Snow globes are a favourite of many families when commemorating a special event, vacation or holiday. The history of these water-filled scenes dates back to nineteenth century France, where globes of the Eiffel Tower were introduced at the 1889 Paris Exposition. Crafters can create their own version of the snow globe, complete with a personalised photo, by following simple do-it-yourself instructions or buying a ready to use kit.
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Snow Globe Kits
Many craft stores and art supply retailers sell ready-to-use snow globe kits. These typically include a plastic dome, watertight base and stand or slit to place a picture or photo in. These simple craft projects allow both adults and children to create unique snow globes that feature a favourite family moment. Although it is best to follow the globe manufacturer's instructions to complete the project, most of these crafts call for cutting the picture to size or to a pre-made template, sliding the picture through a plastic slit, filling the globe with distilled water, adding glitter or faux snow and twisting on a base.
Homemade Snow Globe
Start with a glass jar that has a snug-fitting lid. You can use any size from baby food to tomato sauce jars and beyond. Place your picture/photo into a water tight plastic sleeve or use a small sized clear frame that covers the front and back of the photo. Glue this, with water resistant glue, to the jar's lid. The lid will become the base and be on the bottom of the snow globe. The picture should be standing up with the lid inverted under it. Fill the jar to approximately an inch below the rim with water and a few drops of glycerine or mineral oil and a pinch of glitter. Twist the lid, with the picture attached, onto the jar. Seal the lid to the jar with glue. Test the globe for leaks before displaying your creation.
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