Christmas Layout snow suggestions

Does anyone have suggestions for brand/type of quilt batting to use as "snow" cover for a Christmas tree layout?  I went to Hobby Lobby but nothing looked great so I decided to ask here before I purchase anything.  The area I'm covering is 8 ft. x 15 ft. so it won't be cheap.  I don't want to drop $100 on something that looks bad.  My preference is for something thinner.  However, when looking at it in person, I became concerned that it would be transparent.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.  Thanks. 

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In previous years, I used the white batting.  I had to make sure everything underneath was white, or it would shine through.  A thicker batting may not have that problem.

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This year I painted a 2-inch piece of foam with two coats of white latex paint and sprinkled the WalMart brand snow on the second coat while wet.  It is still a work in progress on the 'What did you do on your layout today' Forum topic.

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Joe Hohmann posted:

White matte-finish latex paint with "Diamond Dust" sprinkled on it while paint is still wet. Trust me on this one.

I trust you and I bet it looks great but I have a 8x15 ft. area for a floor layout.  I can't paint my hardwood floors.  Well, I guess I can but then I'll get divorced.  So I need to stick with the batting or something equally removable! 

I also use the thinner rolls of batting as mentioned previously. However, I first lay white bed sheets down so that flooring/carpeting won’t show through the batting.  I then lay my track and finish by sprinkling clear glitter over the batting (similar to diamond dust previously noted) taking care to avoid getting it directly on the track.  The glitter will give it a ‘frosted’ look of realism.  I’ve added a picture from our layout last year to give an idea of how it looks.

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I use the snow batting one would find this time of year. Typically at Joann's Fabrics or some craft store. It has that sparkle effect, but it is very thin, so you would need a white sheet underneath. But it is cheap. Probably get 4-5 packages for under $15.

Chris

I used the white snow batting  (found this time of year) and used scalpta-mold (as isDSC02339DSC02342DSC02343DSC02345) in white to simulate snow banks, edges, etc.  I sprinkled Department 56 "snow" in areas not near the tracks for some sparkle. Not perfect, but the best I have been able to achieve.

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To get the tire tracks I first use a car or a truck to make light indentations in the styrofoam. I then highlight the the indentations with a mascara brush. This was one of my wife's suggestions and it seems to work great. It is also quick to do. The town on a 4x8 layout can be done in 30 minutes.

Tom

I used the white batting from the Walmart craft area.  It is thin and lays down great.  I also found bags of fake snow you can order online or get at Hobby Lobby that I put on the roadways.  I try to keep the fine snow particles away from the tracks though.  For roofs of buildings I will take cotton balls and rip parts of them off and stretch them out where you would have snow laying in the valley of the roofs, at corners of buildings etc... Also you can do the same thing and then take a light dusting of a tan or very light brown paint or chalk and make snow banks that you can point glue in certain places.  Let me know if anything I said does not make sense and I will elaborate further. 

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Mark Boyce posted:

Gee!  Mrs. B. doesn't use makeup.  I'm not even sure which part of the facial recreation mascara is or the brush used!    I had better look it up online before shopping.   

Thank you Amflyer and Mrs. Amflyer.  

The Dollar Store is a great place to buy cheap cosmetics and their associated implements.

--pete

 

 

My heart is warm with the friends I make, 

And better friends I'll not be knowing;

Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,

No matter where it's going.

                        Edna St. Vincent Millay

 

Mark Boyce posted:

Gee!  Mrs. B. doesn't use makeup.  I'm not even sure which part of the facial recreation mascara is or the brush used!    I had better look it up online before shopping.   

Thank you Amflyer and Mrs. Amflyer.  

Mark, 

I can see you now at the make-up counter saying "it's for my trains".  

(For some reason the Clark Griswold scene from Christmas Vacation comes to mind)

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