In our house, craft time is usually a really messy time. In fact, the thought of having to clean one of our crafting messes gives me anxiety. Last night, after prepping for 2 nights, we each made a dry snow globe, and the mess was pretty small. Considering all of the messy supplies, I figured it would be a huge mess to clean. But much to my surprise, dry snow globes are almost mess free. Almost.
If you are looking for a great way to preserve your own childhood memories, or to keep intact a special ornament then this project is way too easy to pass up. Dry snow globes are perfect for older holiday pictures or those very fragile vintage Christmas decorations. The only rule that MUST be followed is that it fit inside a pickle jar.
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To make a dry snow globe you will need:
Clean Pickle Jar ( Walmart is now selling the small dills with removable labels instead of the paper ones!)
Foam (if you have any Amazon Prime boxes, those will do
Fake snow which can be bought here
Design Elements such as trees, lamp posts, toys or photos
Let me start by saying that just because something is handmade, does not mean that it ALL has to be handmade. I tried to be a hero by MAKING my own snow out of a broken piece of styrofoam. Don’t be a hero. just buy the pre-made, mess free-ish stuff and save your sanity. It will be worth it I promise.
Starting at the base
I start my dry snow globes by taking the lid and tracing it on a soft piece of foam and taking my utility knife to cut it. The foam will have to fit inside the lid AND clear the threads of the jar to close. Keeping that in mind, don’t make a perfect circle with the foam. Nature is not perfect neither should this dry snow globe.
After you have cut your foam, test it before gluing. Nothing worse than having to start over after doing the entire project because you didn’t check to see if everything fits! If all is well, glue it to the inside of the lid and set aside.
Choosing what to go in your dry snow globe
We did these as a family, so we chose village pieces. Since I am making one for this post, I will choose something a little more sentimental that I want to hold on to a little longer. But the sky is the limit for this project with only one rule for the whole thing: it must fit.
My favorite place to find village accessories for my village is Walmart where it seems that the stock changes from one county to another!
After your selections are complete, make sure to lay everything out on your lid and slid the jar over it, just to be sure. If everything is where it should be, start gluing. Some of the Christmas village trees have wire and will just pop into the foam, but if not I like Gorilla Glue for this job.
Now its time to add your snow. Add as much or as little as you like. Just don’t try to make it your self!
Make sure your top doesn’t come off!
It is time to add the glue to the lid to make sure it does not come off while shaking for the snowy effect! Taking your glue gun get in between the foam and the lid side. After adding your glue, slowly lower your lid and all your decorations into the jar, making sure nothing gets caught up. Next, you need to lock the lid in place before the glue dries. Your dry snow globe is just about finished.
The finishing touches
Now that you have finished the inside of your dry snow globe, its time to dress up the outside! Bug used puffy paint to make it look like snow, She just put dots of blue and white glitter puffy paint. The last and final touch is to wrap the lid in the ribbon. I like the grossen ribbon. But you can also use jute or twine if you are after the rustic finish.
Enjoy making dry snow globes!
The purpose of making holiday crafts is to bring together families and spend quality time together. So enjoy making these fun dry snow globes with the whole family!
Did you make one? I would love to see your creations! You can share them in my private Facebook group She’s A Hot Mess for real-life moms and women looking to grow as a person and woman! I would love to see you there!
Until next time
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