Urine Snow Globe




About: My name is Randy and I am a Community Manager in these here parts. In a previous life I had founded and run the Instructables Design Studio (RIP) @ Autodesk's Pier 9 Technology Center. I'm also the author ...

From the title alone, you are probably wondering "Why?" So, I probably should explain myself...

A while back I found myself visiting the hospital on a semi-regular basis. As I would sit in the hospital staring at the wall in boredom and waiting for the doctor to come back, I got to thinking about how I could share the joy of my trips with my friends and family. Normally, when you go somewhere, you bring back souvenirs like T-shirts... or key chains... or coffee mugs... or my personal favorite - the pinnacle of uselessness and oddity - the snow globe.

When this notion crossed my mind, it became painfully obvious to me that it would be ideal if I could bring back a snow globe for my loved ones as a keepsake from my hospital trip. But what would a snow globe from a hospital look like? Well, it would need to have a medical scene inside - that is for certain. It would obviously need snow. It would need to be in some sort of globe and - at that - what sort of globe is there to be found in a hospital? Well, urine collection cups, of course. and, if you are already going that far, you might as well go all the way and fill it with urine. Hence, the idea for a urine snow globe was born.

Although, fortunately, I go to the hospital far less these days, the idea of making a medical-themed urine snow globe has stuck in the back of my mind. I knew that sooner or later this had to be made simply to get it out my system. And so, I finally got around to making this. I see this as a great way for people to commemorate any notable illness (physical or mental).

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

You will need:

- A cup of water
- Face mask
- Nitrile gloves
- Playmobil (Child with Wheelchair)
- Playmobil (Hospital Room)
- Sterile Collection Cup
- Scalpel
- Krazy Glue
- Sterile grater
- Sterile PVC
- Tweezers (optional)
- Needle (optional)

Step 2: Gulp Gulp Gulp

Before you start, drink at least one glass of water. The more water you can drink now, the easier of a time you will have later.

Step 3: Face Mask

Put your face mask on as to help keep your snow globe sterile and prevent future microbial growth.

Step 4: Nitrile Gloves

Once you have your face mask on, you can also prevent contamination by using nitrile gloves.

Step 5: Wheelchair Child

Use your scalpel to carefully open the container for the Playmobil Child with Wheelchair kit.

Remove the contents from the box. Locate the plastic bag containing the kit's parts and make a careful lateral incision.

Remove the parts necessary for the assembly of the crippled child in the wheelchair and assemble it appropriately.

Step 6: Intravenous Bag and Stand

Use your scalpel to carefully open the container for the Playmobil Hospital Room kit.

Remove the contents from the box. Locate the plastic bag containing the kit's parts and make a careful lateral incision.

Remove the parts necessary for the assembly of the intravenous bag and stand. Set them aside.

Step 7: Sterile Collection Cup

Remove the sterile collection cup from its packaging and twist it open.

Step 8: Krazy Glue

Remove the sterile surgical-grade Krazy Glue from its packaging.

Step 9: Assemble the Scene

Krazy glue the crippled child and all of its accessories to the wheelchair. Once set, Krazy glue the wheelchair to the base of the lid.

Use your scalpel to amputate the base of the intravenous bag's stand, such that it is short enough to fit inside the container.

Glue the stand to the base of the lid, next to the wheelchair. Once it is set in place, glue the intravenous bag to the stand.

Glue the intravenous tubing to the arm of the crippled child.

Step 10: Make PVC Snow

Make snow by grating the PVC into a small container with your grater . When a suitable amount of snow has been created, pour in a small amount of water. This should be just enough water within which to suspend the snow.

Step 11: Urinate

Urinate into the sterile collection cup. Fill the cup just short of the very top.

Step 12: Add Snow

Pour your snow solution into the urine cup.

Step 13: Put It Together

Submerge your medical scene into the urine cup and twist the lid firmly shut.

Step 14: Shake

Shake it up and watch the snow fall.



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    88 Discussions


    3 years ago

    This isn't craft. This is pure art!


    4 years ago

    Such an interesting idea! I'll use food coloring and water if I ever do this!


    5 years ago

    As a gift I wouldn't want that bit the idea of PVC pipes genius


    5 years ago on Introduction

    After a few years,that stinky thing would be leaking,what a disgusting mess,.Do yourself and other's a big favor,colored water or a suitable colored drink,lie if its that important too you..


    5 years ago

    I made it...but it broke


    5 years ago

    That's nasty and twisted


    8 years ago on Step 13

    I would very much recommend that you place Krazy Glue on the rim first, then quickly screw it on tightly.

    Just in case some little kids get curious.

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Amazing :) does this mean you are mocking x-mas as well as your anti halloween ideas? LOL a very amusing project. Im not sure about the law in the USA but its classed as anti social to gift wee-wee in the UK?

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I think that if you were planning to send it to someone then in may come under the Prohibited Goods regulations of many postal services:



    7 years ago on Introduction

    Umm, why didn't you just dye water yellow?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    i can`t imagine the reaction of your family when you gave them that