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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Homemade Snow Globe


Shake a snow globe really hard and all the negative thoughts will leave your mind.  Shake it slowly and contemplatively and wonderful ideas will be generated inside your head.  I just made it up.  But isn't there something mesmerizing about watching the snow globe?  By the way, did you know that the first snow globe appeared in 1878 at the Paris Universal Expo and they were such a sensation that by the following year five companies were making snow globes and selling them all over Europe.  It wasn't until 1920s, however, that snow globes crossed the Atlantic and become a popular collector item in the United States of America.
We have a couple of snow globes around the house, but none of them produced as much fascination as the one we made ourselves.  It was super easy and fun to make.  We got instructions on how to make one on education.com

The first step is to find a nice glass jar.  We couldn't find a nice one.  The one we found was an old mustard jar with a stubborn glue that wouldn't wash off no matter what we did (you can see it on the pics).  But the most important thing about a jar is that a lid is tight.  So test it but filling your jar with water and turning it upside down.  It might help if you hold your jar over a sink in case it does leak.

The second step is rummaging through a toy chest and looking for some broken toys.  We found a Christmas ornament that had a cracked top and couldn't be hung on a tree and we found a Minny Mouse that broke off a spinning sword (don't ask) that we bought at Disney on Ice a year earlier.  We glued these two broken toys one on top of another and to the lid and let them dry over night.


Now to the best part: sprinkle glitter inside the jar, add a few drops of glycerin and fill it with water all the way to the top.  Screw lid on a jar.  Voila, it's ready!  Go ahead tie a ribbon to make it look fancy.  Boy said, "I never thought about how it was made.  But now I know!"









  Noticed the intent look of concentration upon their little faces?  Priceless!

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