I began thinking of a few thoughtful, but affordable gift ideas for my friends and family. I considered a bunch of different ideas, but finally settled on homemade snow globes. I thought it was a pretty interesting idea. And you can make each one unique by personalizing it for whoever is receiving it. I’m not the best crafter, so we’ll see how this goes. Directions below from marthastewart.com:
The shimmering magic of snowfall is always transfixing, whether it’s outside your window or inside this classic toy. Homemade globes let you create a wintry scene straight out of your own imagination.
Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores.
If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.
Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.
I really just want to stop and say thank you to all of my followers. It means so much to me. And there are so many of you! This started as a stupid little project, and it’s grown so much, so fast.
I know I’ve been slacking lately, but it’s that crazy time of year where all of the finals and projects start to pile up. So I’ve been busy trying to pull A’s and make the parentals happy. But thank you to everyone who’s stayed with me.
2012 is going to be a great, preppy year. Promise.