Well, the weather outside certainly is frightful! And while the fire might be delightful, having everyone at home without projects and activities to keep them busy can quickly become chaotic. Before you reach for an extra helping of eggnog to get you through a winter evening at home, try bringing the whole family together for a little holiday creative time with this DIY snow globe project. Timeless and limitlessly creative, even adults and teens will enjoy making these!
· Tight sealing jars – Use any jar with a tight seal. We recommend going green by upcycling jars from your kitchen!
· Figurines – preferably plastic or ceramic.
· Plastic glitter or fake snow
· Distilled water – It’s best to use distilled water because the minerals have been removed, which make it less likely to become cloudy or discoloured over time.
· Glycerin – find this at your local drug store.
A Little Planning Goes a Long Way
As the old adage goes, “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So before you get started, think about the type of scene you want to create in your snow globe. Whether you want to go with a theme or create something whimsical, it’s a good idea to put some thought into it in advance and make sure your figurines fit the way you expect.
This is also a good time to check your supplies. Fill your jar with water, turn it upside down and leave it in a bowl standing on its lid for 24 hours. This way you’ll be sure that your jar is watertight. This is also a good time to make sure that your figurines can stand up to the water, so throw them into that jar too! After 24 hours wash and dry everything thoroughly.
Set the Scene
Once you’re sure that you have the right jars and figurines, it’s time to create your scene. To do this, simply glue your figurines onto the inside of your jar lid using the epoxy. Hold them down for a few seconds to make sure they’ve bonded and then let that epoxy dry.
Test Your Patience
Leave the glue on your figurines to dry undisturbed for at least 24 hours.
Fill & Seal
Now it’s time for the fun part! Fill your jar with the distilled water and add a few drops to a teaspoon of glycerin. You’ll have to use your judgement here depending on the size of your jar but the glycerin will help your “snow” fall slowly. Remember, you can always test it out and add extra glycerin, so start with a small amount!
Add your “snow” by sprinkling 1-2 teaspoons of plastic glitter into the water and stir it all together with a spoon.
Shake It Up
Seal the lid, turn your jar upside down and give it a shake. If you’re happy with the result you can go ahead and seal that lid with some epoxy, leaving it to dry for an additional 24 hours. Otherwise, feel free to add extra water, glycerin, or glitter until your snowglobe is just right!
Display your snow globes proudly or give them away!
Pro tip: these make great gifts for grandparents and they’re Instagram-worthy too! 😉