All this talk about snow inspired me to create some frost on our windows since DS's party theme is wintery and I doubt we will get any snow before then. I had never done this before but seemed pretty easy and so far looks cool, kind of ice crystal effect, and not like I just didn't clean my windows I think if I cut out some simple houses, mountains and trees to add to the scenery it will look better though. I may even use it to write Happy 1st Birthday on one window. I put it on the upper part of our windows where DS cannot reach since it is made out of beer and epsom salts mixture. Added bonus is that it kind of acts like a privacy screen so I feel like I can keep my blinds open during the party. My windows smell a little like beer right now but I'm hoping that will disappear as the alcohol evaporates
Recipe per the Epsom Salt Council (sounds so official!) website:
“Ice” Frosted Windows
In a mixing bowl, dissolve four heaping tablespoons of Epsom Salt in one cup of beer. Be sure to use a light colored beer, because a dark one will make the “frost” appear yellow. The mixture will foam up, so be sure to use a bowl deep enough that the reaction won’t overflow.
Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes at room temperature, until the salt dissolves and the foam goes away. It’s OK if some salt crystals remain at the bottom.
Dip a terry cloth rag into the mixture and then wipe the window as if you were washing it. Make sure the solution goes all the way to the edges of the window, so there’s no clear space when the window dries. While the window is still wet, go back and dab it with a damp paper towel. This will make the frost crystals appear more realistic when dry.
Allow the window to dry overnight. In the morning you will see the frost crystals. If you “frosted” too much, use a damp rag to rub away parts of the crystals or to draw pretty designs or words.
The crystals will last up to three weeks and are easily removed with a glass-cleaner and paper towel.
*Additional Tip now that I've applied it*
I wanted to add that I ended up going over the windows with the damp mixture rag after the windows were slightly dried because some windows had a streaky effect at first - may have been my subpar application technique. The second coat gave it a more ice crystal effect when it dried. And using a rag with some texture like it recommends above really does help (I read on another site to use a foam brush and that didn't come out quite right).
Trying to keep track of upcoming birthdays...I know we have several within a couple days of each other. Carrie's daughter on Friday, then my son's on Saturday, then Becky's daughter on Sunday. I think I have that right based on another page. I'm not missing anyone who chats on here regularly?