It's that time of year again. Christmas is always one of my very favorite times for crafting with my little, and this year we tried something we had never done before - DIY snow globes! These beauties are super simple to make (taking around 10 minutes), materials cost around $5, and they capture the whimsy of winter that fascinates the imagination of a growing child. That's a powerful combo in my book.
At the request of a few Instagram and Facebook Z|W followers, I am sharing the very simple how-to tutorial on the blog just in time for Christmas. The best part about doing this so close to the holiday is that most of these materials are already on clearance at craft supply stores like JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, Michael's, and Hobby Lobby. So they will probably cost even less than the $5 I paid last week, to make them between now and Christmas.
clear mason jar (any size, relative to tree size)
white or evergreen christmas tree model
round wood, modeling clay or plastic base (must fit inside mason jar lid)
distilled water + glycerin
hot glue gun
Using the hot glue gun, glue the round wood base to the inside of the mason jar lid insert; then glue the tree to the wood base.
Next add the glitter to the mason jar, followed by 2-4oz of glycerin (depending on the size of your jar). Glycerin helps to keep the 'snow' from falling to quickly back to the bottom of your snow globe when it has been shaken up for full snowstorm effect. Fill the remainder of the jar with distilled water leaving only about an inch empty at the top.
Finally insert your tree, slowly - allowing for air bubbles to escape as water settles into the tree branches. Then continue to add any necessary distilled water so that the jar is filled to the point of just a slight overflow when screwing on the lid. Be sure to dry off any excess water that spills over the edge before sealing, because metal mason jar lids can rust with prolonged exposure to water.
Give it a good shake once the lid is on tight and allow the glitter to separate and settle a few times. Et voilà, your Winter Wonderland Snow Globe is complete.