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Project

Sleigh-Ride Snow Globe

Introduction

When real snow is nowhere to be found -- as is the case in many parts of the United States in December -- you can conjure up a one-horse-sleigh ride. With a little shake, our customized snow globe even jingles. The horse, sleigh, and pine tree are model-train-set props. The bell-harness was made with red and black enamel paint and tiny silver beads; the reins were made from waxed twine.

Materials

  • 6-inch water globe with base
  • Modeling clay
  • Snowflakes for water globes
  • Horse and sleigh toys
  • Paint (for base and sleigh)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Silver beads (for bells)
  • Waxed twine (for reins)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Drill with a 3/32-bit
  • Screw and washer
  • Silicone sealant
  • Ribbon and bells (optional, for base)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To customize, paint base, sleigh's interior, and jingle harness red; glue on silver beads for bells and waxed twine for reins.

  2. Step 2

    For snowbank, shape modeling clay over an aluminum-foil form, making sure resulting bank fits atop gasket inside base and is visible inside globe.

  3. Step 3

    Press tree, sleigh, and horse into clay to make indentations. Bake clay according to label. Drill a hole into center of bottom of patty with a 3/32-bit; attach to gasket with a screw and washer. Cover seams with silicone sealant. Glue figures in place with sealant. Presoak snow, fill globe with water, and seal. Tie ribbon and bells around base.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Reviews (38)

  • CouzCat 30 Nov, 2013

    The Print button is not working properly. All that you see is the introduction not the photos or instructions. Please correct.

  • mumper 6 Dec, 2011

    Nannerdove: "Presoak snow" isn't a type of snow - I think you are just supposed to presoak whatever type of snow you plan to use.

  • canada52 6 Dec, 2011

    CB- TRY CAKE DECORATIONS THEY ARE JUST THE RIGHT SIZE

  • msvaughn 5 Dec, 2011

    You can get the snowflakes by clicking on the "Snowflakes" link above and purchase it online. I also looked for the "Snowflakes" at Michaels and couldn't find the specific type for snow globes. When asking your hobby shop for it, ask for "Snowflakes for water snow globes. Hope this helps!

  • GoldenGal 2 Nov, 2011

    Has anyone found soakable snow at the craft store??

  • pilothouse 1 Nov, 2011

    Where can I buy the o scale horses and sleigh? I went to legacy station
    and researched their entire site without any success. Does anyone have another source? Thanks for any help.

  • Nannerdove 16 Dec, 2010

    Where do you buy the snow? If i go into a craft store what do I ask for? I don't believe in all my times in craft stores I have ever seen "Presoak snow" for sale.

  • cottagerose 29 Nov, 2010

    Beautiful%21

  • artistgirle 17 Oct, 2010

    Check listings for "snow globe snow" on Ebay - it is available.

  • artistgirle 17 Oct, 2010

    There are some beautiful, inexpensive vintage-look DIY snowglobe kits at snowdomes.com

  • CrystalBall24 20 Nov, 2009

    Well if we can't find out what the snow is--let's just use glitter!!! I love this craft idea!!!

  • pamspaint 15 Dec, 2008

    what is the snow made out of, or can you purchase it?

  • cumintzika 12 Dec, 2008

    but u can buy one and no mo stress...:)

  • Ldybugsrus 11 Dec, 2008

    glycerin is really cheap go to your local pharmacy and ask the pharmacist. I got mine at target for about $2

  • czacza 10 Dec, 2008

    Here's a link to making cute cute snowglobes from recycled baby food jars:

    http://crafts.kaboose.com/snglobe.html

  • confettiguru 10 Dec, 2008

    Add a little mineral oil to the water. Use iridescent confetti. I use the iridescent angels from PartyConfetti.Com.

  • ashala 10 Dec, 2008

    You can purchase kits for under $20 at the link below. Hope this helps!! Happy holidays!!
    http://inhermajestysservice.com/snowglobcrea.html

  • Hillewi 10 Dec, 2008

    I would love to be able to do this. Since I live in Sweden I would really appreciate if someone knows where to buy this kind of kit at the internet. Thanks.

  • KY_Designer 10 Dec, 2008

    This is very beautiful and I would love to make one like it. I would appreciate a supply list and a supply sourcing list (with web addresses if possible) for those of us who would like to create one. Thank you.

  • felicitystreasure 10 Dec, 2008

    I found it at Michaels in the baking section...near cake decorating, Wilton's brand products.

  • felicitystreasure 10 Dec, 2008

    I found it at Michaels in the baking section...near cake decorating, Wilton's brand products.

  • felicitystreasure 10 Dec, 2008

    I found it at Michaels in the baking section...near cake decorating, Wilton's brand products.

  • Phoenixfeather 10 Dec, 2008

    Where can I find glycerin? I looked at Michael's but I could only find huge bars of it meant for soap making. Does it come in a liquid?

  • chick-a-bee 10 Dec, 2008

    i used super glue to affix the figures onto the lids and it worked fine.

  • Webwoman 10 Dec, 2008

    I've read that the Martha Stewart kits sold for $32....

    A cheaper alternative for MOPS groups would be Martha's other snowglobe project:
    http://www.marthastewart.com/good-things/snow-globes?autonomy_kw=snow globe kit

  • moosedogmax 10 Dec, 2008

    To koolklown
    My son and I made something similar using Styrofoam as the base and and baby food jars for the snow globe. We got the figurines from the craft store. We made them as gifts for family and friends. We covered the jar top edge with felt and put his name and date there. A great craft for MOPS with their kids. He was 4 or 5 at the time.

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 10 Dec, 2008

    This is a wonderful idea. I do miniatures and the ideas for Christmas scenes is endless. Thank you. Merry Christmas.

  • julie68k 10 Dec, 2008

    You can get the kits from Amazon....here is a link.

    http://www.amazon.com/Water-Everything-Needed-Yourself-Project/dp/B000TL...

  • sculptorchic 10 Dec, 2008

    For a MOPS group, I would recommend a little easier version of this project. I just made several snow globes with children (ages:4-9) and their mothers and they came out great. I used clean babyfood jars with lids, florist clay, distilled water, glycerine, glitter and foil confetti, plastic greenery, small waterproof ornaments and plastic toys. Instead of silicone, I used a hot glue gun to seal them (silicone cure several hours). The bases were decorated with felt, ribbon, and beads.

  • lovedinthekeys 10 Dec, 2008

    You can find the kits on Amazon.

  • sculptorchic 10 Dec, 2008

    For a MOPS group, I would recommend a little easier version of this project. I just made several snow globes with children (ages:4-9) and their mothers and they came out great. I used clean babyfood jars with lids, florist clay, distilled water, glycerine, glitter and foil confetti, plastic greenery, small waterproof ornaments and plastic toys. Instead of silicone, I used a hot glue gun to seal them (silicone cure several hours). The bases were decorated with felt, ribbon, and beads.

  • lovedinthekeys 10 Dec, 2008

    You can find the kits on Amazon.

  • lovedinthekeys 10 Dec, 2008

    You can find the kits on Amazon.

  • lovedinthekeys 10 Dec, 2008

    You can find the kits on Amazon.

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 10 Dec, 2008

    This is a great idea. I do miniatures and there are so many different scenes that you can create. Thank you. Merry Christmas.

  • debbersk 10 Dec, 2008

    has anyone found this kit?

  • LisainCO 10 Dec, 2008

    Where can you get this kit?

  • koolklown 3 Dec, 2007

    I would love to see you make this. I am in a MOPS group and this would be a PERFECT Craft to do with other home moms. PLEASE