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December 2017 Do-It-Yourself Snow Globes

Even if you live in a state that never sees snow, chances are you have family members who love snow globes. You can make your own on a budget, with your own discarded glass jars or special snow globe jars you can buy at a craft store.

  1. Find one or more jars to use. Be sure they have tight-fitting lids so they won’t leak, although you can apply glue to the lids so younger children won’t try to open them. Baby food jars can make cute mini-globes, but you’ll need to fill them with water and test the lids first to make sure they won’t leak.
  2. Decide what you’d like to put inside. This is the fun part! You can use small plastic toys, ceramic figurines and even Lego people you’re tired of stepping on. You can also use photos of family members by printing them out, laminating them and cutting them to fit. Be sure to leave a laminate border around the photos so they won’t get wet.
  3. Attach your snow globe items to the jar lid, using a glue gun, epoxy or waterproof glue. It helps to sandpaper the lid first so the glue will hold better. Let the glue dry.
  4. Fill your jar or globe with distilled water and glitter. You can add some glycerin or baby oil to help your glitter “snow” fall slowly.
  5. Replace the jar lid carefully and turn the globe upside down for a snow blizzard “test drive”. After you decide you have enough glitter, you can add glue to the jar lid and replace it one last time.
  6. Present your snow globes as gifts, or display them at your home or office and enjoy the compliments!

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This article originally appeared in Caliber Living, Fall 2017. Want more tips like this one? Ask your loan consultant about subscribing.

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