How to Make
a Winter Crafts Snow Globe
By Patricia Jensen
Snow globes are great for any occasion or holiday, simply
by changing what you use to create your scene. Just let your
imagination run wild!
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For example, make a harvest scene for
Thanksgiving, a ghostly haunted house for Halloween, a red Valentine
heart or colorful Easter/Spring display for the holiday of your
Other themes could include a special
birthday or event, sports team, favorite cartoon character or
superhero, seashell or Victorian motif, to name just a few.
Once you have an event or theme in
mind, it's easy to gather together the elements for a really unique
custom made creation.
WINTER CRAFTS SNOW GLOBE
Clear Glass Jar with a tight lid
(pickle, pimento, jelly, baby food)
Small Waterproof Ornaments, Figures or
Distilled Water or Water that has been
boiled and cooled
Clear Silicone Sealant (Aquarium
Sealant) or Florist Clay
Egg Shells or Foil Confetti
Glycerin or Mineral Oil
Optional: Plastic Lid to fit inside the
jarís lid, Circle of Fabric, Ribbon or Lace
1. Choose a Clean Dry Glass Jar - A
baby food jar is perfect for a small kids craft, pimento jars have a
unique ball shape, and pickle jars are large enough to allow you to
add several elements to your scene. Just fit your jar to your desired
final effect. Remove any labels and food residue.
2. Plan your Snow Globe Scene -
Search your sewing kit and home craft supplies for materials and
inspiration. You can make people, animals, trees - you name it - from
craft foam. Sewing findings are a great source of small decorations
too. Also consider miniatures at the craft or hobby store. Remember to
shop the day after a holiday for lots of discounted items!
3. Secure the Figures and
Decorations inside the jar lid with silicone sealant or florist
clay. In order to elevate the scene so it is in clear view, glue a
plastic lid inside the jar lid or build up the area with a little
extra florist clay. Be sure to leave the edges clear so you have room
to screw on the lid. Set aside to dry.
4. Prepare Your "Snow" using
the shell from a hardboiled egg. Separate the shell from the membrane,
place in a sturdy Ziploc bag, and crush with a rolling pin. Finer
particles will fall more slowly in the snow globe and have a more
pleasing effect. However, avoid crushing eggshell into a powder as it
will simply float in the water instead of falling gently.
Depending upon your theme, you can
change your "snow" to go along with it. Try themed confetti
available at craft stores to add an interesting element to your
creation. If youíre doing a Halloween or Thanksgiving scene, look
for foil leaf confetti in fall colors. For Easter you can use foil
flower confetti. For a sports theme, use glitter in your favorite
The possibilities are endless and
ensure that you are creating a one-of-a-kind snow globe!
5. Fill the Snow Globe - When
you are pleased with your snow globe scene, fill the jar with
distilled water, leaving a little space at the top to accommodate the
figures. Add several drops of glycerin to keep the snow suspended and
floating properly. Mineral oil or baby oil can also be used in place
of the water and glycerin.
6. Add Snow and Glitter - When
adding eggshells, make sure you have enough to cover the lid once it
has settled to the bottom. Use silver glitter along with the egg
shells to make shimmery snow - use one teaspoon of glitter for every
inch of water. If youíre adventurous, experiment with different
effects. Use a drop or two of colored lamp oil to create a swirling
effect. Add food coloring to the water or use different colored
Close the jar tightly and shake your
snow globe. Observe how the snow falls and the overall look. Tweak
till you get the desired effect by adding a little more snow, glitter
7. Seal the Dome - When youíre
sure the figures and scenery are arranged to your satisfaction, and
the snow to water ratio looks good, add a bead of silicone sealant
around the threads of the lid and close tightly.
8. Add Final Touches - For a
more decorative and finished look, cut a circle of pretty fabric a
little larger than the jar lid. Secure to the lid with an elastic
band. Hot glue a piece of ribbon or lace over the elastic band.
You'll be proud to display and enjoy
your original winter crafts snow globe creation.
Patricia B. Jensen is a
mother of three and kids party enthusiast.