Staff Blogger: Ellen Venema, Rhein Center Assistant Coordinator

dsc_2197There’s something simply magical about a snow globe. Whether they transport you back to a place of childhood innocence and wonder, or just please your decorative eye, snow globes are sure to bring about a smile. Try making one of these rustic renditions with your family this winter.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Mason jar or another lidded glass container – Be sure to find one with a lid that seals tightly!
  • A feature object – A bottle brush tree, a pine cone, a plastic snowman. Any waterproof object no taller than your jar will do. Plastic and ceramic items are great, but metal may rust over time.
  • Glitter and/or snowflake confetti (not the paper kind!)
  • Glycerin – Often available at drugstores, this keeps the glitter from falling too quickly.
  • Distilled water – This works best for keeping your scene clear and visible.
  • Gorilla Glue that dries white (or another waterproof glue that dries clear or white)
  • Heavy-grit sandpaper
  • Clamps or large binder cips (optional)

First, use the sandpaper to rough-up the underside of the lid and the bottom of your centerpiece so that the glue will have a better hold.

Follow the directions on your glue bottle to adhere your feature object to the underside of the mason jar lid. If necessary/possible, use clamps or clips to hold it in place as it dries for the specified amount of time, probably anywhere from an hour to a day.

After your centerpiece is dry and solidly attached, fill your jar with the glitter, confetti and distilled water. Keep the water level just low enough to allow for displacement by the centerpiece. Be careful, or this could get messy!

Add a splash of glycerin to the water. Just enough, and your snow will fall gracefully. Too much, and your snow will stick to the bottom.

This last step should probably be done over a sink, just in case. Turn your centerpiece upside down, insert it into the jar, and screw the lid on tightly. Adding glue to the inside of the lid may help give you a watertight seal.

Now, simply turn your jar over, and enjoy the snowfall with your family!

What other Christmas decorations are you adorning your home with? Tell us in the comments below.