Want Fake Snow? Here Are 5 Ways To Make Fake Snow

fake-snow-by-sillygwailo.jpgIt’s that time of year again… the holidays are here!

And for many, the holidays just aren’t the same without snow.

Some of us live in regions where snow is hard to come by.

In my case, the last time I remember snow at Christmas in Oregon, I was 4 years old and I’m 41 this year, so you can see how seldom it happens! Last year here in Seattle, we had a few flurries but nothing really stuck.

So, what do you do if you want some snow for the holiday season for decorating purposes or just for your kids to play in?

You guessed it, you use fake snow!

Here are some ways you can have fake snow at your home…

#1  Purchase Snow in Seconds.

Snow in seconds is an “As Seen on TV” product that, according to the ads, looks and feels just like real snow.

It’s the same product that is used on movie sets when they need to make snow.

All you do is add water, and you’ve instantly got what looks and feels like real snow.

You can put it on your trees or wreaths outside, and you can even make snowmen with it!


#2  Buy Insta-Snow.

Insta-snow powder is another fake snow product and, like Snow in Seconds, you need only add water to have mounds of fluffy white snow.

The powdery snow flakes expand to 100 times their original size.

You can even use Insta-snow to decorate indoors.


#3  Rent or buy a snow machine.

This is a little bit more expensive than the first two, but unlike the two previous products, the snow is actually closer to real snow.

The ski industry makes snow this way.

In fact, these snow machines are also used to learn better ways to forecast avalanches.

With a snow machine, water is cooled to just above the freezing point and then is pumped under high pressure through the nozzle of the snow gun, thus creating snow.

Normally, fans or compressed air are used to keep the snow from being too wet.


#4  Purchase the snowing snow man.

This one is my favorite. It’s a 30-inch tall snowman that shoots snow flakes 20 feet into the air.

Of course, the snow is fake snow.

He comes with 4 bottles of snow flake juice, and each bottle lasts for 5 hours.

What I like the most is that you can use it indoors.

Can you imagine the look on kids’ faces?


#5  Make your own snow.

soap-suds-fake-snow-by-tomeppy.jpg There are a plethora of much more old-fashioned and cheap ways to make fake snow. All it requires is a little imagination.

You can use mashed potato flakes, bits of paper, soap flakes, or even pieces of white plastic bags to make your own fake snow.

The downside to the mashed potato flakes is they can draw bugs, so you want to be careful where you put them.

If you use white paper, you’ll want to make sure it has no print on it. Otherwise, it will be obvious what it is.

With the soap flakes you’ll want to be careful where you put them, so that if they get water on them you don’t wind up with cloth-covered items that you can’t take to a sink getting soapy.

I personally like the idea of using little pieces of white plastic bags, but only if it’s a way to re-use white plastic bags that might otherwise wind up in a landfill.

Keep in mind, if you use the white plastic or soap flakes method and you you have little kids or pets, you will want to be sure your fake snow is up where the kids and pets can’t get to it.



Those are just a few fun ways that you can make fake snow. I thought it was important to include ideas for all wallet sizes. So, now you know how you can have snow on the holidays even if you live somewhere that it is 80 degrees in December!



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  • G Meznor

    You could always hire a Hollywood effects company like MagicSnow to create your fake snow scene

    • janjan2

      It’s expensive depending on how much snow you want.

  • janjan2

    G Meznor is right, but depending on how much you want, it’s really expensive. I have an American Girl doll (I’m ten by the way), and need snow because I have pets and everything else. So…yeah.