Today we’ve got a beautiful festive DIY for you from the very talented Suzanne at And Ruby Makes Four. If you haven’t yet come across Suzanne’s blog you have a treat in store – it’s a treasure trove of interiors inspiration, lifestyle tips and creative How To’s. In this post, Suzanne shows us how to make a cute DIY snow globe. It’s something you can do on your own or, if you’re feeling brave, something you can take on with the kids for a fun Christmassy craft activity.
Over to Suzanne…
I’m hopelessly sentimental, and I can’t bear to throw away little bits and bobs that have played a bit part in special occasions. Our wedding cake topper is no different, so I came up with a quick craft to turn our little figurines into an extra special Christmas Snow-globe decoration.
You will need:
- Figurines you’d like to show off
- A glass jar to match the size of your figurines
- Spray paint in the colour of your choice
- Distilled Water
First of all I had to find a glass jar that was the perfect size for our little figurines…not as easy as you’d think! Once tracked down I boiled the jar in hot water, removing the labels, making sure I gave it a good clean at the same time.
Once completely dry I braved the very chilly outdoors (Safety first!) and spray painted the outside of the lid gold, protecting our patio with a sheet of newspaper. The first layer looked a little patchy, but twenty minutes drying time and a subsequent second coat finished the job perfectly.
As soon as the paint was completely dry a few hours later I started to create my little snow-scene. I applied a thin layer of superglue to the inside of the lid, sprinkling white glitter over the top to create frost topped ground for our figurines to stand on.
This is where I got slightly obsessive, trying to find the perfect positions for my Lego bride and groom. After several tweaks I placed the glass jar over the lid just to double check everything would fit in nicely, and once completely happy I superglued the base of the figures in place.
Ready to put my snow-globe together I then placed the jar on its base, adding a couple of capfuls of glycerine and two teaspoons of glitter (Add a little more or less depending on the size of your jar) The glycerine ensures the glitter stay suspended when you shake the jar, rather than quickly sinking to the bottom.
I then filled the jar to the brim with the distilled water, and quickly placed the lid and figurines over the top. I gave the jar a quick shake to check I was happy with the glitter and glycerine ratios and then once perfected I quickly removed the lid, adding a layer of superglue before replacing.
Twist the lid on as tightly as you possibly can, and then your snow-globe is complete and ready to display.
Our little Lego mini-me’s are the perfect size for a mantle-piece sized snow-globe, and I love that we can bring them back out every Christmas rather than hide them away in a dusty box on top of our wardrobe.
Really simple, follow the above instructions and you could turn any special figurine into a snow-globe. Perhaps even surprising someone with one as an extra special homemade gift!
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