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Snowflake Art for a Sparkling Winter Mantel

If you’re looking for an easy winter decor project that even a kid could do, this ombre snowflake art is perfect! Looks great on the wall or mantel.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, these snowflake canvases are very easy. You’ll be painting and Mod Podging paper flakes to canvas.

Easy snowflake art for winter

I love the snow! You may have seen our snowflake cake toppers, snowflake ornament, or paper snowflakes. If it’s cold and white and you can ski on it, I love it.

I know that some of you who are sitting in snow covered areas are laughing at me here in snowless Atlanta – but seriously, I do. And I always end up living in areas where there is no snow . . . what is that about?

Well, I’ve figured out a way to have snow in my abode all year round – with this snowflake art on canvas. Just painting canvases one color wasn’t going to work for me, which is why I went for the ombre effect.

Even though these canvases just give the snow idea without actual snow, I’m still going to have the hot chocolate. Is that okay?

Easy Snowflake Art

Gather These Supplies

  • Oval canvases – 3
  • Martha Stewart acrylic paint – Pool, Wedding Cake
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paper doilies – Snowflakes
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Pokey thing (you’ll see what I’m talking about)

Tip: if you want to make this more kid friendly, have children make their own paper snowflakes that they can then attach to the canvas. The whole family can participate!

Making ombre paint with paint piles and a paintbrush

The first thing you need to do is paint your canvases in an ombre fashion. I was dumb and DIDN’T get pictures! But I did another post where I used an ombre technique and it’s really easy.

Simply add a few paint piles to a plate and then add increasing amounts of white to each pile, stirring as you go. Paint out a test strip and lighten or darken as needed, until you have three different shades you like – then paint your canvases and let dry.

Punching the chads out of paper snowflakes

This is where the pokey tool comes in handy. I used something for clay (I don’t even know what it is), but you’ll need a sharp something-or-other to poke out the little paper bits that are still in the snowflakes. It took a minute to poke these out, but you can do it while watching Real Housewives.

Mod Podging paper snowflakes to the front of a painted oval canvas

Decide on your snowflake layout on each canvas, and add them to the fronts of the canvases using Sparkle Mod Podge. Let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Trimming the paper off the edge of a canvas with scissors

Once the canvases are dry, use scissors to trim the extra snowflake off of the edges.

Wet snowflake art covered in sparkle Mod Podge

Finally, add a second (and even third!) layer of Sparkle Mod Podge to the tops of your canvases for extra glitter and let dry.

Painted canvas snowflake art

You can display these babies on a mantel, shelf, or hang them on the wall. And how interesting would it be to have ombre canvases for all four seasons, that you change out? Hmmm . . .

Yield: 3 canvases

Snowflake Art

Painted canvas snowflake art

Learn how to make this snowflake art, easy enough for kids and adults. It's the perfect wall art for winter!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $12

Materials

  • Oval canvases - 3
  • Martha Stewart acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge Sparkle
  • Paper snowflakes

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Awl

Instructions

  1. Place paint on your plate in three separate areas - enough to cover a canvas each. Add white paint to two of the piles, one more than the other, and stir.
  2. Once you have created two additional shades of paint by mixing white to create ombre, paint all three canvases and let dry.
  3. Decide on the snowflake layout on each canvas, and add them to the fronts of the canvases using Sparkle Mod Podge. Let dry for 15 - 20 minutes.
  4. Once the canvases are dry, use scissors to trim the extra snowflake off of the edges.
  5. Finally, add a second (and even third!) layer of Sparkle Mod Podge to the tops of your canvases for extra glitter and let dry.
  6. Display these babies on a mantel, shelf, or hang them on the wall.

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If you like this snowflake art, check out these winter wonderland dioramas! They’re easy (and pretty) too.

Are you looking for winter wonderland decorations? These jars are so easy to put together with a few simple supplies! Great for mantel decor.

Julia Nyanyo

Tuesday 9th of December 2014

Oh these are lovely! what a great idea and so versatile too. I think I may be forced to pin these!!!

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