How to Make Good Snow Camo

by Carole Ellis
Blend in with the environment.

Blend in with the environment.

Snow camouflage serves the same purpose as traditional camouflage gear, but it is different in color. You can make snow camo from any white material you like, but the important thing is to make sure that the nonwhite elements of the snow camo fit the environment where you hope to blend in. By using some specialized but easily obtainable spray paints, you will be able to make really good snow camo with little effort.

Wash your white material with the soiled clothes. This will make it not as brilliant white, which is important, because snow is not usually very white once it has been on the ground for over an hour.

Examine the area where you want to blend in. Pay attention to the way things like branches are lying (usually upward at an angle from a larger branch). You will use these same patterns to make your snow camo.

Hang your white fabric so that you can paint it. If it is already a piece of clothing, then hang it from a hanger and use a yardstick to spread the arms out. If it is a piece of cloth, then clothespin it to a line so that you can paint it like a canvas.

Start with the gray primer. Spray branch patterns onto the white material, starting at the bottom and working your way up. The branch patterns do not have to all be connected, but you should sketch out a rough branch pattern that will resemble the other bare trees in the area. Do not spray on too many branches or you will just look like a large gray blob instead of a snowy landscape. Remember, you can always add more if you don't like the look of your snow camo later, but too much gray and you will have to start over.

Finish off your branches with the webbing. You can follow the pattern you already set with the primer, but do not cover the primer completely. Instead, build on it. The webbing is a rubbery, stringy substance that will give your snow camo dimension.

Let the paints dry for 24 hours. Then you can either start wearing your camo or sew it into something to be worn. You can also just use the sheet of snow camo to throw over yourself while you are hunting.

Items you will need

  • White material
  • Gray primer auto spray paint
  • Black webbing spray paint
  • Dirty clothes
  • Picture of the environment where you want to blend into
  • Hanger
  • Clothespins

Warning

  • Always use spray paints and other types of aerosols in a well-ventilated area.

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