DIY & Crafts

Make your own festive holiday snow globes

By: Austen Gilliland

Photography by Ryan Brook Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photography by Ryan Brook

DIY & Crafts

Make your own festive holiday snow globes

By: Austen Gilliland
Shake up your winter decor by assembling a group of DIY snowglobes. Sticking to one motif -- we used trees -- unites the theme; using different-size bottles and jars adds visual interest.

Search your recycling bin to find bottles and jars to use in this quick-and-easy craft. Wide-mouthed jars, such as those for baby food, olives or pickles, work best. Look for figurines at toy stores, model shops or stores that sell dollhouse furniture; synthetic greenery is often available at florists' shops. Glycerin ensures that the glitter snow doesn't fall too quickly.

You need:
• Glass jars with lids
• Fine-grit sandpaper
• Acrylic paint
• Paintbrush
• Plastic or ceramic figurines
• Clear-drying epoxy*
• Distilled water
• White or silver glitter
• Glycerin**
• Wooden stir stick
• Paper towel
*Available at hardware stores.
**Available at drugstores.

Take a look at a larger image of five finished holiday snowglobes.

To make:
1. Thoroughly wash and dry jar and lid, removing labels and glue if necessary. With sandpaper, lightly sand jar lid. Wipe with damp paper towel to remove dust; set aside to dry.

2. Paint outside of jar lid in desired colours. Let dry completely. Meanwhile, experiment with figurines to determine desired placement.

3. Using epoxy, adhere figurines to inside of jar lid; let dry.

4. Fill jar almost to top with distilled water. Add glitter (about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon should do) and glycerin (about 1 teaspoon) to jar; gently stir with stir stick to combine.

5. Being careful not to dislodge figurines, place lid on jar and screw on tightly.

6. Shake gently to create snow flurries.

Tip: To prevent leaks, you may want to use clear silicone sealant (available at hardware stores) to seal jar lid closed. Test fit and water level before applying sealant, adjusting as necessary. Apply silicone around inside edge of jar lid. Working over sink, slowly and carefully screw lid onto jar.

Looking for more fun holiday craft projects? Check out our beautiful collection of Christmas stockings to sew and knit and present your loved ones with a memorable handmade gift.

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Make your own festive holiday snow globes