A little known fact about Ashley…she collects snow globes! Snow globes are such a magical, soothing toy for adults and children alike, and they are surprisingly simple to create at home. We love making them in school for class projects. They are also a great craft for a kid’s birthday party or even a rainy/snowy day activity. This craft does use glitter and that can get messy, so we recommend spreading an old sheet or painter’s tarp over your work surface.
- Old food or mason jar, washed and dried
- Distilled water
- Glycerin (you can find this at the drug store, often times behind the pharmacist’s counter)
- Small plastic figurines, we used Safari Figurines and Fairy Figurines
- Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
- Glitter (you’ll want to use a medium size glitter as finer glitters don’t fall very well in the water)
- Using a Sharpie marker, place a dot on the inside of the lid of the jar to mark where your child wants to place their figurine.
- Place a generous amount of glue on the bottom of the figurine and place it on the black dot. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes to dry. While the glue is drying move on to the next steps.
- Pour the distilled water into the jar so that it is about 1/4″ from the top of the jar.
- Depending on the age of your child, this may be something a grown up needs to help with.
- Add about 1-2 tablespoons of glycerin to the water.
- This isn’t an exact science so you can slowly count, “1 alligator, 2 alligator, 3 alligator,” as the kids are squeezing the contents of the glycerin bottle into the jar, and that should do it.
- Add glitter to the jar, feel free to use as many colors as you like!
- We prefer medium size glitter for this project. A fine or super fine glitter is too small and light-weight and won’t swirl around in the jar very well.
- By now the glue on the lid should have dried, but give it a slight tug to make sure. If the glue isn’t dry yet, let it sit for a while.
- Once the glue is dry, place a small amount of glue on the inside rim of the lid, place the lid on the jar and screw on tightly. Placing the glue inside the rim will permanently seal the lid and prevent curious little hands from unscrewing the lid and pouring out the contents later on.
Now let your child shake up their little glass creations and watch as the sparkles float slowly to the bottom!
Ashley + Hallman