Winter Art For Kids :: Glue Resist Snowman Paintings

Winter Art for Kids – Glue Resist Snowman Paintings

Winter Art for Kids - Glue Resist Paintings

We made glue resist paintings a couple of months ago—spiderwebs for Halloween—and loved the process and the product.

So now that winter is here, I thought we could give the glue resist art idea another try, this time with snow as the theme.

Here’s how we did it…

Winter Art for Kids – Glue Resist Snowman Paintings

Materials for Winter Art Project
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Making a Glue Resist Snowman - with Beaded Decoration


Step 1: Draw Your Snow Picture

“Draw” your snow picture by squeezing the glue out in your desired design or picture. We made snowmen, snowflakes, snow-covered Christmas trees, and more.

Note :: Toddlers and young preschoolers will likely find it easier to squeeze the mini glue bottles.

Making a Glue Resist Snowman Painting with Bead Decoration

If your child doesn’t want to squeeze at all, you can provide a pot of glue and a paint brush and let them paint the glue on (as Daphne did).

Bead Decoration on Snowman Art

Step 2: Decorate your snowman

Press the beads, sequins, and googly eyes into the glue to decorate the snowman, Christmas tree, snowflake, or abstract design (optional).

Step 2: Let Dry

Let the glue dry completely. Ours dried overnight but it might be more or less time for you depending on how enthusiastically or thickly the glue was applied.

Glue Resist Snowman

Step 4. Paint with Watercolors

Paint around and over the glue picture with watercolor paints. I found it easier to paint the paper with water first (in sections) then apply the watercolor paint.

Salt on Watercolor Paint for Snow Crystal Effect

If you like a more snow-like effect—in a night sky for example—then sprinkle salt over the still-wet watercolor paint.

Winter Art for Kids - Glue Resist Paintings

Step 5: Let dry

Let the paint dry, then brush off any salt.

Framed Winter Art

Step 6: Admire and Display!

We hung ours in a special kind of frame that was sent to us to try out a few months ago and that we have been loving and using since.

The frame is made by Articulate Gallery, a UK company, and they’ve started selling in the US recently.

The frame we have is a double, although they also sell singles and triples. It’s high quality painted wood, very sturdy, and open at the front (so some 3-dimensionality is okay in the kids’ artwork displayed) and also open at one side to make it super easy to change out the artworks in the frame.

Did I say I love it? I like it so much, in fact, both for functionality and looks that I’m considering putting together a whole gallery wall of these!

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Great idea for winter art for kids -- glue resist snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas trees, and winter scenes! This winter art project is easy and beautiful.
Winter Art for Kids - Glue Resist Snowman Paintings
  • Katie Harding
    December 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

    This is too cute, I know what we will be crafting this weekend! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Peggy
    December 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Ok, so we tried this glue resist and it didn’t work the way I expected. The glue did not actually resist the paint. I used liquid watercolors and Elmers glue. Anyway, since the glue did not resist the paint, I ended up blotting the pictures and the glue part (which absorbed the paint) ended up darker than the rest of the picture. So they are still pretty, just not what I expected. Did I do something wrong?

    • Peggy
      December 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

      I wish I could post a picture!

  • Vilma
    December 13, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    What a great reminder to use salt, I’m sure my children will marvel at the effect! Otherwise I’ve done a similar effect with just drawing pictures with white crayon which the kids could the reveal with paint. But to do it wih glue and to add decorations will be fun. We’ll try it!