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Out of the many snow globes on instructables, I wasn't to keen on making another instructable basically making the same thing. But, what the heck! This snow globe is great to be given as a gift or to keep to yourself in self accomplishment.
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Step 1: Materials

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To make a snow globe you will need to gather: * A mason or jam jar (with a reliable lid) * Some Christmas themed toys (or other themed for different occasions) *Hot Glue Gun *Glitter * Water (A member has suggesting using distilled baby oil instead of water to enable the glitter to fall more slowly) * Plastic Decor Snow Flakes-Optional

Step 2: Accents

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For me I found that some of my toys that I possessed were somewhat boring and not intended to relate to Christmas. The only toy I decorated was the green Lego tree, which I dusted with a PERMANENT paint. The painted inside of the jar was meant to make the globe look as if it was constantly snowing. When it was done, it looked absolutely horrible and drew from the inside of the snow globe.

Step 3: Starting To Glue

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When gluing objects to one another, do not hesitate to be over generous to the amount of hot glue used to adhere the objects together; the last thing you want is to have your objects come off of the bottom of the snow globe and float to the top.

Step 4: Adhering Toys To Lid

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Glue the toys on the lid of the jar with the hot glue while being sure to not stick anything too close to the side so that the jar won't screw in.

Step 5: The Glitter

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Now put the plastic snowflakes in the jar and add some glitter and plastic snowflakes if you have some. Don't add too much or it will be too glittery and you cannot see into the jar.

Step 6: Add Water

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Fill the jar up to the brim with water so that it wants to overflow. Gently place the lid on the jar as you would if you were to screw it on ( you might need to do this in the sink unless you would like a watery mess to clean up). Now remove the lid and take out about another spoonful of water. By doing this process, we can minimize the air bubble that will be inside the snow globe when finished. Squirt a rim of hot glue around the inside rim of the jar lid and quickly screw the lid on tightly to the jar.

Step 7: Your Done!

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Flip it over, shake it up and your done! Merry Christmas!
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karen.lacina7 months ago

This reminds me of a situation I have with a snowglobe my daughter gave me when she was 6!! The liquid inside (whatever it is) has turned an awful brownish color after all these years. I can't display it buy I can't throw it out for sentimental reasons. I wonder if I could open it and change the liquid. It seems from reading all of your suggestions that maybe a mixture of glycerin and water would work?!

mokebloke4 years ago
Why do you Americans call it "Holiday"?
Are you too scared to say "Christmas? Because that's what it is.
Etch3 (author)  mokebloke4 years ago
Because some people don't believe in Christmas but go along with the holiday thing.
gregroy Etch34 years ago
The word Holiday is a shortened form of Holy Day, so if you don't believe in Christmas why celebrates its Holy Day?
There are seven letters in "Holiday" and seven letters in "Holy Day"... this is barely "shortened"... The Fourth of July is also called a "Holiday" in America... care to comment on it's "religious" significance? What about Memorial Day and Labor Day?

The "reason for the season" is celestial mechanics and orbital tilt... the 21st through the 25th is when the nights stop getting longer and become ever so noticeably shorter. It's called a "Solstice"... Some primitive peoples considered this change a time to celebrate, certain other peoples co-opted those celebrations into their own.

Whatever you want to call it, it is a time when people in the northern latitudes have celebrations for one reason or another. Be peaceful and joyful in whatever form of celebration you prefer and be happy for those who celebrate in a different fashion. This is really not a forum for airing or arguing religious views.

Here - here!! I like the way you think and express yourself!! Now let's all be nice!! It's Christmas whether you agree or not!!

