It’s a new month and so it’s time for a new Bostik Bloggers craft – this month the theme is snow and so we made home made Snow Globes.
Poor Bear has never played in snow properly as the last good snow was when he was about 1 year old and he can’t wait to go sledging. I really hope we get some this year but until then, he is content to play with snow globes. He now has quite a collection that come out at Christmas and I love that we have a homemade one to enjoy year after year.
It’s quite a single craft to make and all you need is:
- Bostik Blu Tac Fast Tac Spray
- Bostik White Tac
- Bostik White Glu
- an empty jam jar
- small amount of cloth or paper to decorate lid
- figure to put inside the snow globe
- glycerine – 2 or 3 small bottles depending on size of jam jar
First things first, find a jam jar. If you don’t have an empty one, raid your fridge or cupboard and see if you can empty the contents into a sandwich bag or plastic tub.
Next you need some material or paper to decorate the jam jar lid unless it’s a plain one. Draw around the lid to get a circle to cut out an stick on the bottom and also a long strip to wrap around the lip of the lid. Glue these on with Bostik White Glu.
Now you need to find you character to go inside the snow globe. Think lego man, playmobil person or like me, buy a little snowman or similar. I got mine from a garden centre. I you want a little Christmas Tree in it like mine, I got mine from……erm….I chopped it off my artificial tree. I made sure that it was from somewhere that you’d never notice but if it’s not your tree, ASK first.
Take a good amount of White Tac and mould it into a mound that isn’t as wide as that lid (otherwise it won’t screw close) but will elevate the characters so that you can see them better.
With your windows open or outside, spray the inside of the lid with the Fast Tac spray. You might not want your children around for this as the fumes are strong. Place the White Tac on top and leave it to dry.
When dry, spray the White Tac mound with fast track – again, outside or with the windows open, and then stick your people or animals onto the mound, leaving space around the edge so that they aren’t squashed against the side of the jar.
Now it’s the fun part. Take your jar and add your glycerine. We only added one small bottle but will be adding to it. I think that for a standard jam jar size, you’ll need 2 – 3 bottles. The glycerine makes the water more viscous and thicker which then allows the glitter to float down slower.
Then add 2 teaspoons of glitter to the jar and fill the jar up with water. Fill it as full as you can – if you don’t, you’ll have an air bubble when you turn it over. We found that it actually overflowed when we screwed the lid on but it didn’t make a difference, we just dried it off. If you have young children or someone who may fiddle, you can glue your lid on or tape it on the outside to be safe.
That’s that. You are now the proud owners of your own snow globe.
I made a video of the process and talk you through it if you would like to watch – however I did a few things in the wrong order – it was a learning process and so this written tutorial is the best way to do it.
We also made some great Father Christmas Hand Print Tree Decorations that you can make year after year from your own clay.
We hope you enjoy this. Bear certainly did.