Christmas is nearly upon us and I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by! I feel like time flies by a million times faster when you have a child, especially when you look back at years past and see how little they used to be. There’s something so magical about this season and anticipation of Jesus’ birth. Love and wonderment always fill the air, and it’s my favorite time to spend with the people I love most.
Whether you live in a warm area of the world or a very snowy place, there’s no doubt snow adds an extra sparkle to Christmas time. For some reason, it’s tolerable this time of the year. My husband and I are always hopeful that there will be a fresh snowfall Christmas morning, but after December 25, we are pretty much over it, especially after living through a couple of Chicago’s snowpocalypses.
Last year, our daughter saw snow for the first time, but she was so little she had no reaction to it, and I am so excited to see her face light up when she sees snow falling this year. To get her excited about snow falling, I wanted to buy her a little snow globe. I went to the craft store looking for one and ended up passing an aisle with little Christmas figurines and thought how fun it would be to make a snow globe myself.
Here’s what I ended up using:
- A clear rounded mason jar with a gold cap
- Gorilla glue
- A small Santa figurine
- About 1/4 cup of white sparkles
- Burlap twine (any type of seasonal ribbon will do)
First, I glued the removable part of the mason jar lid to the part of the lid that screws on the jar. I let it set for about 30 minutes. Next, I wet the bottom of the Santa figurine with a wet paper towel and placed glue at the bottom as well, pressing it down on the lid to glue both together. I let it sit for 30 minutes.
While the Santa set, I filled the jar almost all the way to the top with water (leave some room because the figurine might cause the jar to overflow). I added about 1/4 cup of sparkles to the water, pushing them down and swirling them with a spoon to get most of them to weigh down to the bottom. I also added about a teaspoon of corn syrup and stirred everything together to get the sparkles to stick and slow down.
After 30 minutes past and the Santa was set in place, I screwed the lid onto the mason jar filled with water very tightly and shook to ensure I used enough sparkles and water. Finally, I tied the burlap twine into a bow at the bottom of the jar to add a finishing touch.
There you have it, super easy and oh, so cute! If you end up making your own snow globe this year, don’t forget to tag your photos with #marinamakesdiy.