Do you have a snow globe collector in your family or circle of friends? When I think of snow globes, I think of Fiona from Burn Notice (I miss the show already!), because she collected them from everywhere she travelled.
While that’s an awesome and unique idea for a collection, you can give your snow globe collector or admirer in your life another unique gift to add to their collection. Make the snow globe, yourself!
This was a tricky gift for me, because I found out that I was very picky about what figurines I was going to use. The ones pictured, in fact, were not what I finally decided on. Unfortunately, I’ve already given that snow globe away, so I don’t have pictures of it.
When you go to select your figurines, be mindful of how they’re made. Choose plastic, not wood or fabric. Make sure the paint won’t dissolve in the water, and turn the snow globe odd colors. I made that mistake the first time I made these and I soon had a mirky blue mess in a jar!
It turns out that finding little figurines can actually be quite a task. I was shocked when I went to the toys section of Walmart and couldn’t find figurines or little animal toys to use. Instead there were iPhone cases! Oh jeez, how far we’ve come since I was a kid…
I ended up finding some decent figurines to use at Michael’s in the toy train section. Makes sense, doesn’t it? I absolutely loved the trees and made a few snow globes with those. It’s fun to watch the fake snow fall onto the little branches when you shake it.
Also be selective about what jar you use. It’s actually hard to find little mason jars with out designs in the glass. You want the jar to be as clear as you can get it, to preserve the snow globe effect.
For the size jar I was using for snow globes, they only had jars with fruit shapes in the glass at all the stores I checked. Fortunately, it doesn’t mar the effect too much. Hopefully you have better luck than I did!
How to make it:
What you’ll need:
Glitter or fake snow
Hot glue gun or super glue
How to make it:
Pour your glitter/snow into the jar.
Glue your figurines to the lid of your mason jar in any creative arrangement you choose.
Fill your jar with water and the amount of glycerine you choose. The more glycerine, the slower your snow will fall.
Leave about half an inch at the top of the jar, to make sure your figurine display will fit. Place the top on the jar. If there is a lot of space left, add in water to fill it as much as you can. A small bubble at the top won’t hurt, though.
Tighten the cap and enjoy