For the last few weeks I've noticed that the shops are now abound with glittering and sparkling lights and decorations. It got me thinking about our own decorations which we pull out every year…. the same old ones!
Without spending lots of money how could we use things we already have at home to bring some new life to what we already have?
Here's a great idea for one of the classic Christmas decorations – the snow globe! Don’t we all love them? They are magical, cute and make us smile.
Homemade snow globes are super easy to make and they are a lot of fun too. The materials you will need for crafting homemade snow globes are already around you. Look at the old tiny toys of your kids or use some ceramic or plastic ornaments. In case you are not sure if they will last without melting, place them in a bowl of water for a couple of hours. If you haven’t got any of these plastic or ceramic figures– every craft store will offer you a large variety of small Christmas themed ornaments.
Find some jars, bottles of various sizes, wine glasses or tiny baby food jars. Really any size will work. Get some epoxy or hot glue, distilled water, liquid glycerin and glitter. Now you are all set and you can start crafting. And it will be an even better idea if you asked your kids to make the globes as a surprise present to their teacher, best friend or grandparents.
Snow Globes in Jars
The first thing you'll need to do is make sure the jars have nice snug lids. Attach the ceramic or plastic ornaments to the lid with hot or epoxy glue. It is time to add the water – fill the jar just below the opening and add a tablespoon of glycerin. The purpose of glycerin is to thicken the water. Add the glitter and stir for a moment to make sure it will not become a lump. Carefully place the lid and close the jar. Turn it upside down and you have just crafted your own unique Christmas snow globe.
Snow Globes in Stemware
Place glass upside down onto cardboard and trace the circumference of the opening. You could use cardboard from a cereal box – but you could also use a card too. Using a hot glue gun attached the objects to the cardboard - trees, pinecones, old jewellery or even a photograph! Now fill the glass with a few tablespoons of artificial snow or glitter. Line the rim of the glass with hot glue and press on the cardboard. If you're worried about the underneath cut a circle of Christmas paper to cover the cardboard circle. If the cardboard pokes out around the rim of the glass pop on some glue and dust with glitter. How about tying a festive ribbon around the stem with a Christmas bell or ornament.