DIY Snow Globe
Snow globes have been a wonderful part of holiday tradition around the world for many decades. While the exact original of the first snow glob remains a mystery, many historians believe the decorative globes became popular during the early 19th century in France as a type of paperweight created by glass blowers. Snow globes made an official appearance in 1878 at the Paris Universal Expo and were being produced and sold by at least five companies by the following year. By the early 1920’s snow globes became coveted by North American collectors.
Dr. Kapadia of Quakerbridge Pediatrics encourages you to craft your very own DIY snow globe with your children as a festive and fun activity. Inspire your child design a customized snow globe that includes their favorite animals, story characters, or even themselves using laminated photographs.
Safety Note: Parents, please use caution while working with glass, hot glue, and glycerin. Children should watch you perform the steps which include these materials.
Materials for This Project
- Glass Mason Jar or Any Water-Tight Jar With Lid
- Small Plastic Toy
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
DIY Snow Globe Directions
- Have your child choose their favorite small plastic toys to be featured in their DIY snow globe. Plastic zoo animals and dinosaurs work well and adding pieces of garland as trees and small houses will help create a holiday scene. a truly unique touch, cut out and laminate photographs of your children to add to your snow globe!
- Using caution, adhere your child’s toys, scenery, and photographs to the inside of the lid of your glass jar using a hot glue gun and glue. Set the lid aside and allow the glue to dry completely.
- Prepare the colorful “snow” for your snow globe by first filling your jar with approximately 95% cold water.
- Have your child add a generous amount of glitter any sequins to the water and mix the new concoction with a regular kitchen spoon. Single color glitter may be purchased at your local craft shop.
- Add a few drops of glycerin to the water and mix well. The glycerin will allow the “snow” to float to the bottom of your glob more slowly, creating an optimal snow storm effect.
- Securely screw the lid of the jar (with attached toys) back on to the jar’s body
- Use a towel or cloth to wipe the exterior of the jar clean.
Enjoy Or Gift Your Snow Globe
A DIY snow globe makes a great handmade gift perfect for teachers, friends, family, and even pediatricians! Adding laminated photographs of your child to their snow globe will make for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Dr. Kapadia would love to see your snow globes! Share photos of your craft on the Quakerbridge Pediatrics Facebook page or on Instagram using the hashtag Quakerbridge Pediatrics Instagram