Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snow Globe Fun


We followed the Martha Stewart steps (here) to make our snow globes.  I couldn't decide about adding the water, glitter and glycerin, because I had read on other posts that the green from the bottle brush trees wears off and eventually turns the water green.
 It just didn't seem like a snow globe without the water and glitter!  It was my daughter's idea to make these, but I am lovin' them and getting a little carried away!  There are so many ideas on Pinterest, too.

I found the lamb in a tube of farm animals in the train section of Hobby Lobby.  I found the bottle brush trees in the doll house section.  The ideas are crazy when you stare at all the miniature things!  I also bought many bottle brush trees from Wal-Mart.

Check out the Martha Stewart link, but basically here is what we did:

1. Gather jars, small items and glitter.  We used a sparkly glitter and a white glitter and combined them (Hobby Lobby.)  Also, I used some plastic snow that I had from last year and glued that around the animal and the trees on the lid, so the ground would be white.
2. Distilled water
3. Glycerin from the pharmacy (found mine at Wal-Mart)

Prep your lid by sanding it.  Use some rubbing alcohol to clean it.  If you decide to make these, don't skip the step of sanding the inside of the jar lid. We tried to skip it and the glue wouldn't stick. Also, I tried several types of glue, but found that E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive worked quickly. We let them dry for twenty-four hours.  You could paint the lids first if you want a pop of color.  After they were dry, we filled the jars with the distilled water almost to the top; a good several drops of glycerin and the glitter.  We had to tweak the amount of glycerin and glitter by testing and adding if the glitter fell too fast or wasn't enough.
 
I have some more to share, once they are dry and complete!

Thank you for stopping by!

Oh, and Merry Christmas!! 
 

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6 comments :

Sue said...

I REALLLLY want to make some of these! They look so sweet and adorable!

Shirley said...

These are really cute ideas.

Elyse said...

beautiful post and explained so well!

thank you for the tips!

happy december wishes

xo
elyse

Sue said...

I guess I should have read some directions. I made mine w/o liquid, and I admit they lack a certain something. Next year....

It's me said...

I loooove this !!...12 days to go...love Ria...xxx..

Debra @ Common Ground said...

these are so pretty and fun to make. I know the kiddos must love creating them!!

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