Very well spoken. I agree. Thank you Taranach.
Because Christmas is not a holiday of a truly Holy origin. In fact, Christmas itself hasn't even been celebrated for that long. In America, the whole religious back story is just a way to feel less guilty about the commercialization of a "Holy Day."
its not? since when? there have always been celebrations for the winter solstice but christmas is a christian holiday. even though its now known that jesus christ wasnt born around christmas, the holiday is supposed to be a celebration of the birth of jesus. hence the word CHRISTmas. see the word CHRIST?? if its not of religious origin, then explain why athiests have, for so long, been trying to get the word 'Christ' taken out. its been called christmas since the 1600s. its people now days that have taken the religious factor out.
I'm a scrooge. I hate all holidays. I just don't give a crap. Besides, it's all commercial nowadays.
mokebloke Etch34 years ago
But it is still Christmas regardless whether people believe in it or not.
Holidays having nothing to do with it. Bah humbug to political correctness.
Merry Christmas anyway.
Etch3 (author)  mokebloke4 years ago
Yeah Merry Christmas too! :^)
A Holy Day is when people are tolerant of others that are just trying to be kind. Yes, we do get it.
Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus who grew up to the a great example of tolerance and forgiveness.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!
karen.lacina7 months ago

OMG!! That was unexpected!!!! LOL!!!

nathb10284 years ago
Try using methanol instead of water, its viscosity is around 1/2 that of water and therefore should allow the flakes to spin and dance longer. acetone would work too but would probably eat up the toys and glitter.
just use gasoline, then you can stuff a rag in it for a molotov cocktail on new years. Crafts are fun.

OMG> I am rolling. LMAO

wrong, thicker fluid will cause flakes to stay suspended longer
pickle252572 years ago
That is so cool!! Where did you buy the snowman and pine tree?
jkidder3 years ago
Is the water in a snowglobe suppose to sink or float. I've added bunches of glycerin and it still floats instead of sinks.....it's snow upward instead of downward. Any body have any ideas?
well, water doesn't sink or float silly but the glitter and snowflakes are suppose to slowly sink to the bottom of the globe after you shake it up. i've tried this and personally I think it works better with baby oil instead of water because the glitter and stuff falls slower through baby oil -vs- water. Any baby oil works, got mine from the $ store
I haven't tried it myself, but I read somewhere that by using glycerin rather than water, the floaty bits will float longer.

I also watched a craft maven make a little flat pillow insert for greeting card and she used thinned hair gel to float sequins in it. I have no idea how long it would last though.

Suzanne in Orting, WA
happyclown14 years ago
this is super cool!
liz714 years ago
Very nice. You've done a great job of explaining and giving details thank you ^^*
Sam McPhie4 years ago
This was such an easy project that I could it most of it with my grandchildren. Hoorah for you.
Mikedood4 years ago
Great 'ible!!! But... won't there be a problem with evaporation later?
Etch3 (author)  Mikedood4 years ago
Yeah I don't think the water will evaporate because the lid is sealed on tight but what I did forget to put on the instructable is to seal the lid with some kindof glue.
jesebsp Etch34 years ago
the water will still evaporate. my mom collects christmas globes and each year the air bubble gets bigger. tap water tends to get cloudy. i'd use distilled.
Etch3 (author)  jesebsp4 years ago
Ok then! i didn't know that and I should try to use distillled.
Love it! I'm only giving DIY gifts this year, they're adorable and from the heart


i do it every year. saves money and the recipients appreciate them more. tried to go the easy route and shop one year. my niece said if my arms aren't broken i have no excuse so get sewing.
Great idea! I have tons of jars at home, I'll try to make one myself!!!
You should put a ring of hot melt glue on the lid before you screw the jar on so it will get a better seal against the glass :)
hvangog4 years ago
If the Muslim people can say Happy Eid, and the Jewish people say Happy Hannukah, then MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Great idea and nice one to do with kids too.
You know, you could instead of water use mineral oil better known as baby oil and use that. Because its more dense, the things in the water will move more slowly. Only down side is that if the oil leaks, it can be messy.
Etch3 (author)  Treasure Tabby4 years ago
Great idea! I should try that!
You can also try both and get a crazy FX. ;)
connoljj4 years ago
Very nice 'ible. Except for the whole polar bear in the North and penguins in the South thing. But other than that, great job and thanks.
Etch3 (author)  connoljj4 years ago
yeah I wasnt really thinking i just put all of the snow creatures with the snow creatures not thinking that they didnt live together
lyrics.uz4 years ago
Not bad)  
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