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Snow Globes

Snow Globes
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Lara Housser
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I have always had a nostalgic fascination with snow globes, and my kids have recently become similarly enamored (I think it happened when my husband brought back a miniature one from a business trip to NYC with the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building in it.) So when I saw an image on Pinterest of some beautiful globes, I knew we had to add it to our holiday activity list. Now, I will be honest - snow globes rank rather low on the No Mess scale (there is glitter AND water involved, after all.) And ours did not turn out quite as lovely as those for sale at the mall or made by Martha Stewart. But the kids and I had a grand time designing them. I think we've got a new tradition on our hands. The Pinterest image didn't have a source, so our approach is based on a hodge-podge of sources I found online / YouTube, plus a little trial & error. Learn from my mistakes!

How We Did It

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First, have your kids select the figures they want to use and arrange them on the lids. We thought this part was super fun... it's like creating your own tiny mini-city. Two things to keep in mind before you glue the figures down: 1) make sure they're not taller than your jar (we had to be sure to match the Empire State to the tall jar) and 2) be sure to leave enough space at the edges of the lid so you can screw them back onto the jar.
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Once you all feel good about the arrangement of your scene, you can super glue the figurines to the lid. (I just love the assemblages: Empire State Building + Eiffel Tower + Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa + Taj Majal + Arc de Triomphe and Big Ben + Statue of Liberty!)

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You'll want to let them dry for long enough to be sure the glue will hold. In the meantime, you can add water to the jars - fill them not quite to the threads to start (the figurines will take up space when you put them in.) Then add the glycerin - about a half-teaspoon, and the glitter - about a teaspoon. You'll see we added quite a bit more than that - some of us MAY have gotten carried away when given free rein on the glitter. Then carefully screw the lid back onto the jar. You might want to do this over the sink in case there's too much water in the jar when you put the figurine in. You can also check to see if you need to add a bit more water.

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Shake them up and watch it snow!

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Note: I discovered my jar with Santa in it had a leaky fit after it was all complete. To salvage it a bit, I rimmed the lid with hot glue. It didn't completely solve the problem, but made us able to shake the jar a bit and enjoy it. But these are creations that stay on the kitchen windowsill, just to be on the safe side! And I think they look lovely next to our Mod-podge Magazine Christmas Trees!

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Glycerine can be found in the cake decorating area of Michaels

posted by: Julie on 11.17.2013

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I'd love to know where to find the glycerine ... is it powder form, or soap form, or what? Would appreciate any help!

posted by: Jane Godshalk on 12.11.2012

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a liquid used for cleaning/cosmetics - i found some at a specialty drug store ...but i also tried baby oil for this project and it worked just fine!

posted by: Kristen on 12.12.2012

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if we dont have baby oil, can we use my own organic body oil or massage oil?? thank you..

posted by: Aylin on 11.6.2013

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It's a liquid - kinda like baby oil. In fact, I think you could probably use that instead... or you can skip the glycerine altogether - I didn't find it made a huge difference.

posted by: Lara on 12.11.2012

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I purchased glycerine at my local Target store, found in the pharmacy section. The pharmacist directed me to the product.

posted by: James on 9.3.2013

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My child and I completed Snow Globes.

posted by: Tyreese on 8.31.2013

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This is great! What kind of glue did you use? Would children's washable glue hold up with the water moving back and forth as the jar is shaken? I'm not sure if I need to use something like super glue. Thanks!

posted by: Sarah on 8.19.2013

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My child and I completed Snow Globes.

posted by: shelly on 5.2.2013

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posted by: Connie on 1.10.2013

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This is awesome!!! I would love to do this sometime with my kids. I am loving the figurines you chose. :)

posted by: Jen on 12.20.2012

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do you have a source for your miniatures? a website would be nice i don't want to spend a fortune on real train supplies and i just plain can't seem to find. last year we found some from a cake decorating store but they were in general almost too big.

posted by: Tzivi on 12.13.2012

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I got ours from Michaels - but they are the the Toob characters. I think you can get them on Amazon or other online retailers - there are all kinds of fun themes! Come back and post pictures of the globes you make!

posted by: Lara on 12.14.2012

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I'd been wondering what to do with all the babyfood jars we've accumulated. These will be great gifts for grandparents!

posted by: Elizabeth on 11.25.2012

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This is so cute. I can't wait to try it with my preschool class!

posted by: Wendy on 11.25.2012

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