Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

How to Develop Sodium Polyacrylate

author image Leigh Wittman
Leigh Wittman has been writing professionally since 2007. She writes primarily on health, career advice, outdoor pursuits and travel for various websites. Wittman is a licensed nurse and studied nursing at Arizona State University.
How to Develop Sodium Polyacrylate
Ornaments sitting in fake snow. Photo Credit: jaroszpilewski/iStock/Getty Images

Sodium polyacrylate, commonly referred to as SPA, is an ultra-absorbent polymer. Dry SPA can absorb up to 300 times its mass in water. Dry SPA looks like instant mashed potato flakes. When water is added to SPA it rapidly plumps and looks like snow. Wet SPA will maintain its moisture and snow-like appearance for three to five days. Only a few household items are required to make fake snow at home.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Cut open the seat of a disposable diaper to expose the SPA inside.

Step 2

Scoop the SPA out of the diaper and into the bowl with a spoon.

Step 3

Sprinkle salt on the SPA. The salt will reduce the amount of water the SPA is capable of absorbing. This step will ensure you make delicate, fake snow and not mushy sludge, which is the result when SPA absorbs too much water.

Step 4

Add 2 tbsp. of water to the bowl. Stir the SPA. The SPA will nearly instantaneously plump up and resemble snow when it comes into contact with the water. Add water 1 tbsp. at a time until you reach the desired consistency if you want thicker, less powdery fake snow.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.


Demand Media