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.
Sleigh-Ride Snow Globe
Assembling the globe takes two days, so plan accordingly.
Tools and Materials
6-inch water globe with base
Sculpey modeling clay
O scale horses and sleigh, legacystation.com (or use other small toys)
Paint (for base and sleigh)
Silver beads (for bells)
Waxed twine (for reins)
Drill with a 3/32-bit
Screw and washer
Ribbon and bells (optional, for base)
Snow Globe How-To
1. To customize, paint base, sleigh's interior, and jingle harness red; glue on silver beads for bells and waxed twine for reins.
2. For snowbank, shape Sculpey clay over an aluminum-foil form, making sure resulting bank fits atop gasket inside base and is visible inside globe.
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.