Project

Snow Globes

The shimmering magic of snowfall is always transfixing, whether it's outside your window or inside this classic toy. Homemade globes let you create a wintry scene straight out of your own imagination.

Snow Globes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999

Introduction

Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores.

materials

  • Synthetic evergreen tips

  • Plastic or ceramic figurines

  • Glass jar

  • Oil-based enamel paint (optional)

  • Sandpaper

  • Clear-drying epoxy

  • Glitter

  • Glycerin

steps

  1. If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint.

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  2. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.

  3. Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don't add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it's flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again -- and let it snow.

  4. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again -- and let it snow.

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