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13 Winter Crafts for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
January 9, 2023

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

Updated December 2022

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!

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

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Winter Crafts for Kids

Glue Resist Snowman Paintings
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. How to Make 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!

Playdough Snowman in Mason Jar
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

6. Playdough Snowmen in Mason Jar Snow Globes 

Playdough is a childhood favorite art activity and look how cute this little snowman is tucked in a snow globe jar. It makes a great gift idea as well!

sticker resist starry 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!

stack of colored ice pieces
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

8. How to Make 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.

Sparkly Winter Paintings from Stay at Home Educator
Photo from Stay at Home Educator

10. Sparkly Winter Paintings (from Stay at Home Educator)

This is such a simple process art project for winter that kids are sure to enjoy. Do you know what gives these paintings such a beautiful sparkle?

Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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).

Alpine Trees from Painted Paper Art
Photo from Painted Paper in the Art Room

12. Alpine Tree Paintings (from Painted Paper in the Art Room)

Bring nature’s beauty indoors with these alpine tree paintings. And for a colorful winter project, these Tutti Frutti Trees will be just the trick! Use painted paper and colored masking tape to create a beautiful winter scene.

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

More Winter Activities for Kids

How about you? What are your favorite winter art projects 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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