It used to take a trip to Michael's to get my creative senses tingling, but now it just takes a quick trip to that magical holiday world that is the internet. I keep running across adorable ideas everywhere I go, with the majority coming from DIY sites like Pinterest, Yahoo! DIY, and Etsy. My crafty senses are a'tinglin. I think I have about 20 cookie recipes that I want to try out, name tag ideas for a dinner party that I'm having in my imagination, and ideas for decorating all those gifts that I haven't wrapped yet. I've also been seeing a ton of adorable homemade snow globes, and it made me want one. So I made one..err two of them. Say hello to my two little African-inspired snowglobes.That little bear isn't actually in a snowglobe, but I had quite a bit of fun with the glitter spraypainting (seriously...so fun) so I made a little diorama with one of the glitter bears. He's my most authentic piece since I'm pretty sure giraffes and zebras don't usually hang out with snow and pine trees..but whatever, they do now!Now most snowglobes have water in them, but I wanted to try making one wihtout the water and see what would happen. I figured it would be easier to make, and way easier to store. I'm not rushing to store two giant jars of water with all my fun Christmas stuff. Luckily, static cling worked to my advantage and made a bit of permanent snow flurries out of the fake snow and glitter. So if you're looking to get a little crafty, here's what you'll need:
- Mason jars (or whatever type of jar you want - you could really build these in anything)
- Fake trees - the trees they make for little villages are perfect
- Something to hang out in the snowglobe - I used little plastic toys, but you could use anything that you can fit in the jar
- Spraypaint: both solid silver and silver glitter (Glitter spray is great but it doesn't cover anything, so you'll need a solid color under the glitter. Silver is fun, but gold would be fun too!)
- Tacky glue to glue everything to the lid
- Fake snow
- Loose glitter if you want to add a little extra shine to the snow
- Something to fill the bottom - either fake snow or moss, depending on how you want to set the scene
I found quite a few different ideas on how to make these from the web, so feel free to mix up the plans and get creative. Since we're not feeling these with water, you can really have fun. But the basic idea is as follows:
- Spraypaint whatever is going inside. Start with the solid color and then finish up with the glitter spray. You'll probably need a few coats of each.
- Glue your pieces to the inside of the jar lid. (Make sure everything fits first...)
- Load the jar with some snow and glitter
- Screw the top on and flip it over. Voila! Easy right?