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)
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.
Next we poured the water in the jar until it was about two-thirds full.
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.
Then the confetti. I would choose a “heavier” confetti next time. This stuff is super soft and light, and doesn’t want to sink.
Again, this was a totally random amount. Possibly a little excessive.
These photos have nothing to do with the process, I just he’s a cutie!!
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.
Secure the lid as tightly as possible, and that’s it!
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.