Sunday, June 14, 2009

snow globes

Looks like there's snow in your forecast. Catherine Woram, author of Crafting with Kids: Creative Fun for Children Aged 3-10 shows how to make your own snow globe in four easy steps.


  • Empty, clean jam jar
  • Pitcher (for pouring)
  • Distilled water (enough to fill the jam jar)
  • Measuring spoons (or teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons glycerin (purchased at craft supply stores)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent
  • 5-6 teaspoons glitter (white and silver for snow effect)
  • Waterproof holiday decoration of choice, to put inside jar snowman shown here)
  • Strong waterproof glue
step 1Fill jars. Use a pitcher to pour the distilled water into the jam jar. Fill it as full as possible. Add glycerin and then dish detergent in that order.
step 2Add glitter. Spoon the glitter into the water. White or silver glitter looks most similar to snow, although other bright colors can look very festive.
step 3Attach decoration. Use a blob of strong waterproof glue to securely stick the decoration to the inside of the lid of the jam jar. It is advisable for an adult to do this if the child is young. Let the glue dry thoroughly according to the manufacturer's instructions.
step 4Secure lid. Carefully place the lid on top of the jam jar and screw tightly in place. The jam jar should be watertight (allowing space for the decorative item, of course), but you may wish to seal it around the edges with a layer of craft silicone sealant, which is available from good craft stores.

Make sure all objects you glue onto the lid are waterproof.

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