MYO Snow Globe | Christmas Craft with Will

I’m not a traditionally crafty mumma, but I’m a sucker for a good project. So when I saw a video on Facebook last week with instructions for making a Christmas snow globe, I thought I’d give it a try & make it with Will to give his daddy when he got home from his work trip.

Unfortunately I can’t find the original link any more, but I thought I’d take my chances trusting Will to do the work while I took photos. This isn’t your typical three-year-old craft activity, so if you plan to do it with the small people in your life – please go cautiously! I was very pleasantly surprised at the way Will listened and carefully followed my instructions. Needless to say, there are no photos of the epoxy application – that was definitely a mummy job!

It turned out to be a bit bigger of an undertaking than I anticipated, mostly when it came to purchasing the necessary goodies – I had to visit many places and spend quite a bit more than I planned. But once I get started…

I’ve put a few “lessons learnt” at each step, as there are definitely some things I would do differently next time (if there is one).

You will need:

  • An ornament or two that is suitable for submerging in water – buy this first so you know what size jar you need (Spotlight)
  • A glass jar with a watertight seal (Wheel & Barrow)
  • Pre-mix epoxy glue (Bunnings)
  • Glycerin (Spotlight)
  • Water (the original video called for distilled water, but I got “pure” at Coles – surely that’ll be fine??)
  • Confetti (Spotlight)

 

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First we glued the ornament to the inside of the lid using the epoxy. Will applied gentle pressure for a few moments, and then we put it aside to dry. The epoxy we got from Bunnings said it would take about 5 minutes to set.

 

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Next we poured the water in the jar until it was about two-thirds full.

 

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Then add a splash of glycerin (very un-carefully measured). This is to thicken the water a bit so the snow moves a little slower.

 

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Then the confetti. I would choose a “heavier” confetti next time. This stuff is super soft and light, and doesn’t want to sink.

 

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Again, this was a totally random amount. Possibly a little excessive.

 

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These photos have nothing to do with the process, I just he’s a cutie!!

 

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Time to dunk your ornament, once you’re confident the epoxy is set. We added little bits of water and tested again until there was only the tiniest air bubble left.

 

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Secure the lid as tightly as possible, and that’s it!

 

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I would actually choose a smaller ornament compared to the size of the glass jar. Our reindeer looks a bit like he’s about to explode out the top. We’ll also need to get hubby to seal the jar with some silicone or something, as there were a few escaping drops when we came home about 6 hours after we finished this.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post – a bit different to my usual session images. If you make one, I’d love to see a pic over on Gerty’s Facebook page.

I hope you have a wonderful festive season with friends and family. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with my boys, celebrating a special birthday for my niece, and kicking off an exciting 2015!

As always, I’d love to chat to you about your own session – you can always get in touch here.

 

Merry Christmas!!

 

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