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Christmas Craft with Kids – Snow Globes

Snow globes are a beautiful and mesmerising Christmas decoration loved for hundreds of years. We’re going to show you how you can get crafty with the kids and make your own.

It’s that time of the year when we can enjoy making Christmas craft with the kids. Snow globes are a really fun craft activity and make great presents and decorations.

We are going to show you how you can create your own original and colourful, glittery snow globes.

What you’ll need to create your snow globes

There are a few items you’ll need to create a snow globe, some can be found around the house, while others you’ll need to buy. Here’s a list of essential snow globe making items:

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  • Jars with lids (our project will require the jar to be positioned upside down so be sure to test that the lids are watertight), you can use any type of jar: pasta sauce, jam, even pickles. We have found that plain jars with no motif let you see inside the snow globe most clearly once the project is complete.
  • Glue (preferably fast drying superglue, or some other form of waterproof glue, you can try silicone too its its handy, the type you would use in the bathroom)
  • An ornament (this is the key feature of the snow globe, you can use anything you like, from a rock, to a toy soldier or a figurine – just make sure that this ornament is also waterproof, plastic, glass or stone works best, and that it is small enough to fit through the opening of the jar)
  • Glitter – any kind of glitter will do, choose your favourite colours, get creative and mix and match.
  • Ribbon –you can include a ribbon too , however this is optional
  • Paint – to paint your figurines use a waterproof paint to do so (this is also optional)

The first step to creating a snow globe

Take the lid off the jars and carefully apply your glue to the inside of the lid. If you are using superglue or a silicone, its best to do this for the kids, they will love getting involved in the next steps.

Grab your figurine and place it in the centre of the glue. Make sure they are stuck down firmly, then leave them to dry before continuing to the next step.

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Next, add some paint or glitter to your figurines

Add some colour or some sparkle to your figurines. Grab your glue or paint and cover the figurines fully. Trickled the glue down each of our feature pieces.

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Next grab your glitter shaker and cover the figurines in a thick coat of glitter.

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Now leave the glitter to dry.

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Test that the glitter glue is dry and start assembling your snow globe

When you think the glitter is dry, test it by touching it gently with your fingers. If it’s a  a humid day the drying process may take a little longer. If you find you are having trouble with your glue drying, a handy tip is to use a hair dryer to help it along. Remember if you are doing it with little kids, its is best to control the hair dryer yourself to avoid any burns.

Once you are satisfied that the glue is dry grab your jar, making sure it is clean both inside and out. If not, give it a good wash and rinse it out until it is sparkling.

Then, take your glitter shaker again and sprinkle some glitter into the bottom of the empty jar, the bigger the jar, the more glitter you can use. If your jar is little don’t sprinkle too much as you will find you will have a vicious snow storm inside of your globe, rather than a tranquil light sprinkling and won’t be able to see the ornament through the storm of glitter.

Next, fill your jar with water leaving enough room at the top for your ornament to fit inside and not overflow the jar, you may need to experiment at first by putting less water in and placing the ornament inside to see if you have enough water.

The final steps to completing your snow globe

For the final steps of completing your snow globe, grab your colourful or glittery ornaments which you previously stuck to the jar lids and decorated. Place them up-side-down into the jar, screw the lid on tight and turn the snow globe up the right way.

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You’ll see your beautiful decorated ornament inside amidst a gently sprinkle of fresh winter snow as it floats slowly to the ground.

If you want to make it more decorative, simply take your ribbon and tie it around the base of the lid.

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Get creative with your snow globes and create more with varying colours, jars and ornaments inside

Now that the kids know how to make these fun Christmas decorations put them to work making one for each member of the family, they are sure to delight as presents and make fantastic centrepieces at the family Christmas table.

Try putting a tea light candle on top to create a candle holder, or stagger them among the desserts on the dessert table.

Whatever you do with the complete product, we’re sure you and the kids will enjoy the process of getting creative and making something together.

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