Winter Wonderland (Even If You Don't Have One)

Even though I love living in Southern California, I still miss the snow. I grew up in Kentucky where the winters can be brutal. Some of my fondest memories are sledding, building snowmen, and most of all - snow days!

Unfortunately, my little ones won't have real snow in their backyard. Well, unless I ship some here which ... um, not happening! So we have to get creative with a couple DIYs to bring the winter wonderland to us. Even if you live in chilly weather, these are still super fun for those days that look a bit "too" chilly.


Marshmallow People


  • Marshmallow, both large and jumbo
  • Black, orange, and white frosting
  • Graham crackers, cookies vanilla wafers, York Peppermint Patty ... basically anything yummy to serve as a base
  • Pretzels
  • Red Vines
  • Various candies to make hats. I used Rolos but Hersey kisses could be cute or combined with a Peppermint Patty


  1. Using frosting as "glue" combine 2 marshmallows to create the snowman body.
  2. Pretzels become arms.
  3. With frosting, add eyes, mouth, carrot nose, and buttons
  4. Attach to base, again, using frosting to secure.
  5. Red Vines become a scarf; I used a toothpick to secure.
  6. Rolo for a hat!
  7. Now have fun and create your own family of snow people!

Sock Snowpeople


  • White socks (can be plain or cabled)
  • Black Buttons
  • Orange push pins
  • Various colors of felt and/or yarn
  • Rice
  • White string or yarn
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Roll of tape


  1. Cut at the heel of the sock, keeping both parts.
  2. Turn the leg part of the sock inside out and securely tie, turn right side out.
  3. Using tape to hold the opening, fill to the desired plumpness, securely tie at the top and at 2/3 from the top to create the head.
  4. Choose felt or yarn to create a scarf.
  5. Using the other part of the sock, make a little hat.
  6. Glue on buttons for eyes and as buttons.
  7. Insert orange push pin to make the nose; so cute!

Snow Slime


  • 1 cup white children's glue
  • 2 teaspoons Borax (usually found in the laundry detergent aisle of the store)
  • Glitter (optional, or food coloring if you want)
  • Water


  1. Dissolve one cup of glue in one cup of water.
  2. Add glitter (or food coloring)
  3. Dissolve two teaspoons of Borax in 2 cups of water.
  4. Slowly pour the glue into the Borax solution while stirring. There will be excess water which once it solidifies, you pour off.
  5. Really dig in and knead to make it solidify more. You are going to get messy, but isn't that the point?
  6. Store in plastic container in fridge, so it doesn't mold.

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