Snow globes are amazing little things that can hold the fascination of just about anyone and they add something special to the Holiday season. While snow globes do bring on the sense of Christmas,snow globes can be made for any holiday and any occasion. They make great home made gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special events.
Snow globes are not difficult to make in fact, everything you need to make them can usually already be found in your home or purchased easily from the dollar store. If you are interested in making snow globes as a home made gift idea or a craft idea for the kids then there are a few things that you are going to need. The first item is going to be a jar. It can be any sized jar depending on what size you want your snow globe. This is a great way to recycle baby food jars, pickle and salad dressing jars and even spaghetti sauce jars.
Here are some basic materials you'll need for this project:
Jars of any shape and size that you think will make a fine snow globe
- Hot glue or florist's glue
- Glitter or plastic confetti
- A medium such as water or mineral oil
- Fun items you wish to place in the snow globe.
Make sure that the items you are using within the snow globe, the glue, figurines, and glitter or confetti do not dissolve in the medium you have chosen. You may find yourself looking at little toys and plastic do-hickies in an entirely new light. If you've ever cleared out the car and thrown out 20 plastic kid's meals toys, it may be time to start a snow globe box for those little plastic treasures.
Here are your guidelines for assembling your own snow globes:
First make sure the jar does not leak by filling it with water closing the lid and shaking it and turning it upside down. Having a good seal is important. Once this had been determined carefully dry all parts of the jar. Take the item you wish to have as the base figurine within your snow globe, fast food toys make a good place to start with these, and glue it firmly to the bottom of the lid. Make sure that you give enough time for the glue to dry. Depending on the glue this is usually 24-48 hours.
Once the glue is dry fill with the medium of choice, water, mineral oil, some people use rubbing alcohol. You can use any liquid you choose provided it does not have an effect on your figurine.
Once you have placed the medium into the jar add your glitter or confetti. Make sure that this as well will not interact with your medium. Insert the figurine and screw down the lid. Some people add glue or silicone to the lid to make for a tight seal. Then wait for the glue to dry if you have used it. If not your snow globe is ready.
Different mediums are going to have a different rate of drop when it comes to the glitter or confetti. Mineral oil will make for a slow drift. This means that your "snow" will slowly and gentle drift down back to the bottom over a longer period of time than if you use water. A little touch of glycerin added to water will keep your glitter from sinking as quickly.
You can make larger and smaller snow globes for every holiday and event. They are great little home made gifts that also allow you to do something for the environment by recycling. And as a kid's birthday party craft project, they can't be beat. Project and take home gift all-in-one.
Let you imagination run wild and try a snow globe project today.