Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Time For A Cuppa: Homemade Snow Globes

It's almost Christmas, and it is time for the obligatory Christmas post. Since it has been ages since I did a crafty post, here's one.

Christmas is a time for exchanging presents. Children are usually on the receiving end. However, I wanted the Littles to experience the joy of giving as well. I wanted a little variety from the artwork they've been giving thus far, and came across homemade snow globes on Pinterest.

They're really easy to do. First, you need some supplies.

1) An assortment of jars
2) Little toys or figurines. In this case, I stuck to the Christmas theme. These were cake decorations I got from a baking store.
3) Super glue (not pictured)
4) Glitter (not pictured)
5) Glycerine (not pictured)
6) Plumber's tape (optional, not pictured)
7) Ribbon (not pictured)

First, super-glue the figurines to the insides of the lids of the jars. Be sure to leave sufficient space to close the jar properly later. The children made the decision as to which figurines were to be on which lid, and I helped with the actual gluing.

Optional step: before filling the jars, I wound some plumber's tape around the mouth of the jars. Why, to make it as watertight as possible, and also because I had some lying around.

When the glue is dry, and the figurines securely fixed to the lids, add a little glycerine to the jars. I used between one and three teaspoonsful, depending on the size of the jar. The glycerine is to make the water more viscous, so that the glitter stays suspended for longer snd falls more slowly. The children had fun with this step.

Fill the jars with water. Most sources suggested distilled water, but I just used cool boiled water. I filled them as full as possible, as I did not want a big bubble in the finished product. The children filled the jars till almost full, then I took over to get them as full as possible, giving a little allowance for the volume of the figurines.

Next, add the glitter! Again, the children had great fun, but I had to be a wet blanket and limit the amount of glitter used in each bottle.

Put the lid on, close securely, shake and enjoy!

To prettify them, I tied a length of Christmas themed ribbon aound the lid. (See the first picture).

Points to note:
1)As mentioned earlier, be sure to leave sufficient space on the lid so that it can close securely.
2)Don't put too much glycerine, it will cause the glitter to clump together.
3)For these small sized figurines, baby food jars work the best in terms of proportion.
4)The purple glitter bled colour, so we ended up with several with purple tinged water.
5)Don't put too much glitter. Instead of the "gentle falling snow" effect, you'll end up with the "blizzard" effect. Case in point:

Little Man was extremely excited to give the snow globes to Grandma (and Grandpa) and Aunty WL (and Uncle A), so I guess that was mission accomplished.

What kind of gifts did your kids give for Christmas this year?

Little Man: 4 years 6 months
Little Lady: 2 years 5 months

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