Every year I vow to start our Christmas gift-making in midsummer when the days are long and open. And every year I fail to do so, this one being no exception. But, even in the midst of the hustle and bustle of December we managed to come up with a few handmades for some special folks. Without these little gifts from the heart, Christmas would hardly be the same!
This year we tried mason jar snow globes that I saw on Pinterest. They turned out just as darling as I had hoped and were super easy to make.....even three-year-old Hans joined in the fun!
A How-To For You
Supplies needed: mason jars (we used 8 oz. jelly jars), plastic animal and trees (we found them at Michael's in a tube), glycerin, fake snow, glitter, water, waterproof glue (we used E-6000 and it worked great!)
Step 1: Glue the animal and tree to the lid of the mason jar and let dry OVERNIGHT!
Step 2: Put a couple pinches of fake snow and glitter into the jar. You can put in as much as desired, but we found that too much snow makes the finished globe look a bit cloudy.
Step 3: Fill jar with water, about 3/4 of the way full.
Step 4: Squirt in a couple squirts of glycerin. We didn't measure, but my guess is that we used about 1 TBSP per jar. Maybe a touch more. The glycerin helps the snow and glitter spread out nicely when the snow globe is shaken.
Step 5: Top off the jar with water, and then put on the lid which should have your glued-down figures. Turn and adjust the lid until you get the best view of the animals through the jar.
Step 6: Put some glue on inside of the screw cap and screw tightly onto the mason jar.
You're all done! Turn over and shake up your newly created winter wonderland!