how to make snow globe

Here's a fun activity for the kids while school is out for winter break. Make your own snow globe! It's way easier than you think.

Snow Globe Tutorial

*Wide-mouth canning jar with lid and screw-on ring
*Winter themed ornament or figurine (make sure it will fit in your jar!)
*Waterproof glue (like Gorilla Glue)
*Ribbon no wider than the lid ring of your jar
*Optional: white texture paint by Plaid

1. Glue your ornament or figurine to the inside of the canning jar lid. Forget that you are seeing my hot glue gun in the picture. Hot glue won't hold very long in water--use a strong, waterproof glue like Gorilla Glue (follow directions and drying time on the label)

2. OPTIONAL: If you want a snowy scene, you can cover the inside of the jar with some of Folk Art's white Texture Paint. Just dab it on with a foam brush. Let it dry at least 24 hours. (This is a time consuming step that is not really necessary. Once the lid is on the jar, you really don't notice it anyway.)

3. Fill your glass jar with water, leaving about 1/2" not filled. Pour a small amount (about 1/4 tsp.) of glitter into water. I used Stampin' Up!'s Dazzling Diamonds glitter for a snow effect.

4. Once your glue (and texture paint if you used it) is dry, put the lid on the jar and screw the ring tightly on. Use hot glue or Gorilla Glue to glue around the edges of the ring to keep kids from opening it up and spilling glitter water all over your carpet. You can also glue a piece of ribbon around the ring (so it looks less homemade!). Shake and enjoy!

You can make these for non-winter related figures as well. For example, we made one using a plastic dinosaur and red glitter (to represent lava raining down at the end of the dinosaur era). Get creative (so you don't lose your mind while the kids are ot of school)!

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