While snow days are exciting, too much snow can leave us feeling stir crazy. This DIY “Let it Snow” sign will inspire your family to make the most of the days off. We’re also sharing 50 snow day activities to get you started.

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DIY let it snow sign tutorial

Winter is here. Of course, some of us are still eating dinner outside (like on this fabulous farmhouse picnic table). But very, very soon winter will be here in full force.

Snow days will come, and it will be so beautiful & magical! Then after about the first week of being snowed in, a serious case of cabin fever will set in. You will then have to come up with some fun ways to spend your snow days (quickly).

This huge Let It Snow Sign is the perfect thing to help fight the winter blues. On the back of each card is a fun & creative way to spend a snow day. Keep a look out for over 50 Snow Day Activities to help you get started in just a bit. But first, let’s show you how to make this sign.

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For this project you will need:

  • plywood
  • table saw
  • Let it Snow vinyl lettering
  • black & light blue acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • hand sander & sand paper
  • mini clothespins
  • hot glue & glue gun
  • wood glue
  • white cardstock
  • paper trimmer
  • yard stick or tape measure

Step 1: Cut & Sand Your Wood

First, you will cut your wood out using a table saw. I had some leftover plywood from another project in my garage, so I just grabbed that. I 1×12 would be similar in size to what I used if you need to go that route.

The larger piece is 33 inches tall by 12 inches wide, & the smaller piece is 10 3/4 inches wide by 7 3/4 inches tall. Sand all your wood using a hand sander & sandpaper.

Step 2: Paint & Distress

Next you will paint your wood two contrasting colors. I wanted a chalkboard look. So I painted the smaller piece black, & then the larger piece I painted an icy blue. Let dry. Distress with hand sander, if desired.

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Step 3: Apply Vinyl Lettering

Vinyl lettering is my favorite thing to craft with. It’s pretty amazing when you want to add that hand lettered look, but don’t have the handwriting to achieve that look. I cut this design using my Silhouette digital craft cutting machine. You can find this design in their collection.

If you don’t have your own digital craft cutter, you can order vinyl lettering online from many different sites. Since vinyl lettering can be cut to custom sizes, it makes it perfect for projects like this. I simply measured my space & then cut my lettering to match my space.

You use transfer tape to put the words exactly where you’d like them. Smooth out any bubbles with a straight edge. (By the way, I used some wood glue to glue this piece to the top of my board.)

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You will then slowly peel back your transfer tape leaving the words behind. Amazing, right?

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Step 4: Glue on Clothespins

Next, you will use a yard stick to place your clothespins in place. I put the two outside rows about an inch inside from the edge, & then I glued one clothespin in the middle of the row. I tried to measure them exactly, but ended up just eyeballing where to put them. Numbers aren’t my thing. ha!

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Step 5: Make Paper Squares

Next, you will use a paper trimmer to cut white cardstock into 2 1/2 inch squares. Then number your squares. I used vinyl lettering again. You could also use a sharpie.

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On the back of each numbered square have your kiddos write things they love to do on a snow day. Get creative.

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Here are some snow day ideas to get you thinking.

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  1. Make snow ice cream (Check out my blog for the best snow ice cream recipe!)
  2. Build a snowman
  3. Play charades
  4. Make homemade play dough
  5. Have a snowball fight
  6. Bake some cookies
  7. Write a letter to the grandparents
  8. Build a tent in the living room
  9. Make hot chocolate
  10. Pop popcorn and watch a movie
  11. Play UNO
  12. Make a craft
  13. Make a snow angel
  14. Bring the snow inside
  15. Have a fashion show
  16. Pay hide & seek
  17. Make a bird feeder
  18. Read a book
  19. Go on a treasure hunt
  20. Make snow cones
  21. Have a pajama day
  22. Have an indoor picnic
  23. Play hockey in the street
  24. Build an igloo
  25. Create snow art with food coloring, water & a spray bottle
  26. Put a puzzle together
  27. Play a board game
  28. Watch old home movies
  29. Go through old family photos
  30. Work on your family scrapbook or blog
  31. Make homemade donuts
  32. Roast s’mores in the fireplace
  33. Make paper dolls
  34. Build a snow tunnel
  35. Create paper snowflakes
  36. Blow bubbles
  37. Have a dance off
  38. Put on a play
  39. Make puppets
  40. Play hopscotch
  41. Have a hoola hoop contest
  42. Make a snow globe
  43. Finger paint
  44. Go sledding
  45. Go ice skating
  46. Write a book
  47. Watercolor
  48. Make mason jar luminaries
  49. Have a spa day
  50. Paint each other’s fingernails
  51. Fold origami
  52. Track animals in the snow
  53. Make snow candy
  54. Play leapfrog in the snow
  55. Make salt crystals
  56. Take the dog for a walk
  57. Play restaurant
  58. Have a paper airplane flying contest

Now when the snow day hits and cabin fever sets in, take turns flipping over a card and doing something fun and creative!

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Let us know some of your favorite snow day activities, so we can add them to our list.

DIY let it snow sign tutorial

 

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Ginger Bowie

Ginger Bowie is the blogger behind Ginger Snap Crafts. Ginger loves sharing her crafty ideas, latest DIY projects, yummy recipes, organization tips, kids crafts and more with her readers. Ginger is the wife to one amazing guy & mom to 5 wild & crazy kiddos that range in age from 6 to 19. Her family loves calling Northwest Arkansas home. She has a crazy & busy life, and she wouldn’t change a thing. Ginger Snap Crafts is a place that she hopes inspires others to create along with her! If she can do it, she knows you can, too!

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