Cold Weather, Warm Crafts

By Beth Engelman and Jenna Riggs of Mommy on a Shoestring

Weather too cold to play outside? Keep your kidswarm and cosy with these memeory making activities and crafts.

Family Scrapbook

You will need: Photos, paper, felt, stickers, magazines markers and anything “crafty” you have lying around the house.


Have your kids design their own scrapbook pages, which you can then assemble into a book. It is a perfect multi-age activity because the younger kids can color and glue while the older kids can do the “collage” thing by looking through magazines for cool letters and words. At the end of the day you can bind the pages with a hole punch stick in a binder for more scrap booking fun in the future.

DIY Snow Globes

You will need: Clear plastic bottle, 2 photos , Light corn syrup, Clear packing tape, and glitter


  1. Make sure all labels are removed from bottle. Use warm soapy water or Goo Gone if necessary.
  2. Crop your pictures, so they are about ½ inch shorter than your bottle.
  3. Place your pictures back to back, making sure they are exactly the same size.
  4. Waterproof your photos by completely covering both pictures (which are still back to back) with clear packing tape.
  5. Roll your waterproof photos into a tube and plop them into the bottle.
  6. Fill the bottle with a mixture of ½ water and ½ corn syrup.
  7. Add glitter and sequins.
  8. Close the lid and shake.

Block Photo Puzzle

Not only does this 6-sided photo puzzle provide hours of family fun, but it’s also a great way to reuse favorite family photos.

You will need:

9 – Wooden Blocks (I recommend using either old alphabet blocks or a wooden block puzzle)

6 – 8 x 10 Photograph Prints (colored copies work equally as well)


Scissors or X-Acto knife

Mod Podge and Paintbrush


  1. Arrange blocks in a square and measure the length and width of the square.
  2. Measure and cut print to the exact same size as the 9-block square.
  3. Arrange blocks in a square on top of the print. Position blocks so they’re lined up neatly and as close together as possible.
  4. Trace the outline of each block onto the print and carefully cut out using scissors or an X-acto knife.
  5. Use a small paintbrush and Mod Podge to adhere the print pieces to the blocks.
  6. Wait several hours until the glue is completely dry and then seal with a final layer of Mod Podge.
  7. Repeat this process until your have covered all 6 sides of the blocks with different photographs.

Thank you to the creative folks at for sharing the snowglobe and photo block ideas!   Be sure to check out their website for more fun photo ideas.

Jenna Riggs and Beth Engelman are the creative talents and owners of Mommy on a Shoestring, a website and weekly radio show chock full of ideas on how families can live creatively and large on a small budget.