I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. As I do every year. I heard much of the Midwest got slammed with snow recently, and they probably don’t understand my desire for it. In truth, I don’t love snow, but having a white Christmas is so rare where I live that you’ll have better luck spotting a white elephant. Last year, I hung my decorations up wearing a t-shirt. Thanks global warming!
For those of us who live in the mid-Atlantic and below, and rarely (if ever) get to experience the stuff songs are made of, Christmas decorating can be a bit of a let-down. No icicles to frame roof, no snow-covered lawns to reflect the lights, no icy windows to suggest a warm, cozy inside.
[insert ‘as seen on TV’ advertisement voice here]
Oh, but wait! You can!
Thanks to this handy craft, you can create the illusion of icy widows even in 100 degree weather. It will last until you take it down (don’t worry, it’s easy to remove) and your kids will have a great time painting the ice on. And the type A parents out there will appreciate the fact that you literally can’t make it look bad, so you don’t have to “fix it” once they’re in bed.
Here’s how you do it:
- Boil 2 cups water and bring it a boil.
- Slowly add a cup of Epsom salt until it is dissolved completely.
- Then add 3tbsp liquid dish soap and allow the solution to cool.
- Find a clean window and paint away! Using a paint brush or tissue, paint the solution on the window using a sweeping or stippling motion. Thicker layers will look like bigger icicles.
- When the holiday season is over, you can wipe it clean with a towel or cloth.
Whether you string your lights up in a palm tree or a pine tree, I hope you enjoy the holidays, the decorating, and the weather!
Cricket Media Mama heard a rumor you can also create this ice-frosted window craft using beer, but she’s never managed to make the beer last long enough to find out if that version works.