If you live anywhere that gets snow – these snowball lanterns are a must try!
While our winter traditions in America are to make snow forts and snowmen, in Sweden, children learn to make these amazing snow lanterns called snölykta.
All you need is the perfect packing snow to make snowballs strong enough to hold one of these pyramids together and today, we had exactly that! I was so excited to get the kids outside to try this!
- Start by rolling all your snowballs. We used roughly 28 snowballs.
- Make a circle with your first layer of snowballs and build up from there.
- Use loose snow in between snowballs if you need the extra support.
- Gradually use less snowballs in each row to create a cone look, leaving the top open.
- Place a light inside. We used a flash light facing upwards.
- Finish off the top with remaining snowballs. Wait for nighttime to see your snowball lanterns glow. These are absolutely beautiful to see at night.
Here is a short video of us creating our snowball lantern:
Why I love this winter activity so much:
- It gets the whole family outside in the winter. We tend to get sick of the snow early in the season, this was a fun way to change things up!
- My kids worked together while building these, which was a breath of fresh air.
- They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL.
- Do they tip over easy? Nope. We had perfect packing snow, they lasted until they melted which was a few weeks!
- How am I supposed to get the flashlight out during the day? The top snowballs will come right off. You can reach your hand inside to shut the flashlight off & on.
To see more of our winter crafts click here. I hope you find something you love!
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