This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in November 2012.
Spray snow is f-u-n and, as I’m quickly finding out, is amazing for any number of seasonal home decor accents. I’ve seen it used for years on windows, on Christmas trees, and even with stencils, so why did it take me this long to test it out in my home decor adventures? My latest holiday project, a snow-covered wreath for my front door, took all of 5-minutes start-to-finish.
The materials for this wreath are simple and accessible:
- One vine wreath (this time of year you can find them priced to sell at any craft store).
- 3-feet of ribbon, or a pre-made bow.
- A can of spray snow (look for it this time of year at most chain superstores and craft stores. Prices can range from $1-$7).
I used a piece of scarfing ribbon to create the bow you see. The inherent stiffness of scarfing ribbon makes it easier to mold and pose than, say, flimsier grosgrain ribbon. Scarfing ribbon has a tendency to hold the way you shape it, even when loaded with spray snow, come to find out. I bought mine at Sears a few seasons ago; it was from a Ty Pennington collection.
I attached this bow to my wreath with a piece of florist wire (the same kind that I use to hang my ornaments on the tree!)
With the bow secured, I held the wreath at arm’s length and sprayed it with the canned snow lightly. Best thing I can say about canned snow is that it doesn’t seem to damage or permanently adhere to anything it touches; it wipes cleanly away, or in this case, can be sprayed off my vine wreath with a hose when the season’s over.
Best test your snow on a piece of scrap wood to get a hang of how quickly it goes from zero to blizzard. Make sure the wind is at your back too, although whatever “snow” landed on me wiped clean easily (or seemed to melt, very odd).
I sprayed it in such a way that it masked the wreath on the outer left side and the inner lower right side, in a way similar to how snow tends to naturally drift. The finished piece pops nicely on the door, and for <$10, is a great accent as we transition from fall into the depths of winter in Rochester, NY.