This instructable will show you how I made a custom snow globe as a gift that included a unique figurine, laser engraving, and a personalized audio message.

It all started a little over a month ago, when I was working on a "fiberglass-over-foam" project out in the cold in our driveway, and managed to get myself COMPLETELY covered with white polystyrene dust. When I headed inside for a minute to warm-up and grab the kitchen electric carving knife to continue cutting foam, our two-year-old daughter saw me. Immediately, she looked up and squealed with delight "Daddy a SNOWMAN!"

Sure enough. I was covered head to toe with static-charged white bits that looked just like snow. Children don't lie - they just call 'em like the see 'em. Daddy was a snowman.

I'm a very visually imaginative person and could right away see myself inside a giant snow-globe, with stryrofoam "snow" swirling around me.  Was there some way I could freeze this image and create it for others to see?

Thus began the "Daddy a Snowman" custom snow-globe.

To see more of my DIY projects, swing by my blog at http://ecoprojecteer.net

Here's a slide-show that covers the general construction of the project.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

As soon as I came up with the idea, I started looking at every snow-globe I could find, and bought cheap ones on sale at the thrift store. I looked to see what other materials I could create a snow-globe from, and I started browsing the aisles of craft stores.

The materials for the project are a combination of new, used, and salvaged. Tools were varied, but nothing too unusual as far as crafters and hobbyists go,  other than that you may or may not have a router.

  • Custom Figurine (See step 4)
  • Glass or plastic globe
  • Block of wood, proportional to globe
  • "Singing" Greeting Card
  • Small gauge wire and solder
  • Small Normally-Closed push-button switch
  • Silicon Glue or Caulk
  • Waterproof Sealant
  • Disposable gloves, plastic cups, mixing sticks
  • "Snow" from craft store, home-made, or recycled from another snow-globe
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking Tape
  • Distilled Water

  • Cordless Drill or drillpress and bits
  • Router with radius tool
  • Sander
  • Clamps (to hold down work while routing, sanding, etc.)
  • Soldering iron, wire strippers, wire cutters
  • Razor knife, straight edge, tape measure, pencil
  • Laser Cutter, wood-burner, or other engraving tool
  • PPE (Safety glasses, hearing protection, work gloves, etc.)

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