Remember that project I talked about a week or so ago that flopped? I had made a snow globe that I wanted to share with you how to make. After I had completed the whole project and turned it right side up, it began leaking water. I panicked. who wants a leaking snow globe?! I spent several hours trying to remedy it. I tried silicone sealant. I tried epoxy. I tried undoing it and redoing it. But to no avail. I might have thrown a tantrum. I might have done some stomping of the feet. I might have thought of a few cuss words. But after a few minutes (okay, maybe a couple of hours) of dismay, I thought the flop was actually a good thing because now I’m able to share with you some of my mistakes and you’ll be able to make this project right the first time! Try, try again, right?
I tried again this last weekend and I was completely ecstatic because it turned out so dang cute! I’m so excited to share it with you! You can make this snow globe in eight EASY steps, or less. Let’s get to it. . . .
Here’s what you’ll need (many items shown are optional, so read on):
- Glass jar with a lid (I used a Mason jar)
- Small water-proof/rust-proof ornament or figurine
- Epoxy glue or aquarium silicone sealant
- Sand paper
- White glitter
- Distilled water
- 1/8 teaspoon glycerin (this helps the glitter flow down more slowly)
- Wood base or bowl
- Wood stain
- Wood sealer
- Sponge brush
- Enamel paint
- Glue gun and glue
1. Find a clear glass jar with a secure lid that will not leak water when turned upside down! You can use any jar–a pickle jar, jam jar, mayo jar, etc. I used a clear Mason jar. Optional: With enamel paint, you can paint the lid any color of your choice to make it more decorative. I chose to leave mine as is and glue brick-brack around it.
2. Select something to put inside the jar–like a water-proof/rust-proof ornament or figurine. I bought 2 ornaments (the Santa and the tree).
3. Using sand paper, roughen the inside of the jar lid. This helps the figurine adhere better to the lid when you glue it.
4. Glue the figurine to the inside of the jar lid with either Epoxy glue or aquarium silicone sealant. Let it dry and cure for at least 12 hours before moving on to the next step.
5. Fill the jar with distilled water until it almost reaches the top. Pour in 1/8 teaspoon of glycerin and the amount of white glitter you’d like to use. Secure the lid tightly on the jar. Turn it over and give it a shake to blend. Add more glitter if needed.
6. Add a thin layer of sealant around the rim of the jar, if desired, before screwing it on tightly. Note: I chose to eliminate this step because if for some reason the ornament dislodged or if water began to leak, I could unscrew the lid and make repairs.
7. Glue your snow globe to a base. I chose to use an oval wood base because I wanted to add decor to the outside of the globe to give it more pizzazz. I stained my wood base, sprayed a matte sealer to seal the stain, and let it dry prior to attaching the globe to it.
8. Decorate base,if desired. As you can see, I used a Christmas tree for the globe ornament, and a Santa with some gifts to decorate the outside of the base. So dang cute, ay?
Mistakes I Learned From:
- I originally found a beautiful-looking jar at the hobby store, but I didn’t test it for leakage. After I finished the project and turned it over, it leaked water! So my advice? Before you begin your project, fill the jar with water first, turn it upside down and watch to see if your jar leaks any water. If it doesn’t, move forward with your project.
- Make sure you allow 12 hours for the epoxy glue or sealant to cure or it might dislodge.
- Secure your lid to the glitter before and after use–especially if you have little ones or animals. I left the lid off of my glitter when I went to answer the door. My curious cat jumped on the table, knocked over the glitter spilling it all over the table and onto the floor. I’m still finding glitter!