For some wintry fun, the kids made peppermint scented snowflakes and snowmen out of baked cotton balls! This isn’t the first time we have played with baked cotton balls, but it is the first time we specifically used them for art!
To make our cotton ball sculptures, we started my mixing 1/2 c flour with 1/2 c of water for each color we wanted (I chose 3 colors that looked wintry to me: white, light blue, and light teal). You can do as much or as little as you want as long as you keep the 1:1 ratio of flour or water. Basically the mixture should be runny about like pancake batter, so adjust accordingly. Then I added a drop of peppermint candy flavoring as well as a drop of food coloring (it really only takes a drop to get a tint of color).
Next I turned the kids loose with cotton balls and glitter! They dipped the cotton balls in whichever color they wanted and then built their snowflakes or snowmen and sprinkled them with glitter.
We ended up with some very interesting sculptures, but it’s the process more then the product really! And they were certainly having a great time sculpting!
Once we ran out of flour mixture, we baked our winter sculptures at 300 degrees for about 90 minutes. I say about because I didn’t pay close attention, and you can see our white might have cooked a bit longer then needed. Really the time needed to cook them depends on the thickness of the sculptures. Even after this amount of time some of the snowmen were a little soft (but not gooey) at the bottom!
It didn’t matter much to the kids; they were still excited about their pretty sculptures and the fact that they still smelled like mint! They had a great time looking them over and then distributing them through the house to decorate for winter!
Honestly, if they hadn’t been limited by the amount of flour and water mixture I think they would have sculpted with cotton balls all day!
For more winter fun try making some Paint Stirrer Snowmen! Or enjoy more sweet smells with Jello Painting!