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13 Winter Crafts for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
January 8, 2024

Try these fun winter crafts for kids with seasonal ideas for painting, playdough, snowflake garlands and ice sculptures––and more!

Updated December 2023

Winter is officially here so how about some winter art projects for kids?

Most art activities are wonderful all year round, but here are some that are especially suited to winter because of the themes or materials. We have fun winter art ideas with snow, snowflakes, ice and snowmen and beautiful wintry trees!

winter crafts pin
Photo by Andrea Martelle

So, if you’re looking for especially wintry art ideas to try, try these!

Winter Crafts for Kids

snowman glue painting
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

1. Glue Resist Snowman Paintings

Create these wintry paintings with just a few materials for a fun process art activity that works for a wide age range.

Paint coffee filter snowflakes with watercolors.
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

2. Paper Snowflakes with Coffee Filters

A simple yet beautiful winter art activity for kids. These easy process art decorations add beauty to every window.

winter painting
Photo by Andrea Martelle

3. Wax Resist Snowy Scenes

Draw a snowman with white oil pastels or crayons, then paint over with blue watercolors for a sparkly and snowy scene!

Puffy salt painting snowflake on cardboard
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

4. Puffy Paint Snowflakes

Have you tried puffy paint yet? It’s so easy to make with flour, salt, water and food coloring! Put paint in a squirt bottle and squeeze on cardboard or poster board to create winter themed puffy paintings.

Photo from Art Bar Blog

5. Paper Snowflake Garland (from Art Bar Blog)

What’s winter without paper snowflakes? Create a beautiful snowflake garland and add wintry decor to your home. These beautiful snowflakes would also make amazing gift tags as well!

snowman made of playdough
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

6. Playdough Snowmen 

Playdough is one of our favorite art activities and look how cute this little snowman is! You can also tuck it in a snow globe jar to give as a gift!

starry night cards
Photo by Andrea Martelle

7. Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards

These gorgeous watercolor resist cards are so easy to make with watercolor paint, stickers and salt!

ice sculptures
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. Colored Ice Sculptures

A simple and colorful sculpture project for kids to build inside or outside! Freeze colored water in muffin tins and stack shapes to create ice sculptures. If your home is in a cold weather place, simply place containers outdoors!

Sticky yarn snowflakes in window
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

9. Sticky Yarn Snowflakes

Press pieces of yarn to sticky contact paper to create your own unique snowflakes. Frame the contact paper with a paper plate and hang in the window or around the house! This is a fun art activity for a variety of ages.

raised salt snowflakes
Photo by Rachel Withers

10. Wintry Raised Salt Painting

We love this wintry spin on one of our all-time favorite process art activities. Simply draw snowflake designs in white glue and sprinkle on salt for a beautiful sparkle! Or paint the still-wet salt and glue designs with watercolors for a vibrant picture.

ice wreath featured
Photo by Andrea Martelle

11. Nature Ice Wreath

These nature ice wreaths look beautiful hanging outdoors! The possibilities are endless––add food coloring, flowers, fruit, pine branches to a pan and pop in the freezer (or place outside overnight).

bleeding tissue paper snowflakes
Photo by Rachel Withers

12. Tissue Paper Snowflakes

Create tissue paper snowflakes using bleeding tissue paper. Cut paper snowflakes and spritz with water to transfer and make winter art prints!

washi tape resist
Photo by Andrea Martelle

13. Washi Tape Resist Cards

Try this watercolor tape resist art activity and add some salt for a lovely dappled effect!

How about you? What are your favorite winter art projects for kids?

snowman drawing
Photo by Andrea Martelle

How about you? What are your favorite winter art projects for kids?

More Winter Activities for Kids

Want even more creative ideas?

Check out our Winter Fun Creativity pack!

Cozy up with some of our favorite wintertime activities for creative kids! This pack has 40 pages of winter-themed art activities that will keep your kids busy even on the snowiest day!

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