Thursday, December 10, 2009

Glistening Fake Snow



Several of you have asked how I created the glistening, wet snow that I used in my mercury glass arrangement in my last post here.  It was really quite easy,  because I used a  portion of a packet of  “Snow Real.”  Although the company is located just up the road in Cleveland, OH,  I had to order my packets from Ace Hardware online because the company does not sell to the general public. 

Ace Hardware Hotline




fake snow

Click on the picture to see the company’s web site


To get the fluffy or wet snow look, you just add water to the powder, which is  a chemical polymer (sodium polyacrylate). It’s basically the stuff that is in disposable baby diapers.  In fact, I’m going to “borrow” a diaper from  our nephew, who just became a new dad last week, to see if I can create the same effect with its contents. It’s worth a try, don’t you think? LOL

I think that garden centers also sell a  crystal product that would be similar. It’s used to help keep the soil moist in houseplants.

Also, there are a few recipes online, but I can’t vouch for any of them. I’m not sure if they are for powdered snow or the wet kind.  Hope you can find it.  Mine was shipped fairly quickly from an Ace store in Florida. Not all of the stores carry it~ in fact there weren’t any stores in Ohio  that stocked it.  I know that there are other brands out there, but again, I don’t have any experience with them.



Lori E said...

Oh ya, I have used the crystals for my planters and they were great. Now I have to track down a diaper. Ugh.

Lou Cinda said...

I don't know how I missed your previous post, but that is sooooo pretty! It just lays there and looks like that through the holidays!!

I love it!

Lou Cinda

Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks, Sue. Now you are going to borrow a clean diaper, aren't you?


Twice as Nice said...

I've never heard of this but it looks so cool. Does it dry hard and stick to whatever it's on so it is permanent? Love Love Love all the Christmas decorations too. You put me to shame and I didn't even hit my noggin this season! You have a lot of beautiful things. I never know what to buy and end up with a mish mash. Kept it simple this season. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Jo said...

Thanks for posting ! I love the look of it

Maria said...

I love the snow! I can't wait until my kids get a little older and I can use it to decorate for Christmas. You have a lovely home! Your trees are to DIE for. Too bad you live in Dayton. I live in Columbus:(

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love it! I'd love to see if the diaper works for you. I've accidentally put a diaper in the washing machine and had "snow" EVERYWHERE. It was a nighmare, but it did look a bit like snow. The little silicon gelly things are a bit too round and perfect though. Glad to see your back and feeling better!

farmlady said...

That snow is amazing and very pretty. I love the look of it with the silver ornaments.
If you try to make the snow with a diaper be sure it's a clean one.LOL!

erin said...

Hi Sue,
Oh my goodness gracious - the snow is really amazing and looks beautifuil with your silver ornaments. I can't believe how real it looks. I will stay tuned to hear how the "diaper snow" works - you may be on to something.
Have a wonderful week.

Blue Creek Home said...

Thanks for sharing your snow secret. I had some of the white jelly like plant watering stuff several years ago. I can't remember it resembling snow.
SnowReal really does look like snow!

Alicia said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for stopping by to see my Foodie Friday post. I'm glad your feeling a bit better. I took a fall many years ago when I was about 18 or 19 and I had a hairline fracture of my skull and I used to get dizzy when I looked up or down and sometimes if I would just stare at the tv it would move left and right by itself. But it did eventually go away. The doctor said it would in about a year and that was about right. Just be very careful and don't stand up too fast. Take good care of yourself!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Sue...

I swear this look JUST like the real deal! I bought some for my little grandson to experiment with last year.....I don't know if he ever did it. ??

Have a wonderful weekend!

Huggies and Lovies....

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That's pretty cool! I think I saw a recent HGTV Christmas special where they used it.


Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Well how cool is that! I was wondering how to create "fake snow" since we never have any here to speak of.

GypsyNurse said...

So glad I happened to stumble upon your blog!!
Your arrangement is gorgeous!!
I wish I could have buckets of mercury glass!



Dixie said...

probably the closest we'll get to snow in South TX!

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Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It looks so real...what a great idea. I just clicked the follow button. I thought I did it before...but, I guess not!


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Sue, that wet snow is amazing and I do think I have some baby diapers around here somewhere. Your tour was fabulous and your tree is just gorgeous! I do hope you are getting better and better and will be tiptop on Christmas day. xo Lynn

The Stylish House said...

Wow, this is neat and looks so realistic. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I like, I like!!
I also love your new blog button and will add it to my sidebar.

Melissa Miller said...

Sue everything looks gorgeous and ready for Christmas at your home! Your front door and trees are really beautiful. Love the lime green and purple. Soooo pretty!

Love the neat wet snow effect. Baby diapers? Who knew? Hmmm...I'll have to try this idea too.

Thank you for your kind words on our outdoor photos! I just got a new camera for Christmas and I'm thrilled with it! Alex took all of the photos since I have no idea how to use all the different settings yet. Ha! I'll get to it soon.

Many blessings and joy to you all this season!
~Warmly, ~Melissa :)