How to Make Fake Snow Mountains

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Making snowy mountains can be done with children.
Making snowy mountains can be done with children. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Creating a fake snow mountain is relatively simple and can be done with household products. Fake snow mountains can be used as decoration, toys, or school projects, or as part of theatre set when made on a larger scale. They can easily be created as a tiny model or a much larger one. Decide the appropriate dimensions of your mountain for an accurate end product.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bottle
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • White flour
  • Water
  • Paint
  • Sodium polyacrylate

Creating a Snowy Paper Mache Mountain

Create a mold of a mountain using a plastic bottle. Achieve a rocky mountain look by crumpling individual newspaper sheets into loose balls and taping them to the sides of the bottle. Tape crumpled newspaper sheets until you have reached your desired height and width.

Prepare paper mache by mixing white flour and water. Add extra water or flour to achieve desired consistency. Cut newspaper strips two inches wide and dip strips individually into the flour and water mixture. Use two fingers to wipe off excess mixture.

Place saturated newspaper strips vertically from bottom to top onto your mountain mold. Cover your entire mold with newspaper strips. Place mold in a dry, warm place to dry for one to three days.

Paint your mountain. Choose natural colors like green for the bottom and brown and grays for the top middle. Paint the peak white to achieve a snowy look. Allow paint to dry. Apply and smear a clear-drying glue to the white peak. Sprinkle sodium polyacrylate to complete the fake snow mountain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Supervise children when creating paper mache. Sodium polyacrylate is a chemical that can be harmful if ingested.

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