Monday, March 3, 2014

Make Your Own Snow Globes on a Snowy Day!

Here in PA, it has been a long, cold, and snowy winter-- and we still have a few months to go!
I am not much of a winter person myself, but I always try to make the best of it for my boys.
On yet another "snow day," the kids were home from school and with the abnormal cold temperatures that we have been experiencing, the kids were looking for something to do inside. I decided to make some snow globes with them. Since Christmas passed, I figured we would make some with our pictures in them instead of the ones we made in the past.
First, we painted the lid of a stage 2 baby food jar with silver paint.
Using a razor, scrape off any excess glue that was left behind from the label.

Then, I grated a piece of pvc piping to make the snow. I used a cheap grater that I had picked up in the dollar store awhile back because I was afraid it might ruin my grater that I use all of the time... I was right, the pvc pipe definitely did a number on the grater!
You do not need a lot, a little goes a long way.
Cut your picture into a strip that will fit inside of the jar.
Using packaging tape, laminate the picture. Put one piece of tape on each side of the picture, making sure that the ends of the tape touch. *The top of the jar will be the bottom of the snow globe, so you want to place your picture inside upside down.
Place your laminated picture in the jar, try to push the picture so that it fits snuggly into the grooves of the jar. Add water, you want to fill it just about to the top. Add a drop of clear glue or glycerin to help keep the pieces of "snow" from clumping.
Put the lid on and glue in place using hot glue or crazy glue. This step will help eliminate leaking.
You have your very own snow globe!
These would make awesome gifts for next Christmas!

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  1. What a cute idea - and a great way to reuse those baby food jars!

    1. They make great grandparents gifts too! Here's another easy way to use up some jars: