HOW TO: Snow painting

Snow is a canvas with a time limit, and Nebraskans aren't letting it go to waste
Fire Breathing Dragon
courtesy: Jeff Larsen

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- We all know how to build a snowman, but snow art is being taken to a whole new level: snow painting.

When it comes to snow art, every artist knows their work has a time limit. But Nebraskans have not let this latest batch of snow go to waste!

Below, you can see a Klein brothers’ creation. The easiest way to color snow is to use food coloring to write messages like theirs.

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Two brothers constructed an igloo.
Sent in by Aaron Klein.

If you’d like to get a little more complex when coloring the snow, we’ve put together a how-to.


To make your own “snow paint”, you’ll need:

  • 2 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 c water
  • liquid food coloring
  • empty spray bottles
  • mixing spoon
  • funnel (optional)

Then, follow these steps:

  1. Start by mixing the cornstarch and water together until it looks like milk.
  2. Add in food coloring and stir until it’s the color you want.
  3. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle (this is where a funnel would be helpful).
  4. Repeat this to create as many colors as desired.
  5. Go outside and make a mess on your canvas before it disappears!
  6. Send Channel 8 pictures of your creations!

Warning: This can be a messy activity because food coloring stains, we advise you wear stainable-clothing.

If you want to add more tools for your artists to use here are a few options:

  • eyedroppers
  • turkey baster
  • water gun
  • bucket
  • paintbrushes
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